Festival season is well underway, and we’ve just got back from an amazing little festival in the Shropshire hills. We were determined not to miss out this year, as work and family commitments have meant that we’ve not had the time in the last few years to get to any of the summer music festivals. After lots of consideration and we decided that Farmer Phil’s was going to be our festival of choice this year, as it’s not too big, and very family friendly.
This was Eleri’s first festival, (as well as my mum’s, who came along too!) and it would not have been possible without our Toddler Connecta!
There are so many reasons why our Toddler Connecta was a life saver during the festival, And if you haven’t already read Sophie’s festival blog, these are just a few of the reasons that we also thing that Connecta is the ultimate festival accessory:
The most import reason was Eleri was up and away from trampling adult legs and feet, meaning I could protect her from being crushed in the crowd. I knew where she was at all times without having to hold hands all the time or risk her getting lost. This meant that she was happier because she knew she was safe, and she could see so much more up at adult height, rather than down on the ground, or in a buggy, meaning that I didn’t have to hold her up above the crowds to see the stage.
The mud at this festival was ridiculous, it had rained all day Thursday and by Friday the whole site was a massive pit of mud. Walking through this was hard enough without having to help a toddler through the mud and it simply would not have been possible with a pushchair, even with an ‘all-terrain’ buggy. The connecta that we chose to bring with us was a Toddler Sized Connecta Integra. This means that it’s 100% cotton, and easily washed. Because it’s so compact and simple to use, I didn’t have to worry about it trailing in the mud like a woven wrap would, and if I left the should straps clipped in the back carry position I could even leave it hanging around my waist without worrying about it getting dirty. Because it is all cotton it also dried out pretty quickly when it did rain. I just had to dress Eleri up in one of those all-in-one rain suits and make sure she stayed warm and happy as we flitted from stall to stage.
A festival is pretty overstimulating for little ones, so much to see, people dressed up and loud music playing at every turn. Having our connecta to hand meant that she could nap, whenever she needed to, without me having to take her back to the tent. The connecta was comfortable for both of us during these extend periods of time, and it was easily adjusted to get a good fit allowing both me and my partner to carry her during the weekend without having to change lots of settings to get it to fit each of us.
Having our connecta with us also mean that we could see some of the headline acts. The headliner didn’t start playing until 10:30pm, which is far too late for Eleri to still be awake, but a quick change of clothes after dinner, meant that she could fall sleep, already in her pyjamas, on my back in the connecta, and my other half and I could both enjoy the headliners together (from the top of the field), without one of us having to stay behind at the tent with a sleeping toddler.
If you’ve not already guessed, the music at the festival was LOUD. And Eleri, like most kids, hated having ear defenders on. Having her in the connecta meant that I could see when she had sneaked them off.
This was a family friendly festival, and there was loads of stuff to do for children, from a circus tent, to a zoo, and bouncy castles to arts and crafts. There was even a cowboy doing tricks with a lasso! Most of the time, Eleri wanted to be down on the ground and running around, dancing or exploring. The connecta is so small and compact that I could roll it up and pop it in a bag, or even the front pocket of a hoody, meaning that I had two hands free to run after her, dance with her, and help her balance on the tight-rope.
Going anywhere with young children is also a logistical nightmare when trying to pack anything, as there is always so much stuff to bring. Thankfully the connecta doesn’t take up the whole car boot (or even a whole bag!), meaning we had plenty of space for the tent, air beds and other festival essential.
There’s so many other reasons why taking a baby carrier to a festival is a smart idea. These are just a handful of reasons why I love babywearing, as without our Connecta, the weekend would not have run as smoothly as it did. I can’t wait for next year’s festival season, as we all had such a brilliant time.