Fes­ti­val Sur­vival Guide for Par­ents with Chil­dren

Kids love mu­sic fes­ti­vals, and nowa­days, there is of­ten as much for the wee ones to do as for the grown ups. With a bit of prepa­ra­tion and pa­tience, you can feel free to take the whole fam­ily to the fes­ti­val!

The Oban Times - - Scotfest17 -

Fes­ti­val goer Libby Wilkin­son has these tips for sur­viv­ing a fes­ti­val with chil­dren. Prepa­ra­tion is key – Prior to the fes­ti­val we took a camp­ing trip to get an idea of what it might be like in a pos­si­bly cold and wet field with a baby. If you get the chance, pitch the tent and spend the night. You’ll get a taste of what’s to come and if all goes well, you might find your­self reg­is­ter­ing for next year’s Glas­ton­bury fes­ti­val. Plan ahead – Make a list of ev­ery­thing you’ll need, you don’t want to find out you’ve for­got­ten the rain cover half way to your des­ti­na­tion. Safety first - A first aid kit com­plete with hand san­i­tizer is es­sen­tial. As is a torch and flask for pre­par­ing bot­tles and chang­ing nap­pies in the mid­dle of the night. Do some re­search – Some fes­ti­vals are more geared to­ward fam­i­lies than oth­ers. Have a look around, check out the site maps and fig­ure out if you’ll have a long way to carry all your gear and whether or not it’d be worth stay­ing in ac­com­mo­da­tion near-by.

Food­ies – If you’re bot­tle feed­ing take ster­il­i­sa­tion tablets to hy­gien­i­cally clean feed­ing equip­ment. Breast feed­ing? First aid tents are great places to dis­creetly ex­press. Also, fes­ti­val food can be ex­pen­sive and in some in­stances might be too ex­otic for lit­tle pal­lets, so en­sure you have plenty of jars and fin­ger foods to keep tum­mies happy through­out the day. Safety first – Most fes­ti­vals is­sue se­cu­rity tags for you to write your num­ber on, stick a cou­ple on your chil­dren in case they wan­der off, or write it on their wrist­bands of course. Fes­ti­val must-haves – Ear de­fend­ers -If you want to get a bit closer to the stage a pair of gi­ant head­phones is a baby’s best fes­ti­val ac­ces­sory. They’re not only prac­ti­cal, but adorable too. Se­condly -Fairy lights. Wrap­ping a string of so­lar op­er­ated twinkly lights around the pram makes you vis­i­ble dur­ing the night and you’re there­fore less likely to get tram­pled on by drunken rev­ellers. It also turns your baby’s trans­port into a space-age disco buggy, cer­tain to turn heads!

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