The Shrunks Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed – Pros and Cons

The Shrunks Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed – Pros and Cons

The Shrunks Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed – Pros and ConsHas your toddler has outgrown their pack-n-play or travel crib? Then this inflatable travel bed for kids just might be the solution for your next trip!

The Shrunks Toddler Inflatable Travel Bed is an air bed specially designed for kids.

The inner “bed” is covered in a soft material which fits standard crib/toddler bed sheets and it is deep enough for your child’s bedding to be tucked in, so it’s more like their bed at home. The inflatable sides help to prevent your child from rolling out of bed in the middle of the night.

The two sections blow up separately, in less than a minute, and it comes with a carry bag and a Jetaire electric pump (which incidentally is handy for blowing up other holiday inflatables!)

It is perfect for travel, especially in hotels where there is no options for a toddler bed. Many hotels offer a baby crib or a regular bed but nothing in between. This bed folds up into a small carry bag and is light enough to pack into a suitcase or into your carry-on if you are flying.

The toddler size travel bed is recommended for children aged 2-5 years (see dimensions below)

So what do people like and dislike about the Shrunks Inflatable Toddler Bed?


  • Inflates and deflates quickly
  • Easy to transport
  • Comes with carrying bag, repair kit and Jetaire Electric Pump
  • Comfortable bed for toddlers
  • Uses regular size crib sheets (that can be tucked in)
  • Close to the ground so safer for little ones
  • Great solution for grandma’s house, camping or overseas travel
  • Made from non-toxic PVC material that is *Phthalate-Safe, BPA and Lead-Safe
  • Kids love it!

*Note: Phthalates are added to PVC to make it more soft and flexible. The Shrunks beds are labelled as Phthalate “safe” because the do contain phthalates but less than 0.05%. Recent legislation in California restricts the use of PVC containing more than 0.1% phthalate, so it is well under this limit.


  • Some people have complained about the plastic “smell” when this bed is first opened so it might be a good idea to take the travel bed out and air it out before use. The smell will go away.
  • Being an inflatable bed there’s always a small chance of leaks. The bed comes with a repair kit but it’s probably a good idea to inflate the bed before traveling to make sure there are no defects. The company will happily exchange the travel bed for a new one if there are any problems.

How Big Is The Shrunks Toddler Travel Bed?

  • Ages 2+
  • Takes a maximum weight of 150 lbs / 68kg
  • Size Inflated: 60 x 37 x 9 inches or 152 x 94 x 23 cm

The length of the inner mattress section is 47 inches/120 cm long and 28 inches/60cm wide, so if your child is less than 47 inches in height, the toddler bed would be the best size.

If you need something larger The Shrunks also make a Kid’s Sleepover Travel Bed along the same design for children aged 6-12 years. These beds take a twin size fitted sheet and the inner mattress measures 70 inches/180 cm long and 43 inches/100 cm wide. The maximum weight capacity of the Kids Travel Bed is 300 lbs/138 kg.

How Do I Clean The Shrunks Inflatable Beds?

The inflatable beds are easy to clean if you need to remove stains. The company recommends using lukewarm water and a cloth to wipe the mattress and you should leave it in direct sunlight to dry. If this isn’t an option you can spray it with white vinegar to remove any odors.

It is possible to purchase a Waterproof Airbed Cover for The Shrunks Toddler Airbed that is made from 420 denier nylon that is water repellent. The skirt fits around the underneath of the mattress and protects it from moisture or rougher surfaces so could be a good option for camping.

The Shrunks Wheeled Travel Bag

Shrunks-Wheeled-Travel-BagIf you are looking for a stronger nylon bag for your trip, The Shrunks also make a Wheeled Traveling Bag. This bag is designed to carry your Shrunks toddler inflatable bed plus bedding, electric pump and a couple of toys. (A parent who bought this bag reports that it’s big enough to fit two inflatable toddler beds with sheets and blankets if you have twins or two toddlers).

The 600 denier nylon is very sturdy and the handle is retractable so it can easily be stowed in the trunk of the car or as overhead luggage on a plane.

What Does It Cost?

The Shrunks Toddler Travel Bed usually retails for around $79 which includes the electric pump and a small carry bag. I have seen that Amazon often sells this toddler travel bed for cheaper. Click here to check the latest price.

This inflatable travel bed does seem to be a good option for toddlers who have outgrown their travel cot. A friend of mine recently purchased one for her 2 1/2 year daughter and they have used it for trips to Grandma’s house, visiting friends and one short overseas trip and she says her daughter loves it!