Once your toddler outgrows a portable crib or pack n’ play, what do you do with them when you travel? The answer is, bring along a toddler travel bed. Portable toddler beds are great for travel! Bringing your own bedding for your toddler will save you money and make travelling with your kids easier. Trust me! As a mom who travels full-time with two kids, I know.

 

 

Why Purchase a Travel Bed for Your Toddler?

We travelled with one for our three-year old son around Australia and South East Asia. It’s not common to find hotel rooms with two double or queen beds outside of the US. This means you really need a kids travel bed once your child is too big for a portacrib.

It’s hard to find a travel crib that is big enough for a toddler. Our almost-two year old daughter is almost too long for the standard Graco Pack n’ Play travel crib. We’re excited to upgrade her to her own inflatable travel bed. It’s going to make things a lot easier for us too. No heavy portacrib to carry anymore!

 

Types of Toddler Travel Beds

  • Inflatabe toddler bed – These are the most common type of travel beds for toddlers. It’s just like a portable toddler air mattress. They pack down easily and come with a hand pump or electronic pump.
  • Foldable toddler bed – This bed folds up like a camping chair. Great for camping, grandparents house or road trips. Not as good for air travel as bulkier and not as packable as an inflatable toddler bed.
  • Pop-up sleep tent – Quick to assemble and provides your child with a dedicated sleeping space.

 

Best Toddler Travel Beds 2017 at a Glance (Comparison Table)

ModelStyleBeddingWeight
(pounds)
Dimensions
(inches)
PriceRating

The Shrunks Travel Bed
Inflatable w/ electric pumpPurchase Shrunks sleeping bag separately
7.8 lb
60" x 37" x 9"
Check Prices4.6 / 5

Intex Kidz Travel Bed
Inflatable w/ hand pumpNone9 lb66" x 42" x 10"Check Prices4.4 / 5

AeroBed Mattress for Kids
Inflatable w/ electric pumpFitted fleece cover included9 lb50" x 25" x 4"
(sleep surface not bed size)
Check Prices4.5 / 5

My First Ready Bed
Inflatable w/ hand pumpSleeping bag cover included3.2 lb51" x 24" x 9" Check Prices4.0 / 5

Junior Ready Bed
Inflatable w/ hand pumpSleeping bag cover included3.2 lb59" x 24" x 8" Check Prices5.0 / 5

Regalo My Cot Portable Bed
Folding (hard)Fitted sheet included6.2 lb48" x 26" x 7"Check Prices4.4 / 5

Leachco BumpZZZ Travel Bed
Folding (soft)None11.8 lb58" x 39" x 7"Check Prices4.4 / 5

PeaPod Plus Infant Travel Bed
Pop upNone3.5 lb46" x 28" x 17"
(sleeping surface)
Check Prices4.4 / 5

 

Portable Toddler Beds are Great for Travel!

Best Portable Toddler Bed Guide for 2017

Here are the best travel beds for kids on the market at the moment. Read through the options and see which works best for your child and travel style.

 

The Shrunks Travel Bed

The Shrunks Travel Bed is a popular option. It’s lightweight, packs into a carry bag and inflates in under 5 minutes. It’s also phthalate-safe, BpA-safe and lead-safe. The Shrunks bed has slighlty raised sides to prevent your toddler rolling off in the night (which can be a problem with other inflatable beds). You have to buy the sleeping bag separately or use your own sheets. We’ve never had a problem requesting extra bedding from hotels to use on our toddler bed.

You can also buy a larger sized Shrunks Travel Bed for older children ages 6+.

Type: Inflatable. Comes with electric pump.

Weight: 7.8 pounds / 3.5 kilograms

Price: Check prices and purchase here.

 

 

Intex Kidz Travel Bed

The Intex Kidz Travel Bed with Hand Pump is great for little kids because it has sides that go all the way around. This makes it the perfect transition from travel crib to travel bed! The mattress is separate from the frame so you can safely tuck sheets in. Comes with a carry bag for storage. We travelled around Hawaii with this bed and it was great! You can see Hazel lounging in this bed in the pictures at the start and end of this post. For sleeping we add a twin bed sheet, a pillow and a soft fleece blanket. (We travel with the blanket and get the hotel to provide us a sheet and pillow.)

Type: Inflatable. Comes with hand pump.

Weight: 9 pounds / 4 kilograms

Price: Check prices and purchase here.

 

AeroBed Mattress for Kids

The AeroBed Mattress for Kids has a slightly raised edge to stop little ones rolling off in the night. The fitted sheet is included with this bed. The AeroBed inflates really quickly and the pump can also be used to fully deflate the bed.

Type: Inflatable. Comes with electric pump.

Weight: 9 pounds / 4 kilograms

Price: Check prices and purchase here.

 

 

My First Ready Bed (shorter with bumper, suitable for under 3 years)

Junior Ready Bed (longer without bumper, suitable for over 3 years)

My First Ready Bed / Junior Ready Bed

The My First Ready Bedis designed for smaller children and has a bumper around the head area to keep kids within the bounds of the bed. The Junior Ready Bed is similar but doesn’t have the bumper. What we love about this travel bed for toddlers is that it comes with a built in sleeping bag and the pillow area is slightly inflated. This means you don’t need to use any additional bedding! The sleeping bag is removable, washes easily and dries very quickly. It comes in a variety of prints. (We have Superman!) The carry bag is built into the mattress cover so you’ll never lose it.

Type: Inflatable. Comes with hand pump.

Weight: 3.8 pounds / 1.7 kilograms

Price: Check prices and purchase here.This bed ships from the UK so allow extra time for shipping.

If you’re in Australia, you can purchase this bed at Target or Big W for under $50!

If you’re in New Zealand, you can purchase this bed at Spotlight or The Warehouse for around $80-100.

 

 

Regalo My Cot Portable Bed

The Regalo My Cot Portable Bed is a little different. It folds up, like a camping chair. It’s still lightweight but less packable than an inflatable bed. For this reason, I think it’s more suitable for road trips or camping when you can put it in the back of the car, rather than travel by air when you’d require fitting it into a suitcase with other items. The Regalo My Cot comes with a carry bag and a fitted sleeping sheet that is washable.

Type: Folding (hard)

Weight: 6.2 pounds / 2.8 kilograms

Price: Check prices and purchase here.

 

 

Leachco BumpZZZ Travel Bed

The Leachco BumpZZZ Travel Bed is a soft folding bed with bumpers all the way around the sides. It comes with a carry bag. The center pad is removable for washing. This bed takes up a lot of space and therefore I wouldn’t recommend it for air travel. It would work for sleepovers at the grandparents, road trips or camping. It’s also much more expensive than the other beds in this review.

Type: Folding (soft)

Weight: 11.8 pounds / 5.3 kilograms

Price: Check prices and purchase here.

 

 

PeaPod Plus Infant Travel Bed

Not just for infants, the PeaPod Plus Infant Travel Bed is big enough for toddlers to use. The PeaPod Plus is a pop up sleep tent for kids up to 5 years old. It’s lightweight, comes in it’s own carry bag and assembles in a flash. The tent aspects means your child has a dedicated sleeping space. There is a sleeping pad at the bottom of the tent which provides some cushioning for your child to sleep on but doesn’t compare to the comfort of an inflatable bed.

Type: Pop up

Weight: 3.5 pounds / 1.5 kilograms

Price: Check prices and purchase here.

 

Quick Buy + Price Comparison on Portable Toddler Bed Options

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Other Portable Bedding Alternatives for Travelling with Toddlers

If you don’t want to bring along an inflatable bed, here are some other options and alternatives you could consider when travelling with a toddler:

  • Kids sleeping Bag ($) – A lightweight kids sleeping bag is a great addition to any of the inflatable beds above that don’t come with their own bedding. These ones only weigh 1.2 pounds and come with their own carry bag.
  • Nap pad ($) – If you’re just travelling for a few nights, bring along a nap pad for your toddler. A nap pad is like a sleeping bag with a bit of extra padding underneath and used for sleeping on the floor. They’re easy to roll up and throw in your suitcase. Request an extra duvet or blanket from your hotel to use underneath for extra padding.
  • Inflatable bed rail ($) – An inflatable bed rail is nifty little invention for older toddlers & preschoolers to prevent them falling out of bed. These ones by The Shrunks only weigh 1.1 pounds. You can also use a pool noodle!
  • Build a “Nest” – Ask your hotel for extra bedding and build a little “nest” on the floor for your toddler.
  • Co-Sleeping – Some families love to co-sleep. We do not but we can tolerate it for a few nights in a hotel, especially if there are two queen beds (though this is uncommon in hotels outside of North America.)

 

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Toddler Travel Bed Guide

Travelling with your toddler soon?

If you’re travelling with your toddler soon, check out our toddler travel tips. We have been travelling with our kids for five years now and have a tonne of advice to share on travelling with under 5s. If you’ve got any questions, leave me a comment below of connect with me on Facebook. I’d be happy to help with anything you’d like to know about travel with kids.

Bethaney Davies
A traveller for over ten years, Bethaney started blogging here on Flashpacker Family in early 2012. She founded the site to encourage and inspire travel and travel with small children and to share her own stories from the road.
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  • Carrie Ford-Coates
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    I actually just used the intex travel bed and it was perfect! Highly recommend!

  • Jo
    Reply

    This guide was so useful! After reading this I bought a ready bed and it’s been great. It’s nice not to have to carry extra bedding and saved us money by not having to pay for an extra bed on our recent trip to Sri Lanka. Thanks 🙂

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