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Old 05-28-2013, 09:54 PM   #1
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Getting back to camping :)

Hi... We just purchased a Salem cruise lite 26bhxl. We camped for many years with a pop-up and loved it, until a family of mice ate the canvas and it would have cost more than the camper was worth to fix it, so we took a few years off and in that time had daughter who will be 2 in July. Any suggestions on how to camp with a toddler??? Our first excursion will be in a few weeks and we keep bringing her in the camper to show her around, she already claimed the bottom bunk as her own LOL. We plan on camping in our backyard this weekend to test the waters but I am nervous about the sleeping.

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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Sounds great! Playing in it and practicing is well worth the time. Let her make her bunk area "home" with toys and games and girly stuff (my daughter at NINE still wants her princess blanket).

At two- You have to be vigilant about dangers as she's still a little young to fully grasp the things that can hurt her (falling out of the door, fire, etc.).

I have a 9 year old and an almost 1 year old. The older one has camper for her third year now. The 1 year old camped since he was 6 weeks!

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:46 AM   #3
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My 8yo SD claimed the top bunk. She has decorated it with glow in the dark planets and stars. Enjoy your new camper.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:23 AM   #4
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You are a brave woman LOL I was not. After one traumatic trip with my parents when
DD was two I crossed it off my list til she was 6 ~ at 6 & 8 it was awesome and we've camped ever since

I guess my point is, maybe don't give up if it's not what you expected. Don't work yourself to death, do super easy meals with little or no clean up. Don't sweat the small stuff. Oh, and wear tennis shoes LOL, to catch her~~~ I'm betting you'll all be sleeping like babies
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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Our three daughters all started camping as toddlers including our middle daughter who was only three months old on our first trip.

My advice, spend quality time with your kiddos playing games, doing crafts and just hanging out. Let them help with camp chores but give them some slack to enjoy themselves while keeping them safe. Our girls quickly learned the boundaries. Our girls are all in their thirty's now and saw some of their greatest memories were while camping. And, now our grandkids have joined in the camping experience.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #6
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We have two toddlers who have grown up camping, and they love it. When possible we ask for sites near the playground, so we can watch them play from our site. We normally travel with others who have kids, and they love it. There are a lot of family/kid friendly parks, with water parks etc. So don't sweat it, your camper is your home away from home, so not much changes with the kids. Just watch them on the stairs in and out!
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:10 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Outdoor Girl View Post
Any suggestions on how to camp with a toddler???

A practical word of advice is to be okay with her getting dirty

Our three girls have camped with us since they were babies. We first took our oldest when she was 4 months old.

Age 2 revolves around safety and boundaries. Campfires, camp ground roads, people walking their dogs, poison ivy, sharp corners on your camper, the list goes on...

Basically, you need to take precautions and be ever watchful when she is outside because she has little understanding of what she cannot touch or where she cannot go. There is little downtime for you until bedtime for her.

Structure her time with you so she begins to enjoy the camping experience - games at the campsite, hikes, swimming, fun meals, etc.

At age 5 or so, things start to become easier as she just understands more and, by first or second grade, its a whole lot easier.

Enjoy the experience!
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Being especially vigilant is the key. In larger campgrounds you'll find there is constant traffic on the interior roads - from people entering and leaving, to bike traffic from the other kids, and golf carts, etc. Also there is a lot of "backing up" going on at those sites, and children can wander into blind spots in a heartbeat. They need to know territorial boundaries, but there should always be an adult with them when they are outside.

That being said, we raised our two camping from toddlerhood without serious incidents, but not without serious concerns. (Of course, they're now in their 30's and we STILL worry about them).
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:49 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone! I am sure it will go well I am a nervous nelly LOL.. I am super safe with her we are installing outlet covers, door/drawer latches, and pretty much everything else we can. Luckily she is pretty good at listening to directions but I understand the dangers. We may have to wait a bit to go anywhere though the trailer is in th shop the electric stabilizers are not working good thing it happened at home! It sucks though that is the reason we bought a 2013!
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We take a dinette cushion and place it under the mattress edge to creat a slope our son would have to roll up and over to fall out of the bed.

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