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Camping with a 1-year-old....

Posted by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 4:09 PM
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Me and my husband are going to a friend's son's 3rd birthday party in a couple of weeks.  We want to bring our 1-year-old because everybody knows him and we hate the idea of excluding him from things.

Problem is, the birthday party is an overnight camp-out.  It will take place not in the woods, but in the friend's backyard ( in a rural area ).  We have a tent and a birthday gift and we have not seen these people for a long time and we would love to go. 

My question is, do you have advice for how our son could sleep comfortably in a tent?  Not sure about it. :-(

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Bmat
by Barb on Jun. 3, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Do you have a pack n play?  Or could borrow one?

jenjen9185
by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM


Quoting Bmat:

Do you have a pack n play?  Or could borrow one?


We do have a pack n play but I think it is a little too big to fit in the tent with us for all of us to sleep.

tanman0107
by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 4:16 PM
they have travel beds for infants you can find them at target, they are a little pricey but they work, we had one for my oldst when we would go to the beach. We went camping every weekend from the time he was 4 months old until he was almost 2. However we didnt sleep in a tent we have a park model trailer. Thats the only thing i can think of other than a pack n play
tanman0107
by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 4:19 PM
here are links for the ones I just found at target. some of them arent that expensive like I thought.

http://www.target.com/Leachco-NapN-Pack-Anywhere-Bed/dp/B000UCWXOY/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&qid=1275596240&frombrowse=0&fromGsearch=true&node=1038576%7C1287991011&keywords=travel%20beds&searchSize=150&id=Leachco%20NapN%20Pack%20Anywhere%20Bed&searchBinNameList=purchasing_channel%2Csubjectbin%2Ctarget_com_age%2Ctarget_com_gender-bin%2Ctarget_com_character-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchNodeID=1038576%7C1287991011&searchRank=target104545&sr=1-12&searchPage=1

http://www.target.com/Eddie-Bauer-Infant-Travel-Bed/dp/B001OBDKJ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&qid=1275596240&frombrowse=0&fromGsearch=true&node=1038576%7C1287991011&keywords=travel%20beds&searchSize=150&id=Eddie%20Bauer%20Infant%20Travel%20Bed&searchBinNameList=purchasing_channel%2Csubjectbin%2Ctarget_com_age%2Ctarget_com_gender-bin%2Ctarget_com_character-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchNodeID=1038576%7C1287991011&searchRank=target104545&sr=1-1&searchPage=1

Faithsmomma
by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 4:25 PM

How big is your tent??? if there's room use a play-pen. if not, the kid blow up air mattresses with the sleeping bag attatched works pretty well.  http://www.target.com/Disney-Cars-Bed-Inflatable-Mattress/dp/B0018CU2DO/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&qid=1275596401&frombrowse=0&fromGsearch=true&node=1038576%7C1287991011&keywords=sleeping%20bag&searchSize=30&id=Disney%20Cars%20Bed%20Inflatable%20Mattress&searchBinNameList=purchasing_channel%2Csubjectbin%2Ctarget_com_age%2Ctarget_com_gender-bin%2Ctarget_com_character-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchNodeID=1038576%7C1287991011&searchRank=target104545&sr=1-23&searchPage=3  Shows a pic of what I'm talking about. Just be prepared that you may have to lay with him until he falls asleep. Or just keep him up until he passes out.  I've been taking my DD, out in the woods, no toilets camping since she was 9mo old, (her birthday was in Sept. so we had to wait for good weather.) It really isn't all that hard, just remember there's no escaping dirt, and the dirtier they are the more fun they are having. LOL Also make sure to bring whatever is a security item, ie, special blanket, stuffed animal. Good luck and have fun!!!

jenjen9185
by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 4:27 PM


Quoting Faithsmomma:

How big is your tent??? if there's room use a play-pen. if not, the kid blow up air mattresses with the sleeping bag attatched works pretty well.  http://www.target.com/Disney-Cars-Bed-Inflatable-Mattress/dp/B0018CU2DO/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&qid=1275596401&frombrowse=0&fromGsearch=true&node=1038576%7C1287991011&keywords=sleeping%20bag&searchSize=30&id=Disney%20Cars%20Bed%20Inflatable%20Mattress&searchBinNameList=purchasing_channel%2Csubjectbin%2Ctarget_com_age%2Ctarget_com_gender-bin%2Ctarget_com_character-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchNodeID=1038576%7C1287991011&searchRank=target104545&sr=1-23&searchPage=3  Shows a pic of what I'm talking about. Just be prepared that you may have to lay with him until he falls asleep. Or just keep him up until he passes out.  I've been taking my DD, out in the woods, no toilets camping since she was 9mo old, (her birthday was in Sept. so we had to wait for good weather.) It really isn't all that hard, just remember there's no escaping dirt, and the dirtier they are the more fun they are having. LOL Also make sure to bring whatever is a security item, ie, special blanket, stuffed animal. Good luck and have fun!!!

That looks great, but I think my child might still be a little too young for it.  He still sleeps in his crib and is very wiggly and moves around a lot in his sleep.  He is 18 mo old.

lil_mom2010
by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

http://www.target.com/KidCo-PeaPod-Portable-Travel-Pump/dp/B000G7OMBK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&qid=1275598590&frombrowse=0&fromGsearch=true&node=1038576|1287991011&keywords=travel%20bed&searchSize=30&id=KidCo%20PeaPod%20Portable%20Travel%20Pump&searchBinNameList=purchasing_channel%2Csubjectbin%2Ctarget_com_age%2Ctarget_com_gender-bin%2Ctarget_com_character-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchRank=target104545&sr=1-2&searchPage=1

Bmat
by Barb on Jun. 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

It would be nice if you had something that would define his space for him.  I know there are diaper bags that fold down into a bassinet, but they would be too small for your little one.

jenjen9185
by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I also hate to buy something I'll only use once, you know?  lol 

Pandana
by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 5:03 PM

At a year old, I don't see why he couldn't jst sleep next to you. Lay out a sleeping bag for padding and cover with a light blanket. I wouldn't bother with anything extra, if it were me. I guess all kids are different, and if he's one of those kids who's never slept in anything but a crib, he might not sleep well. In which case, I'm not sure what would fit in a tent that would simulate that. But if HE'S comfortable, then just let him lay next to you.

Mine slept in a tent before he turned two, and loved it. He slept on an air mattress next to his cousin. But he was used to napping on couches and things like that, so it wasn't weird for him. Depends on the kid, I suppose.

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