H.A. asks from San Francisco, CA on April 26, 2011
Portable Bed Rail? or Other Suggestions?
We will be staying in a hotel with our 3 1/2 year old and 6 month old. Our older child used to just sleep between my husband and me when traveling, but now our baby will be sleeping between us and our daughter in a single bed. Is there some kind of portable bed rail that we can bring along so she won't fall out of bed? She moves around a lot at night, often ending up on the floor (her mattress is on the floor at home.). I'm assuming the hotel wouldn't be thrilled if we put their mattress on the floor, assuming there would even be enough space.
Where do your kids sleep when you travel? Thanks for any suggestions!
R.S. answers from Redding on April 27, 2011
We get a room with two queens and dad sleeps with the older child. Or one king and we all swuish together but it is not as comphy.
J.B. answers from San Francisco on April 27, 2011
I had a portable bed rail for my boys. It was great! It went everywhere with us. I sold it on Craigslist when we were done with it.
S.B. answers from Dallas on April 26, 2011
With my kids I didn't think of this ahead of time. It was just me and then, since the hubby couldn't make the trip. And they really wanted to sleep together. I had to come up with something in a pinch. So I pushed the chairs to either side of the bed with the backs up to the bed, two on each side, near their heads. I also asked for two extra pillows and put those along side the chairs. It worked great! It became our "go to" solution since we didn't have to pack anything extra.
A.K. answers from Phoenix on April 26, 2011
My husband made one out of PVC. It worked out well.
M.B. answers from Sacramento on April 27, 2011
Google toddler bedrails and buy 2 before you leave.
Even check on Craigslist for used ones.
Bring sleeping bags for a cushiony bed on the floor.
Set up the bed rails on the floor near a wall, sleeping bags on floor for a cushiony bed then bring your own blankets to cover your child up .
Have a fun trip! :)
C.B. answers from San Francisco on April 27, 2011
All great ideas below. You should also check if the hotel you are staying at has a cot or crib. Most of them do and many of them will wheel one up to your room at no extra charge. You can put that mattress on the floor. We have done everything mentoned: brought bed rails with us, pushed chairs up to the bed, had them sleep on blankets on the floor, pushed the beds next to the wall and slept one with each kid. I think the last worked best, but many times the beds are attached to the walls and don't move. Good luck, and enjoy your trip!
B.R. answers from Sacramento on April 27, 2011
Do you have some sort of mat or cot that you can take along? Or ask the hotel if they have anything that will work to help make it safer for your child. Sometimes they have items they can bring into the room, and usually at no extra charge, if they know there is a special situation.
C.T. answers from San Francisco on April 27, 2011
I just bought a toddler size blow up bed and take it with us everywhere.
K.L. answers from Redding on April 26, 2011
Shove her bed up agaisnt the wall if it isnt hook to the wall, or put chairs up next to it. When our daughter was a few months old we stayed in a hotel and I planned to put the big tall backed wooden chairs up to the bedside as we had done before, but the chairs in this hotel where big stuffed round "club" chairs. I turned them face to face and stuffed in blankets and put her there like a small crib. maybe the baby can do this and your older one can still snuggle between you and dad. But there are folding bedrails with netting available. They should pack easy in a car. Or, get extra pillows and put them on the floor and let her fall out onto them. If she falls a couple times she will learn to sense the edge sooner and not fall many times after that. Or lay her where the pillows go and use the headboard as a side, and lay your suitcases around her to stop her from rolling too far.
J.F. answers from Omaha on April 26, 2011
OneStepAhead has some nice travel options