Traveling with an infant or toddler takes special planning. Most children experience sleep disruption which makes for an unpleasant experience while your are on the road. However, if you bring your own bed, they will feel comforted and can sleep through just about any upheaval that travel brings.
Selecting the Best Travel Cribs For Toddlers (To Keep Your Little One Happy And Safe)
BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light 2
This is the Rolls Royce of travel cribs for toddlers. It is expensive but is very safe to use and has one of the most comfortable mattresses on the market for your little one’ sleep. Made from materials, it has a fresh and pleasant smell with none of that unpleasant chemical waft that so many of the less expensive brands have.
It is built to last and can easily accommodate toddlers up to age three. Built from sturdy materials, it is easily set up and stored when you don’t need it. It doubles as a safe play area when you are waiting in airports for your connection. This is a very popular choice with parents even though it is one of the priciest alternatives.
Parentlab JourneyBee Portable Crib
This lightweight playpen and portable crib for toddlers gets a lot of use. Many parents find themselves setting it up at home to keep their child safe while they get household chores done. It does double duty when you are on the road since it is light weight and also easily put together.
Made with colorful materials and a comfortable mattress for baby to nap on, it literally pops into place during setup. It folds flat so it can be easily stored when not in use. It is in the higher price ranges for travel cribs for toddlers but within most budgets.
It is designed for younger children, however, so once your baby gets a bit bigger, they might feel cramped in it. However, it is terrific for most toddlers up to age two and works well for short visits. It washes up well and can easily survive more than one child’s use.
Phil & Teds Traveller Crib
This last entry is great for babies and toddlers who love cozy spaces. Made from darker materials than the other two, it is great for sun protection and helps children to stay asleep longer. While this is a good product, it takes a little while longer to set up than the others but it is easy to transport once repacked.
It’s light weight construction design makes it a little too easy for older children to tip it over so it should always be securely placed on a flat surface before putting baby in for a quick nap. In fact, this product doesn’t work all that well for toddlers over the age of 18 months but it is fantastic for infants. Traveling with small children is very easy and it is reasonably priced.
What To Look For In Travel Cribs For Toddlers
Not all cribs are created equally. It should meet all safety standards and be made from fully washable materials. Make sure that your baby can see out of the bed when they awake. Many manufacturers include mesh for this purpose.
The easiest travel beds come with wheels. They break down easily and slide into a travel carry case which has a handle and wheels for easy transport through airports. It is vital that they be lightweight enough to carry on or get through the baggage area. Since babies and toddlers get cranky at odd times, you’ll want to be able to quickly set it up at a moment’s notice.