This plus that equals…. camping with a toddler
Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about our camping trip at the weekend. Our first ever camping trip. A blogger trip with Camping in the Forest. Most importantly the reality of camping with a toddler.
L literally had the best time. He was obsessed with the tent. His inflatable bed. Getting to play outside all day long. Eating outside. Being with us. He loved all of it.
With him having so much fun, it was impossible not to enjoy ourselves as well.
We explored, adventured and generally just enjoyed having some family time.
Bed time was out of the window. The kid was utterly exhausted and a handful because of it. He was aware of his own tiredness as he asked to go to bed, but every single time he thought he heard something exciting, so basically every three seconds, he was up again.
In the end we just had to embrace it. Bed time came and went and eventually he settled down.
We were exhausted as well, wrangling a toddler all day will do that to you.
We’d also been in the car forever just to get there.
Camping is exhausting.
If you get mild hayfever and can usually get away with the odd antihistamine here and there. Do not think that will remain the case if you are spending all day outdoors.
Trust me it won’t.
I was a sniffling mess by then end of the day and a layer of canvas between your head and the grass at night gives you no room to recover.
Only having bay wipes to blow your nose with is a whole other issue!!
With a relatively newly toilet trained toddler we seemed to spend all out time walking back and forth to the toilet block.
Sometimes even going to one further away just to mix things up!
Thankfully Hippychick has just launched a fab new product called Tron which is a pop up, portable potty, made from cardboard and they sent us some for our trip.
They are amazing! Like really amazing.
In its folded form, it will slip neatly into any bag and then can be used when the need arises, literally just popping into its potty form in seconds. With a built in plastic bag that does not leak and an absorbent pad that holds a lot, these were just perfect. They also fold right back up and have a carry handle for easy disposal.
For us it meant we didn’t have to trot back and forth to the toilets at night, or during the evening when we were trying to settle him down.
I am now a bit obsessed with them due to their amazingness. I’ve got one in my car at the moment for emergencies and will be stocking up on them for future camping trips, just so the toilet block isn’t where I spend most of my break!
We were camping, with a toddler, so all bets were off.
Bedtime, pah! Food, just eat what you want when you want. Shoes, who needs them? Getting angry about the thought of a bath, lets nip that in the bud with a baby wipe wash!
My favourite was when he asked for a snack from the shop, we were about to go cycling so I was certainly ok with that, did he want a biscuit, maybe a mini swiss roll, an ice cream maybe? No, no he didn’t. Did he want a full size farmhouse cake, when we had no knife or plate and were about to go cycling? Yes he did! But you know what we broke chinks off and it was actually really yummy and lasted until we got home the next day, that’s a win in my book.
So overall I loved my camping trip and I’ll certainly be doing it again. I’ve learnt quite a bit from just one night though so I’ll definitely be making some changes. Have you got any tips for me?
Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday, #Blogstravaganza, #StayClassyMama and #fortheloveofBLOG
Disclosure – we received our Tron portable potties in return for our honest thoughts