If you have small children, a pack and play is not a luxury. It is very handy on vacation if you are going to sleep over. What should you look for when buying a traveling bed to ensure the safety and comfort for your baby?
A pack and play is not a permanent bed because this is not sturdy and stable enough. It has a metal frame with a rectangular tub of textile or plastic. It is available at most baby stores and specialty outdoor- recreation stores. Within 2 seconds, you can fold it and collapse again within 8 seconds. It weighs only 2 kilograms and comes with a carry bag and mattress.
Be careful before buying
The traveling pack and play costs between 40 and 150 euros. So if you find one that is a few bucks more expensive, ask yourself whether the extra options are worth the price or look at the overall quality of the bed. How firm is the frame and how tight is the fabric? If you want to have years of enjoyment, you might need a slightly bigger investment.
Also, check the folding mechanism. The main function of the traveling bed is that you can quickly fold it. Try a few times in the store in advance. If you fail there, you may not succeed at home. Also, consider how often you use it and why. If you are on a flight, the weight is crucial. It can be hand luggage so that your child can simply take a nap during a layover or delay. In all cases, the lighter, the better.
Eight handy buying tips:
- Look at the frame. A safety frame must be locked after unfolding and may be able to stand on its own.
- The closure of the folding mechanism cannot be opened by children. There must be a child-resistant cap on the pack and play.
- Importantly, the frame tubes are on the outside of the upholstery, so it cannot pinch your child.
- The ground should be firm. There should be assistance bars to prevent sagging. Also, it is important that the bottom is as low as possible.
- Make sure there are no gaps on both sides, so your baby can not fall.
- Make sure both sides are well concealed with fabric or stitching. Also, the side must be at least 55 centimeters.
- Also, note that the mattress is firm enough and cannot be deformed easily. This will prevent your child from getting underneath the mattress.
- There should be no space between the mattress and the side walls.
The Safety when traveling
The use of the pack and play is safe only with probable mattress. By placing an extra mattress in the bed, the mattress may roll up, and children could become trapped or suffocated. Still, many parents put an extra mattress because the mattress which comes with the pack and play is thin and not comfortable enough.