Taking our 4 month old for his first camping trip next weekend. 7 yr old daughter has only spent one night under canvas before, but she is an old hand a 'camping' she started in touring caravan at 3 months and then we progressed to camper van for the last 5/6 years. Arrival of Jn 90.2 has meant a change from camper van to tent.
We bought an Outwell Nevada XL over the winter when Go-Outdoors had a great offer on it. This brings my collection of tents to 6, ranging from £20 Asda disposable 'festival' tent (which is actually way better that it ought to be at that price) to a Mountain Hardware 4 season mountain tent, none of which where big enough for the familiy now.
The one night daughter had under canvas was in the mountain tent when we pitched just the inner as it was stonking it hot. A strategically placed tarp was rigged to provide shade from the rising sun.
I find air beds, cold unconfortable, hateful things (not quite what I want going down on me during the night ). Have a old genuine termarest, but just bought a couple of 7cm Outwell Dreamcatchers, first outing for them next weekend.
Agree on keeping warm at night for a good nights sleep, especially kids. Our daughter tends to run hot at night, so would often be out of her sleeping bag. We used to just throw it over her as a duvet when we went to bed. She always slept better in our camper van that at home, will see how she fairs in the tent. I expect the early morning light will wake her