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I know I'm crazy but we're going camping...

with our 9 month-old and 2 year-old (and another couple who has a 1 and 3 year-old). We're doing a super-easy, convenient, car camping site, we're going to bring meals already prepared, etc. The only issue we're trying to figure out is sleeping arrangements. We don't co-sleep, but we'll be doing it this one night in a 9 x 7 ft. tent (our family of 4 only; the other family has their own tent)! We have a queen-sized air mattress, but I'm not sure if we can use that safely. Also, our girls go to bed much, much earlier than we do typically (like 7-8 pm vs. 11-12!) We're totally prepared to split the difference and all go to bed somewhere in the middle if that's the only way it will work, but we'd love to be able to put them down and sit with our friends for at least a few minutes after (we'd be very, very close by, of course). Any suggestions on making this work, or should I just drop those illusions right now?

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Asked by EmilySusan at 4:00 PM on Jun. 11, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • We camp all the time, even when DS was a baby. And i mean REAL camping, in the mountains with a tent, not in a parking lot called a camp ground. We took the pack and play when he was little and that's where he slept. This year, he'll either sleep with us, or in his own sleeping bag. We put him down a little later than usual, we make the exception because it's a family outing thing. But he still goes down way earlier than us. We just put him down as usual, and it all works out fine!

    Answer by MommaTurbo at 4:07 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • Dont stress it, just go with the flow. When we camp, we bring the stroller and recline it. DS (11 months) sleeps in that outside by the fire with us until we all go to sleep.
    We usually throw a bug net on it and he ussually sleeps just fine.

    Answer by jenellemarie at 4:30 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • My best friend and her husband just went camping with their 3 year old and 3 month old and did fine. You can do it.

    Answer by AlyKen at 4:33 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • Even the best laid plans can go astray, so don't think about it too much, just go with the flow when you're there!

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 4:42 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • i say go with a pack and play...or 2 or should still be able to enjoy yourselves. its not an illusion:) and the kids will probably be so tired after a day of hard playing, they will pass right out. have fun!

    Answer by brodysmama23 at 4:48 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

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