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Babies/Toddlers!!!
« on: January 07, 2010, 11:55:12 PM »
I was looking at booking the camping trip in July, my youngest DD will be 14 months and was wondering how peps have found camping with children that age?
Also when booking the trip do you pay for children from a certain age or all children?

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2010, 06:15:38 AM »
I started camping with T when she was 9m. The SWK trips are great for your first venture into camping with littlies because there's always someone around to help.
It really depends on the nature of your own child but a buggy and/or travel cot can be useful ways to contain them if they are likely to wander off while you pitch or cook or something.
The older kids are great with the little ones and neighbours will help with pretty much anything I've found.
As for prices, they're usually listed on the bookings page

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2011, 11:58:31 PM »
Hi,

I have booked my first trip.
My youngest is 18 months so i was planning on taking my travel cot with me. That way, i will hopefully sleep a little sounder knowing she was "contained"!.
Need to get a tent now that i can fit the travel cot and that i can put up with 1 hand!

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2011, 06:57:34 AM »
I took a travel cot when we went camping when Rosie was smaller for the same reason - I slept better knowing that she couldn't get out while I was asleep and wander off but also the travel cot really came into it's own whilst I was putting the tent up.  A few friends joined her as I remember. "Is there room in there for my little one too for ten minutes" was asked more than once lol!

They run all over the place, delighted at the big open space.

We are doing the Kent and Severn Valley camping trips.

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 10:03:59 PM »
I'm going on my first trip next weekend.
Was planning on taking my travel cot and her grobag and a couple of extra blankets just in case.
 Will let you know how it goes!

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2011, 12:20:03 AM »
My oldest was 8 months when we first took her camping - she couldn't really get very far and it was a small camp so everyone knew where she belonged.  Jack was 1 year when I first camped with him - he was more mobile but again it was a small camp....people are usually helpful.  Buggy is good as is a travel cot.  From walking age upwards I either (quickly) sew a label onto all t-shirts/dresses that says, "If I look lost then please call mummy on ..........." and so far no-one has needed to use the number and I've seen lots of people looking for mummy and being reassured when they see me looking for the little one.  Some people use markers on skin but I've never done that......

Even though I've not done a trip with SWK yet I am PRETTY sure that once you've arrived and are setting up your tent your immediate neighbours will be friendly and little ones on the loose will be looked after.....
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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2013, 07:16:19 PM »
Hey there

I'm reviving an old thread.  Does anyone have any other advice other than what has been mentioned here so far?  I'm going to New Forest with my 18 month old.  I've not camped with her before.  I have a (massive) tent and a travel cot.  She's REALLY into pushing boundaries lately and one of her favourite games is to run away from Mummy. 

My little one's grandmother is very concerned about us going on this trip.  The concern is twofold - first that camping with her so young is very unsafe and bordering on a bit crazy, and second that I'm going with SWK - "how do you know you can trust people on the internet?"  Any suggestions on how to reassure her?  At present I am mostly just telling her that I will follow my gut and if I feel things are at all off I will up and leave (cause I would do that).
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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2013, 07:34:16 PM »
Whilst I can understand people being wary of situations they have not experienced, you will be absolutely fine, I have been camping with SWK for 4 years now and seen many babies and young children and you will find we all look out for each other where the kids are concerned.

You will be fine :)

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2013, 07:36:59 PM »
That sounds like the best answer you could give to a fretful grandmother.  As for the other stuff....the running away from mummy your daughter is doing, well, you'll just have to suck it and see.  You could stick a label to her clothes letting us know which tent you're in if you think that would help? 

I would agree with Stuart too, this is the third time we've been on the New Forest trip with SWK and everyone really does look out for everyone else, and their children :)
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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2013, 07:42:20 PM »
Hi Pearl

I haven't been camping with a toddler, but I have been camping with swk. As well as having this forum, swk is a legitimate business, can you show your mother in law the website so she can see that for herself? Also give her the details of the camp ? As for the people you will meet, from experience they will be friendly and safe. It goes against all we are taught to meet people from the internet so I understand her concerns, I have met camping kt who is I think going and also several that came to Norfolk last year.

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2013, 07:49:13 PM »
They normally do a list with people going and ages which would have helped you, then you can see others that are going and children's ages etc, they have not done it for this trip for some reason but I am sure there will be younger children as well.

Just come and say hi to one of us and then when your mum rings you can say we are not that bad after all lol :)

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2013, 08:35:46 PM »
If you think about it logically, camping with people you have "met" on the Internet is probably safer than going to campsite alone!

I was about to say SWK is not a cult - however, now I think about it ......  SWK does have a strange and powerful effect on most people.  One meet, one holiday and you are hooked, brainwashed and your kids won't let you leave even if you want to ;D

Not much help in calming a fretting grandparent though!
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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2013, 09:50:54 PM »
Hi Pearl I am going with my 3 year old she is quite good about staying with me so I can't really advise on that but I think you will be in the tent right next to each other at night (take a bucket in case you need a wee!) as you won't want to be leaving the tent and in the day time dress little one in something bright and I'm sure we'll all look out for her I know my daughter would be more than happy to help look after her. Take a few toys. I'm sure she'll love watching you cook outdoors and then get involved and probably wet with the washing up! It's my first SWK camp too but everyone is so lovely on the forum and as Blue Sky says much better than going to a campsite alone. See you there I have a Blue vango apparently from reading on the forum lots of people have those though! x x

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2013, 06:13:10 AM »
Hello Pearl

One lesson I have learned from life is that when a person decides to make positive changes and take control of their life there are those around them that feel threatened - especially those that fear their influence (control) may be waning.

I can't tell you nothing bad will happen ... but I can tell you I've never seen (or heard of) anything bad happening on an SWK camp.

The most likely outcome is that you'll both have a fantastic weekend ... and never look back.

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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2013, 09:14:37 AM »
I first took my daughter camping when she is 1 and she was fine. I took a travel cot, buggy, and reins for if I needed a beak from her running off, but as you are in a field, she will be able to run in the middle and you will still see her. As for writing about strangers, its only like you going on holiday anyway, you wouldn't know people if you booked a holiday with Thomas cook etc.  in the evenings I recommend taking blankets and letting her fall asleep in the buggy. That way you can sit by the fire with everyone else and not have to sit alone in you're tent while she sleeps. Have fun!
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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2013, 09:16:07 AM »
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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2013, 11:52:13 PM »
Just spotted this one and wanted to add, I felt more nervous camping in my own garden than I did at Severn Valley! The peace of mind of knowing you are camping feet away from friendly people in the same boat with whom you have probably by then shared a beer and a chat cannot be underestimated :-)
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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2013, 04:21:38 PM »
I agree Purplejay!  New Forest was lovely, and everyone was amazing!  After I returned and told my daughter's grandmother about it she has completely come around and been been telling others how incredible SWK sounds!
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Re: Babies/Toddlers!!!
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2015, 09:01:59 AM »
Hii  ;D
I have another tip! We went camping when my LO was only 11 months and we had an amazing time! I have never thought this but the thing that helped me the most was my baby carrier! I also brought the stroller with me but it was really no use because I wasn't able to push it on the rough soil. I have my from prams.net and it's more of a sling type but you can also get proper hiking carriers from outdoor stores like cotswolds etc.
Also bring looots of clothes and make layering, in the nights it can get really cold so it's best to have some extra blankets and also a hat for the baby. The other people I met were very helpful and we also helped each other out when someone ran out of diapers so don' worry about that :)

 

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