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Best Travel Bed For Toddlers 2023

Although a hotel suite with separate bedrooms or a set up similar to home is the best when travelling, that’s not always possible for various reasons. A big factor and expense on vacation or holiday is the room cost: a portable travel bed or toddler blow up bed can offer a little bit more flexibility on the rooms you can choose. Many hotels don’t charge for kids under a certain age – if they use an existing bed.

This guide covers various travel beds for kids whether you are camping, flying, need a spare bed at the grandparents or staying in a hotel room. For travel cots and travel cribs for babies see here.

Best Travel Bed For Toddlers. A big factor and expense on vacation or holiday is the room cost: a portable travel bed or toddler blow up bed can offer a little bit more flexibility on the rooms you can choose. Many hotels don't charge for kids under a certain age - if they use an existing bed. A kids' travel bed gives you the option to book a regular room and save money. What is your favourite travel bed for toddlers? #travelgear #familytravel

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Do you need a toddler travel bed? 

A kids’ travel bed gives you the option to book a regular room and save money. I’ve known some parents to fit a travel bed under the room desk when space has been particularly tight! This option wouldn’t have worked with a travel cot or pack n play but there are several options in this guide which are just as compact. This guide will help you decide which is the best travel bed for toddlers. 

A toddler travel bed is different from a travel crib. Travel cribs, sometimes known as pack ‘n’ play or travel cots usually have higher sides and are generally suitable for a baby, whereas these beds are ideal for a child who is used to a bigger bed.

My toddler often starts up in her own bed at home, but ends up with us during the night.  If she is put with her sister in a hotel sofa bed, they both take ages to settle and argue over whose side is whose! In this case, it’s useful to have a portable travel bed, especially if room is tight.

Portable travel beds are easy to squish in a car, are always handy to have on a sleepover, and some inflatable travel beds are small enough to easily fit into your suitcase for air travel too. They are a lot more comfortable than just a sleeping bag too.

Some other advantages of having a portable toddler travel bed with you include:

  • Travel beds for toddlers are generally lighter than the ‘pack n play’ and traditional travel cots. Some of the inflatable ones will fit into your suitcase, meaning you don’t have to pay for an extra piece of baggage. If you are flying you are usually allowed to take a stroller and car seat for free. (Qantas let you take all three for free).
  • Travel toddler beds can save you money on additional hotel bed charges or the need to buy a larger or family room.
  • When at home, you will always have a spare toddler bed for guests.
  • If you use it for sleepovers at home or camping, then it is familiar place for them to sleep.
  • You have a spare inflatable bed or fold out toddler bed to use at home.

What is the difference between a toddler travel bed and a toddler travel crib/cot?

A toddler travel bed is essentially a travel mattress. They are usually floor level, with low sides and easy to pack – all features which make it a very portable bed. A toddler travel bed is a good idea if your toddler can climb out of a travel cot – for obvious safety reasons.

What is the best travel bed for toddlers?

Types of toddler travel beds

There are several different types of travel beds to consider; one style is the inflatable air mattress, others are mattresses which simply unfold, whilst others require a small bit of assembly before use.

Size of a toddler travel bed

The size of a toddler bed can vary from a similar mattress size to a travel cot or crib to a single bed size. Some measurements may stipulate the mattress size and others the total size – the outer edges or bed rail too.

Age Ranges

Age ranges vary from 2 and up. Also check the weight limit too.

Other things to consider when purchasing a toddler travel bed.

For travel ease of use and weight are highly important. Check if the travel bed is more suitable for a car journey, or if it can fold up and be considered as hand luggage.

For comfort, cushioned travel beds are clearly going to be offer more of a restful sleep, but these days inflatable ones can be comfortable too.

Also consider which ones offer the most support or a toddler air mattress with sides. If you are going to be in a tent, you may want to research elevated camping beds for toddlers in case of rain.

ItemImageSleeping Pad/Mattress includedCarry Bag includedRecommended ageWeightSizePumpOther key Features
KidCo Peapod Plus Infant Travel BedYesYes1 to 5 years old3.65 lbswhen Open: 52.5”L x 34”W x 22”H
in Bag: 19L” x 3.5”W x 19”H
comes with a lightweight mesh providing increased airflow and a large front zipper panel for easy access
BabyBjörn Travel Crib LightYesYesFrom newborn to approx. 3 years, or until your child is able to climb out of it6 kg (including carry bag)Mattress: 60 x 105 x 4 cm
Assembled: 82 x 112 x 64 cm
Folded up in carry bag: 49 x 60 x 14 cm
Removable and washable fabrics
Easy to set up in just one move
Hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Travel BedYesYesfor toddlers from 18 months8 lbs62 x 39 x 12 inchesHigh-speed pump (inflates in under 30 seconds)Fold, roll and go
Puncture-resistant inlay
Fits all standard crib sheets and blankets
EnerPlex Kids Inflatable Travel BedYesYesages 36 months and up12.45 lbs66 x 44 x 13 inchesExternal pump, 3 universal nozzles and Adaptors for AC/DC plug includedBuilt-in Bumpers
The Shrunks Sleepover Travel BedYesYesages 2 years and up8.5 kgInflated Size:60 x 37 x 9 (inches)
Sleeping Area: 47 x 28 in
Approximate deflated size: 16 x 7 x 7 (inches)
Electric Jetaire Pump includedSignature guard rails
Sheet-tuck feature
Quiet, squeak-free material and design
Intex Kids Travel Bed SetYesYesages 3 to 6 years old9.16 lbsApproximate inflated size: 66in X 42in X 10in
Inner mattress size: 28in X 52in X 4in
Hand pump includedinflates in 5 minutes with a hand pump and deflates quickly
Sleepah Inflatable Toddler Travel BedYesYesfor toddlers from 18 months9 lbs61 x 40 x 12 inchesElectric pump includedPatching kit included
Small pillow included
Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler BedNoNofor children aged 2 to 5 years6.25 lbsSleep surface: 48”L x 24”W x 9”H
Folded down size: 9”L x 8”W x 24”H
Simple fold and go system
Light-weight and durable
Waterproof
Joovy Foocot Child Travel CotNoYesfor children aged 24 months to 5 years6.6 lbsFolded dimension: 24.5″” x 8″” x 6″
Assembled dimensions: 48″” x 25″” x 9.5″
Easy reach pockets
100% flame retardant
Leachco BumpZZZ Travel BedYesYesfor children aged 3 years and up12 lbsEntire Bed Assembled Size: 58 in x 39 in x 7 in
Bag Only Size: 29.5 in x 40 in x .5 in
Bed in Bag Measurements: 20 in x 37 in x 14.75 in
Bed Pad Only Measurements: 43 in x 22 in x 1.25 in
Removable cover included
Foam padded center
Cushioned outer bumpers
Milliard Memory Foam Mat and BlanketYesNofor children aged 1 year and up3.8 lbs16.3 x 12.7 x 6.7 inchesMemory foam mat
Textured bottom
Attached carry handle
Machine washable
Milliard Portable Toddler Travel Nap MatYesNofor children aged 18 months to 5 years10.3 lbsDimensions when folded: 25″x14.5″x27″
Dimensions when open: 54″x25″x7″
Mat dimensions: 49″x20″
Bumper height: Exterior – 7″, Interior – 4.5″
Acts as a suitcase when folded
Washable sheet
Waterproof cover
Everyday Kids Toddler Nap MatYesNofor children aged 3 to 6 years1.72 lbs50 x 20 x 2 inchesMade of 100% soft microfiber polyester
Removable pillow
Zipper-free
Roll-up design
Moonsea Toddler Nap MatYesNofor children aged 2 to 6 years2.2 lbsDimensions: 50 x 21 x 1 inches
Blanket finished size: 41″ x 33″
Mat finished size (including pillow): 21″ x 50″
Loop fastening straps
Removable pillow

Best Toddler Travel Beds for 2023

Don’t forget:

If you are planning on going out and about or travelling soon, you may find these other travel gear recommendations for kids useful too. These great travel toys and activities for toddlers are handy too – for days out, to trips on planes, trains or even cruising or camping.

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