I'm due mid feb 2014 and my family (extended also, can get up to 20 people), always go away over the Easter weekend. DH and I would love to go, we're just not sure how we'd cope and we're worried about disrupting other families around us as we'd be in a caravan/tent park. Haven't decided if we'd be in a caravan or tent yet...
Just wondering if anyone has done this and how they went?
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19-10-2013 20:42 #1
Camping with a newborn
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19-10-2013 20:46 #2
Run. For the hills. Anywhere but not a caravan park with 20 relatives. Don't mean to be negative but no. Don't do it. Stay home.
19-10-2013 20:58 #3
I went camping when my first was 2 weeks and loved it they are so easy.
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19-10-2013 21:00 #4Senior Member
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Get a caravan. Will be heaps comfier and that way if you need to shower with bubs it will be easier for dh to pass them in. And try and see if you can get a site away from the rest of the family. That way you can join them when you want.
19-10-2013 21:11 #5
Caravan park is fully booked, we've had the same site for 5 years and have no hope of changing or getting an extra one, but great idea in theory! I have heard that it'd be easier with a newborn than with a toddler etc, but I'm worried we'll keep everyone awake. But then I'm fairly sure we won't be the only ones in the park with a baby. It's just so unknown but I really wanna go.
19-10-2013 21:12 #6
Camping is so easy with babies!!! Easier than with toddlers! All you need is a bed for them a pram and if you use formula bottles and a thermos for boiled water. Seriously easy! I used to half fill to 3/4 fill the bottles with cooled water add the hot water so it reaches desired temp and then add formula. I used to boil the water just before bed and it was still super hot in the morning.
I really think you should go you will enjoy yourselves!
19-10-2013 21:25 #7
Just depends on what type of bub yours is...I'd say go for it, if it doesn't work out you just won't do it again for a while. Don't worry about others they can put ear plugs in it's you who you need to worry about. Your the one who is up
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19-10-2013 21:30 #8
I would for sure! Newborns are easy as! if it sucks you can just go home early!
19-10-2013 21:32 #9
We started going camping with DD when she was 7 weeks old...they are so easy when they are that little...very portable! I found a pram really helpful when she was that little...would put her to sleep in it at night while we were out around the campfire, then when we went to bed, unclipped the bassinet and brought it in the tent with us.
She was a pretty chilled baby though, I don't imagine a baby that screamed for hours would be very pleasant to take camping.
As an aside, we go camping with other families and I have never noticed anyone else's baby or kid making noise at night, and vice versa, you only seem to hear your own!
19-10-2013 21:51 #10
We travel all the time in tents - only way 2 go with so many! If bub is breastfed, there'll be no probs. For formula, I always carry a thermos. Check whether the camp kitchen at the caravan park has a kettle (some don't) as it may be worth bringing a cheap one with you ($7.50 at Kmart).
I wouldn't stress about the noise - toddlers are usually way worse!
Be aware that it may be a bit chilly in a tent at that time of year - you'll need to be sure to bring plenty of warm bedding.
Have fun - I always remind myself that our early Australian settlers had upteen children in dodgy tents and were fine!
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