5 Essential Baby Gadgets:: #2 – Baby Tent

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This is the fourth in a 5-part series of articles on essential gadgets and stuff for a baby. Make sure to read the entire series!

#5 | #4 | #3 | #2 | #1

We are expats so we tend to travel a lot. But even if we weren’t expats, we would still travel a lot. That’s just our nature.

So the #2 item on my list of ‘baby-must-haves’ is a travel tent.

Baby Tent

Our travel tent has been invaluable to us. But like most things, I came to this a little late.

Before my first son was born, I bought a second hand Graco travel cot from someone off of the BAMBI website. It was great, at first, and cost me half the price off what they were going for a Central Chidlom. We took it with us on our first trip to Canada. We checked it for free at the airport and thought that it would serve all our needs. It didn’t.

When in Canada, I stumbled across the tent pictured above at MEC. Where the travel cot is bulky, the travel tent collapses and fits easily inside a medium sized suitcase. It zips up to protect baby against mosquitos (a big plus in the tropics) and from getting into mischief. For a little extra we bought the UV cover so that it can be used as a sun cover at the beach as well.

This little tent is seriously one of the best things that we own when it comes to travelling with our kids. And it’s lasted us (ok, a few minor repairs have been needed here and there) until our eldest made the move into a ‘big bed’ and is now serving the needs of our second son.

Having this tent means that we never have to ask a hotel for a baby bassinet. The tent is familiar to our son and he’s comfortable in it. And lastly, we know exactly who’s slept in it and we know that it’s clean!

Here is a list of portable baby tents/cribs currently on the market[1]:

Photo Credit: USCPSC via Compfight cc

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[1] As with any crib, there are always risks. Do make sure that you make the crib as safe as possible. I.e. no blankets, pillows and/or stuffed toys for babies under 1.

My name is Jodie. I'm a 38 year old Canadian working and living in Bangkok, Thailand. My husband and I are both international teachers - though I'm taking this year off to be a full-time mom.

When we're not busy with other people's kids, we try our hand at raising our own very curious nearly four year old son and his 9 and half month old brother. When it comes to parenting, like most of us, I’m making a lot of it up as I go along .

2 Comments

  1. Shwu  /  July 1, 2013, 9:24 am Reply

    Hello! I chanced upon your posts while searching for baby-friendly places in Bangkok. Your posts are all very informative and useful not just for our BKK getaway, but for other more adventurous travels with baby! Love this travel tent and littleseat info! :) Please do post more travel tips!

    • ExpectingExpats.com
      ExpectingExpats.com  /  July 1, 2013, 9:32 am Reply

      Hello and thank you for your message. We’re happy that you found ExpectingExpats.com!

      We will certainly be providing more travel tips, so stay tuned!! Until then we hope that you find all of our content useful and enjoyable.

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