7 Things to Do To Get the Right Toddler Travel Bed for Your Child

By: Jen Stoddart

Do you like to travel with your child - but you are concerned with their comfort and safety when it comes to bed time when you are away from home? Maybe it is a simple overnight trip to the grandparent's home. They have the old second-hand crib - but how safe is it? Or how about at a hotel - how safe and reliable is the crib that they quickly setup for your son or daughter? Maybe now is the time to consider a toddler travel bed for your child.

We know that parents want their little ones to be safe and comfortable when they are away from home - but it is not always easy. It just takes one night away from home when your son or daughter cries all night because the bed they are sleeping in just isn't comfortable for them. Or, you see the bed that has been set up for them to sleep in - and you just know that it is not safe. The solution may be to get a toddler travel bed for your child - there are many options available - here are our tips to help you choose one that is best for you and your child.

1. Lightweight - make sure that the bed is light enough to carry. When you are travelling with your toddler think about strategies to keep your load light. One way to do this is to buy a travel bed that is light. It should certainly weigh less than 6 pounds or under 3 kilograms. The lighter the better.

2. Small. You may be packing the bed to take with you on a plane or a cruise ship or just loading into your car with all the other baby gear. Look for one that is small when packed away. Good portable beds will be no larger than 60 centimetres by 20 centimetres by 20 centimetres or 24 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches. The toddler travel bed should also come with its own carry case.

3. Easy to set up - the last thing you want is when you get to your destination is having to fumble in setting up the bed for your child. It should be a simple process to set up and a simple process to fold it back up again when you are finished. Set up time and fold up time should take less than 1 minute, and it should be able to be done by one person.

4. Simple and quick access to your toddler. If your child needs you in the middle of the night you want to be able to easily reach into the bed to pick them up or to pat their back. The bed you decide on should have a way for you to quickly get to your child - usually with a side panel that can be lowered by a quick zip of a zipper.

5. Mesh panels for good air flow. When travelling the room your child may be sleeping in may be stuffy. Choosing a bed with mesh panels on the side will maximize the amount of air circulating past your child helping to keep your son or daughter comfortable during their sleep-time.

6. Comfortable and light mattress - you want your toddler to be comfortable and you also want to have a lightweight bed. Make sure that the portable bed that you purchase has a comfortable foam mattress.

7. Guarantees and returns. A toddler travel bed is an investment in your child's comfort, safety, and happiness. You want to make your purchase with confidence. Look for a bed that has a lifetime warranty. And make sure that it can be returned to the retailer with no hassles if it just isn't right for your family.

If you travel (even to the relatives) a couple of times a year having a toddler travel bed will make it so much easier for you and your family. We think that it is an essential piece of baby gear. If you a considering a travel bed for your toddler daughter or son refer to these seven tips when making your purchasing decision.

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