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#1 Cat Burglar

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:06 PM

Just wondering how old your kids were when they first went camping? Do you think taking a 1 year old is too young, assuming you had proper wet weather gear, warm clothes, bedding etc?

#2 MacFeral

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:10 PM

My DD was 7 months old when we went camping around the Kimberley. I am pretty sure DS was around the same age as that on his first camping trip too. No problem at 12 months.

#3 *LucyE*

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:24 PM

DS2 was 3 months old, DD was 2yrs and DS was 4 years when they first went camping (not at the same time).

We gave it a miss this year because DS2 is 15 months and at that toddling, into everything stage. It would be too hard to contain him where we like to go. He was great last year, just fed and slept.

DD was great her first trip too. She was old enough to listen when we said stop and was walking properly so not crawling in sand and dirt.

#4 FeralSingleMum

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:26 PM

DS2 was 3 and DS2 was 7 months.

We had a great time and I can't wait until we do it again.

#5 brazen

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:37 PM

think rora was around 1yo when we first went camping - great time as they are easy to contain wink.gif

#6 cheekymonkey

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:42 PM

I can't remember with DS#1 and DS#3 but they were older. DS#2 was 7 months and DD was 8 months. So long as you're adequately prepared for the weather and don't mind them/their clothes getting filthy, any age can camp. Have fun. original.gif

#7 Fenrir

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:46 PM

DS was about 6 months and DD was about 2yrs 2 months when we first went seriously camping. We have done it every year since for two weeks.

#8 CFMummy

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:55 PM

DHs family go camping every summer DD2 wasn't even 1 month when we went with her

#9 loubee

Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:00 PM

DS1 10 months; DS2 11 months and DD1 7 weeks. The younger the easier as they are more portable but the night feeding was a little awkward.

#10 aunty-moo

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:01 PM

#1 was 4 months
#2 was about the same (which made #1 about 20 months)
and #3 was 6 weeks!

anytime is a good time original.gif

Edited by aunty-moo, 08 April 2012 - 09:02 PM.

#11 EssentialBludger

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:08 PM

Camping with a baby sounds like hell on earth to me. ph34r.gif we're waiting until DS is 4-5.

Depends what you define as camping though. I know people who class staying in luxurious cabins/caravans/campervans with first world luxuries such as hot showers, toilets and cooking facilities as camping. We like to do the whole shebang - a tent in the middle of nowhere next to a lake (another reason I wouldn't take a toddler) with nothing to cook on but an open flame. biggrin.gif

#12 noname2

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

DS was about 18 months the first time we went.  It was hard going because we were car camping and he kept wondering off.  It was stressful trying to keep him away from all the 4wd and campervans.  When we went again a year later it was bliss.  We gave him a physical boundary (no barrier) and he stuck to it.  We all had a ball with one 2.5 and one just 5.

#13 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

DD6 and I were due to go camping in March (her first time). However, venue was flooded out.

But any age is fine, as long as you're equipped for their needs and prepared for everything. I'd start with a tame camping ground, with relatively easy access to supplies and amenities.

#14 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

QUOTE (EssentialBludger @ 08/04/2012, 09:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Camping with a baby sounds like hell on earth to me. ph34r.gif we're waiting until DS is 4-5.

Depends what you define as camping though. I know people who class staying in luxurious cabins/caravans/campervans with first world luxuries such as hot showers, toilets and cooking facilities as camping. We like to do the whole shebang - a tent in the middle of nowhere next to a lake (another reason I wouldn't take a toddler) with nothing to cook on but an open flame. biggrin.gif

DH and I organised a camp for 150 people in inner-city Sydney. It involved a 5 star hotel, and lots of luxury. It went down very well with the non-campers. wink.gif

#15 Leha

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:13 PM

Just got back today with my 20 mth old and 3 year old. It was extremely hard as we were near the water which was extremely stressful. My youngest just runs of everywhere and is obsessed with water. He has to be watched every second. But if we had taken my dd at the same age we would have had no problems.
It depends on the personality of the child. My youngest is wild very adventurous and is always getti himself into trouble. Dd is quiet and will generally stick to my side.

They both slept well. DS was in the portacot and dd on a bed. I depends what your child is like but I think is ok if your child is not a runner. The biggest and most frightening problem I had was when it's dark if DS wondered of we couldn't see him. I only took my eyes of him for a second and he was gone. Fortunately he was at the car but still scared me. Next time I will put glow sticks on him.

#16 lissyrose

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:15 PM

I don't have kids but my nephew was almost 3 months when we went camping with my sister in the middle of no where. a few years later my niece was 6 months old the first time she went camping.

My sister found it pretty easy, no issues with them sleeping in the tent either, she just took the port a cot

#17 matildasmummy

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:19 PM

We didn't get our Nissan Patrol until DD1 was 19 months so that was her first time and DD2 was 4 weeks at the time. They were 23 months and 5 months old when we took them to Cape York for three weeks.

The only holidays my kids have ever known involves digging a hole to go to the loo in the bush!

We are off to the Kimberleys for 8 weeks in a months' time and we can't wait!

#18 WaffleGrrrl

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:22 PM

We just got back from camping with our 11 month old.  We had to go up early and come back early as we had a family commitment to go to, so we only went for 2 nights and drove back Good Friday.

It was awesome.

We camped in tent by a river, no other running water but a drop toilet nearby.  We were with 3 other couples each with a baby - 4 babies under 15 months!  They had a ball.

Mind you, we took up enough rugs and toys, and extra tent for them to play in that opened on all sides (just screens), and a large playpen.  They spent the majority of the time on the rugs and in the playpen playing together.

The thing with camping is, if you have all the right gear (tent, a shelter or two, cooking stove/campfire cooking gear, food, etc etc) and you are really organised about your camping, once you have set up your campsite there is nothing else to do but revolve around making food for you and the bubs, naptimes, playtime, and sitting around the fire.  We were concerned it would be a lot of work, but we were actually much more relaxed than when we were at home (with all those household chores always pending!).

#19 KristyMum-

Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:33 AM

DS3 was about 8 weeks old when we went camping.  He's the youngest of any of my guys I think.
I made sure I took the wrap (Gypsy Mama) so he was easily portable and I could still get things done, and enough nappies and a decent wetbag so I only needed to wash when we got home.
We took our usual setup with us.

We co slept so we really didn't need to take much except clothes/nappies etc oh and I think I took the rocker.  Turned out he loved laying there watching the leaves on the trees... (well, the shadow/light/dark from them anyway, whatever it is at that age).

and yes, we're the 'bush camping type' and I am not a fan of caravan parks.  Unfortunately the above time was at a caravan park which I found harder because I was doubly on edge waiting for DS3 to wake so I could quickly feed him before he made any noise.  Then burp him without any noise (crying), then get back to sleep.  Thankfully we managed it but I would have gotten more sleep if we'd been out bush!  

I say camping because we didn't use the cvan park facilities except for the loo (we take our own water/power etc), we took our usual bush camping setup and ran it as usual, and the only reason we were at a cvan park in the first place was bc it was a thing booked with the ILs.

So give me bush camping any day where kids can make a bit of noise and you're not sitting on the next 'camper' (proximity wise - if I wanted that I'd camp on our front lawn and have more space) and we'll be sweet!

Edited by KristyMum-, 09 April 2012 - 01:41 AM.

#20 *Finn*

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:13 AM

Currently camping with my 2.3 year old, and 12 month old and it's action packed. DS was 6 months when we took him the first time. DD was 8 weeks. We go camping fairly frequently so I am pretty organized with out setup.  Mine are pretty terrible sleepers all round so I just have To roll with  that.
My advice is just go with the flow and don't be stressed if they get out of routine.

#21 Kasey5

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:27 AM

I think it depends on personality and mobility of the child. If they're a very active crawler who loves putting everything in their mouth, you could be busy following them all the time. Add light rain / dew to a dusty campground and a determined crawler and you've got a very muddy baby. However, some babies will be happy just sitting on a rug playing, and being held. I personally think it's easier before they can crawl, or after they walk. Naps can be tricky too if it's hot or noisy.

#22 Nofliesonme

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:41 AM

Youngest age was 3 months

#23 catnat

Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:44 PM

We started off just camping in caravan parks when they were babies. The twins were around 9-10 months old when we first took them.

I have decided though that in a lot of ways I prefer bush camping: don't need to worry about keeping the whole caravan park awake if your child refuses to sleep, you don't have to keep them contained to your site, you don't need to run over and back to the bathroom constantly, you don't have other people playing music and laughing until late etc.

My advice for bush camping though is make sure you have enough fresh water plus extra in case things come up. It is easier to say 'we'll just go stinky' when you are an adult. It is wonderful to be able to fill a tub with water and bathe a little one if they sit on a bull-ants nest, vomit all over themselves, tip a tub of yoghurt over their head or have the unfortunate experience we had of our son getting mud stuck in his penis and foreskin! When spending long periods near water, our children quickly became confident playing with a lif jacket on: we were constantly watching them but it gave that extra piece of mind that if they slipped before we could grab them they'd float and flip the right way up.

Camping and kids/ babies is great. A bit of dirt is not going to hurt them and our children have survived eating kangaroo poo sick.gif sick.gif .

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