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Jebby14

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^ this is true. daughter cries when camper goes into storage and bugs me to bring it home as soon as the snow starts melting. worth every one of the way too many dollars I spend on it for the memories I make with them.


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We started tent camping with our daughter at about 1 year old. As said, things weren't much different than at home. She had her own air mattress and sleeping bag. We'd bring a few toys, but our attention was focused mostly on her. As the years went on her favorite activities were hiking and sitting by the fire at night. When she was a teenager she bought her own tent and used it when we had our pop-up camper. She's almost 35 now, married, and both of them love the outdoors and she's still tenting.


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My daughter was 2 weeks old when we went to Disney. Made the Reservation Before she was conceived. Had a Great time.


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Both of our girls fist camping trips were at 4 weeks. We just carried on as we normally would, but at the campground rather than at the house [emoticon]


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We also started our kids out camping at an early age. First tent camping and later a truck camper. The only caution I'll offer is be mindful of avoiding too much sun. A sunburned toddler is a miserable experience for both child and parent.


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If these guys can do it full time. I'm sure you'll be fine.


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Tal/IL wrote:

We also started our kids out camping at an early age. First tent camping and later a truck camper. The only caution I'll offer is be mindful of avoiding too much sun. A sunburned toddler is a miserable experience for both child and parent.


sun screen and a place to cool off are valuable. this is a good piece of advice

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You didn't say how you would be camping - tent or RV of some sort? When our sons were babies, we tent camped. The oldest was a toddler and I actually had a harness made for kids to keep him in a close circle by us. This way I could get a fire started and cook. His little brother who was a year younger, just an infant, was in a play pen. Fast forward to our grandkids coming camping. When the kids were little, we always had a portable crib outside to keep the little ones contained for safety and we had a portable high chair. Last fall we camped up in a remote campground in the Seven Devil's Wilderness and there was a couple next to with a toddler and an infant. They hiked back into the wilderness with those two kids and returned at dusk to a hot meal around their camp stove and slept through the night, except for one brief crying spell we heard from the baby.


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Thank you all for your advice and support. The replies are all encouraging!
@ReneeG I am a tent enthusiast so we'll definitely bring our tents.
I will get back to you all with my impressions.

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Our first camping trip with our girls was when they were 4 and 5 years old. We were financially restricted at at that time and while we had camped as kids, our families did not camp at all.

We borrowed everything, tent, slipping bags, stove and packed our kitchen for that first trip in a plastic bucket.

12 years later while in a young womans organization they became state wide officers and had to travel all over the state and even to Manitoba. They traveled in groups and were amazed at how little the travel buddies knew about travel and in actuality this State.

They thanked us then and still talk about those travel days and tenting, cooking over a wood fire and exploring the area where we were camping, even their first encounter with a bear in Yosemite.

Letting kids explore life was expected back then, no helicopter parents. Our grandkids have been raised that way and their first camping trips occurred at about 3 or for months for both of them.


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