With in-laws that live out of town, we spend frequent nights during the holidays crammed into extra bedrooms. It’s not easy finding space for four kids and two adults to drop in for a few days. Usually the kids end up sleeping on piles of blankets, makeshift mattresses, or couches.
While the older kids usually don’t have a problem adjusting to new environments and odd sleeping quarters, it’s the younger kids that we walk on eggshells with once bedtime is near, trying to show them how normal it is to sleep in odd places, on odd objects, in a room with everyone all together. Sometimes we get lucky. Other times we’d be up all night, trying to calm the usually heavy head of our smallest son.
Enter the Regalo My Cot Portable Bed. Rather than a portable crib, which my son would now reject, this cot allows him to have his own designated sleeping area up off the ground, just as if he were in his own bed.
:: The elevated sleeping area is large enough to fit your child up to 52″ tall. My 6-year-old had plenty of space.
:: Extremely easy to set up; just like a foldable lawn chair, the cot popped open, the cover slipped on, and the kids were jumping in.
:: It’s super affordable. At $25, the My Cot is much cheaper than a portable crib, and it also has more functions.
:: It stores easily. The small footprint makes it great for tucking into the back or trunk of the car.
:: The multipurpose functionality makes this a great item to use as a bed for overnight stays at grandma’s and also as an extra seat at ballgames, the beach and campsites. Two kids can comfortably sit up off the ground.
:: There is a seam across the center of the bed that pulls taut when the bed isn’t fully extended. It might not be the most comfortable, but neither the 2-year-old nor the 4-year-old seemed to mind.
:: I’ve only been trying the cot out for a few weeks, so I’m not sure how durable they are. While the fabric is nice and thick, and I have no reason to believe they aren’t sturdy, I can’t personally speak to the long-term durability.
Overall, the Regalo My Cot has been well-received by the tiny people in the house. My once-confused toddler will now have his own personal space to head off to dreamland when we visit the grandparents, which will lead to more sleep for the entire family.
—Shaina Olmanson | Read more from Shaina on The Family Kitchen