Welcome to the world….. Adventure Baby!
Our gorgeous little Ella came hurtling into the world back in February and is already proving herself to be a hardy, adventurous soul. She is SUPER chilled. Loves her sleep. Loves food (milks obvs). And loves her big brother. And so far, it seems she loves camping! With three campouts already under her belt and only just 4 months old, I guess you could say that she started young ;o)
I don’t think I would have ever had the confidence to do this with Oskar. Plus it just wasn’t the life we were living at that time (but thanks to the birth of ‘The Big Adventure Family and our 17 in 17 that has all changed)! And the thing is, as long as it is warm enough, the smaller they are, the easier they actually are!
I can honestly say that it has been just as easy to spend the night in a tent in the great outdoors with little Ella as it has been to sleep at home with her:
- If we went anywhere I just strapped her on in my ErgoBaby and carried her (no buggy).
- If she was hungry I fed her (I am breastfeeding, so nothing to wash or sterilise or mix).
- I just plonked her on a rug in the shade while we were around the camp and she was deliriously happy watching the comings and goings and watching the trees in the wind.
- In the evening I just cuddled her by the campfire until she fell asleep and then either strapped her on if our tent was far away from where we were sat, or put her down in the tent if we were right next to it.
- She slept next to me in the tent in a ‘Sleepyhead’, all snuggled up in a blanket.
- She wore her little sheep (or polar bear?) onesie in the evening and to sleep in and was plenty warm enough.
And that’s about as much as I can think to comment on. Simples.
However, I know babies are all different, and she is a very relaxed little thing who barely cries and really doesn’t make a fuss. If you are an unfortunate mother who has a baby with colic, or who projectile vomits non-stop, or does monstrous poops, I can imagine that the last thing on earth you’d want to do is take them to sleep in a field or forest, with limited access to bathroom facilities or water, where everyone can hear everything and you’re constantly worrying about noise. But you never know…. Getting outside might be just the trick. And there are plenty of very family friendly campsites with great washroom facilities, which would make your life a lot easier…. something to ponder?
So, the Big Adventure Family just got that little bit bigger. Get ready Ella…. Life is for the living and boy have we got some good adventures coming up :o)