First Time Away With The Young Un - Where Does Your 1 Year Old Sleep?

Discussion in 'General VW T6 Chat' started by j4ckal, 7 Jan 2020.

  1. j4ckal

    j4ckal Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    So it's coming up to our first trip away in the van with our young one, he'll be just over 1 year old when we go away.
    Where is the best place for him to sleep do we think and what do the rest of you do?

    The van is virtually fully converted with a Cali seat/bed, reimo roof and driver's/passenger double on swivels.

    I'm assuming the front hammock type beds that go over the front seats aren't safe enough for a one year old?
    Would he be ok up in the pop top on his own if I fitted the safety net? Or just sleep downstairs with his mum and me upstairs? (We also have a dog though)...
    Or mum and son upstairs and me and the dog downstairs?

    Any advice greatly appreciated as I'm new to all this (the baby thing, not camping in a van :) ).

  2. Spaghettiboy78

    Spaghettiboy78 Mr Spaghetti VIP Member T6 Guru

    Is he crawling? I’d be concerned with him being in the pop top. My 6 year old fell out of the roof once as he wriggles when he sleeps (was 4 at the time) and I found him under the RIB bed! He was ok, crying but didn’t even get woken up!
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  3. Strange Al

    Strange Al Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    We had ours in a Koodie pop up cot/tent thing sat on top of one of those stretchers which fit across the front seats. Did that until she was 2, then switched to just using the stretcher until we bought the T6 and had a pop top fitted. :thumbsup:
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  4. czmate1999

    czmate1999 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Not alone in the pop top, I’d suggest the first nights alone with mum upstairs and then see how you go. Do you have heating? This time of year can get cold - especially in a pop top.
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  5. j4ckal

    j4ckal Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Thanks for the replies.
    Yes I'd look at one of those koo-di pop up travel cots for last year when he was younger, but we never made it away. Good idea with putting it on the stretcher type bed then using that when they get bigger. Do the stretcher type beds pack away small enough?

    Yes he is crawling and nearly walking, and into anything he can get his hands on.

    At what age would we say the pop top is suitable for sleeping in then, more toddler age? So the safety nets don't completely seal off the pop top area then? i.e a younger nipper could easily fall past one?

    Heating wise- we'll only be on hook up sites for a while and have got an oil filled rad and small fan heater.
  6. MatT6

    MatT6 Senior Member T6 Pro

    Just build a removable hatch that can be put in place when they're up there. 18mm carpeted mdf would do it. That's what I'm going to do.
  7. Spaghettiboy78

    Spaghettiboy78 Mr Spaghetti VIP Member T6 Guru

    We found that our boy tended to crawl forward in his sleep, so pointed him in the other direction and he can’t escape that way!

    We also put him in a sleeping bag now and that slows him down!

    :slow rofl:
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  8. James1000

    James1000 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Def would have the 1 year old downstairs and put 1 adult upstairs - my boy was 3 last year and I couldn’t keep him out of the roof - no net but the sleeping bag trap works.
    Have you seen the inflatable baby beds that look like a boat - not bc sure if that could be utilised.
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  9. Richard Hurst

    Richard Hurst Member VIP Member

    I fitted some pop studs so I could use the safety nets that come with the California Oceans when I had my T6

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