We recently had our first experience camping so I decided to share my top three tips for a successful camping trip with a toddler.
1. Try to time your arrival so that your little one is having their nap while you assemble the tent. We didn’t manage this but I had packed a lovely ripe pear (his favourite!) for him to munch from his car seat while we worked on the tent. This kept him happy and content and once the bulk of the tent was up he could get out and help hammer in the pegs and explore his new surroundings.
2. Most toddlers are creatures of habit and will often become unsettled in new environments, especially if they are tired. Take along familiar items and keep the routine as similar as possible to normal. I bought along my sons favourite bedtime story and got him ready in the same routine as usual and he cheered right up and made himself at home.
3. Sleeping arrangements. The nights can get pretty cold when camping in England and little ones cant regulate their temperature as adults can. The best option for enabling you to keep them warm and to monitor their temperature is to have them sleep next to you, or even better, between mum and dad if possible. This way there is warmth coming from either side.
Do you have any more tips for camping with toddlers?