For some, the idea of traveling with a toddler or baby can be intimidating. Kids thrive on routine, and sometimes when their routines get disrupted when camping, all-inclusive family resort hopping or even just going to a grandparent’s house. Toddler travel beds are an amazing way of keeping some consistency, but for those who need that sense of home to sleep, it can be hard to achieve.
If you’re a blackout-curtains-and-sound-machine kind of family, then there’s a hack for traveling with kids to save both their sleep and yours. The Slumber Pod will level up your ability to travel with kids this summer.
The pod blocks out 90% of light and is perfect for those awkward situations where you don’t want to be pinning up blackout curtains or where you and your child are sharing a room, such as at a hotel. The fabric is breathable and stretchable and can be machine washed if needed. It comes in five colors and some models come with a fan for circulation.
We’ve been able to get by with our toddler travel adventures so far by putting her travel crib tucked partially in a closet, but light definitely leaks in and I’m always worried about airflow in there for her as she runs hot.
The clever SlumberPod seemed like an excellent solution for my family because she normally sleeps like a champ at home when she's got her sound machine, blackout curtains and fan. Plus, the SlumberPod is easy to put together and includes a series of poles and fabric pieces that you pop up.
It really does look like a mini tent, and that's part of the beauty of how SlumberPod works.
You just place the SlumberPod over the child’s sleeping area and blackout conditions are instant. Voila! Plus, it's easy to order and ship directly from Amazon.
Our family beach trip was the perfect testing ground for just letting the SlumberPod hang out in the middle of the bedroom. I wanted to test the ventilation, so I got in the tent myself. I'm happy to report that it was nice and comfortable. I may even need a sleep pod for myself.
I loved that my husband and I didn’t have to tiptoe around her as we went to bed and could even finally turn the bathroom light on instead of using our flashlights so as not to disturb her. Heck, we even enjoyed the testing process of this SlumberPod review.
If your child sleeps best with blackout conditions, then the Slumberpod is a game-changer. It packs down into a nice little parcel that can easily be tucked into a suitcase or a duffle bag. The fan can double as white noise, too, which is a nice touch. For parents looking to save their evenings while traveling, the SlumberPod is a must.
You can purchase the SlumberPod on Amazon, where almost 2,000 parents have rated it and given it a nearly-perfect 4.7-star average. You should hurry up though—popular colors sell out FAST during high travel seasons.
At about $180 USD or $280 CAD, it's a brilliant investment in healthy sleep.
The Slumber Pod is easy to set up. Following the directions, insert the metal rods through the fabric as if you’re popping up a tent. It breaks down into a compact package that is easily packable.
Slumber Pod has passed all the requisite juvenile product safety tests in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and the brand has done additional testing to ensure that there is minimal risk of CO2 rebreathing. Parents who wish to keep the flap open for more airflow can, although it will reduce the amount of blackout.
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