Sleep soundly away from home
Getting your baby or toddler to sleep even when they’re in their own familiar cot or bed can be tough enough. Then you go on holiday. Be it overseas or just over to Grandma’s house, an unfamiliar sleeping environment and change of routine can really muck things up! And if you’ve got a child who’s just started to stay dry at night, bed wetting can feel like a much bigger deal than it would at home.
There’s no dream solution that can solve the problem of getting a good night’s sleep away from home, but there are handy products to help. We’ve picked 10 of the best to help your child (and you!) get a good night’s sleep while travelling. Click through to see what could work for your child.
Before you buy any travel cot, sleeping bag or monitor, make sure you read these:
- Buyer's guide to baby and toddler sleeping bags
- Buyer's guide to travel cots
- Buyer's guide to baby monitors
- Buying secondhand travel cots
- Buying secondhand baby monitors and other nursery equipment
Merino Kids Go Go bag, £59.95
Bedding that’s scratchy, smells different or is too hot or cool can be an issue away from home – so bring your own bag! The Merino Kids Go Go bag is lined with 100% fine spun merino wool. Not only is Merino wool soft, but it draws moisture away and helps regulate body temperature so you don’t have to worry about your baby or toddler getting too hot, or packing vast amounts of bedding “just in case.”
Doro BM35 monitor, £39.99
The Doro BM35 monitor will help give you piece of mind when putting your baby down in an unfamiliar room. It's ideal for travel because it can tackle nearly any reception hurdle. For starters, it has a 3km range, can handle having other monitors around and even thick stone walls won’t beat it. The parent unit is portable (a handy feature when you’re not in your own home), and its rechargeable battery has a brilliant life. Another nifty feature is the parent unit's built-in torch!
BEABA Pixie Night Light, £25
The funky BEABA Pixie Night Light can be lifted off its base to become a lantern for night-time toilet trips. The ergonomic handle is easy for little hands to hold, and the whole light stays cool to the touch. Great for giving a comforting glow in an unfamiliar room and for navigating a new toilet route.
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Cariboo Folding Crib, £194.95
Suitable from birth to 5 months, the Cariboo Folding Crib is a great alternative to a Moses basket or crib at home, with the added bonus of being able to fold flat to fit in your car boot. It means you can keep a familiar sleeping environment for your new baby while travelling, especially if you’re going to be away from home for a longer period of time.
Phil & Teds traveller travel cot, £124.95
Incredibly portable and weighing just 2.5kg, the Phil & Teds traveller is ideal for those after a travel cot that can comfortably sleep a toddler. Once erected, Phil & Teds traveller is as big as a cot, which is great for comfort. There’s also the self-inflating mattress – genius!
Our reviewer said she liked that it still looked like a cot because her son often found the tent-style travels cots a bit too exciting - and a little too easy to unzip!
Bushbaby Nestegg Pop-up Travel Cot, £99.00
Being away from the familiarity of their own nursery or bedroom can really upset your little one’s sleep. Unlike many lightweight pop-up options, the Bushbaby Nestegg Pop-up Travel Cot can be used until your child is 5 years old. Its long life span not only gives you good value for money, it also provides a home-away-from-home solution that your child will be familiar with each time you travel.
Dusky Moon Dream Tubes, £40
Dusky Moon Dream Tubes are inflatable tubes that go into specially designed fitted sheets. They let you transform any single bed into a cosy, safe sleeping spot. They stop your tot rolling out, help give a sense of security in an unfamiliar bed, and unlike standard bed guards, they’re easy to pack in your luggage.
Huggies DryNites Pyjama Pants, £5.29 for pack of 10 (depending on size)
Huggies DryNites Pyjama Pants are designed for children who are over 4 years – in other words, “big” kids who’ve outgrown the idea of nappies, or who might feel embarrassed if there are other kids on holiday with you. The disposable pants feature a thin and super-absorbent pad and a back label to make them look like real underwear. They have a snug fit, and are a discrete way to handle bed wetting accidents away from home.
Swaddlebees Stay Dry Mattress Protector Pad, £14.50
The Swaddlebees Stay Dry Mattress Protector Pad from BabyKind is so thick and soft it’s hard to believe it’s waterproof. At just 65cm by 100cm, the pad isn’t a full mattress protector, but a nifty option to travel with and pop under a small child in bed. Because it’s cosy, it can go on top of the sheet, rather than under it, meaning less laundry if there’s an accident. It’s easy to wash and can be tumble dried.
Pampers Bed Mats, £4.95 for pack of 7
When you’re away from home, the convenience of something disposable can be pretty attractive! The Pampers Bed Mats are soft and don’t rustle, so also make a good option for children wanting a discrete option. While they can go under the bottom sheet, the soft top layer means they are comfy enough to lie on directly. The mats also feature wings, to help keep them in place, and fold flat, so are easy to travel with.
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