I have an 18 month old toddler, another baby on the way, and plans for a third baby to round out the clan. Our existing Alps 3 person tent isn't going to cut it much longer for family car camping. I'd like to buy something that we can stand in and will last, so I've settled on a Nemo Wagontop, but I'm unsure of which tent size and whether I need an additional shelter to act as a toddler play pen. My toddler will sleep in a pack & play, but otherwise hates to be isolated in that small space away from the adults. He has started to figure out zippers. Do you see the need for an additional play pen structure outside of the tent or should I fill that need with a multiroom Wagontop 6p or 8p instead? If you recommend a separate toddler play pen, I'd rather buy something that adults would fit in comfortably like a screened canopy rather than a baby-sized pen for 2 reasons: 1. Toddler is okay with being contained if we are there. 2. Canopy would be useful after the toddler phase is over. Basically it comes down to 1 massive tent vs. multiple smaller tents/shelters for a future family of 5. We live in Atlanta and mostly camp in the north Georgia mountains if that helps. Thought?
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