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Hello! I'm going camping in early September in Yosemite with my 2 year old son. We've brought him camping before, but this will be the first time when it will get pretty chilly at night (average is around 50F). I was just wondering if anyone had any good recomendations for pajamas or something that would keep him warm enough at night.

 

We used to cosleep when he was younger, but neither he nor I slept well after about 18 months so he's been in his own bed since then and loves it. During past camping trips he sleeps in a pack-n-play. He refuses all blankets and I don't really want to put him in his own sleeping bag since he's pretty squirmy and I am afraid he'll get tangled up in it. We are from So. California, it is pretty much impossible to buy anything in our stores that is actually meant to be warm, even our "winter" clothes are not made to be as warm as something you could buy in a place that actually snows.

 

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50F is cold when you're not moving around.  I once had a job doing bird surveys that required me to stand in one place outside for 2 hours, often at around 50F.  I would typically wear long underwear tops and bottoms, fleece pants, a sweater, a fleece jacket with a warmer jacket over it, a hat, and rain pants and a rain jacket.  And by the end of the 2 hours, I was usually uncomfortably cold.  If it's going to be 50 inside your tent, your DS is either going to need to be in a sleeping bag or in clothes that will keep him as warm as a sleeping bag (which might be hard to find where you live.)  Imagine it was 50 in your bedroom.  What kind of bedding would you be using?  Multiple blankets?  A down comforter?  Your DS will need clothes that keep him as warm as that.  Maybe a one-piece snowsuit, if you can find one.  Or maybe he'll need to be right next to you, sharing your body heat, even if it means neither of you sleeps very well.

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You'll want to use either wool or fleece as pj's. Remember, when camping "cotton is rotten." It doesn't insulate well, especially when wet.

I've always taken my daughter camping in mid or heavy weight base layers. These should do the trick for you:

For a mid-weight layer I've alyways liked the REI MTS long underwear. I get my daughter a top and bottom, and she uses them as PJs at home and layered with thicker fleece for PJs when camping. She's been wearing them for 6 years, and I get her a new pair faithfully every year, we love them so much!
http://www.rei.com/product/786070/rei-midweight-mts-crew-shirt-toddlers
http://www.rei.com/product/786069/rei-midweight-mts-long-underwear-bottoms-toddlers

I usually also get a size up in fleece long underwear to layer over when it is cold at night. These two are options for you:
http://www.rei.com/product/786564/rei-mts-expedition-stretch-long-underwear-bottoms-toddlers
http://www.rei.com/product/801922/rei-lightweight-fleece-pants-toddlers

For an extra layer up top I go with a fleece shirt or a zip-up sweater. Don't forget a stocking cap and a couple layers of wool socks.

A sleeping pad will be super important, as you can lose quite a lot of body heat through a pad with little insulation. I'd bring a sleeping bag for him anyway, perhaps unzipping it and laying it over him like a blanket. if he is too cold he probably won't kick it off, and if he is warm enough you can just nudge it to the side.
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You'll want to use either wool or fleece as pj's. Remember, when camping "cotton is rotten." It doesn't insulate well, especially when wet.
I've always taken my daughter camping in mid or heavy weight base layers. These should do the trick for you:
For a mid-weight layer I've alyways liked the REI MTS long underwear. I get my daughter a top and bottom, and she uses them as PJs at home and layered with thicker fleece for PJs when camping. She's been wearing them for 6 years, and I get her a new pair faithfully every year, we love them so much!
http://www.rei.com/product/786070/rei-midweight-mts-crew-shirt-toddlers
http://www.rei.com/product/786069/rei-midweight-mts-long-underwear-bottoms-toddlers
I usually also get a size up in fleece long underwear to layer over when it is cold at night. These two are options for you:
http://www.rei.com/product/786564/rei-mts-expedition-stretch-long-underwear-bottoms-toddlers
http://www.rei.com/product/801922/rei-lightweight-fleece-pants-toddlers
For an extra layer up top I go with a fleece shirt or a zip-up sweater. Don't forget a stocking cap and a couple layers of wool socks.
A sleeping pad will be super important, as you can lose quite a lot of body heat through a pad with little insulation. I'd bring a sleeping bag for him anyway, perhaps unzipping it and laying it over him like a blanket. if he is too cold he probably won't kick it off, and if he is warm enough you can just nudge it to the side.


excellent advice. We mostly end up co sleeping with toddlers while camping, even if they like their own bed... A therma rest and a sleeping bag. There are also little down sleep sacks/sleeping bags for babies... which are pricey, but maybe worth it?

And those sleeping bags it is actually better to wear one really warm/ fewer layers... Have fun!


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I'm always a fan of layering clothing.  If he gets too warm, you can always remove layers!

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Instead of a sleeping bag for my 2yr old, I bring a few of her small blankets to layer on top of the therma rest and then a blanket to cover her (layered clothed body). And I tend to wake up often while in a tent, so I check her and make sure she is covered and not cold. I have also just put her in the sleeping bag with me (and since Im constantly awake, I just check her)


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You'll want to use either wool or fleece as pj's. Remember, when camping "cotton is rotten." It doesn't insulate well, especially when wet.
I've always taken my daughter camping in mid or heavy weight base layers. These should do the trick for you:
For a mid-weight layer I've alyways liked the REI MTS long underwear. I get my daughter a top and bottom, and she uses them as PJs at home and layered with thicker fleece for PJs when camping. She's been wearing them for 6 years, and I get her a new pair faithfully every year, we love them so much!
http://www.rei.com/product/786070/rei-midweight-mts-crew-shirt-toddlers
http://www.rei.com/product/786069/rei-midweight-mts-long-underwear-bottoms-toddlers
I usually also get a size up in fleece long underwear to layer over when it is cold at night. These two are options for you:
http://www.rei.com/product/786564/rei-mts-expedition-stretch-long-underwear-bottoms-toddlers
http://www.rei.com/product/801922/rei-lightweight-fleece-pants-toddlers
For an extra layer up top I go with a fleece shirt or a zip-up sweater. Don't forget a stocking cap and a couple layers of wool socks.
A sleeping pad will be super important, as you can lose quite a lot of body heat through a pad with little insulation. I'd bring a sleeping bag for him anyway, perhaps unzipping it and laying it over him like a blanket. if he is too cold he probably won't kick it off, and if he is warm enough you can just nudge it to the side.

Excellent!

 

Thanks all! I figure if he's really cold of course he'd just come into bed, but worth trying on his own.

 

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I love Hanna Andersson clothes (though they are pricey) and last winter we got ds the cutest thermals from there that are super warm- tops and bottoms. Though they may only sell those in the winter time.

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