We have many times with each child. I won't lie, it was hard work! We went camping at Easter as usual this year and my youngest is now 2 1/2 and it is starting to get easier with him and the other boys being older.
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21-04-2015 17:50 #11
21-04-2015 17:58 #12
We camped over Easter in fnq with our one year old. My advice would be to get a shady and grassy camp spot, take a play pen and play mat or have a place to safely put bub where they won't get filthy or in trouble, take lots of quick easy snacks. We had fun and one night bub even slept in his own tent, put we need to be better prepared next time.
21-04-2015 18:53 #13
All our kids started camping with us from 3 months old. Worked just fine, there was nothing hard about it.
21-04-2015 20:39 #14
We have been camping with DD since she was 8 months old. Only 20 months old now and loves it.
Sure she gets dirty and has great pleasure in unpacking my pantry and 'helping' around the place but she has a ball.
We have done the NQ tablelands in July. Just a few extra layers kept her warm (and she spent most of the night sleeping with us).
21-04-2015 20:52 #15
We took ds for the first time at 3 months, he's now 18 months and we went away at easter and a few times before that, we have a gazebo with mesh walls set up like a play area and he has a life jacket to wear outside of that (we camp on rivers a lot), we take a folding bath for him, our most recent trip was completely unpowered, we have a hot water service which makes washing the kids etc easier. He sleeps in a portacot and a i just double sleeping bag him if he's cold, take lots of spare clothes in case it's wet. Just take it as it comes, we usually have an amount of nights as our goal but are totally prepared to leave if we need to.
21-04-2015 21:00 #16
I'm going to put in a 'no' vote. I camped when I was 18w pregnant with my 1st and camped over Easter with our 7yo & 22mo.
Camping when pregnant was a PITA. We were up north in WA and got to some more remote spots, which was awesome. But worrying about food restrictions, hygiene, having to pee constantly, plus the impossible task of getting comfortable - ugh!
Recently with DS, it was just so tiring. He's not the best sleeper anyhow and did not adjust well to sleeping in a tent. Then all day was just spent chasing him everywhere and stopping (or failing at) him injuring himself. I used a backpack-leash when doing things like fishing on a riverbank, but he hated wearing it.
I know I sound very negative-Nancy, but I loved camping once DD was a bit older and I'm sure it will be great again with DS once he's past the 'no fear' stage. For now though, camping if officially off the cards.
27-04-2015 11:56 #17Senior Member
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Thanks everyone, this is great. I think hubby and I will take the plunge.
Do any of you have any more usefull tips for us, like where did your LOs sleep? porta cot or did you co-sleep. Did you have any drama in the middle of the night with crying? and how did you keep your 1 year old busy while putting up tent?
27-04-2015 12:26 #18
27-04-2015 12:27 #19
Definitely go for it! We are big campers so we wanted DS ro get used to it from a young age. He loves it!
We would pop our DS in the highchair for setting up when he was at crawling stage or put the porta cot up for him to play in with some toys. We always use a porta cot, but DS has never co-slept so a cot is what he's used to. Just do as you would at home, but adjust slightly. Through the day if hot we would take his cot out of the camper trailer and put it under a tree for shade to get more of a breeze with fly net over the top and I would wet a Muslin wrap and drape over to cool down - but if you're camping in the cool it's much easier for sleep times!
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