any one else getting sick of other people telling us what kinda vacations we can take with a kids

Julie - posted on 11/24/2011 ( 37 moms have responded )

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ok so when my son was small we want camping when he was just over a year and i had alot of people tell me i couldn't take a 13 month old camping....i did and he was the happiest i'd seen him for that week he was a wild boy from minute go we have done it every summer since but this time he'll be 4 but his new brother is only going to be about 4 months and everyone i know except my dad, brother and my grandparents on my moms side are telling me i can't take him out with me. thing is we don't really camp we live in a camper in my grandma's front yard for a week my cell works out there she lets me charge me phone and store stuff in her fridge i don't see how in high hell this is dangrous to theo just cause he's only going to be 4 months. the only problem i forsee is my grandparents live about 20 minutes from any kinda hospital why the hell is this a problem i've done this for 3 years now 2012 will be year 4 my bf and father of the one on the way doesn't want me to do it

(p.s mom has passed she was the one who supported me the first time when my friends were saying it was to dangrous with my first son)

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I'm a mother of 3 and LIVED more than 200 miles from the nearest hospital and also coped with no electricity or other utility supply...so I see no reason why it's dangerous for you to go camping now, particularly as its in the front yard of a house where you could get assistance if required. People are just too precious these days. Try to ignore them, I know its not easy but do your best. God bless.

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eh. We took J camping when he was 7 months--in a TENT, in the FOREST! Geez, what do they want you to do? Wrap him in a bubble?

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Chris - posted on 12/18/2011

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My youngest was just weeks old when he went on his first camping trip. We were in a tent even! I say don't sweat it. Only you know your family well enough to take adventures. I know my children don't sit still, so for now, they are not allowed on airplanes.

Tracy - posted on 12/17/2011

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My kids all went camping for the first time at 4 months of age. They sleep very well due to the fresh air. I see NO problem with it. What reason does your bf give you for being against it? You just have to take a playpen to keep them off the ground. You're the mom, you know what is best for your kids and what risks are acceptable. I get nervous when the kids get close to the fire pit but it's nothing educating the kids won't help. Take your kids where you wish and turn a deaf ear to all the nay sayers.

Olivia - posted on 12/17/2011

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They are your kids & you do what u want!! I take my kids camping & always will!!! Kids enjoy camping...I say as long as your kids are fed & safe...than any holiday you choose is fine!!!

Olivia - posted on 12/17/2011

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They are your kids & you do what u want!! I take my kids camping & always will!!! Kids enjoy camping...I say as long as your kids are fed & safe...than any holiday you choose is fine!!!

Jenna - posted on 12/14/2011

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You can take a baby camping! Our baby was five months old when he came camping with us and he actually slept all night that night and very comfortably, in the tent with the other six of us (and the dog). It was a great trip.

Melissa - posted on 12/05/2011

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Seriously, how the hell do people think children survived before the days of automobiles and electricity? Camping in a camper is barely camping. And just for the record, even if you WERE really camping (in a tent with a fire and the whole 9) who cares?? When I was younger, my baby brother was the same age (4 months) when we took him CAMPING camping for the first time, and we had a great time. It's not like he's old enough or mobile enough to run off into the woods and get lost or anything. People like to try and tell people what to do with their own kids all the time. It's so obnoxious.

Ivy - posted on 12/05/2011

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Julie, try to ignore them. How do they think people lived before hospitals, housing and modern civilisation? You're the mother and sounds like you've got everything covered.

Cory - posted on 12/05/2011

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Sounds like there's missing information. If you've done this before & are comfortable "camping" then have fun & don't worry about what anyone says or thinks.

Katie - posted on 12/04/2011

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My older daughter was 8 months old the first time we took her camping. It was full on tent camping, out in the boonies, Memorial Day Weekend of 2007 in the PacNW. It got cold enough to see our breath at night. It was the best nights' sleep she'd ever had in her tiny life up to then. Swaddled in loads of blankets on a futon pad, she absolutely loved it. We took everything she needed and kept her just as warm and dry and fed as if we were at home, but instead we were in our tent. She was mesmerized by the campfires and loves camping to this day. As long as you know how to prepare for meeting his needs in the camping environment, then ignore the city slickers that don't know how to live without their DishTV and high speed internet for 48 hours of their lives, and apparently have no idea how to care for a baby in any circumstances, whether they be urban ideal or rural rough. (Hmmm, maybe should read some of the other replies before I post this....nah! )

Stifler's - posted on 12/04/2011

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No one tells me I can't take my kids anywhre. People reckon we can take them camping adn I say over my dead body.

LeeOna - posted on 12/04/2011

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Here's my advice...what the heck did our ancestors do back in the day where there were no heaters and no "campers" to sleep in on a daily basis. My parents took me when I was less than a month old and I'm just fine! For gooness sakes don't stop living just because you have another human. Just make sure you take the proper steps to ensure everyone is comfy and warm. I hope you go and enjoy yourself since camping is relaxing and a nice time to get away from the daily home routine.

Rita - posted on 12/01/2011

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As long as the baby is in good health when it's time to leave,, take him with you. Hell people actually live like this year round and even if it's just because you want him there, that's okay it's not selfish, it's motherly love. What it boils down to is its YOUR BABY, not anyone else's and that means you get to make the decisions.

Joanne - posted on 11/29/2011

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Hilarious. Both our children have been camping with us since they were babies. They simply love camping. You as a parent need to be a little more vigilant because of the unexpected but they test their physical selves and spend loads of time with you. The best is no TV. If they get cold you all sleep together in a lump in one bed and have fun. I have bathed my babies in anything from a bucket to a plastic packing box. We have had such fun I pity people who have not exposed their kids to it. Although I truly believe different strokes for different folks but they must not drown out your inner voice that tells you what is right for YOU!

Kelina - posted on 11/28/2011

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exactly why is he worried? because baby will be cold? because it will be too hard on you? how exactly is it dangerous? are you camping in an area with a lot of predators? how exactly is it dangerous? we took my daughter camping this summer she was 6 months and we were in a tent. To be honest I was completely miserable. Granted we had a really crappy summer here and it was still very cold at night. The second time around she was 7 months and we stayed in my inlaws tent trailer which was much better. It can be done but it's difficult. It's hard to enjoy camping when you're exhausted and that sun feels like God's flashlight lol. You might want to fight about it a little closer to camping time. You may find that it's just oo much for you and you'd be better off taking a different vacation. Or you may find that you're raring to go. why bicker about it before baby is even born?

Michelle - posted on 11/28/2011

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I've taken all three of my kids camping from the time they were like 3 months old. It was fine. My parents took my siblings and I camping from the time we were a few months. It's fun. People will get over it.

Sammy - posted on 11/28/2011

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There is nothing wrong with taking your child camping. My son is 13 months old right now and this past summer we took him camping for the first time. We go camping in tents. We go fishing and all of that when we go camping. I think that taking them camping when they are young is a good way of teaching them about nature and respecting it. I think the only way they would be to young for camping is when they are first born. I did it with my now 15 month old when she was only a baby and have done we took our first born grandson camping when he was young. Our feeling is that if you start camping with them at a young age they will enjoy camping when they get older.

Deb - posted on 11/28/2011

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I see no problem with it. It sounds like everything you need is just a few steps away. We took our kids and grandkids their first summer all the time. As young as 3 mos. and some of them while we still were tenting it. As long as you keep them comfortable I see no problem. Just make sure the baby does not get over heated or to cool. We got two grandkids due in January 2012 and February 2012. I can about bet they will be out camping summer 2012.

When we took our youngest it wasn't him that had a problem. It was my 16y.o.(at that time) daughter who we ended up at the hospital with because she started acting strange and come to find out she ahd stayed in the sun to long for one thing and had forgotten to drink water and became dehydrated.

Barb - posted on 11/27/2011

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On another note, we have to remember that ppl say these things out of concern... Because they care.... So be kind! :)

Barb - posted on 11/27/2011

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I'm not sure I understand why camping would be dangerous for an infant. ??? Ideally a baby should blend in with your life... That'll keep everyone happy (in your household anyway). Not everyone is used to adventurous lifestyles. You should do with your children what you feel comfortable doing.

I've never heard that you should stay close to a hospital... We live quite far from one so those ppl might say I endanger my kids by staying home. :)

Tracie - posted on 11/27/2011

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Say, "Thanks for your input. Now tell me when and where you're vacationing next so I can return the favor." They need to MYOB.

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We'll be going to Yellow Stone next summer and my son will only be 6 months old. Not worried in the slightest. Now my husband is CPR, First Aid, plus certified.

When my daughter was about 9 months old we went to her great grandparents cabin for the weekend. It has no electricity and no plumbing. Not to mention it is literally a foot from the lake. The nearest anything is a good hour away.

Trust me that cabin is more dangerous thanks to my husband's uncle having all his fishing gear everywhere, than any tent.

Danielle - posted on 11/26/2011

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My brother was a couple weeks old when we went camping when I was little. (I don't remember because I was 4.) That was the first time he slept through the night. Tell them that it's your child and we like to camp!

Bernadette - posted on 11/26/2011

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Here's an idea: wrap your kids up in cotton wool and never leave the house! Seriously, what do people think is going to happen? It's not like you are planning on heading out into the wilderness with nothing but a sleeping bag. You are staying outside a house! With phone reception. And 20 minutes from a hospital? Well, it can take much longer to get to a hospital than that if you are in a city! If people could never be more than 20 minutes away from a hospital "just in case" then we'd all lead pretty dull lives. Go camping. A bit of fresh air and dirt never hurt anyone. In fact, they reckon kids who play outside are generally healthier than those who don't because they are exposed to germs and build up a tolerance to them. People are so paranoid these days, and clean obsessively and then wonder why their kids keep getting sick all the time, because they keep the house so germ free! Well, that's exactly why. They keep the house so germ free that when the kids do come into contact with them, their immunities don't know what to do!

Nicola - posted on 11/26/2011

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we have tent camped with both our kids sicne they were little only problem we ever had was when we were toilet training and had to have a potty because the toilet was to far to go in the middle of the night for them lol.

Amy - posted on 11/26/2011

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I camped in a tent when my first baby was 1 month old. Not a big deal. Watch that documentary that follows 4 babies from around the world, I think it's called "Babies." Dirt doesn't hurt babies. Keep him warm and you'll be fine.

Julie - posted on 11/25/2011

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we have to worry about bears and cougers if we go to the camp ground but other wise my gramma's yard is safe there is usally atleast 2 big dogs at my gramma's house and were in a camper. and there is a family history of deadly allergies. me and my aunt on my mom's side are both deadly allergic to bee and wasp stings.

Antoinette - posted on 11/25/2011

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Like one of the other mums said you can't keep kids in a bubble.
I love camping and the only reason I didn't take my kids at that age was because of the frequency of their night feeds and how packed out the camping ground I like to go to is. And I didn't want to annoy other campers.
So I took them out there on a day visit for a picnic birthday lunch for my daughter and myself when she was 1 and my son was 4 months and it's about an hour and a half away from a hospital, a 5-10 minute drive from cell phone reception and a 10-15 minute drive to the nearest town.
Then we all went camping for 2 weeks the next year when they were 2yo and 16mos. This year they'll be 3 and 2 and we'll be out there again. I love it, they love it .. the freedom, the outdoors, swimming in the river - my family all came out too and all the boys got in the river and dragged hundreds of rocks to form a pool for the kids at the rivers edge and then we always had at least one person stationed at the river access so that the kids couldn't get down there without an adult.
I could perhaps understand concern if there was a family history of allergies that you could suddenly be faced with (bees or something) but even then, you can't live your life not doing stuff just in case something happens. Although I think we are lucky in NZ because the biggest concern for us is usually the weather and mosquitoes we don't have to worry about snakes and bears and stuff like that and most of our spiders are harmless.
Just be as prepared as you can and then hope for the best and have fun!

Julie - posted on 11/24/2011

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it can get a touch cold in the camper but my grampa gives us a heater and we take lots of blankets

Michelle - posted on 11/24/2011

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How can you stay home for a MONTH? My 3rd child was dragged to school twice a day to drop off and pick her older brothers since she was 2 days old. I also had shopping and errands to run so there was NO WAY I could stay at home for a month.

I would say do what you want. You're not going to Antartica on an expidition, you're staying in a camper.

I hate when people try to tell me what I can and can't do. They soon learn to let me do what I want though :-)

Julie - posted on 11/24/2011

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ya that sounds about right. but i've got the same additude about this one i did with my son any where i go he goes with me. now of course there are some places i stopped going like bars but he want to movies out to dinner on all my running around. he was born tuesday we got home thursday and i found i didn't have clothing that would fit him or diapers (i have newborn clothing and size one diapers) so i ran out to get preemie clothing and newborn diapers cause there smaller. that afternoon i bundled him in one of the few outfits i had dropped him in his new stroller threw a blanker over him to keep the sun off and we want out. i hate hate when people tell me that have to stay home for the first month to get use to life with a new baby

Julie - posted on 11/24/2011

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problem is the father of this one who want with us this year doesn't want his new baby out there

Tamara - posted on 11/24/2011

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I would just smile and thank them for their concern. its really none of their concern I know several parents who take their kids of all ages camping.

Jane - posted on 11/24/2011

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Just tell them you've done it before and it worked out fine. Then wish them a nice day and go about your vacation.

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