Having the right gear is a must when traveling with kids.
My husband and I have always loved to travel. Now that we have a daughter we enjoy having her with us during our adventures. When it came to sleeping arrangements it was simple. Because my daughter was co-sleeping she could just sleep in bed with us, just like at home. That is until she transitioned to her big girl bed.
In November of 2016 I ended up needing to wean my daughter off of breastfeeding because of health reasons. Cutting out day feedings went pretty smooth, but the nighttime feeds were a real struggle. After a few weeks of sleepless nights my husband and I decided it was time to transition to her big girl bed in her own room. I am planning to share more on how we accomplished this transition in the future.
By the beginning of January 2017 my daughter was sleeping in a big girl bed in her own room. It was not until a few weeks before our planned trip to Oahu that I realized, we needed a place for Genevieve to sleep!
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Co-sleeping was no longer an option.
I knew that if we went back to co-sleeping after only being in her own bed a few weeks it would be too confusing for her. At first I thought we could just use blankets on the floor to make a bed but both of the locations we were staying in had hard floors. I wanted to make sure she would be comfortable. I also needed something that could fold up smaller for flying.
Thankfully, I found the The Shrunks Travel Bed. Now it will be a must have on all of our adventures, and here is why.
My daughter is a crazy sleeper. And by crazy I mean she moves around a lot in her sleep. I was worried that if we got something too high off the ground she would fall out and hurt herself. This mattress has inflatable rails on the sides. Genius right! The nice thing about this mattress was that if she did roll off she would already be close to the ground.
We chose the indoor Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed. I chose this bed for a few main reasons. First, it has two sections, this enables you to tuck a sheet onto the mattress. A crib sheet fits perfectly. The second reason is because it comes with an electric pump. This made setting up and taking down the mattress a breeze. And third is the fact that the mattress is phthalate-safe, bpa-safe and lead-safe. Safety first, am I right?
This bed is perfect for travel!
Every thing fits nice and neat into a drawstring bag. We used our favorite flying travel hack so that the mattress would not add weight to our bags. (Check out this post to receive a free printable toddler packing list and to find out our favorite flying travel hack.) We stayed in two separate locations during our trip, this mattress was so easy to pack up from one location and set up in the next. My daughter loved having a special place to sleep. She was excited to have her very own big girl bed.
Here are the logistics, found on The Shrunks website.
Our trademarked security rails helps prevent your child from falling off
Inflates quickly in 30 seconds
Includes a convenient carrying bag, repair kit and the compact yet powerful Jetaire Electric Pump
Phthalate-Safe, BpA-Safe and Lead-Safe
Inflated size: 60 x 37 x 9 (inches), 152 x 94 x 23 (cm)
Approximate deflated size: 16 x 7 x 7 (inches), 40 x 18 x 18 (cm)
Weight bed and pump: 8.5 lbs, 3.8 kg
Maximum weight capacity 150 lbs, 68 kg
If you are a family that is planning to travel The Shrunks Travel Bed is a must have. They have toddler size beds as well as a larger bed for older kiddos. They also have inflatable bed rails, an inflatable baby bath and more! Check out their website to see all of their great product options.