Camping with toddler, keeping them warm?

Submitted: Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:00
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G'day

Well we are looking to do our first night of camping since the brith of our daughter who is now 14 months and walking. It's only a one nighter to Warrens Gorge, but just wondering how other camping parents out there keep their kids warm overnight? Can you get thermals that small, or just use a couple of layers of clothes?

Thanks in Advance.

Snowy
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:16

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:16
Gday Snowy
Just use a child's sleeping bag, the same as you use at home. The type with arms and hood , but body in a bag.
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Reply By: Member - Sheepie (NSW) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:19

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:19
I know this is a serious question and I do apologise in advance, but I just couldn't resist - have you tried this approach?

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Follow Up By: Snowy 3.0iTD - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:21

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:21
Not quite what I had in mind, lmao.

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:24

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:24
Gday
Isn't that the way its done on the Ganges with dearly departed relo's
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:25

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:25
Hi Snowy,

You can get sleeping bags at just the right length for toddlers with arms. When you put the kids in and zip them up they can't sneak out of them in the middle of the night and then we just throw a good blanket over the top of this. If it was really cold, there is one piece pyjamas that went on before all of the above but this has generally been used on our inland adventures as we live in mild old Brisbane.

We have the kids bathed and rugged up in bed clothes before the sun goes down and then they just wear gum boots to keep the feet of the one piece pyjamas clean and it is just a matter of taking the boots off before bed. If you time it right, all this is being done by Mum whilst you are at happy hour.......ROFL (just kidding girls!!)

Happy camping,
Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Ross H (QLD) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 20:06

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 20:06
Hi Snowy

I can confirm this is what Trevor actually does as poor Judy slaves away with the kids and Trevor is running around playing social butterfly having beers with the fellow campers....(That women deservse a metal)......ROFLMAO

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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 21:43

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 21:43
Jeez Ross you been on the sauce again? ANZAC day was yesterday, what's your excuse today? That is the worst grammer I have seen from you and I have seen some dribble hehehehe.

"That women deservse a metal" did you mean "That woman deserves a medal?"
I suggest you give it a rest between sessions or stay off the computer when 4 parts cut ;-))))

Trevor.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:52

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 08:52
Wiith all kids gear when camping in cold weather, I'd pay particular attention to flamabilty ratings. Some cold weather stuff is very prone to catching fire very easily and really flaring up fast and it can also melt and stick to the skin at the same time. Obviously not a good move if you have campfires.
Polar fleece stuff is terrific for warmth. Blankets made from it and microfibre are very warm and weigh almost nothing, but I have no idea of their flamability.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 09:00

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 09:00
I just went googling on this and found the following.
Polar fleece (and the like) should not be used with infants anywhere there might be open fires. (There are some fire retardant versions available, but these aren't common and will have tags about this if they have been treated.
The following might be useful.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/publications/ncr174.pdf
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Reply By: greenextreme - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 12:04

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 12:04
We've camped with our daughter since she was six weeks old. We've mostly used one piece thermals and/or zip-up one piece sleeping suits, sometimes with gloves and/or socks when near-freezing temperature is likely. For bedding, we have a single feather/down quilt folded in half with velcro down the side to seal/close the edges, placed inside a kindercot [mini-tent]. We've had many zero-degree nights and never any complaints from our daughter [whose now 3.5yrs]. As mentioned by others, gumboots work very well to keep the feet clean.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 19:57

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 19:57
Greeny has summed it up very well. The only bit I'd add is to pop a beanie on their head as that is where we all lose the most heat. Ski suits are great too. Kids in general don't complain about the cold till they're much older.
Cheers Craig................
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:57

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 13:57
The time honoured human behaviour since we lived in caves is for everyone to snuggle in together!
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Reply By: trainslux - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 15:14

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 15:14
Layers are the key, and what has already been written is good advice.

Wifey suggests baby tights, with trac pants over the top for days.
I made up a small canvas swag for our daughter, who was 4mths when we spend a month on the road.
Had sheets, blankets and we could just layer as required for the nights temp, the canvas also helps with the cold too.
Had a few -4 at the warrumbungles and at armidale, just keep them rugged up, and make sure there warm before putting down to bed. A light beanie is also a good investment, or two of them, cotton t shirt material is soft, and washes easily, as you are aware, they loose most of their heat thru their heads, and regulate body temp thru their heads, but on cold nights, its worth covering.
The below freezing mornings, our daughter was warm as toast, and wondered what we were complaining about. ;), being snuggled between us or with us also helped.

She just loved sitting in our laps by the fire, could have stayed there all night if given the chance. There good times, get them out there and used to it at a young age.

Trains
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Reply By: Steve and Viv - Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 23:46

Monday, Apr 26, 2010 at 23:46
great advice above and we also took a hot water bottle to warm up the beds before they hoped in. seemed to start them off on the right foot
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Reply By: Rob! - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 10:53

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 10:53
Layers is the key. make sure you insulate them from underneath with blankets. When our kids were little we put them in those kathmandu jumpsuits which always kept them warm on cold nights.
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