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Tin Box Baby’s first caravan adventure

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The thought of camping with a newborn is enough to drive fear into the hearts of most parents. But it’s something we couldn’t wait to do.

Tin Box Baby sleeping

Everyone knows that fresh air is great for your health and for tiring out kids. You get plenty of it when you are staying in a caravan. There’s also less to tidy, less chores and you can’t possibly tackle the washing basket until you get home, so you tend to get more rest.

Modern caravans are also warm and come with a shower, fridge and even a microwave. There really aren’t many home comforts that you can’t bring with you.

Tin Box Tot spent her first night in a caravan at six-weeks-old. It was also the first time she slept for more than a three hours straight overnight – bliss! So we had great expectations when we took Tin Box Baby away at just 14-days-old. Here’s what we got up to:
We didn’t go a great distance – just 20 minutes down the road. We are from a caravanning family and both sets of grandparents joined us for the two days – another good sign that we would get some rest.

We were with a Caravan Club rally in a very scenic farmer’s field near Bishops Waltham in Hampshire. We visited the same spot and Bishops Waltham Palace last year.

TBB was on a feeding plan as she had been slow to put on weight and I spent most of the weekend feeding and expressing. Thankfully the caravan rally was geared to entertaining the kids so we hardly saw TBT and I was able to focus on ‘operation feeding frenzy’.

TBT particularly enjoyed making cakes and playing games with the other children under the supervision of her grandparents.

Tin Box Tot making cakes with grandma
Tin Box Tot decorating cakes with grandma
Tin Box Tot's cakes
Tin Box Tot eating a cake

When she wasn’t feeding TBB slept and had wind – you know, the usual baby pastimes. I’m not sure she had any idea where she was but she is going to love caravanning, just like her big sister.

Tin Box Baby sleeping in the caravan

As for sleeping more than three hours during the night, we lucked out. TBB was still too young to be in a good sleep routine and, with the feeding plan, needed top ups regularly anyway. However Mr TB and I did manage to catch a few daytime naps thanks to our onsite babysitters. That alone made it a successful first caravan adventure for TBB!

Baby weight update: our slow starter is now piling on the ounces!

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Christine @afamilyday

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Great to be able to get away. I remember camping with my son when he wasn't very old but it's not quite so relaxing in a tent as you're worried about everyone else either waking up the baby or the baby waking up them!


Saturday 13th of June 2015

I am so impressed! As a child, I always wanted to go on a caravan holiday, but never did. Now my children are hatching plans for an RV vacation (as they're called here in the US) when they're grown. They assure me that I'm invited! So glad to hear that the wee one is gaining! Thank you for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Thursday 11th of June 2015

It's fantastic that you are camping again this year. Enjoy it!

Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Thursday 11th of June 2015

Caravans have come on a lot since I was a kid - it really is a home away from home :)

Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Thursday 11th of June 2015

I definitely wouldn't brave a tent at 14 days, you need to be sure the weather is with you :) Have a great camping trip!

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