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Old 05-12-2021, 04:43 PM   #1
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Where or how do you put your 9 month old baby to sleep safely at night.
Any tips would be appreciated.
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Old 05-12-2021, 05:03 PM   #2
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We didn’t have a trailer at that time, but I’m pretty sure we’d have put the baby in the rear double bed with my wife, baby against the back wall. I’d take the lower front bunk.

If co-sleeping is not for you, then use a panel to close off the lower bunk as a crib, using the upper bunk posts for support.

But it does depend on what model and layout you have…
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:24 PM   #3
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My parents lived full time in a 12 foot camper after WW2 when my dad was attending college. My parents converted a drawer to a simple crib for my baby sister. Wish I had pictures!
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Old 05-13-2021, 06:36 AM   #4
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I notice that your baby is 9 months old. If not crawling or standing yet, soon will be.....so that changes a couple of suggestions.



For tiny newborns, a laundry basket works extremely well. A pad made from a folded blanket works as a mattress.



For older babies, there are wonderful threads showing modifications to the lower bunk, as mentionned earlier.



For those without a bunk, do some research into adding a bunk unit across the main bed area, either temporary or permanent, which can be either hammock style or a solid wooden platform. Some fiberglass trailers came with this option when made.



Failing any of the above options appealing or viable to you, another option is utilizing the open floor area underneath the bed, with a pad of folded blanket or even a lawn chair cushion pad.



This option is good, too, because a) the baby cannot fall off the bed and b) no baby on the walking floor space to restrict your own movement.



Hope some of these help! They all worked well for us when our boys were little.
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Old 05-13-2021, 10:49 AM   #5
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we used a (smallish) collapsible pack n play/playpen for a 7 month old during an extended road trip, setting it up at night at putting it away during the day
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Old 05-13-2021, 01:12 PM   #6
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We tried a pac'n play set up when we took a granddaughter with us about 10 years ago. It was awful to try and wiggle around it while she slept at night because she went down alot earlier than we did!
Also, it does cause an obstruction which, in an emergency situation, would be really hard to get around to get out of the trailer.


They are great gizmos, though! We were using it in a 13' so a couple of extra feet in length would likely have helped alot.
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We had one for tent camping pre-trailer, but it was for daytime play and used outside.
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Old 05-14-2021, 07:15 AM   #8
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Thanks

Good ideas. Thanks.
Iíve shared your ideas with the young couple who is buying our trailer. They have the nine month old baby, not my wife and I, who are well into our 70s! Ha.
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Old 05-19-2021, 10:37 AM   #9
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Where or how do you put your 9 month old baby to sleep safely at night.
Any tips would be appreciated.
Cheers John
we found that we could put a towel in the sink and then place them into the sink, of course with the cutting board on top so that they would not fall out. Worked well until their early teens.
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we found that we could put a towel in the sink and then place them into the sink, of course with the cutting board on top so that they would not fall out. Worked well until their early teens.
Big sink.
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We also had a tent when kids where small camping pre-trailer, these comments bring back fond memories.
Memories;
One time winter camping up north during a cold snap -40 was the daytime highs. The little one would not stay in his sleeping bag so we had to place both of them between us in our double winter bag. We still have the same two bags that zip together to make a double bag and use them in our boler to sleep in.
Furnace is great so do not zip them up they are like a cover for us.

The older one was 7 and the other a baby. It was cold but we had fun.
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A few things have helped us immensely when camping with our babies (now 8
Months and 2.5 years):

Summer infant travel cot: https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/summer-.../6000177925776

Baby delight Snuggle nest: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CM88LXQ

Kid co Pea pod or pea pod plus (toddler): https://www.kidco.com/product/peapod-plus/

We’ve used the first two on the double bed beside my wife, with me on the bottom bunk and toddler on the top bunk (with homemade railing). Once 2nd one is moving around we’ll probably put him on the bottom bunk with a couple pool noodles squashed between the fridge and bunk support, which seems to work pretty well as a cheap, as-box way to do it
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