I’ve been looking for an innovative travel crib for the past month- something we can take with us for hotel stays as well as to the park on a sunny day that will meet Harper’s nap environment needs (darkness with limited escape routes). I liked the idea of using one of the backpacking tents we already have but they are all exorbitantly big for one little Harper Sue so I ended up finding a mini-tent from a clever company in europe. We freaking LOVE this tent and heres why:
It packs down small with the mattress, poles, and tent body. The mattress contributes to the majority of the packed size but it is quite comfy for the size. (There’s a nice upgrade opportunity for the manufacturer to add a thermarest-type mattress that could meet the same comfort with 1/4 of the bulk.)
For hotel travel, we can easily leave the mattress behind and use an extra blanket under the tent body for cushioning. In this configuration the tent packs down easily into my carry on roller bag and can be added to a backpack for day use.
The thing I like best, hands down, is that it’s essentially a mini backpacking tent. Reminds me of the mini sample tents that The North Face used to make at 1/10 scale. There are a few specific features that make it more crib-like including a zip away top mesh panel so Harper Sue can stick her head out the top (once she’s tall enough) similar to her regular crib, and a black-out/sunshade tent fly that will create a nighttime environment even when the hotel tv is on.
I set the tent up in our living room and both Ira and Harper thought it was pretty cool. I moved it into her nursery last Friday and made a failed attempt to have her take her afternoon nap in it. My next strategy is to move her mid-nap from her regular crib to the tent with hopes that her dreary state will aid the transition and she’ll wake up with some comforting association between sleepy time and the tent. For now, she LOVES playing in the tent and has invited Angel Bear to visit.