With lots of options to fit your child’s size and safety needs, a great travel toddler bed may be just what you need to help everyone sleep better when away from home.
Toddler Travel Beds
Oh, toddlerhood. The age that seems to be the in-between stage for everything—as in, your toddler is probably just too big for that porta-crib (or about to be too big for it) but not quite ready for the twin bed at grandma’s house or in your vacation rental.
But don’t worry! Not only are toddler travel beds a thing, they also come in tons of options to fit both your kiddo’s needs and your budget.
All portable toddler beds are low to the ground, have varying degrees of rails (or in some cases, you might call them bumpers) and are generally good for kiddos who have graduated out of their cribs at home.
They all also fold up for easy storage, but some get more compact than others, so be sure to consider how you’ll be traveling and what sort of space you’ll have to pack this when choosing.
Here are six options we love—from travel toddler costs to toddler air mattresses and everything in between—along with the main features of each.
Weighing in at only 6 pounds, your littles can actually carry this one to your destination themselves. (Ok, a mom can dream!) Seriously, though, this Joovy cot packs up into a 8-inch by 24-inch bag so it’s easy to slide into a full trunk or even stick in the overhead compartment of a plane.
Because it’s a cot style, it sits off the ground which a lot of people like for camping. It also comes in four fun colors, and holds kids up to 75 pounds, so you can get a lot of mileage out of it.
You know that feeling when you arrive somewhere past bedtime or with a ready-for-a-nap kiddo, and have to fight with a porta-crib to get it set up? There’s none of that here. This bed, which is surrounded by soft foam bumpers, literally just folds open and you’re good.
This does make it a little bit larger to travel with, but you can also store a blanket and pillow right inside. The velour interior is also super-cozy, and the mattress cover and included sheet are machine washable.
Another cot option, this one is super affordable but still durable and safe. The cot top itself is made of canvas, but it also includes a fitted sheet to go over it. The cot also folds up simply in an accordion style, which is quick and easy.
If you have a taller kiddo, the company also makes an extra long version.
A toddler bed that’s inside a pop-up tent? Now that’s something your kids can get excited about! This option uses a tent-like construction to keep kids from rolling out of the bed, instead of the more traditional rails/bumpers.
It can be a great option for everything from naps at the beach (it’ll be nice and shaded inside!), to hotel travel where you want to make sure your child isn’t getting out of bed without you. It also weighs just three pounds and folds into a flat disc that can be packed into your suitcase.
This option for kids ages three and up is wider than many of the others, so it can be good for kids who like to have some space to move around while they sleep. The bottom and side bumpers are made of foam, and the whole thing basically rolls up into a large travel bag.
This bed also is something you could use around the house, some kids like to fold it in half to use as a lounging pillow.
Blowup mattresses have been popular travel beds for a while, and there are definitely options that are made specifically with your toddler in mind. This one is great because it comes with a high speed pump that inflates the bed in 30 seconds flat.
The bed itself is in two pieces, including a base with the bumpers and then an interior mattress that you can basically pop out to easily put sheets on. Bonus: The mattress part is the size of a crib mattress, so you can use sheets you already have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whatever one your child will actually sleep in! Try to choose something that’s as close as possible to what they’re used to sleeping in, and/or that they’ll be excited to use.
For example, if they nap on a cot at daycare you might want to consider a similar option from brands like Joovy or Regalo.
Toddler air mattresses, which generally blow up to the size of a crib-mattress with bumpers around it, are another good pick as are fold-up beds made of foam. A lot of beds also come in different colors–so picking one in your kiddo’s fave can’t hurt.
Most air mattresses have a safety tag that will tell you what age they’re safe at–usually 15 months or older–so be sure to check that before letting your child sleep on it.
(According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, babies under that age of 15 months should not sleep on air mattresses because they are too soft and could cause suffocation if they started to deflate.)
Best Portable Beds for Toddlers in Cribs
If your kiddo still sleeps in a crib at home and you’re looking for a more traditional portable crib, we like the classic Graco (which you can use for babies and toddlers) and the deluxe Guava Lotus set.
Best Tips for Toddler Travel Beds
- Think through how you’ll be transporting it to ensure it’s lightweight and packable enough for your needs.
- Consider your kiddo’s sleeping preferences, and what you think they’ll find most comfortable.
- Check the safety information on each product to ensure that your child is a safe age for the bed.
If you’re heading on a trip with your toddler and need more expert advice, checkout our camping guide and ultimate guide to travel food.