There are all sorts of summer festivals now, and many cater very well for young families. If youâ€™ve decided to go for it this year with your little bundle, Iâ€™ve found a few tips for making it a happy time for everything.
Itâ€™s often easier to this when your baby is young, rather than when theyâ€™ve entered a more active time of life. Theyâ€™re easier to settle, and less likely to crawl off to the neighbouring tents. But if you do go, one suggestion is to get them used to sleeping in a travel cot beforehand; and you could even arrange to go with another family, and share the settling and babysitting duties.
Some festivals also have family-friendly camping areas, which may help keep late-night disruption to a minimum. Itâ€™s also a good idea to check how far from the car park you will need to carry all of the gear, before you start packing!
If theyâ€™re on solids, take lots with you in a cool bag â€“ whether youâ€™ve made it yourself, or if they enjoy the odd organic pouch or two. Festival food can be expensive, and not always to baby tastes.
A sling is an ideal way to transport your baby around once youâ€™re there. With a buggy, you risk getting bogged down in bad weather, not to mention other people tripping or stumbling over it.
Festivals are of course pretty noisy, so donâ€™t forget to protect those little ears with some muffs or ear defenders.
- Waterproof baby bodysuit
- Wet wipes and antibacterial gel
- Play pen with a selection of favourite toys, and clip-on parasol â€“ or double up the travel cot as a play pen
- A head torch â€“ ideal for night time nappy changes!
- A basic first aid kit
- Baby ear defenders
Lots more tips and experience from parents on this brilliant NetMums page, here: https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1047320/parents-tips-taking-your-baby-to-a-music-festival
And have a great time!