Travel bed suggestions for older child?

Emily - posted on 08/06/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter is six and is severely handicapped. She has outgrown the pack-n-play I keep at the grandparents house. I need a travel bed for trips. The sides need to be over 6 inches high as she rolls right out of those inflatable beds for kids (even with the raised edges). Thanks so much!

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Sharol - posted on 08/09/2011

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I searched for 5 years looking for a good bed to travel with. My son has CP, involuntary loss of trunk control, and depth perception issues, so giving him a padded and enclosed environment to roll around in and sleep in is critical to his safety. When he was small, we used the travel tent bed by KidCo. I liked that it was lightweight, set up easy, and could fit in a car or on a plane. He outgrew that last year and we were stuck without a solution for travel. Finally, I stumbled across the Safety Sleeper. It is pricey (with shipping and pads for the bars it cost $1,800), but it will allow my family to travel ANYWHERE again. I bought a self-inflatable and deflatable air mattress that is the size of a real twin mattress (many are smaller) and it fits inside the Safety Sleeper carry bag, which is light and easy to carry. I can also put it in the car and take it on a plane, and I can set it up in 5 minutes (even in the dark!) Everything "special needs" is a fortune, but this one has life-long lasting power because he will never outgrow it. If you visit the website, there's a link for how to submit it through insurance, which I'm in the process of doing. The owner of the company is very helpful and answered all my questions before I ordered it. www.thesafetysleeper.com I hope this helps.

Alice - posted on 08/09/2011

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Ready Set Bloom has a tent for Special Needs kids. My twins with autism could escape from it (tore through the mesh sides), but it might be good with an air mattress in it. At home we use the Safety Sleeper beds, but they are an investment. Good luck!

Staci - posted on 08/09/2011

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Our parents have kept a toddler bed at their house for our daughter. Then you don't have to think about brining a travel bed. We use a air matress, but that does not have sides. There is a big bolt looking pillow that One Step Ahead makes that is meant to keep a child in bed - could use that with an air matress!!

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Teresea - posted on 02/22/2014

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Look into a Tent cot... We bought one from Cabellas, use it traveling and camping. We put a folding tumbling mat inside. It works wonders and he's totally enclosed, so no bugs and he can't roll out. And it's only a couple hundred dollars... Well worth it!

Mandie - posted on 08/20/2012

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I just came across this so thought i would share I know how tough it can be to find something and I finally did last summer!! :) it has worked wonderful and my son seems to think its great and Fun!



http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/5/...,+2-Person.jsp?locale=en



I bought a Broadstone 2 person Pop up tent



the link wont seem to work so just google Broadstone 2 person Pop up tent i got mine at canadian tire

Lmbruce13 - posted on 07/17/2012

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I hope I can explain what I did for my daughter’s bed. Use pool noodles....use as many as you need to get the safe height you need. I used 3 and taped them together. I then used a sheet (she has a full size bed, so I used a king size flat sheet (just an inexpensive one) layed it on the bed, placed the taped noodles on each edge of the bed, and made pockets for the noodles...keep one end of the pocket open to slide the noodles into. It has worked great and will be very easy to transport for travel trips. Hope it helps.

Emily - posted on 07/17/2012

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I have seen the Safety Sleeper, but not ready to spend that kind of money. Rounded pillows or air filled dividers are not high enough and she rolls right over them. She'll roll over pillows, too. I like the side rail solution, but they leave holes at the corners. It's almost like my little girl shoots for the gaps in my security! I'll keep looking and let you know if I find a solution. Thank you so very much for all of your input!

Amy - posted on 07/14/2012

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I'm having the same issue. We are going on vacation in 3 weeks and my daughter still sleeps in a crib but has outgrown her pack n play. She is almost 5 but it's not safe for her to just sleep in a regular bed with her disabilities. I have looked at the inflatable bed with onestepahead.com but I would never get her to sleep on it without rails to keep her from getting up. I'm still looking but if I find anything I'll let you know. Also if you find something can u please let me know also?

Anne - posted on 08/12/2011

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I second the One Step Ahead inflatable bed. My daughter has CP and she uses the bed for travel.

Kathy - posted on 08/10/2011

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I saw something @ One Step Ahead: large long inflatable pillows that go under the sheets. Not sure if you have tried them but they don't take up room and they would have worked for my child. Good luck!

Dorothea - posted on 08/10/2011

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These are great ideas. A thought on the cost. Maybe e-bay or sometimes there are Facebook groups that do equipment swaps and stuff. Good luck.

Lmbruce13 - posted on 08/08/2011

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I have a 20 y/o who has CP and when I travel with her I take a bed rail with me. I put the hotel bed to the wall, tuck pillows between the bed and wall. If need be I have used hotel chairs to line the sides of the bed. If she is in a queen bed I usually am not to concerned, since she has more room and is only 68 lbs.

Emily - posted on 08/07/2011

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I'd like something I can leave at our parent's houses. My parents-in-law don't have room for an extra mattress to be stored. I guess they would figure something out for us, but it's a big inconvience for their small house.

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