I fear I discovered DT reader Brett's email too late to help them on their trip, but maybe someone else can still benefit from some advice from experienced traveling co-sleepers:
Our family is going on a trip soon. Staying at relatives, hotels, etc. We've been co-sleeping with our toddler (14 months), but we're not sure how we should arrange it on the trip. Any suggestions? Compact travel railings? sleeping pads? inflatable mattress? We're open to a wide range of options.We've never really done co-sleeping, but we've had our fair share of newborn and toddler travel. We've used hotel cribs, bought folding cribs [which we've left behind at relatives' houses, because let's face it, no one wants to port around one of those supposedly portable cribs], and occasionally made little blanket nests on the floor. Otherwise, wherever we go, we just try to make some consistent connections to the kid's bedtime routine: we bring a little blanket from home, one snuggly toy, maybe a book.