The SlumberPod is a blackout privacy pod designed for babies ages 4 months and up that can be installed over any mini crib, toddler mattress or pack ‘n play. It’s essentially a bottomless tent that can be placed over your baby’s sleep space to create a darkened space (it blocks out 90 percent of light, per manufacturers). Set-up is relatively straightforward (it takes my husband about three minutes to get the pod up and running, although he did need to consult a YouTube tutorial the first time he built it) and with the fabric canopy, two set-up poles and 12 pole clips, it does feel a lot like pitching a camping tent.
In terms of safety, the SlumberPod passes all applicable juvenile product safety tests in the USA, Canada, and Europe and features four ventilation flaps. (You can read more about the safety of the product here.) There’s also a fan pocket and fan included for extra air flow if you’re going to be somewhere hot or humid. We never had to use the fan, but we did leave the main flap slightly unzipped in one warm-weather destination.
Another nice-to-have feature is the baby monitor pocket on top of the pod with a clear window so you can use a video monitor and still see your child. We didn’t use this one either because if my daughter is awake, we’ll know about it—we nicknamed her the banshee for the first few months—but it’s a clever feature that many parents are sure to appreciate. (You can also put a sound machine in the pocket if you prefer.)