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Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« on: October 05, 2016, 05:39:46 PM »
Hi all,

Was wondering what some of you do/have done for infants/toddlers and beds when traveling. We'll be in Kauai in January and the rental unit doesn't have a pack n play, and we're definitely not going to bring one with us. It was suggested that we just rent a crib, etc. Are there better options or is renting really the best way to go about this?

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 07:46:25 PM »
How large is the bed and how old is the baby?  We always just coslept.  But we mostly coslept at home, too.


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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2016, 09:26:47 PM »
We were always able to use something borrowed (crib or pack-n-play) when ours was that little.  I'm assuming yours (a one-year old, I think?) is self-propelled, is he/she prone to wandering around and getting into stuff?  Mine didn't much, and was a huge user of a pacifier which dramatically decreased the likelihood of his putting (other) stuff in his mouth, even if he was wandering around.  But if you're travelling from the US you'll be jet lagged, and there's always the possibility (likelihood) of someone being sick and needing to sack out and not being useful.

I'd probably either plan on co-sleeping (if it's something I already do and depending on the bed setup I'm expecting in the destination) or look into either an inflatable little-kid bed (not climb-out proof, but they do have edges and of course sit on the floor) or a peapod (search Amazon -- much more climb-out proof but I think there have been safety concerns raised about them.  But they're sold in litigious US society, so I may misremember or those may have been resolved. 

If you decide to buy something to take with you, I'd test drive it at home :) !

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2016, 09:48:51 PM »
Phil & Ted's Traveller...check your local Kijiji, Craigslist, or parent group to see if you can find one to buy/borrow.  Way lighter than a pack and play, but did a great job of keeping our littles contained so that we could sleep better on holidays.

We backpacked in a couple south American countries with ours...carried it in our pack.  I believe they are about 6lbs. :)

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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2016, 10:38:52 PM »
We've both packed our own and rented kid stuff while traveling to Hawaii.  The local rental places are much more convenient.  They often bring them to your unit and pick them up after you leave. 

Quick google search:  http://www.kauaibabyrentals.com  Looks like $8/day for a portable crib. 

Enjoy Hawaii!

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2016, 12:33:17 PM »
We would take the comforter off the second bed, roll it up and put it under the fitted sheet. Kind of give you a speed bump around the sleeping area. Kept our little ones from rolling out of the bed. Works with water noodles too.

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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2016, 01:37:02 PM »
If there's an extra bed, pull the mattress off the extra bed and onto the floor. We've done this on two separate occasions.

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2016, 02:26:55 PM »
We would take the comforter off the second bed, roll it up and put it under the fitted sheet. Kind of give you a speed bump around the sleeping area. Kept our little ones from rolling out of the bed. Works with water noodles too.

+1 for the pool noodle under the fitted sheet.  We've used rolled up towels too if you don't want to have to run to the local WalMart and buy a couple.

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2016, 12:46:04 PM »
When we were babies my parents would take the drawers out of dressers line them with towel and use that as a crib on the floor.

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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2016, 08:03:26 PM »
If your baby is older, I'd just cosleep in the same bed, baby between parents.  I did use a "close and secure sleeper" by first years (that's the brand) when traveling with a 0-3 month old.  After that it was unnecessary.  The product is a glorified box, btw.

If you feel you must absolutely have something, I believe they make inflatable ones.  That would be good for travel.  Or you could probably find an inflatable pool toy that might work and be cheaper.  I'm thinking like a big oval ring with a mesh seat inside, but you just use it for the big oval ring...

Oh, thinking about inflatable things, I think you can get an entire inflatable toddler bed.  And bath tub.

But really, you can probably live w/o all that stuff.  We did and we traveled a fair amount with our baby.
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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2016, 08:51:52 PM »
But really, you can probably live w/o all that stuff.  We did and we traveled a fair amount with our baby.

This. Our 2-month old has been all over with us; lots of camping this summer without any inflatable/packable/foldable/super special baby specific sleeping requirements. Ours slept just fine. If you're sleeping indoors, you'll have even more options and should be more than fine. Enjoy your vacation!

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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2016, 02:28:23 PM »
We've also always managed just by being creative, adapting what was on hand to the age of the baby. Couch cushions on the floor, rolled up towels under the sheet to form a barrier, comforter on the closet floor (so I could mostly close the door and have him contained).

Electing to leave the pack-n-play at home is a smart move!

We finally got to leave the stroller at home on our last trip, and it was awesome. Didn't even regret it when my three-year-old decided to lay on the floor of the airport because she was done walking.

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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2016, 11:16:41 PM »
couch cushion in the empty closet, then we put something (coffee table?) across the opening.   This was in the same room we were sleeping in.  DD was very active.

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2016, 02:19:06 PM »
We were always able to use something borrowed (crib or pack-n-play) when ours was that little.  I'm assuming yours (a one-year old, I think?) is self-propelled, is he/she prone to wandering around and getting into stuff?  Mine didn't much, and was a huge user of a pacifier which dramatically decreased the likelihood of his putting (other) stuff in his mouth, even if he was wandering around.  But if you're travelling from the US you'll be jet lagged, and there's always the possibility (likelihood) of someone being sick and needing to sack out and not being useful.

I'd probably either plan on co-sleeping (if it's something I already do and depending on the bed setup I'm expecting in the destination) or look into either an inflatable little-kid bed (not climb-out proof, but they do have edges and of course sit on the floor) or a peapod (search Amazon -- much more climb-out proof but I think there have been safety concerns raised about them.  But they're sold in litigious US society, so I may misremember or those may have been resolved. 

If you decide to buy something to take with you, I'd test drive it at home :) !

Happy travels!
How large is the bed and how old is the baby?  We always just coslept.  But we mostly coslept at home, too.


Ughh, so sorry for not responding! I thought I did and must have just overlooked this completely. Anyway, our son will be about 16 months by the time we're there (end of this month). We actually had to cosleep with him on a recent trip (just one night where we stayed in the hotel) because he wasn't having it in the crib. The problem, we think, is that he has a lot of trouble going to sleep when we're in the same room if he's in the crib/pack-n-play etc and on his own. After we pulled him out and calmed him down, he fell asleep in between us, but it wasn't very good for either of us as he rolls around *a lot* and also kicks and flails his arms :T

He is *very* active and does like to wander around and get into stuff but generally will only do that when we're nearby e.g. if we're in the living room, he rarely will go into other rooms, especially dark rooms, and try to climb on stuff or get into things; however, if we're in the same room or are in the kitchen especially, he has the propensity to start opening cabinets and drawers, and will reach for random items within reach (or he'll climb to get there).

Our big concern not only is Kauai where we won't have a pack n play (unless we rent), but the other places we'll be at like in Waikiki and North Shore Oahu. We're likely going to be sharing a room with him and even though those places have pack n plays, we don't know how he'll do in that environment. A big problem we had recently when we stayed at my parents all in the same room was the mornings - the moment he woke up, looked around, and saw/heard us he'd get up and start wailing (at 5-6am often). Putting him down at night was relatively easy though - just read, put him down, turn out the lights and walk out of the room. The hotel was difficult because we couldn't necessarily put him down and walk out of the room and leave him there (well, we could I suppose but that would feel neglectful in the context of a hotel... while we go down to the bar or something LOL). I guess the putting-down part won't be hard but I dread the early mornings. Since the jet lag works in our favor there though, it may not be *as* bad... I just think we're going to be really tired on this trip.

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2016, 02:39:24 PM »
We always took a pack n play we got at our shower with us.

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2016, 03:56:57 PM »
We always took a pack n play we got at our shower with us.

Yea, we're trying to avoid bringing any extras that we really don't need given all the other crap we have to bring: car seat, stroller (which fortunately is very small) and a piece of luggage for our son... this in addition to our own luggage.

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« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2016, 04:34:29 PM »
When we were babies my parents would take the drawers out of dressers line them with towel and use that as a crib on the floor.

This is so awesome.

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2016, 09:59:14 AM »
When we were babies my parents would take the drawers out of dressers line them with towel and use that as a crib on the floor.

This is so awesome.


Only if you're not worried about SIDS

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Re: Portable Bed/rail guards for travel?
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2016, 11:30:03 AM »
We have one of these that we generally travel with but I probably wouldn't haul it all the way to HI.  http://www.target.com/p/regalo-my-cot-portable-child-travel-bed-blue/-/A-10368855?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Baby+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Baby&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9005949&gclid=CJb1nY6o9NACFZGGaQodCX0GHg&gclsrc=aw.ds

We've both packed our own and rented kid stuff while traveling to Hawaii.  The local rental places are much more convenient.  They often bring them to your unit and pick them up after you leave. 

Quick google search:  http://www.kauaibabyrentals.com  Looks like $8/day for a portable crib. 

Enjoy Hawaii!

This sounds like a winner to me!