Before I had her I never new how amazing it would be to see her learn new things, grow and develop and that everyday would bring something new. The past few days I have watched an explosion in learning. She started climbing on things in the playground, can swing like a monkey from the bar at the top of the slide and went to a pirate birthday party. Being a parent is more fun than I ever imagined. I am so happy that we made it.
This is F posting an experience and review from our recent trip to PEI and Nova Scotia:
It was a genuine off-the-cuff don’t-think-just-do moment. After months of trying to decide how Bee would sleep throughout all the travels we’ve done, it boiled down to an 11th hour epiphany. The Pack-n-Play that we had was simply too big and would’ve required its own check-in and excess baggage fees for our flights. Staring at all the stuff that we were going to pack, it was a deal-breaker.
Some of you might recall that we initially bought a used KidCo Peapod for Bee a month before our trip. Well, Bee being Bee ended up crawling in-and-out, rolling around, playing and generally doing anything but sleep in her Peapod. It was a giant toy in the end for her. We thought we could get away with saving money and bringing the Pack-n-Play but cue excess baggage charge.
So I found myself, literally at the last minute, in the store staring at the Baby Bjorn Crib and the Phil and Teds Traveller Crib. Months of agonizing over reviews, pros and cons, money, and minor details that consume time and energy all came down to this. We had to buy something and it was either the super expensive Bjorn Crib or the more affordable but still expensive Phil and Teds.
In the end, I embraced the campers and backpackers that we were before Bee’s time and chose the Phil and Teds. For those of you who have read the reviews, you’ll know that the Phil and Teds require more steps to set up than the Bjorn. Well, it’s like setting up a tent really. After the first time, the rest got easier and easier, to the point where it really only took a few minutes. For air-travel, the Phil and Teds is fantastic and perfect. The Bjorn would’ve needed its own check-in and is way pricier.
The Phil and Teds set up is not terrible at all, after the first time where everything is still stiff (like a tent). We were impressed with its sturdiness and seeming durability. We also like that feature where we can unzip the side later on for Bee to crawl in an out, when she gets bigger and shall we say, more mature (she doesn’t know about the zipper yet).
The black color is nice because it does absorb light and make the crib seem darker for sleeping. Everything is light and rolls up into a cylinder to put into another bag for check-in. While I was concerned with the narrowness of it initially, it turned out to be plenty of space for Bee and her gazillion stuffed animals and blankets.
And most importantly, Bee slept in it and loved it!!!
Also, the review that in the end clinched it for me right before I got to the store is this: