Camping Tips

Camping Tips: Best Bedding for Babies & Toddlers

We first took Finn camping when he was about five months old. When I spoke to people, and later blogged, about it I was often asked about bedding. Specifically, what he wore in bed and what he slept on.
I thought I’d put a few ideas down, although this isn’t a definitive guide, more just about what has worked so far for us, and what I’m planning to do this year.

So, firstly what night clothes are best when camping? We went camping in June and July so it wasn’t too cold. I put Finn in fleece sleepsuits that I had bought quite cheaply at a supermarket. I got a size too big so that I could layer up if needed. A pair of tights (even boys can wear tights!) and a long sleeved vest underneath were fine. If it had been colder I would’ve put another top underneath, but bear in mind that tents do heat up very quickly in the morning. This year as he’s bigger I will invest in a decent fleece suit (I have just discovered Kozi Kids and love their micro fleece all in one!)

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Kozi Kids Microfleece, Kampa Airlock Junior Airbed and the Koo-di pop up bubble cot

Secondly, what to sleep on-or in? We spent a while researching travel cots. At first we were contemplating a normal travel cot, we thought it could double as a playpen and be somewhere to plonk Finn while we wrestled with the tent. However, even though we’ve upsized our car, we’re still short of space. So I started looking for something light that would fold up very small. I didn’t know what I was looking for, or if anything like it even existed. Then I came across the Koo-di pop up bubble cot and all my prayers were answered! It has honestly been one of our best baby buys. It is so easy to put up, takes up very little room and folds up into it’s own small bag. Another feature I loved was the fact that I could leave the side unzipped so it was completely open and have Finn next to me. It was almost like we were co sleeping, especially useful as I was still breastfeeding last summer when we went camping. We’ve used it on nights away and even at home when we have guests (or Finn has been sick in his cot and needs somewhere dry to nap!) The mattress is quite thin, although it is possible to buy an inflatable mattress for it. This year I am going to buyΒ a child’s airbed from Kampa, I love the raised sides and haven’t found anything else like it for toddlers. Airbeds can be cold though, so I will make sure there is a good thick layer underneath him.

As for bedding, up until now I have simply used his normal baby sleeping bags with a thick quilt (made by my lovely mum) underneath him and a couple of fleece blankets on top. Lately, I have abandoned the sleeping bags at home in favour of a duvet as Finn is very long and seems to outgrow them very quickly. (Although, I have just spotted some 3.5 tog toddler sleeping bags at Jojo Maman Bebe that have seriously tempted me!) I will probably go with a combination of blankets and duvet for now, although I will invest in a good quality sleeping bag when he is a bit older. My main advice is just make sure that you have a good insulating layer underneath your child, as that is where a lot of cold air comes up from.

I hope that has helped a little. Last year we camped with a small baby and I learnt a lot. I can’t help thinking that this year’s adventures with a very mobile toddler will be a whole new learning curve! Rest assured that I will pass on lots of tips as we go along.

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  1. Some really useful advice. Our kids are older now, but they still always take onesies with them camplng, and they have sleeping pods which are bags that have more room in for them to flail about in rather than the cocooning ones we use which are a little like being mummified!

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    • The sleeping pods sound good, I will have to look at those, sounds like they would accommodate Finn’s long legs! And I always take my onesie too, the only time I feel I can get away with wearing it!

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  2. Oh this is all invaluable! We love camping and wanted to keep up our lovely camping holidays when Pickle comes along but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Firstly, we’ll definitely need a bigger tent! I’m not sure our little 3 man p-up tent will quite cut the mustard anymore, lol. We’ll ease ourselves in gently though as our next upcoming stay will be glamping at a wedding – a kind of half way house before proper camping!

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    • Yes, it’s definitely worth having a trial run first! For our first trip we just went for a couple of nights-and not too far away in case it all went wrong. It is so much fun but you’re going to need a bigger tent πŸ™‚

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  3. We’ve camped twice with our three kids. Both times in the wild (not at camp sites). We have two small tents, my hubby has an army sleeping bag, but we had normal sleeping bags and wore fleece onesies. Camping with kids is great. We first went when they were 2, 6 and 8 and then again at 3, 7 and 9. Both times were great fun, but we do need to invest in some warmer sleeping bags. Sarah #whatevertheweather

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    • That sounds amazing, I would love to give wild camping a go, think we may have to downsize our kit though! Definitely agree with warm sleeping bags, it’s worth making sure you’re warm and comfortable!

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  4. This is so so helpful! What amazing advice. We’re taking Evie camping when it gets a bit warmer and even though she’s not a baby anymore, I like the look of the cot and the blow up! As a walking/exploring toddler I’d feel much safer if she was in something. I didn’t even think of this before! Thank you for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

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    • I’m the same, now Finn can move I like the idea of him being contained as much as possible! Hope you enjoy camping when you go, I’m so looking forward to the summer and lots of adventures!

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  5. Really helpful as I have wondered sometimes how people manage with little ones… Still not sure I am brave enough to camp with ours yet! Xx

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    • I don’t feel that brave, I find it easier than trying to contain/entertain him at home. At least outside he can be as messy or as loud as he likes! You should give camping a go one day, it might not be that bad πŸ™‚

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  6. Great tips! That fleece suit looks like a great buy too, might have to buy one for A for our camping trips this year. I’m hoping for a much more comfortable and warm experience than last year. Planning on getting self inflating camping mats for a better insulated ground layer and cozy sleeping bags with fleece all in ones too. Can’t wait to get camping again!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather πŸ™‚ x

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