Travel with young kids is a challenge – you have to constantly remember their needs when you schedule things, which includes bed time. When it comes to sleeping on the road, you learn to rely heavily on rollaway beds, sleeper sofas or with the inconvenience of finding room for them between mommy and daddy.
There is a better solution out there – and I learned about it after a night at an Aloft hotel. The solution comes from Aerobed – the company behind the inflatable bed many of us have stored in a closet at home, for when guests show up in need of a bed for the night.
Unlike the grown up (and often slightly bulky) Aerobed products, the Aerobed “Sleep Tight for Kids” is an inflatable bed specifically designed for kids 3 and up. The bed features a raised safety cushion around the entire sides, and at 50″ x 25″, it is large enough for the most restless of kids.
Like other Aerobeds, the Sleep Tight for Kids comes with an AC powered inflation pump, and getting the bed set up takes no more than two minutes. The bed comes in a handy carrying bag with shoulder strap, along with a hypoallergenic cover with a fun moon and star pattern.
To inflate, you simply unroll the air bed, lay it on the floor and connect the pump. You then plug it in, and in about 45 seconds, it is fully inflated and ready to use. Deflating is quicker, thanks to a large valve – you simply open it up, and roll all the air out.
The uses for this kid friendly Aerobed are endless – it is compact enough to carry on a road trip, which also means you can check into any hotel you want, without having to worry about the availability of a rollaway or sofa bed.
This also means you don’t have to worry about safety when you have toddlers sleeping in a rusty old bed, and no risk of them falling out of it.
I was able to pack the Aerobed Sleep Tight for Kids, a comforter and a pillow inside a 22″ rolling suitcase – which means it can come along on your next flight and fit in the overhead bin. Of course, it may be easier (and cheaper) to box it up and ship it to your hotel.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating – and the best way to judge results of a product like this is to see how well it performs at its sole purpose – so we took it along on two trips and used it instead of a hotel sofabed.
There are two really good results from the Aerobed test – my daughter really enjoyed watching it inflate, and she slept all through the night. In the morning she happily reported that she “slept really well”. The real proof is that she now wants it in her bunkbed “clubhouse” for a once-a-week sleep party.
The Aerobed Sleep Tight for Kids costs $79.99 – a really good bargain for what you get. The bed comes with a 2 year limited warranty. It has a weight limit of 150 lbs and the entire bed, pump, bag and sheet weigh just over 11 lbs. The Aerobed is also available on Amazon for under $65, where is is one of the highest rated products on the site.