Whether your family is frequently on the go or only travels a few times a year, at some point you're going to deal with finding a place for your baby or kids to sleep away from home. Graco's Pack n Play dominates the market for its affordability and versatility, but what else is out there? We've rounded up some other options for you to explore and would love to hear about products or other solutions you've used and like.
These first few options are for newborns and young infants. If you travel frequently, even just to a babysitter's, it might be worth the investment, otherwise you may want to go with something that accommodates both newborns and toddlers that you can use for several years. What products have we missed? What else have you done (especially if your child, like mine, doesn't like sharing a bed with you) - borrowed? rented? made a makeshift safe, cozy spot with pillows or blankets (for older kids)?
• 1 Travel 2 in 1 by Delta Baby
(we haven't found a stateside source for this Belgian product, but think the design is clever and space efficient and we'd love to see a US distributor take this on board).
• 2 Lalapanzi Beds
($165 and up)
• 3 Infantino Travel Bed
• 4 Graco Pack n Play
• 5 Phil & Ted's Traveller
• 6 BabyBjorn Travel Light Crib
• 7 PeaPod by KidCo
(7 size and styles from about $60-$90)
• 8 Travel Bed Arcs by Little Life
(UK-based products, but sold in US at Amazon and others, $100-$175)
• 9 Tuckair Toddler Inflatable Mattress
(with side rails) ($80)
• 10 Aerobed Kids
EDITOR'S NOTE: This was originally posted in January 2010 during Bedrooms and Sleep month, but we thought it was worth posting again especially as so many readers chimed in with useful comments. As always, comment away!