Q&A: What are the best portable cribs to use when traveling?
My son will be 11 months old when we go on our first long family vacation. We will be traveling by air and then renting a car. The main thing I am worried about is not being able to take his "Pack-'n-Play" for him to sleep in. I have seen a blow-up travel mattress with slightly raised sides for kids in a magazine. But it's advertised for children two years of age and older. I really don't trust the hotel cribs, and I don't want him sleeping on the floor. Any suggestions?
Hmmmm… are you sure you can’t take a portable crib with you? Are you completely out of space? Some items can be shipped ahead.
I agree that hotel cribs, depending on the hotel, aren’t always up to standard. Cribs manufactured after the late 1970′s are regulated as to the spacing between the slats, but earlier models aren’t as safe. Plus, cleanliness varies.
However, I can’t recommend that a product marketed for children over two years old, be used for a younger child. Safety studies often haven’t been done, or, worse, may have shown potential hazards. It your own crib isn’t an option, consider calling the hotels in advance to confirm the model and manufacture date of the cribs. Ask to reserve the one that sounds best for your visit.
If you are concerned about cleanliness, bring your own mattress cover. If, when you see the crib, you are unhappy, demand another one that meets your standards (even if it means making a fuss).