We are due to take our 9 month old son camping at the end of this month. We have a cabanon trailer tent. We took our daughter from age 3 so she was old enough to understand that other people would still be asleep when she wanted to get up and not to make too much noise. I am worried that the baby will disturb our neighbours on the camp site as he is not a particularly good sleeper. Has anyone else had any experience of camping with young children?
Just go, don't worry about the baby, the other people on site will see the baby during the day and will accept the noises that babies make. We took our two to a caravan site in Holland when DD was 10 months old - she had a habit of lying on her back and lifting both legs up in the air and dropping them down as a way of moving herself about. We'd been on site about 6 hours with Ali doing this whilst we were putting stuff away - so her feet were drumming on the floor of the caravan about 20 times a minute, ok a bit annoying to us, but we were used to her, next thing I see is the old chap from the caravan next door coming charging down our path looking like thunder - he stopped looked in the big double glass door at the baby drumming her feet on the floor and went away! Obviously the noise was annoying him, and he was gonna complain saw 10 month old baby and went away. I went after him to check he was ok (originally I didn't known what his problem was) he just said "baby she do a noisy exercise yes?" He and his wife obviously stayed on this site for months at a time as is the way in Holland, but he wasn't gonna complain about a baby - how can you?
Take your little one on holiday and if you have a particularly bad night make sure you are seen to be trying to keep him quiet and not agreeing to any noisy games at 5 in the morning, and if you see your neighbours just aplogise if you feel the need.
Ours were a bit older when we first took them camping, but I know lots of people who have camped with babies. With all the fresh air he will probably be so tired that he sleeps better than at home and you may find you get a peaceful night.
Ive just been with mine and he still gets up during the night, he slept in a gro bag in side a small carry cot fine the 1 st night but 2nd and 3rd night slept in his gro bag in his pram. he only got up once at night and tn about 7 in the morning and we seemed to be the first up but who cares!!!
My youngest son never slept through, we just made sure we had his bottle to hand to give him as soon as he started to wake up and cry so as to keep the noise to a minimum. One time though he was determined not to stop until partner went and sat in the car with him till he fell to sleep again!! He was alright the rest of the time and they do tend to sleep better outside anyway.
Go for it - we first camped when our little ones were 8 months and just over 2. The first night my 2 year old woke up screaming (probably because he didn't know where he was) and it took ages to calm him down. I hardly dare come out of our tent the next day but when I did the neighbours were lovely and joked that hubby's snoring had been worse ha ha.
We recently camped in Shropshire and my youngest woke up crying and could not be settled so I carried her over to the family bathroom which was large, clean, warm and had a chair to sit on and sat with her until she calmed down. It's all about the fun of camping!!
The only noise that your neighbours will be bothered about will be inconsiderate noise, not noise that can't be helped.
The point about vibes is a good one, obviously babies pick up on them so if you are all tense it'll make it more difficult. Relax and enjoy your holiday, some babies make a bit of noise but hey - thats what they do and it doesn't really stop for the next 16 years!!
Last time we camped there was another couple next to us with two kids, the youngest was probably about 8 months and screamed during the first night - and I mean proper screamed! We didn't mind a jot but the couple were trying everything to keep her quiet but started winding each other up and were bickering quite loudly too. I felt sorry for them really, the next morning the guy said he was sorry about the baby and I made it absolutely clear there was no problem whatsoever. The next night she apparently slept right through as we didn't hear a peep.
Thanks for all your supportive replies. I hope you'll remember when I'm camped next to you. Reported replies back to dh and he was relieved too that the majority of people seem cool with it. Having said that little man slept through last night from 7.30-12.30 and then 1-6.30 so perhaps light at the end of the tunnel.
Hope you are all enjoying your camping this year and not getting too wet!
Agree with all the rest. Don't get stressed out over a baby crying in the night. Baby will pick up on it and play you up. Most of your fellow campers have probably all had kids so know all about babies waking in the night and if they wake will probably turn over and go back to sleep with a feeling of relief that they don't have to get up lol. I know that's what i would do if it was me.
Well yes, everyone has been very supportive haven't they - but who would dare not to be eh?
I'll be brave enough to be honest - I understand totally that babies make noise, that its natural, that the parents can't do much about it etc. and whilst I wouldn't complain to the parents, I do have to say that if I had a choice I would prefer not to be camped next to them.
That being said I wouldn't wish to stop anyone from camping with their baby - I just hope that the sort of sites I choose are more 'kid' oriented than 'baby' or 'late night party' oriented and that way the hours of noise are likely to fit in with our current lifestyle. Just as when our kids are teenagers I will choose 'teenager friendly' campsites, and maybe later on adult only sites.
Its the same thing really as going on a package holiday - we found out when we went on Ski Esprit and Mark Warner holidays that if you choose holiday companies that provides nannies, travel cots, mothercare packages etc. you've got to expect to be surrounded by screaming wains on the plane and the transfer buses - so we choose not to go with those companies any more.
So my advice is choose a site that promotes itself as 'toddler friendly' and provides things like baby baths, toddler play area etc. and that way more people will probably have small kids and be in the same boat.