Once your toddler outgrows the travel crib, you’ll probably find yourself wondering where they’re supposed to sleep the next time you travel. They’re likely too small to safely sleep in a regular bed, yet they can’t be squished into the pack ‘n play any longer. Luckily, a bunch of companies have come up with some interim solutions, one of which will likely be the right fit for you and your little one.
Here are our three favorite options for toddler travel beds:
BEST INFLATABLE BED
Don’t be scared by the size of this bed. When deflated, it packs up into a small bag and can fit pretty easily into a suitcase (depending on what else you’ve packed!). We like this bed for a few reasons: 1) It keeps your kid out of your bed — key in our opinion! — and 2) easily inflates and deflates within minutes, making it quick to set up and take down. Most toddlers LOVE getting a special bed all to themselves and while we can’t promise they’ll stay in it, you know that when they do, the raised sides will keep them safe. Bonus: you don’t need special sheets for it (any toddler crib sheets will work) and the waterproof topper ensures accidents aren’t a problem.
BEST BUMPER RAILS
If you have an extra bed, or you don’t mind sharing yours, these inflatable bed rails, invented at Stanford University, are a simple solution for keeping your child securely in bed overnight. Once inflated, you can place them under a fitted sheet or a tightly tucked in top sheet. If they get dirty, simply remove the covers, wash and replace.
BEST TRAVEL COT
If your little one currently goes to daycare or preschool where they nap on cots, why mess with what they already know? (And hopefully sleep well on!) This simple cot has one added benefit over the other options on this list: it can grow with your child from ages 2-8 or up to 75 pounds. This no-frills cot sets up in seconds and the steel frame is light weight for travel.
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