Travel bed options

Susan - posted on 08/12/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hello Everyone! I am just wondering where do your babies sleep when you travel? My daughter is 19-months-old and she used to sleep in a pack n' play, but she is getting too big for that now. Any suggestions on what to do? Since we are mostly going to be traveling to the grandparents house I wonder if I shouldn't just invest in another crib or toddler bed for their house. Any suggestions?? Thanks

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Diana - posted on 08/27/2012

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We bought both of our boys blow up mattresses. They make toddler ones with different characters on them. They come with a sheet that has a sleeping bag top that connects to it. Both boys love their beds. Before we got those, we put them in a daybed that my parents have and placed pillows around the outside area so that they wouldn't roll off.

Christine - posted on 08/26/2012

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maybe a blow up matress would be good. since she is closing on 2 maybe a toddler bed for her would be great. my en laws have a crib for our little one at there house but she just turned 1

Amanda - posted on 08/24/2010

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I have 19 month old twin girls - when we went on a short trip for 2 overnights and didn't have access to cribs, we pulled out the sofa bed, layed pillows around the edges so they wouldn't fall off and they slept there for both nights. I would test the waters with having them sleep somewhere other than a crib or pack n play. You might be surprised on how well they do with it. I was. They slept all night. Thats a cheap way when you are traveling. Good luck.

Tanya - posted on 08/24/2010

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In response to the comment about Kidco peapods, I would recommend you try one out if you can before you buy one. I bought one and my son hates it! He gets claustrophobic in it. He can't roll around much and it's just too small. If you get one make sure you get the jumbo size. Some are larger than others. I think we got a standard size. We find a play pen is still more comfortable but unfortunately my son has maxed out the weight on them.

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if you have the traditional Pack N Play that they sell everywhere in the US, it's the smaller rectangular one. my neighbor had a big square one! i guess it is older (she's a preschool teacher), but we just borrowed it for a trip and it was FANTASTIC! why did they move away from the larger square size? my 19 month old fit it in great, even with her arms spread out. if you can find one anywhere, i highly recommend it. it packed up the same into the trunk, it just was heavier for my poor hubby to carry. :)

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If you're looking for something that's easy to set up and small and light to pack we recently travelled to another state and stayed in a hotel. Instead of packing the bulky pack-n-play in our car we just brought the little mattress for the pack-n-play and a play tent we bought for $20 from Ikea. Set it up in under 2 minutes and my 20month old LOVED it!
What I would really like to invest in is the Kidco Peapod. You can google it for their website and it's suitable for infants to 'big kids'

Shara - posted on 08/17/2010

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I'm sure there are less expensive ways but since my son tends to go to his grandparents a lot we invested in a little toddler bed for when he's over at their house.

Susan - posted on 08/12/2010

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Yes, I have seen the ready beds and wondered if they stayed inflated. I know we have had several air mattresses that deflated over night. Not sure if the child air beds are better. Thanks for your response.

Sarah - posted on 08/12/2010

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my little boy still sleeps in a travel cot when he goes daddy's .. we only recently put him in a toddler bed.
but was thinking of getting him a ready bed once he out grows the cot.
is there such things as ready beds were you're from?
they are like little inflatable beds complete with removeable washable bedding .. come in different characters e.g thomas the tank, peppa pig, barbie.

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