Could A SlumberPod Help Your Child Sleep Better on Vacation?
The travel accessory you’ll want to take on your next family trip
We’ve all been there: You’re on a family vacation and after a full day of fun and activities, you assume your baby or toddler will just crash at bedtime and sleep all night. But then it happens — there’s too much light or noise coming into their room and your little one can’t fall asleep, or you’re sharing a room with your baby and when you try to sneak into the bathroom, you wake them up. What should be a night of sleeping bliss is ruined. So what can you do? Here’s where the SlumberPod comes in.
What is a SlumberPod? It’s a portable, privacy sleep nook that lets your baby sleep in their playard, mini crib, or toddler air mattress and blocks out light and other distractions. Your child still has plenty of room to sit up or stand up inside of the SlumberPod, and it’s designed to have plenty of air flow so your kiddo is cool and cozy all night.
Instead of dragging their portable crib into a bathroom or everyone attempting to stay silent in the room while the baby sleeps, your little one gets the quiet and darkness they need to get a good night's sleep.
Here’s how it works: The SlumberPod looks like a tent, but it doesn’t have a bottom panel. It takes just a few minutes to set up, and when it’s ready, you place it over your baby’s bed, crib, or portable crib. When you’re ready to head home, pack up the SlumberPod in its travel case and toss it in your luggage. It takes about five minutes to set up and break down, but definitely practice this at home before you get to your destination. Nothing is worse than an overtired little one and you don’t want to interrupt the bedtime routine.
Here are a few details you are probably wondering about the SlumberPod:
You can still use a baby monitor and sound machine with the SlumberPod. There is a zippered pocket that is accessible from the exterior of the pod, and it has a clear vinyl interior. Just slide the monitor and the sound machine into those pockets.
The SlumberPod is made of a fabric that is breathable, allows for air flow, and is light-blocking, and it has passed all applicable juvenile product safety tests in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company states on their website:
"Although the pod was designed (material and design itself) with airflow in mind, we took an extra step to ensure that caregivers’ concerns were addressed. We submitted SlumberPod for an additional, voluntary assessment and expert opinion using advanced test methods. The evaluating doctor (selected by the independent, third-party lab, and not by the SlumberPod team) independently concluded that the product 'presents a low hazard' for CO2 rebreathing."
Newer models have even more ventilation windows and a space for a fan to ensure your baby stays at a comfortable temperature and has good airflow all night long.
If you’re going to try the SlumberPod, you may want to give it a trial run at home — especially with a toddler. You can even try it out with the panels unzipped so they can see out of the pod and then adjust as they get used to the pod. Plus it’s helpful to know how to set up and break down the pod before you travel with it.
If you’re headed to grandma’s for a night or have a family vacation planned, you might want to add the Slumber Pod to your packing list.
Here’s where you can grab one:
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