Travel beds for kids is a great essential to have when going for a holiday or maybe just for a sleepover at the grandparent’s house. The ideal travel bed should be lightweight, not too bulky and easy to carry.
There are plenty of options available on the market. When I did my research I realized that there are two main types of travel beds you as a parent can choose from:
- the air mattress or inflatable bed and
- the foldable bed with a steel constructed frame.
I will get started with the foldable beds and talk about my top one recommendation and in the second part, I will show you the best options for an inflatable bed.
The Foldable Bed
Foldable Beds are ideal for camping, as an extra bed at home or for holiday homes with no additional bedding. They are easy to fold and to store away.
They might be a bit big and bulky to take on an airplane. That would be something to inquire with the airline you are going to fly with.
My #1 Recommendation – Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler
Size: 48″length x26″ width x 7″ height (122 cm x 66 cm x 18cm)
Age: suitable from 2 years up to 5 years, maximum weight 75 lbs and 52″ (132 cm) tall
The Regalo Portable Toddler Bed has been a Bestseller on Amazon for a long time. It is easy and fast to set up.
The bed is made with a durable all steel constructed frame with a canvas bed liner. This bed is lightweight with just 6.2 pounds. It comes with a washable matching cover and a carry case.
Pros: The newer models of this bed don’t have a middle strap. The canvas linen has got criss-cross straps. This way it is more comfortable for your child to sleep on. The bed folds together to the size of a folding chair. So I guess you could even take it on a flight as a check-in luggage. There is also a limited Warranty for 90 days for a piece of mind.
Cons: There is no locking mechanism to prevent the bed from collapsing.
Overall, the Regalo Portable Toddler Bed is great value for money. It ticks all the boxes.
The Inflatable Beds
I have found two excellent choices on Amazon. Both beds are very similar in quality and the price.
My number 1 recommendation has a slight advantage because the size is a bit bigger (therefore, you can use it longer for when your child grows bigger) and the weight is less than the other one.
My #1 Recommendation – Lazy Nap Kids Air Mattress
Size: 60″ length x 36″ width x 8″ height (152 cm x 94 cm x 21 cm)
Age: 2 years (maybe even younger) up to 9 years, depending on your child’s height and weight; max. Weight 130lbs
The Lazy Nap Kids Air Mattress comes with a hand-held electric pump, a repair kit, and a soft, washable cover.
The bed is easy to inflate and deflate and can be stored away in the carry bag provided. The wrap around bumpers will prevent your child from rolling off the bed. So it is great for Toddlers but also for older children.
Pros: Many customers said that this bed doesn’t make much noise like other air beds. It also holds the air for a long time; in some cases for up to seven days! The bumper sides are perfect for keeping the little munchkins in bed. Last but not least the cover is super soft and comfortable.
Cons: It takes under 3 min to inflate the bed which is slower than other air beds of the same size. The bed might not be suitable for camping unless you have a powerpoint for the electric pump.
Overall, the Lazy Nap Kids Bed is a fantastic choice to take on a vacation or a sleepover at Grandma’s place. It ticks all the boxes.
The AeroBed Mattress for kids is one of the bestsellers on Amazon.
It comes with an electric pump, a carry bag and a thick washable fitted mattress cover with a moon and star design. The bed deflates in incredible 15 seconds and is easy to pack away. The 4-inch high surround safety cushion keeps your child safe and sound on the bed.
Pros: The mattress is very sturdy and durable. It stays inflated for a few nights. The bed inflates in under a minute and deflates, as mentioned before, in 15 seconds. The surround cushion is great to prevent your kid from rolling off.
Cons: The bed might not be suitable for camping since it comes with an electric pump. Some customers mentioned loud noises when the child moves on the bed. That could potentially disturb their sleep.
Overall, the AeroBed for kids is an excellent choice when you look for a comfortable bed that you can inflate in less than a minute and is easy to store.
The Benefits Of A Travel Bed
Taking a travel bed on your next vacation has few advantages for you and your child.
- Your child will feel more comfortable in a new place and foreign environment.
- You are independent of beds provided by the hotel.
- The beds are lightweight and easy to carry.
Are you also interested in a portable travel crib? Please read my in-depth post My Top 5 Travel Cribs For Babies – You Don’t Want To Go Without Them.
What kind of travel bed you will choose depends on your personal preference and your needs. I feel that the foldable bed is a better option for camping unless you have a power point to use the electric pump for the inflatable beds.
The air beds seem to be more comfortable to sleep on and can be used for older children since they hold a bigger weight, up to 150 pounds. That would give you a few more years of use.
No matter what you choose, the quality of the beds in this review is great and provides fantastic value for your money.
Please let me know which travel bed you would prefer and why? I’d love to hear from you!
Are you looking for the best travel toys for your toddler? Read more here.
Have Fun and Safe Travels!
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