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For traveling families, there’s an awkward in-between stage that comes when your child is too big for their baby travel crib but still too young to sleep in an adult bed. Whether you’re planning a tour of European hotels or a summer stay at Grandma’s, that’s where a toddler travel bed comes in. You’ll also find that most young children sleep better in a bed they’re familiar with, and you’ll likely feel better knowing that your child’s sleeping space is up to your safety and hygiene standards. There are several different kinds to choose from — inflatable, fold-out, camp-style — but all of them are designed to be portable and many come with integrated security rails to stop your child from falling out of bed. Here, we look at the best toddler travel beds on the market.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: The Shrunks Indoor Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed
The Shrunks Indoor Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed has won awards for its quality construction and clever design. Intended for kids aged two to six, the inflatable bed is made of out phthalates and BPA-free PVC and inflates in 30 seconds using the included electric pump. It measures 60 x 37 x 9 inches but packs away into a travel-friendly 16 x 7 x 7-inch roll. Together, the bed and pump weigh just 8.5 pounds.
The bed’s base includes built-in security rails that prevent restless toddlers from rolling onto the floor while the inner mattress lets you tuck sheets and blankets underneath. In this way, your child feels cozy and secure at bedtime and bedding is kept off the floor. The mattress fits all standard-sized crib sheets and is covered by a soft flocking that stops it from squeaking every time your little one moves in their sleep. Your purchase also includes a convenient carry bag and a puncture repair kit. Should you want extra accessories, you can opt for a package that includes a fleece-lined sleeping bag and waterproof pillows and sheets.
Best Budget: Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed
With a price tag that's less than $30, the Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed is approximately a third of the price of some of the more expensive options on this list. It’s a great pick for families on a budget, although it’s important to be aware that it has no security rails or bumpers. Instead, it’s a traditional camp-style bed with a lightweight steel frame and a strong canvas sleeping surface. If you’re worried about your child rolling off, pad the floor with pillows or wedge the bed in between the wall and another item of furniture.
The bed is intended for kids aged two to five and can hold up to 75 pounds. With dimensions of 48 x 24 x 9 inches, it’s relatively short, but its compact broken-down size — 9 x 8 x 24 inches — makes it an excellent choice for all kinds of travel. It’s also one of the lightest options out there and set up is easy with zero pumping or assembly required. Choose yours in grey, pink, or royal blue. All options come with a fitted sheet.
Runner-Up, Best Budget: hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed
The hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed is similar in design to most budget travel beds. It's made from puncture-resistant, inlay-enforced vinyl with reinforced weld-seams and a sturdy air valve. At 62 x 38 x 11 inches, it’s larger than some competitors; however, this could be a drawback if portability is a priority — especially as the inner sleeping area remains the same. On the other hand, the built-in security rails are longer and higher which is a bonus for wiggly sleepers. The mattress and included pump weigh approximately 9 pounds.
Sized to fit all standard crib sheets and blankets, the inner mattress is fully removable — making it easy to tuck bedding in neatly. It's covered in soft flocking for added comfort and squeak-free nights. Use the electric pump to inflate the bed in under 30 seconds and the durable grab handle to move it into place. The product is backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Best for Safety: Intex Kids Travel Bed Set
If you worry about your little one falling out of bed you’ll love the inflatable Intex Kids Travel Bed Set. Intended for kids aged three to six, it’s surrounded on all four sides by high rails, creating a nest-like effect for an unparalleled sense of security. This self-contained design also prevents pillows and bedding from falling onto the floor, keeping them clean and tidy. The mattress separates from the frame so you can tuck blankets in tightly or even create an additional sleeping space for impromptu sleepovers.
At 66 x 42 x 10 inches, this is one of the largest beds on our list. However, you can still successfully check it onto airplanes as it can be packed down to a unit as small as 16 x 10 x 8 inches. When packed into the included carry bag, the bed weighs just over 9 pounds. Intex Kids Travel Bed Set comes with a hand pump instead of an electric one and takes approximately five minutes to fully inflate. Since it runs much cheaper than most similar competitors — roughly half the price — this small inconvenience is worth it for parents on a budget.
Best Full Set: Readybed JR Toddler Travel Bed
If your kid doesn’t need security rails and you are reluctant to buy additional sheets, blankets, and pillows, consider the Readybed JR Toddler Travel Bed. It includes everything needed for a good night’s sleep in one portable package. The inflatable air mattress comes with a cozy cover that doubles as a sleeping bag and pillow. Kids can choose from a range of colorful designs including Princess, Spiderman, and Stars & Stripes while the cover’s easy-to-remove, machine-washable nature is a plus for parents.
The bed measures 59 x 14 x 8 inches when inflated, making it a great option for smaller hotel rooms. When deflated and folded into the integrated carry bag, it measures 16 x 16 x 5 inches and weighs just 3.6 pounds — perfect for air travel. Of course, the smaller size does mean that taller children may get less use out of it, although the manufacturer recommends it for kids aged three to six. Readybed also makes a smaller version of this product for kids aged 18 months to three years. Your purchase includes a manual foot pump.
Best Fold-Out: Leachco BumpZZZ Travel Bed
The fold-out Leachco BumpZZZ Travel Bed is a great alternative to inflatable toddler beds. It consists of a padded bottom surrounded by cushioned side bumpers and is always ready at a moment’s notice. There’s no need for pumping and no risk of a puncture leaving your child without a place to sleep on the first night of your vacation. Because of its durability, this travel bed can also double as a place for your little one to play or lounge, and can even be folded in half and used as a comfy chair.
When fully assembled, the Leachco BumpZZZ measures 58 x 39 x 7 inches. When packed away into its matching storage bag, it measures a relatively bulky 20 x 37 x 14.75 inches — making this option better suited to road trips than air travel. If the bed gets dirty, it’s easy to clean. Simply remove the center foam pad and outer bumper padding and throw the zippered cover in the washing machine. As long as you use the lowest heat setting, you can even put the cover in the tumble dryer.
Most Innovative: Milliard Portable Toddler Bumper Bed
If you’re planning on traveling mostly by car, the patent-pending Milliard Portable Toddler Bumper Bed is another excellent option. An easily packable box, it opens like a clamshell to reveal a cozy sleeping space that’s protected on all four sides by 4.5-inch security bumpers. The durable outer canvas wipes clean and is made to withstand the wear and tear of life on the road, but also looks great with a stylish polka dot design. Use the carry handle to load and unload the bed and to carry it suitcase-style into your hotel.
The inside space is lined with soft velour for cozy nights and features a tri-fold mattress with a waterproof and removable machine-washable cover. The mattress is contained within the box when not in use and there’s also space to stash your child’s sheets, blankets, pajamas, and favorite toys. One fitted sheet is included in your purchase. The bed measures 55 x 26 x 7 inches when open and 25 x 14.5 x 17 inches when folded. The drawback? It’s a little too bulky for air travel.
Best Bed Alternative: hiccapop Inflatable Bed Rail for Toddlers
If you don’t have the space for a conventional toddler travel bed there are alternatives. The hiccapop Inflatable Bed Rail for Toddlers can be added to any bed, whether it’s in a hotel suite, a family guest room, or your RV. Simply slide the rail under the bed sheet and rest easy knowing that your little one can’t roll onto the floor. The rail has a non-slip silicone bottom and a safety flap extension that uses the child’s own weight to anchor it in place. The heavy-duty vinyl bladder is virtually puncture-proof.
If your toddler has an accident, the rail’s water-resistant nylon cover can be easily unzipped and washed. You can inflate it orally in under 30 seconds and when you’re ready to move on, a push-button release valve allows for quick deflation. The rail measures 52 x 7 x 4.5 inches when fully inflated and packs away into a portable travel bag that’s small enough to slip into your carry-on luggage.
Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular toddler travel beds on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different travel beds overall, screened options from 9 different brands and manufacturers, read over 35 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the travel beds themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.