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The Best Sleeping Arrangements for a Baby While on Vacation

By Eliza Martinez ; Updated June 13, 2017

Going on vacation with a baby can be overwhelming for parents. Packing the amount of baby gear that will be needed is particularly daunting. One problem many vacationing families face is helping a baby get to sleep in a strange place. Babies often have difficulty sleeping away from familiar surroundings, which can make everyone tired and cranky on vacation. Sticking to your baby's normal sleep schedule can sometimes help, suggests

Portable Playpen

A portable playpen, such as Graco's Pack 'n' Play, is a comfy place for a baby to sleep while on vacation. The playpens fold for easy packing and portability, and usually come with sheets that fit snugly. Using a packable playpen provides a safe place for baby to sleep and play while traveling. They are usually small enough to fit in a hotel room, and are easy to put up wherever a baby needs to sleep.

Infant Travel Bed

For parents who feel better having their baby close by while traveling, an infant bed is a good option. The bed is collapsible, and can be placed on the hotel bed between parents while the baby is sleeping. The travel bed is smaller than a packable playpen. It doesn't take up much room in luggage, and may be a better choice if a family is flying to the vacation destination.

Hotel Crib

Many hotels offer cribs that can be rented along with the room. However, Baby Center recommends caution, because these cribs are often outdated and don't meet safety standards. Examine a hotel crib for safety, and use the proper size bedding to prevent the risk of suffocation. If the hotel crib doesn't meet these standards, parents should look for an alternative place for the baby to sleep.


Sleeping arrangements while traveling are pretty simple for families who co-sleep at home. Letting a baby sleep in bed with her parents solves the problem of finding a suitable place for her to bed down at night. The same safety precautions used at home should be followed in a hotel. This includes not using big, fluffy pillows and blankets, and not sleeping next to a baby after having consumed any alcoholic beverages, which can make parents sleep so hard they don't realize they have rolled onto the baby. Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should not sleep in the same bed as parents.

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