Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Travel Crib Saga

First, let me say that I hope no one perceives my quest for the perfect sleeping solution while we travel as (a) bragging or (b) complaining. I am an information gatherer by nature, and have to get lots of info before I feel satisfied in a decision. (You can just ask Ma' Chauffeur and she can tell you the in-depth conversations we have over text about EVERYTHING!) I feel so blessed that we are able to travel as much as we do. I owe most of that to my amazing husband.

Since I was unable to gather the information I wanted online, I turned to my trusty mom friends on Facebook. Here is the summary of the advice.

1. The Pack n' Play is much too large to take to Europe. We have the Grayco travel play yard - which is the lightest of the series, but it's still quite bulky. Many moms were concerned that it would be too large when opened for many of Europe's small B&B's.

2. The Baby Bijorn is the top-rated travel crib by Baby Bargains and a few other sites. While it comes in around 11 lbs, it folds up like another suitcase. It is bound to take up valuable room in our rental car and other forms of transportation we may need to use.v

3. Kids either love or hate the PeaPod - and it may have some recall issues. I'm currently trying to get my hands on one to try it out and see how Baby Peach does with it. It is certainly the lightest of the options, but may not curtail my active kid.

4. Jury is still out on the Phil &Ted's travel cot. I found one person who has used it, and a bunch of mixed reviews on Amazon.

5. The best suggestion, though, is going to be our back-up plan. If all else fails, train the baby to sleep in the bed with us before the trip. It's the cheapest of the options.

I was able to procure the Phil & Teds travel cot, and I think it's our big winner. Although the official dimensions are the same as our travel pack n' play, it is quite smaller and much lighter.  (See Comparison Photos) When packed into its bag, it will easily fit into our rolling duffel. The online reviews say it's hard to put together, but I had no trouble. I had no directions and it took me about 20 min. Now that I've seen it together once, I'll be able to do it in 5min.

I'll have to get back to you on how Little peach likes sleeping in it, but he has enjoyed playing in it. It has a side and top zipper, so I will be able to zip him completely into the bed.



















*Update 2/23/12* So far Little Peach is a fan of the Phil and Teds Sleeper. I bought mine used, but just found this one on Zulily today.

Take a look at this phil&teds Black Traveller on Zulily.com today - it will be there till Wednesday (while supplies last!)

http://www.zulily.com/invite/enewcamp260/p/traveller-black-30512-2537213.html?tid=social_sms_iphone_shareviaicon_na_modal_81d3df7c94ef103a2f585ba338f5a92f&pid=2537213

8 comments:

  1. Even though that Phil & Ted's nest looked super cute, stories of persistent toddler escape artists made me lean toward the Phil & Ted's like yours vs the Baby Bjorn travel crib vs the Joovy travel crib. After looking at all of the reviews of Peapod, they totally looked like baby tents (noisy nylon material and all). Keep us posted on how Baby Peach likes it!

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    1. I was just reading Daily Candy and found this travel crib option: http://www.dailycandy.com/atlanta/article/141374/The-Lotus-Travel-Crib

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  2. The Lotus - listed above - looks a lot like the Phil and Teds Travel Crib. I still haven't tried to have Baby Peach sleep in the travel crib, but he loves playing in it. I plan to do a test run in the next week and promise to report back. I have successfully put it together and taken it apart several times now with zero trouble.

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  3. Good find! Thanks. =) I still have no idea what we're doing as our sleeping solution for him but I have till April to figure it out haha.

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    1. Mommy and Me Giveaways (Facebook page or their blog) is having a give away to Preppy Parents Botique. Zip reply Parents has a nice collection of baby travel sleeping options. You may want to enter to win. http://mommyandmegiveaways.com/?p=10302

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  5. Hi--I see this was posted years ago, but perhaps you have more insight now! We are traveling to Italy next month. What are your thoughts regarding the Phil & Ted's cot vs. Lotus? Portabilty/weight is crucial on this trip! From my research so far, it sounds like the P & T is easier to lug around, but a pain to set up/dissasemble. We will have to do this every few days.. thanks in advance!

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  6. Hi--I see this was posted years ago, but perhaps you have more insight now! We are traveling to Italy next month. What are your thoughts regarding the Phil & Ted's cot vs. Lotus? Portabilty/weight is crucial on this trip! From my research so far, it sounds like the P & T is easier to lug around, but a pain to set up/dissasemble. We will have to do this every few days.. thanks in advance!

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