Going abroad or at least out of your hometown can be a bit stressful for the kids. They need all of the comforts they can get when they are sleeping while they are traveling. Portability is a very important thing to consider when you want to carry a bed for your little one as you go somewhere. Whether it is a sleepover at your grandma’s house or at a vacation home anywhere in the world, it is a must-have for a toddler or a baby to be at their best comfort with a portable bed.
When your child is finally able to sleep outside of the crib, they can have the opportunity to have their own bed. The ones that can be taken with you while traveling are usually the ones that are easy to fold, not too heavy to carry around and are still very comfortable. Take note that not all toddler beds are ideal for one age, so you need to look at the age range as well.
Another thing you need to look into when choosing a toddler bed is its ease of cleaning. Most children can make messes more frequently and this is why you need something with easy laundering or washing. Most of them may also come with its own fitted sheet and storage bag since it is for traveling and you’ll need all these things to keep your child comfortable when they are sleeping.
Best Portable Travel Beds for Babies and Toddlers
Below are our top picks for the best portable beds for traveling with your little ones:
Age Range: 2 to 5 years
As a travel cot that can take children up to up to 75 lbs. of weight, this one can be easily folded down and set up when your child is ready to sleep. It handles toddlers quite well and is made with a sturdy canvas material to make sure it is both comfortable and durable at the same time (and is also eco-friendly). There is reinforced stitching to make sure the bed stays put.
Because it has an all-metal frame, it will also add to its durability no matter how often your child moves during their sleep. What’s more, it is also surrounded with waterproof nylon so it will be easy to clean and won’t get easily smelly when it gets rained on. It comes with its own fitted sheet (you don’t have to look for one anymore) and a carrying bag for travel purposes.
Age Range: 1 to 5 years
If you want something that is much like a tent, this travel toddler bed is for you. It has UV protection on its material so it will block away from the hot stuff from the sun that may make your child uncomfortable during the summer. Its anchor straps can allow you to attach it to the ground when you are camping out in the wilderness.
Because this peapod plus comes fully assembled, you don’t have to worry about putting up the stakes and the like. This travel bed has a very good design when it comes down to its mesh nets all over the place – good for camping when there’s a lot of mosquitoes around. It has easy flaps that zipper up to provide easy access to your child. What’s more, the whole thing fits into the included bag that’s easy to carry around.
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
For a fully-protective bed, this one can shield your toddlers from falling away from the bed, which also makes it ideal for young babies who are around 1 to 3 years old. The soft bumpers help keep your little one safe and sound from falling over while they are also comfortable to touch. The whole thing can be packed into a small box that can be carried while traveling – which also has a good polka-dot design.
The whole bed measures 55″ x 26″ x 7″ when you open it up. It is certified to be free of toxins and harsh chemicals while it still has a waterproof cover to make sure it is easy to clean. It also comes with its own fitted sheet for convenience. It will fit well on any child as long as they aren’t above 4 feet in height.
Age Range: 1 to 5 months old
This relaxing baby sleeper is a bed that’s meant for sleeping beside your baby so you can watch over them. It is also much like a bassinet that is quite portable and not very bulky to carry around. Made with a silver cloud fabric pattern, it even has its own lullaby player and subtle lights to keep your child entertained. There are also various styles to choose from when it comes down to the outside pattern.
There is an incline wedge in the sleeper that can help your little one if they are not feeling well due to reflux and spit-up. Because there are vented wall units that separate the baby and adults, it can be breathable when your child sleeps inside. The wedge is at 1.5 inches thick and the lights and sounds only require 2 AA batteries to work.
Age Range: 1 to 9 months old
This baby lounger is an all-in-one experience for your little one to have their own mini-crib, their playpen, and a sleeper. It can even be a changing station due to its good size. It has a canopy at the top and some playful foam toys for your child to keep them entertained. The baby lounger can be folded and turned into a backpack-like object for easy carrying.
With 3 colors to choose from, the bassinet measures 31″ x 18″ x 6″ in total so it will fit most babies. The bottom is also waterproof so it will not easily slip away. The materials used in the travel bed include nylon and polyester for durability as well as cotton for softness for your baby’s skin. You can use it at the park or on any camping trip due to its unique portability. Many find it useful for its folding ability, for backpacking and its ease of cleaning.
Age Range: 2 to 6 years old
Made for the big kids, this toddler sleeping cot is useful for sleepovers at your grandma’s house or during cruises, playing at the park, camping, going at a hotel or inn, in a daycare center or in general traveling situations. The unique thing about this child cot is that it has 2 storage pockets for you to store your kid’s valuables or toys. It neatly packs into its own travel bag with shoulder strap for added ease in packing.
When assembled, it measures 48 x 25 x 9.5 inches and only 24.5 x 8 x 6 inches when you fold it up. There are 4 colors to choose from and many people find it easy to fit just about any crib sheet over it. For those who don’t have a Pack-N-Play, this is a great alternative for a child bed that’s portable.
Age Range: 2 months old +
For a family trip, you may want something that is inflatable instead of something to set up with stakes or legs. This one can lay flat on the floor due to being an air mattress. It measures 60 x 37 x 9 inches when you inflate it, making it ideal for camping, staying over at your grandparents’ house, for traveling and the like. It even has security rails on the sides to keep your child from moving and rolling out of the bed.
Its squeak-free material and design make it ideal for children who hate noises to sleep better on an air bed. Any standard sized crib sheets and blankets would fit well to this travel bed for toddlers and babies. A Jetaire Electric Pump is included for you to easily inflate and deflate the bed. It is also BPA-free.
Age Range: up to 18 months old
As a baby bassinet, this bed can also be a changing station and a diaper bag due to its portability and ease of use. Great for traveling, it does not have a chemical smell so it will be safe for your baby. There are 2 large compartments outside and inside pockets, for you to keep your baby stuff organized as well. It has an insulated bottle warmer on the sides when you convert it into a baby bag.
Being BPA-free, Phthalate-free, it is not just a safe option for baby but is also a portable option for mom and dad. It takes only about 30 seconds to unfold and fold this awesome bassinet. When unfolded, it measures 12 x 24 x 6 inches. The bag is also easy to clean outside and inside with just regular soap and water so it will be a breeze to maintain for baby messes and spot cleaning.
Age Range: 2 to 5 months old
Another great travel bed that’s awesome for little ones would be this one since it is much like a bassinet with its own carrying handle. This handle hangs some toys (a star and a circle) for your child to be entertained when they are lying down. Its removable, washable sheet is easy to maintain and also very soft for your child to sleep on, along with the mattress pad. It can also act as a changing table due to its size.
There are mesh sides on each of the 4 corners to make sure your child gets good breathability inside. It even has its own bag strap for you to convert it as a sling bag when you’re not using it as a bed or changing table for your little one. It is quite lightweight and easy to carry around.
Age Range: 8 months to 2.5 years old
This travel bed is good for babies who are going on a transition from a crib to a toddler bed. Made with bumpy sides to keep them from rolling over and falling, this one is made with polyester and cotton for durability and comfort. It is also made with polyurethane foam for added softness without being too bulky. It can be folded into its own bag and it measures 58 in x 39 in x 7 inches when unfolded.
To wrap things up, having a portable travel bed for your baby or toddler puts them at ease when you’re not in your hometown. It’s just a matter of setting it up and choosing the right one that’s best for their age. Whether they are still infants who need a good bassinet-like bed or older tots who can sleep well on a cot, they need all the comfort they can get when they don’t sleep in their own bed at home!