Travelling with a baby means that you’ll have to consider several things when you’re packing, like feeding and changing, or where your newborn baby is going to sleep, especially if you’re still co-sleeping. Your baby’s Snuzpod might be the best option at home, but not necessarily for travel. Can you still travel with a Snuzpod, though?
You can travel with a Snuzpod if you can break it down and pack it away. However, you can’t use it as an alternative to a travel cot, as it’s heavy and will take up space. So take the Snuzpod along only if you have room for luggage, and you’ll be staying awhile at your destination.
In this article, I’ll discuss the limitations of travelling with a Snuzpod and what to do if you decide to travel without one.
Can You Fold Up A Snuzpod?
The Snuzpod is a standalone cot, a co-sleeper crib that attaches to the side of your bed, or a bassinet. Because of these features, the crib can be lifted and moved around as and when necessary.
However, the stand is the only collapsible part of the Snuzpod, but this is not easily done. It has hinges, but the support will need to be unscrewed every time.
You can fold up a Snuzpod, but it can be a hassle. The Snuzpod is unlike a standard Moses basket which you can easily fold. This baby crib is a solid piece of furniture that will need to be assembled and disassembled every time. Plus, you will need a lot of storage space.
Are Snuzpods Light and Compact?
Snuzpods are not light and compact. Sure, they are smaller than the average standalone cribs. However, they are slightly larger than the co-sleeping cribs available. And they’re not easy to assemble and disassemble.
Is the Snuzpod Portable?
Portability is a significant factor in deciding what to pack and what not to before going on a trip. This is, of course, especially true when you’re traveling with a newborn, and you’re going to have many things to carry around.
A Snuzpod is not portable as it weighs around 39.6 pounds (18 kg) and is larger than the average co-sleeping crib. While you can move the crib of the Snuzpod, it is large and heavy. A Snuzpod is a little over 3 feet (0.91 m) in length and is made of solid wood.
The material and size make it unwieldy and difficult to move around quickly, especially if you’ll have to move it up and downstairs. For new mums, even moving the crib on its own will be difficult without help.
Are There Alternatives To Travelling With a Snuzpod?
If you travel frequently or have many short visits lined up, you should consider leaving the Snuzpod at home. Traveling with a baby can be challenging as you must keep a safe and clean space for them to sleep.
A travel cot is an alternative to traveling with a Snuzpod. While a Snuzpod is a fantastic cot that you can adjust to your needs at home, travel cots are built to be light, collapsible, and easily transported. All of these features give them a distinct advantage over the Snuzpod for travel.
All travel cots must comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the USA and the British Standards Institution (BSI) in the United Kingdom. Make sure you get a certificate of compliance when you’re buying one.
How To Choose a Travel Cot
The kind of travel cot you pick will depend on your specific needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a travel cot for your baby.
Ensure It Is Safe, Portable, and Space-Friendly
Like I mentioned earlier, size and weight are the most important factors when considering portability. When it comes to a travel cot for your baby, you want to make sure that you can carry it around with ease.
You might be wary of the cots marketed as extra lightweight because of safety concerns. While this is perfectly natural, your cot should be fine so long as it complies with the established safety standards.
The size of the cot is important because you want it to be large enough for your baby to be able to sleep comfortably. At the same time, you want to make sure that the cot doesn’t take up too much space, especially in places like an airport where many people are moving around.
Get Familiar With Setting Up Your Travel Cot
If you’re traveling with a baby, you will likely end up having your arms full. You need to be able to set your cot up easily and quickly.
Of course, you might need a cot that you’re going to set up semi-permanently somewhere you frequently visit. In such a case, the ease and setup time might not be as important. However, if you’re traveling with more than one child or as the only adult, these factors are crucial to making sure that you have a comfortable trip.
Always make sure to practice setting up or folding your travel cot so that you won’t get surprised. Some cots are designed to be opened one-handed as well, so keep an eye out for those if you think you might need that much manoeuvrability.
Buy a Long-Lasting Travel Cot
How long you intend to use the travel cot is a pretty important factor when considering which one to buy.
Babies grow pretty fast, so if you intend to use your cot beyond 6 months, you’re going to want something that is either larger than the norm or expandable. These cots might also end up being slightly heavier in construction to allow for solidity and durability.
But if you travel a lot and don’t intend to keep purchasing new cots, considering a slightly larger and heavier but more long-lasting cot might work better for you.
Use a Breathable and Easy-To-Wash Mattress
Mattresses for babies are increasingly well designed. The most important thing about the mattress in your travel cot is obviously how comfortable it is for your baby.
Travel cots with ergonomic mattresses are more or less the norm. You would also want to consider the material covering the mattresses. Cotton would allow for greater breathability and keep your baby sweat-free.
You might also need to consider how washable the mattress itself is and how easily you can clean it. A well-waterproofed mattress will ensure easy cleaning while contributing to ease of travel.
Choose a Removable Crib With Good Ventilation
Travel cots with removable cribs or bassinets are a comfortable way of ensuring a disturbance-free nap time. The portability of the cribs will allow you a great deal of flexibility when you’re moving around in tight spaces or even from room to room in a house.
Another aspect of crib design you’d want to consider is the ventilation. Mesh panels are standard to allow airflow and also let you see your baby in their crib. Depending on your needs, you could look for travel cots where the cribs have mesh panels along all the sides or only on two.