10 Best Travel Cribs | March 2017
- small enough to carry on a plane
- built-in canopy for shade
- tough to move when erected
- acts as crib and changing bed
- multiple mattress height settings
- jpma approved for safety
- greenguard gold certified
- convertible straps
- difficult to get back into the bag
- converts into three sleep positions
- fits beds up to 24 inches tall
- rolling wheels make relocation easy
- exterior designed for good air flow
- attractive modern style
- comfortable padded mattress
- matching storage bag included
- mesh windows let baby look out
- removable fabrics for easy washing
- one-piece design for easy assembly
- low to the ground to prevent injury
- hypoallergenic fitted sheet
Tucking Tots In Away From Home: Choosing A Travel Crib
A great travel crib can make the entire process of traveling with young children safer, less stressful, and more efficient. When you own a travel crib, you never need to plan ahead for your youngster's sleeping arrangements. That means no calls to a hotel to ask their staff for a crib in your room and no time spent and frustration endured learning how to use the foreign device when you arrive. It means no back and forth calls with relatives as you plan for a family visit. And it means easy impromptu trips free of the worry about where your kid (or kids) will sleep when away from home.
Travel cribs run the gamut in terms of price, with some fine options costing only around seventy five dollars while others cost well over two hundred dollars and beyond. A high end travel crib might seem a painful expense for the family with only one young child (after all, you will only use the unit for a year or two at most), but a great travel crib will last for years and can be used to provide sleeping accommodations for your young visitors. Consider a travel crib first and foremost because it works for your family at a kid's current age and size, but don't discount its potential for use by many youngsters over the years.
Your child's age and size are indeed the most important factors when it comes to choosing the right travel crib. Some units are essentially bassinets that can collapse or deploy easily. These are great choices for use with newborns and smaller infants, but will be quickly outgrown by the time most children are seven or eight months old. Other travel cribs are large enough to suit children well past their second birthdays but are also of a size that begins to make them too big for truly convenient travel.
Balance the convenience offered by a smaller travel crib with the benefits of a unit you can use for years when making your decision. Also consider how often you and your children travel in the first place; the globetrotting family will wisely invest in a compact and convenient crib. The clan that travels less often may instead choose a more budget friendly option.
And for the record, a travel crib is not the same as a pack and play. Pack and plays tend to be larger, heavier, and bulkier than travel cribs. The primary purpose of a travel crib is indeed for an infant or young toddler to use during sleep, not to create a temporary place for playing. Most travel cribs are smaller than most pack and plays and are only to be used with children during their first year or two of life.
Ideas For Aiding Baby Bedtimes Away From Home
A young child will often descend into a slumber deeper than his or her adult counterparts could ever achieve. Indeed the term "sleeping like a baby" is no mere idle phrase, it is based off the many hours youngsters spend in deep sleep each day. Babies often spend as much as sixty five to seventy percent of the day sleeping. This plethora of rest is critical for proper development, so fostering the right conditions for sleep is imperative for parents and caregivers. This is as true while traveling as it is when your family is home.
The best way to help your child sleep when away from home is to make their temporary lodgings as similar to familiar spaces as possible. Any items that can be brought along on the road, such as a sound machine or a nightlight should be packed along for the trip. Planning ahead by installing a number of easily portable features like these in your child's sleeping space at home will help make travel an easier experience.
Maintain the same bedtime patterns on the road and at home, offering a baby food, stories, and all other elements of a bedtime in the same order no matter where you are. If your travel will be short term, try to keep your baby on the same schedule he or she has adapted to at home; this might mean bedtimes that are artificially early or late depending on a time zone shift and might necessitate darkening windows or brightening rooms before the sun can do so.
And always watch for the telltale signs of infant fatigue: these included everything from yawning and fussing to frowning, flailing, or staring blankly.
A Few Words On Travel Crib Safety
As with any crib, safe use of a travel crib means a minimal number of things in the crib with your child. Newborns should be laid to rest on their backs to help mitigate the risk of SIDS, and should be snugly swaddled in close fitting blankets or purpose-built swaddling wraps. A newborn should not have loose blankets, stuffed animals, or even bumpers in their travel crib. Anything loose can present a suffocation or strangulation hazard and is not worth the risk.
Also make sure there are no gaps larger than an inch between the mattress and the side of the travel crib (this will rarely be an issue if you are using the same mattress pad that came with the unit) as a youngster could get a hand or foot stuck in these spaces.
Travel crib placement is also a cause for caution. Make sure you don't put the crib underneath any objects that could possibly fall, such as a heavy book, a lamp, and or a framed picture or painting. Also don't place the crib near cords or wires and infant might be able to reach. These cords can present myriad dangers, including electric shock, strangulation, and the toppling of a heavy object.
And if any aspect of your travel crib becomes damaged, from a crack in its frame to a tear in the fabric of its siding, the unit must be either repaired by a trained professional (ideally someone employed by the brand that made it) or, safer still, discarded and replaced. It's also a good idea to occasionally check the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall list to make sure your travel crib has not been found to be unsafe in any way.