Travel Crib & Travel Cot Review
When you're taking a vacation with a baby and a toddler, one of the first things to consider is where they are going to sleep. When my eldest son was seven months old, we took our first family vacation to Phoenix, Arizona. We had no idea which travel crib to buy, so we asked our friends and bought the exact one they had - the Phil & Teds Traveller Crib. Prior to the vacation, my husband practiced setting it up and taking it apart. It took about fifteen minutes to set it up for the first time, but each time got easier. It's very lightweight and fits into a 10" x 27" bag. It can be checked as luggage on a plane or will even fit in a suitcase. We did a few napping trial runs just to make sure it would be suitable, and my son napped in it as if it were his own crib. Cut to July of this past year when we were preparing for our first vacation with two kids (under two)! Our youngest would get the Phil & Teds Traveller Crib, but we had no idea what our oldest would sleep in. He was several weeks shy of turning two and hadn't yet made any escape attempts from his crib, but he was too big for the travel crib. My husband and I were looking around Toys "R" Us and stumbled upon the Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed. It was very similar to the cots used at my son's daycare, so we figured we would give it a try. It also didn't hurt that it was on sale at the time! This cot takes seconds to set up and fold back down. It comes with a bag for travelling, but unfortunately the bag doesn't have a handle. It's a bit bulkier than the Phil & Teds Traveller Crib, but you could still squeeze it into a suitcase if need be. We forgot to do a napping trial run, but after a four and a half hour flight and no nap, we figured he would sleep anywhere at that point! He quickly fell asleep on the cot with his stuffed animals in tow but about an hour after checking the monitor, he was sleeping on the floor! We laughed and scooped him up and placed him back on the cot, and from then on he slept on it for the rest of the vacation! We haven't been brave enough yet, but the cot would be perfect for camping because it sits about 9.5" above the ground. I will report back on how it works because I'm sure camping with kids would make for an interesting post!