Boy, great questions & answers! We had a used backpacking kid carrier that held quite a bit. Once my husband & his brother each packed in a pack & play tied onto their backpacks (we didn't go very far!!). That was a bit much. In truth, we parents did not sleep in the family tent until the kids were 3 & 5. It was a rough 5 years, to be sure. Sometimes we brought 2 tents. One of us would have the kids while the other slept. If the weather was nice, one of us would sleep out under the stars, etc. Yes, I co-slept while breastfeeding the 2nd kiddo. I am a very light sleeper, do not smoke, am not overweight, etc., but as a Family Med Doc, I cringe a little to admit this. The first kiddo we packed a little bassinette & then a little pop-up mosquito net similar to this one: https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSfKbK8hCq7lOYKmiXwOem1jLeJmNFQHrLakw&usqp=CAU That little netted bassinette was sure key on rafting trips, stopping for breaks backpacking, & for use inside the tent for separate sleeping. Find what works for you & your family : ) Hope a few of these suggestions are useful. A sarong is one of my favorite items as well: instant shade, cooling with wet/wrung out, towel, nursing cover, fast to dry, quick baby carrier, etc.
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