Thursday, June 8th, 2006
Toddler Travel Bed Roundup
I’ve been researching travel beds. At 2-years-old, Little Miss can climb out of a port-a-crib. And despite the name, port-a-cribs take up a lot of room in a car trunk.
Here are the beds I found. I excluded tent-like beds from my research because the needs for an indoor bed are quite different from an outdoor sleep-and-play tent.
1) Ready Bed Toddler by Spin Master — We bought this bed. It is an inflatable mattress which doesn’t look it. The whole thing is masked in a washable cloth cover with a built-in sleeping bag. The sleeping bag has no zipper, only an open edge which extends halfway down the bed — allowing for easy entry and exit.
The mattress has side bumpers to deter nighttime tumbles. Deflated, the whole thing rolls up and fits into a carry bag. A manual air pump is included. The bed is rated for 2-years and up.
Popular characters have been licensed for display on the sleeping bags, including Winnie the Pooh, Thomas the Train and Dora the
Explorer. That’s actually a minus in my book because I dislike excessive commercialization, but the damn thing was being sold cheap at Costco.
2) Update: The website for the following product appears to be gone. Leave a comment if you have further information.
DayCare Sleeper by DreamShop for Kids — This roll-up bed has a built-in pillow and a blanket held in place with hook and loop fasteners. It sounds like those fasteners make Mom and Dad obsolete, no longer needed to check on their kid and re-tuck the blanket. There isn’t a listed age range for the bed, but it looks like it’s for 2 years and up.
3) Quick ‘n Easy Inflatable Travel Bed by Gentle Air — This is a straight forward inflatable mattress with raised edges to discourage a child rolling off in his sleep. An electric pump is included. Rated for 2 years and up. Disclaimer: The manufacturer calls its product the Child’s Portable Overnight Bed, but it is suspiciously similar to the Quick ‘n Easy Inflatable Travel Bed sold by Leaps and Bounds. I assume they are one and the same.
4) My Cot by Regalo — This is a true cot with a folding steel frame. It reminds me of an Army-style cot I used to sleep on at my grandparent’s house, except this one comes with a fitted sheet. Rated for 2 years and up.
5) Travel N Trundle by Small Fry Design — They might as well call this the Bed-in-a-Box. A four-sided heavy nylon shell acts as a rectangular wall around a 1″ mattress. The whole thing folds up for transport with a shoulder harness. The bed comes in infant and toddler (2 to 6-year-old) versions. It is also sold by One Step Ahead, who touts it as “exclusively ours.” I’m not sure what’s exclusive about it except for the One Step name being printed on the bed. Here is a list of retailers via Froogle.
Update: See my LL Bean Children’s Camp Bag review posted 2 years later, and my comments about inflatable travel beds.