The secret to a great festival experience is.........
So in a nutshell be militant about planning before you go, then switch into zen-like mode once you arrive!
1. Go with Friends.... (that would be friends with kids)
This will vastly increase your chances of having some grown up time (even just a bit), since a few kids will entertain one another! They don't necessarily even have to be the same age, older kids will enjoy helping look out for little ones and somehow they'll all end up merging into a tribe and having fun together.
Apart from that, there are all sorts of practical benefits - More eyes are always good when it comes to keeping tabs on excited kids and you'll have a built in wipe, nappy and sun-cream sharing community!
2. Get the Timing Right
3. The Loos!
4. Take a Good Carrier
5. What to Wear
6. Take an Off-Road Buggy.
7. Four Seasons in One Day
Don't bother with an umbrella, it'll only get in the way - instead tog up and embrace the elements & the mud! (follow the lead of small children if you struggle with this one).
9. Sort Out a Safety Plan
For older children it is also a good idea to decide in advance on a meeting point to head to in the event of separation. Something that can be seen from far off is a good idea (it is always the helter skelter for us!)
If you do lose your little one, notify the officials immediately then follow their instructions, don't try to go it alone.