M.D. asks from Belmont, CA on July 12, 2009
What Does Your 2 Year Old Sleep in on Vacation?
We have a two year old son that still sleeps in his crib at home (and I think is definitely NOT ready to move to a toddler bed). Until recently he has been sleeping in a pack-n-play when we travel to grandparents house, etc. However, he seems to have had a little growth suprt recently and I think might be a bit long for the thing. I'm looking for ideas of what you other moms out there do with your 2 year olds on the go? Are there any crib-like portable things for the bigger babies that anyone knows of?
Thanks for your help!
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K.W. answers from San Francisco on July 13, 2009
I have off the chart tall kids and my son also slept in a pak in play until he was 18 mths and I thought he was too big (shamefully I look at photo's now and think he was too big about 3 to 4 mths before I took him out, bad mommy ha ha. Anyway, I have found now that there are actually larger pak and plays if you don't need all the fancy stuff at Wal-Mart.
If that is still too small, I would go the sleeping bag and pull out chair route. You can get them at Wal-Mart or Target and they are those fuzzy covered chairs, but some of them pull out like a lounger. VERY portable, can be smushed into a suitcase or even bought while at grandparents.
M.R. answers from San Francisco on July 13, 2009
We just went to visit the grandparents for two weeks and my 27 month old just slept in the pack-n-play. Although it "looked" a little small for him, he slept fine (naps and nighttime). We are planning on using it again in September, when he'll be even taller, but I need him contained, so many of the other suggestions would not work. Renting a crib is an option, but most places will rent you a pack-n-play as the crib (these are travel type places and who is going to be setting up a full size crib?) If he's not complaining, the I think you'll be fine.
B.B. answers from San Francisco on July 13, 2009
A.H. answers from San Francisco on July 13, 2009
I remember asking the same question about a year ago. My daughter is a very "sensitive" sleeper-- i.e. doesn't sleep well if she's even a little uncomfortable. At 2 years old she was tall for her age and I think the padding in the pack 'n play was too thin. We had some really tired trips to Grandmas.
My Mom bought a folding full-sized crib by Dream on Me. It wasn't cheap, and of course she also bought the mattress and sheets (nicer than she has at home!), but you could bring these along yourself. The brand is Dream on Me. Here's a link to their site. Don't look at the mini-cribs. They're no bigger than a pack'n play.
If the grandparents are willing to invest, it's a great option.
V.O. answers from San Francisco on July 13, 2009
Hi! One Step Ahead, an online company, sells an inflatable toddler bed, like an Aerobed... check it out!
D.S. answers from San Francisco on July 13, 2009
Hello M.: I want to answer this one as a Grandmother to several wonderful children. We do have the portable fold up bed and the 2 year old curls up in it still or sleeps cross wise. But we also have a small pop up tent that we set up and the little ones sleep in that as well. They have the fun of being like camping and everything they need is contained. I also let the children sleep in sleeping/slumber bags. You might have to have an extra blankeet under the bag for softness. My cousin does a great thing as well- she keeps a toddler size mattress in a room at her house for just this reason with her grandchildren.
Hope this gives you some help. Have fun with the Grandparents! Nana G
E.M. answers from Bakersfield on July 13, 2009
My sister and I were looking for something similar for her son. We saw ( I think at Babies R Us) a travel sleeper. It looks like a little cot with sides for medium sized kids, and it sits really low to the floor. I don't know how much they cost, but they looked really great and compact.
I hope this helps!
M.D. answers from San Francisco on July 13, 2009
You could also consider renting a crib for the duration of your vacation. You would have to do a search online, but I have done this before. Bring your own sheets and crib mattress. It's easier than finding something else to lug around, IMHO.
J.A. answers from Sacramento on July 12, 2009
I've heard of some people buying a small pop up tent for them to sleep in once they are too big for the pack n play but not ready for the bed. They are on the floor and have the sense of something around them. I've heard the kids love it, but have never had the chance to try it out myself. I got my kids sleeping bags and put them on the floor. They loved it. But they still may get up and wander around...
I happend to have a pack n play that is older (bought in the mid 90's) and it is bigger then the current ones...so I have been able to use that up until almost 3...they also make pack n plays for twins that are larger if you really want to keep him in a pack n play!! You can do a search online for them.
L.P. answers from Sacramento on July 14, 2009
When our kids got a lil older & didn't fit in the conventional portable play pen we would either take a fold up cushion(kinda like a futon but covered in vinyl, they sell them at Costco, it folds in to thirds) or if we were at someones house, we would remove two couch cushions, put them together length wise, then put a crib sheet or a twin sheet over them and this is where they would sleep. This way we didn't NEED to take anything EXTRA with us.And best part the kids were only a couple inches off the floor & wouldn't hurt themselves if they rolled off, we would just place them next to where we were sleeping. Air mattress's are Great but we have found them a little bulky to carry around, and it seems they need to be patched right out of the box?? Every one I have had leaked air??? when we can't find a hole, we relized it was the seams leaking??even our expensive AERO bed.. so we stopped buying them...Anyway, I will say ALL our kids LOVED sleeping on Grandma's couch cushions..we didn't have to drag anything with us & grandma didn't have to store any extra beds..... Not all kids will be okay with this if they won't go to sleep unless confined. Our's were told to stay put & they did mostly, but some won't?? Good Luck, enjoy...