If you've read our best travel crib review here, you will know that there are several excellent cribs, some even double function as a pack and play/playard in the market to choose from. However, once your little one outgrows them, what do you do when you travel with them? The answer is - a portable travel bed!
Sure, you can always request for an additional bed for your hotel room but that'd add to your cost, not to mention cram the room further. A travel bed for toddler will save you all the trouble, and it might just make it easier for your toddler to fall asleep compared to an unfamiliar hotel bed (yep, we know of parents who suffer from this!). Besides, you can use a portable toddler travel bed for your camping trips or as a daytime nap bed, even as a spare bed for when their friend comes for a sleepover!
1. The Different Types of Toddler Beds
Toddler travel beds can be separated into two types basically - foldable and inflatable.
A. Foldable Toddler Travel Bed
This type folds up like a camping chair (or portable high chair as we call it here) and is the best travel bed for camping, road trips or grandparents' house.
Apart from being very easy to set up, another benefit of a fold-up toddler travel bed is that you can basically use it anywhere, and not just for sleeping. We mean, just look at the picture on the left!
You may notice that this type of toddler travel bed does not have raised sides. Not a major problem, because when your toddler sleeps on it, his/her weight will cause the bed to sink slightly in the middle, thereby raising the two sides to create a slight barrier to prevent them from falling out.
Unless your little one rolls around vigorously, or if your purpose is more for air travel, then the following type of toddler travel bed may be a better option for you.
B. Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed
Perhaps the more common type of toddler travel beds, this is just like an inflatable air mattress, but with raised sides. They are perfect for air travel because ones deflated, they pack up compactly and does not take up much precious weight and space.
One major tip though: always get an inflatable travel bed that comes with a pump (be it hand pump or electronic pump - the latter, if possible) because boy, you will need A LOT of lung capacity, and patience, if you choose to blow it up by mouth.
The downside of this type of toddler travel bed is that they are usually much more expensive than foldable ones. This is because they are made of very high quality and durable, tear-resistant material that bumps up the manufacturing cost. However, they generally last a very long time, with some parents using it even after the 4-year mark, so that is a comfort to know that you're getting your money's worth.
2. The 3 Best Foldable Toddler Travel Beds
3. Top 5 Best Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed
3. Top 5 Best Infant Travel Bed
The following is catered to the transitional moments where your newborn is too young for a toddler travel bed, yet a travel crib/playard may seem a little too big for the sole purpose of sleeping. Yes, we are talking about an infant travel bed that you can place next to you and co-sleep on the same bed when you go travelling.