five reasons why campervanning is the best holiday with a baby!
We may be biased, and a little crazy, but we think taking a campervan round Scotland is a fantastic holiday to do with a baby! Here at Cairngorm Campers HQ we have a 8 week week old and a two year old, and we’ve had a lot of fun as a family out on the road. Here are our top five reasons why you should give it a go!
1. your portable home from home
There’s no escaping the fact that leaving the house with a baby involves A LOT more planning and packing than you could have imagined is necessary for such a small person! With a campervan, once it’s packed, you can rest easy in the knowledge that everything you need is with you at all times. Hob for heating up milk? Check. Fridge to keep snacks or expressed milk cool? Check. Bed for daytime naps? Check. No matter where you go, you know that you’ll be able to keep your little one fed and happy with the minimum of fuss.
2. you can go with the flow
Travelling with babies can be stressful because you’ve got to make it work with their timetable – which invariably doesn’t slot nicely into flight times or long car journeys. With a campervan, you don’t need to change or interrupt your child’s schedule at all as you can make your trip fit with their needs, rather than the other way around. We’ve made lots of unscheduled stops in laybys to feed or change our little ones, but they become a pleasure rather than a clock-watching chore: you can get the kettle on for a cup of coffee and enjoy the view. And if you don’t make it as far as you had planned in a day, you can find another place to park up en route and spend the night somewhere off the beaten track.
3. baby’s bedtime doesn’t mean your bedtime
The problem with staying in hotels with a baby is that once it’s time to put the little one down to sleep, the adults are stuck in the room for the night. We’ve found that this means an early (and often rushed) dinner, and the rest of the evening spent sat on the bed watching TV with the volume down and whispering to each other. When we’re away in the van, we like to put the baby to sleep in the upper compartment of the van (in her Sleepyhead or travel cot) then make dinner, put on our warm jackets and get out the deckchairs to enjoy a glass of wine under the stars, usually with a little bonfire to keep our toes warm.
4. an escape from screentime
We’ve found that we use our phones more and watch more TV than usual when at home with a newborn baby. They are both easy ways to while away the hours spent feeding, winding and cuddling, but we’d like to be less reliant on them. In the van we never watch TV (because there isn’t one) and we rarely look at our phones, as there is usually something much more interesting to look at out the window! The result is that we come back from a van break feeling refreshed and like we’ve spent some real quality time together as a family.
5.Fresh air for all the family
We all know how pleasantly tired we feel after a day spent outside, and it’s proven that even very young babies sleep better during the night when exposed to lots of daylight through the day. Van life invariably means lots of time spent outside, even if it’s just sitting outside the van admiring the sunset or heading out for little walks to explore new surroundings. When at home, you can feel trapped inside the house with a newborn but we guarantee that you’ll find it easy to spend time outdoors when you’re on a van trip, even with a little baby.
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