7 Ways To Use Your New SlumberPod

All Ages

Feb 15, 2024

Today we’re going to be talking about one of our FAVORITE products to help your baby sleep… SlumberPod!! 

Here at Little Z’s, we go way back with SlumberPod founders Katy Mallory & Lou Childs… long before even their Shark Tank debut back in early 2020. In fact, we’ve been such big fans of SlumberPod that we’ve actually hosted Katy & Lou on our podcast 3 times (!!!) –

Katy & Lou created a portable privacy pod out of sleep deprivation while on vacation. The one-of-a-kind pod folds flat for daytime storage if needed, collapses completely to fit inside your own suitcase, and gives your child a 100% blackout space to sleep well all night!

Before we jump into 7 ways that you can use your SlumberPod, let’s talk about a few FAQs I often get from families:


First of all, I wish that we had a SlumberPod when my girls were babies! Because the SlumberPod is a bottomless, completely enclosed, portable privacy pod, you can slip it over  things like Pack ‘N Plays, mini-cribs, travel-size cribs, and travel gear that are smaller than your standard crib size. 

One of the best things about the SlumberPod is how compact it is. It fits securely inside of your carry-on and is perfect for airline flight travel (without paying for pesky baggage fees!). Truly, it is a great tool for my clients while traveling to protect their child’s sleep.

And, not only that, but it’s SAFE, which you know I care about!! You can read this full blog post here to learn more about SlumberPod’s safety features, how to use it with your monitor, and more!

I’m not the only one who loves SlumberPod! Listen to what one of our Little Z’s families had to say about it:




In fact, SlumberPod has their own inflatable toddler bed that is perfectly sized to fit inside a SlumberPod and let’s just say… they’ve done it again!!

Your toddler or preschooler who has aged out of a pack ‘n’ play can sleep peacefully all night on their SlumberTot mattress which pairs a soft-touch, sleep surface with integrated side rails for air-filled comfort and peace of mind wherever sleep needs to happen. Click here to check it out!

And the biggest question I get about SlumberPod is… 



SlumberPod is the only one of its kind. It gives your child a 100% blackout space that is breathable (multiple safety checks have been performed) and most importantly as they grow…they can stand up in it! It’s also outfitted with a monitor pocket, a skirt around the bottom to allow for optimal darkness, and multiple vent panels that can be rolled up if you prefer.

Yes, the SlumberPod is not cheap. But you wouldn’t want it to be!

Whether you use the SlumberPod with a travel cot or a SlumberTot, you’ll be getting 3-5 years of use from the SlumberPod vs. a few months. So not only is SlumberPod well worth the price, but it will pay for itself several times over both in trips that aren’t cut short by fussy babies and in quiet nights at home!


I recommend the SlumberPod to families in all different situations.

  1. Room Sharing: If you’re in a small home or simply want to room share with your child as they grow, the SlumberPod makes it much less stressful! Your child can fall asleep in their blackout pod while you have your bedside light on to read and relax, and they’ll never know!

  2. Keeping At The Grandparents: Most grandparents aren’t keen on installing super blackout curtains OR would be darned if you put their grandbaby in a closet (my other go-to!). Many clients have had huge success bringing a SlumberPod and the pack n play to Grandma’s house so baby can still have a wonderful nap time, and be happy and ready to enjoy play when they wake!

  3. Bringing To A Playdate: So you have older kiddos who are dying to get out of the house! Great! Bring the SlumberPod + Pack N Play and you could actually enjoy the playdate with your friends, and kids can have fun too! It’s a triple win!

  4. Crib Climbing Toddlers: Until age 3, children really cannot understand the open bed concept. You’ll save your sanity if you just get your acrobatic toddler into a pack n play (try Joovy, Lotus or 4MOMS for taller kids) + SlumberPod to keep them contained AND maintain the whole family’s sleep!!

  5. Traveling Anywhere! Headed to the lake for the weekend? Flying to a foreign country? Staying at a hotel for a few nights? Wherever your child goes, there goes the SlumberPod! It fits neatly into a carry-on or suitcase and is ready to pop up when you arrive at your destination! (Heck, I’ve even seen people use it IN the airport during long layovers!!!)

  6. Anywhere that’s not dark enough: I once worked with a family of 4 kiddos who had a loft space for their baby. It worked fine, until it was nap time. Which was 3 times a day! Since it was open to the rest of the house I suggested Mom get a SlumberPod for baby, and BOOM…naps were great! 

  7. Twins: While room sharing at night isn’t a big deal for twins, I do recommend separation for naps with multiples. Why? Because sleep cycles are very different kid to kid, and naps are just harder than nights! If you don’t have a big enough closet or bathroom to put a pack n play up, grab another spare room in the house and set up the pack n play + SlumberPod!

Not sure how your little one will adapt to the SlumberPod? 

Check out Becca’s tips for introducing your child to their new “Sleep Tent!” 

Also, Katy Mallory, Lou Childs and their team at SlumberPod are literally the best! You’ll find them going above and beyond for their customers (including Uber-ing a SlumberPod across Atlanta!) Don’t hesitate to reach out to contact@slumberpod.com if you need anything! Also check out their FAQs for SlumberPod exact sizing and a list of Pack N Plays/Cots/Mini-Cribs that fit within the pod!


Ready to grab your SlumberPod? Shop all of the latest colors & patterns of SlumberPod HERE!


SlumberPod is a one-of-a-kind sleep tent that folds flat for daytime storage if needed, collapses completely to fit inside your own suitcase, and gives your child a 100% blackout space to sleep well all night!

Here are 7 ways you can use your SlumberPod to make sleep a thing no matter what your situation is:

  1. Room Sharing
  2. Keeping At The Grandparents
  3. Bringing To A Playdate
  4. Crib Climbing Toddlers
  5. Traveling Anywhere!
  6. Anywhere that’s not dark enough
  7. Twins

We can’t recommend SlumberPod enough so you can keep your family happy, healthy, and well-rested… wherever you are! Thank you, SlumberPod, for helping us KEEP sleep a thing!!


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