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#1 of 5 Old 07-19-2010, 05:00 PM - Thread Starter
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Anyone have helpful tips about tent camping with a 5 week old. We currently have a 2 person backpacking tent and sleep on backpacking thermarest pads with down sleeping bags. Thinking we may need a bigger tent, at least one bigger pad and possibly different blankets?

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we moved up to a larger tent when camping with our first. more room to hang out if it rains, change babe, etc. i also moved to a blanket system v. sleeping bags. just makes nursing so much easier. wealso moved to an air mattress once the babes were about 1.5. have fun!
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we skip the air mattress because i'm paranoid about them losing air with such a little one on it. i'd also do blankets vs a down sleeping bag......too many smothering risks for me!! other than that, we've camped in a little tent with a baby and a dog.....its doable!

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My 2 wk old has spent more nights in a tent then inside a house thus far. What has worked for us is a firm foam mattress for me and her, and quilt/sheet combo for us. I also dress her in a sleep-sack for extra warmth. I also agree that you'll likely need a larger tent now. Happy camping!

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Just wanted to say I think you are impressive to go already! Have fun, report back what works.

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