Overnight trips with a toddler, whether camping in the woods or spending a weekend at Grandma's, can be stressful. With a 3- or 4-year-old too big for a crib and too small for a regular bed, the question of where to sleep can be a difficult one. Some toddlers do not sleep well in new or different surroundings. There are many options, however, from which to choose. Travel beds designed especially for toddlers are small, portable and provide many of the comforts of home.
Portable Air Bed
Portable air beds, beds that are filled with an air pump, that are designed for toddlers are smaller than their adult counterparts, and have raised edges to prevent falls. They cost between $80 and $100, and are available through such manufacturers as Gentle Air and Shrunks.
Pea Pod Travel Bed
The KidCo Pea Pod Travel Bed is similar to an air bed. The mattress, however, is covered by a flip-up top that provides an enclosed shelter. Priced at about $80, it includes a removable, washable sleeping pad that can be used indoors or outdoors.
Travel toddler cots, which are small, portable beds easily packed up for traveling, come in several designs, including smaller versions of a traditional army-style cot or a regular crib. Many have a removable mattress and high mesh sides. Depending on size and features, they cost anywhere from $40 to $100.
Lisa Weber is a freelance writer/editor and former special education teacher. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and professional writing, and a master's degree in special education. Over the last 15 years, she has written for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and on-line publications.