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SlumberPod Review – Including an Illustrated Assembly Guide and Tips

The SlumberPod still stands as my favorite baby accessory EVER. I love pulling out my SlumberPod when I’m away from home for the simple reason that my son loves sleeping in it.

Thanks to the SlumberPod, I am able to enjoy travelling again!

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SlumberPod
9.6/10Our Score
  • Sets up in under 2 minutes
  • Compact for travel
  • 100% blackout
  • Fan and camera pockets
  • Fits over any standard pack n' play
  • Safety tested and certified

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In this updated SlumberPod review, I highlight each of the main features and explain exactly how it can help parents get more sleep while on the road with their baby.

I also have some really cool and unique tips to share with you that will help you get the most from your SlumberPod.

How does the SlumberPod work?

The SlumberPod is an easy to assemble baby sleep pod that goes over your pack n play and helps infants, toddlers (and now even pets) get some much-needed sleep when sharing a room with an adult.

In short, it gives your baby a room within your room.

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Baby goes to bed at 7:00pm but mom and dad don’t have to. You can keep your lights on, walk around and even watch TV while your little one sleeps away in the same room!

What I like the most about having a Slumber Pod is that it allows my baby to go to bed while I can still relax and enjoy some baby-free time. It’s also super easy to assemble and fits over most standard travel cribs.

If you’re still unsure how this works, I hope the rest of my slumber pod review will help clear up any additional questions you have. Read on for more on my experiences with the SlumberPod and how it saved our multiple vacations and outings.

Designed for convenience and longevity

The simplistic design of the SlumberPod allows for a very quick set up and take down. The SlumberPod is nothing more than a blackout tent without a bottom.

If you’ve ever gone camping and put up a tent you already know exactly what to do and how to set up the SlumberPod.

I made a video and took pictures of each step to help you get set up in under 2-minutes.

Here is the video of me setting up the SlumberPod in under two minutes.

Pictures and setup instructions are shown in the SlumberPod Assembly section.

Build quality and materials

The SlumberPod is held up with two standard tent poles, but the material of the canopy is what makes it stand out.

The material used for the entire pod is really nice. It’s thick, dark, breathable and it doesn’t wrinkle.

The fabric of the new SlumberPod is exactly the same as the original. It is made from 85% polyester and 15% spandex which makes it breathable and stretchy.

front windows slumberpod 2.0

Once you slide the poles into place and attach all of the hooks, you can feel the SlumberPod becomes very taut and sturdy.

The fact that the blackout tent is light and bottomless makes it super easy to move around without feeling like it’s going to fall apart.

The whole pod can be easily stuffed back into the carry case with the poles and all. Once in the carry case it can fit in a standard carryon luggage or backpack.

The windows

Another amazing feature of the SlumberPod design is the multiple “windows”: two in the front and two in the back.

The window design has changed on the new SlumberPod 2.0. The new setup has changed the rear windows and kept the same design for the front windows.

The front windows have the same dark mesh under the canopy that helps keep most of the light out. The front windows also open the same way as before with a small rod going through a series of hoops. The upper window is height adjustable but the lower one only has one fully open setting.

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The rear windows have changed. What used to be a thin mesh can now be better described as netting. Because of this, SlumberPod changed the “open” setting of the new windows.

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Rear windows open – original SlumberPod
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Rear windows “open” – new SlumberPod

The way to open the rear windows now is with a small post that holds the material away from the window to allow for airflow without letting the light in. A clever way to have the windows “open” while maintaining the blackout darkness that SlumberPod is known for.

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slumber pod reviews rear windows

The addition of the fan pocket in combination with the new windows means that airflow is much improved inside the sleep tent.

I can personally attest that the windows significantly increase the airflow inside the SlumberPod. I tested and witnessed with my own eyes what the open windows can do. The temperature inside the baby sleep pod dropped from 75F to 70F (24C to 21C) after the windows were opened.

Bottom line: the windows work!

The camera pocket

The one piece of the SlumberPod design I didn’t love in the original version was the camera pouch. The plastic material that they used in the camera pouch was thick and distorted the image to a point that it made it very difficult to see the baby in the dark. This was the case for many different baby monitors including mine.

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Original camera pouch
New camera pouch

The other (minor) problem was that the pouch was fully enclosed in plastic. This means if your camera had a temperature sensor it would not ready the real temperature inside the pod but the temperature inside the camera pouch and they could differ significantly.

The updated SlumberPod attempted to fix these two issues. First, they added a mesh material to the sides of the pouch to allow for airflow and therefore an accurate temperature reading.

slumber pod reviews pouch

Secondly, they made the plastic material slightly thinner and more malleable which helps with the camera image and the infra red beam for night vision.

The new fan pocket

This new feature is a huge bonus for me. One of my favorite tips for parents using the original slumber pod was to bring a portable fan and place it on the ground beside the playard to get the air moving inside the pod.

slumberpods fan pouch

Since the addition of the fan pocket, you can simply place your fan inside the pocket from the outside of the pod. It works like a charm.

slumber pods for babies fan pouch

SlumberPod has added an easy access fan pocket on the side that fits most small portable fans. They also decided to come out with their own fan that fits perfectly in the pocket – great job again!

The SlumberPod Fan

The SlumberPod fan is a simple yet useful add-on. Even though the baby sleep tent material is breathable, the air does not move much if the windows are closed and it can feel stuffy on hot days.

slumber pod baby fan

The SlumberPod design team not only added a fan pouch, but they also had the perfect fan made to fit into the side pocket.

The fan works great and moves the air very well. I actually sat inside the pod to feel how it was and I can confirm it works.

SlumberPod assembly instructions

The SlumberPod is extremely easy to assemble and even comes with an brief visual assembly manual attached to the carry bag. In my instructions below, I will show with step-by-step pictures a slightly different way that I have been using for months very successfully.

The “User Manual” tag in the carry bag suggests that you lay the SlumberPod material over the playard, whereas in my version I choose to do it flat on the ground. Both ways work just fine and allow for one-person assembly in 2 minutes or less.

Step 1

Remove the 3 items from the bag (1x pod material, 2x tent rods)

Step 2

Lay out the material with the center in the middle and connect the tent rods

Step 3

Pass the rods through the blue slots in the material

Step 4

Insert the ends of one of the rods into the nylon pockets at the bottom corner while keeping the pod flat on the ground. Don’t try to lift the pod yet.

Step 5

Insert one end of the second rod into the nylon pocket and go to the opposite side of the pod

Step 6

While inserting the other end of the second rod, guide the pod upwards and pull the material down as needed

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Step 7

Connect the 3 plastic hooks from each side to the tent rods. There are 12 hooks total.

DONE!

At this point you can either set it over the pack n’ play as shown in the video below:

Or you can fold it flat and place it out of the way until bedtime.

The other baby sleep tents and pods

SlumberPod is really the best sleep tent out in the market today. There are many competitiors that try to emulate what the SlumberPod does but they don’t come quite close.

In my opinion, the closes competitor is the SnoozeShade but they offer a different product altogether. I even made a detailed comparison of the SlumberPod vs Snoozeshade you want to know more.

There are a few other alternatives that you can find in my list here. Keep in mind they do not offer what the SlumberPod offers in terms of quality, accessories, options and especially darkness inside the pod. If you are however looking for a cheaper alternative, they can come in very handy.

Tips for getting the most out of your SlumberPod

I consider myself a Slumber Pod expert because I’ve been using it for well over a year, on multiple trips, weekend getaways and naps at grandmas. I’ve set up and taken down the SlumberPod dozens of times and I don’t get tired of it. I was using the SlumberPod way before they went on Shark Tank and got a deal from Barbara – ok, enough bragging.

Because I’ve used the baby sleep pod in almost every possible situation, I figured out some trick to make it even better.

Here are some tips I want to share with you that will most definitely enhance your SlumberPod experience:

Please note that I crossed out my original tips that are no longer applicable to the new SlumberPod but still left the text for reference in case you are looking at a second hand SlumberPod.

  1. Bring a small portable fan
    • I realized that even though the SlumberPod canopy is breathable, the air does get a bit stale inside, especially on hot days. Since I love moving air and always have a fan going in my room, we figured my son must love it too. For this reason I always bring a small portable fan and place it on the floor between the playard and the pod pointing up. The new SlumberPod has a fan pocket that is accessible from the outside and they also offer their own fan that fits perfectly in the pouch.
  2. Bring a sound machine (or anything to play white noise)
    • When you share a room with your baby or infant you may want to go about your night after he goes to bed. I found that a sound machine playing white noise helps create a sound barrier between the pod and the outside world so you can walk around, watch TV or play on your phone with the volume up while your baby sleeps away in the same room.
  3. Setup video monitoring
    • I like to see my baby when he’s sleeping and I know many parents feel the same way. The video monitor I own is not on the list of recommended monitors from SlumberPod so I had to play around with it to get it working to our satisfaction. We suggest either getting one of the approved monitors or just know that the video quality may not be the best when the camera is inside the plastic pocket. The new camera pocket works very well with most baby monitors.
  4. Fold it flat
    • The slumber pod can take some space when open, especially if you are sharing a small hotel room with your infant baby. If you push the two poles towards each other from the side, the SlumberPod actually folds flat to less than an inch thick while still set up! So, it can be placed right behind the pack n play or against any wall in the room and it takes so much less space.
  5. Air it out after a trip to tropical (hot) places
    • A few days after I returned from a two-week vacation in Mexico (where my 8 month old slept through every single night and many naps in his SlumberPod) I decided to open up the SlumberPod and found an odd, musty smell coming from it. I then confirmed that my brother-in-law also had the same issue. I can only assume that the humidity from the Mexican heat got in the material and stayed there even though our rooms were air conditioned. Bottom line is that all you need to do is air it out once you get home.
  6. Bring it everywhere
    • I now bring my SlumberPod everywhere I go. It might as well stay in the trunk of my car permanently. Let’s say you go to grandma’s to hang out for a while? Pop the pod open and put baby to nap when it’s time. It literally takes 2 minutes to setup and take down and will certainly help them sleep better.

SlumberPod FAQ

Does the SlumberPod fit over my playard?

The Slumber Pod fits most pack n plays, playards and playpens up to 44” L, 30” W and 36” H. Here is a list of some of the most popular play yard models that fit inside the SlumberPod. This list is NOT an all inclusive so there are many other models that will also fit inside the SlumberPod, so make sure to check the dimensions.

  • 4moms breeze playard
  • Cosco Funsport
  • BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light
  • Baby Trend Deluxe Nursery Center Play Yard
  • Dream On Me Travel Light Play Yard
  • Dream On Me Portable Playard
  • Evenflo Portable Deluxe Playard
  • Graco Pack-n-play
  • Graco Travel Lite Crib
  • Nuna SENA Aire Travel Crib
  • phil&teds Traveller Portable Crib
  • Guava Family Lotus Play Yard
  • Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard
  • Foundations Essentials Portable Travel Yard
  • KidCo Travel Pod Portable Playard
  • gb Lufta 3-in-1 Sleeper Play Yard
  • Nuna Sena™ Aire
  • Costway Foldable Travel Baby Playpen Crib Infant Bassinet Bed
  • Safety 1st Happy Space Play Yard
  • Ingenuity Smart and Simple Playard – Bryant

You can also fit some mini cribs inside the SlumberPod These include the Delta Children portable crib, and LA Baby The Original Bedside Manor Mini Crib.

SlumberPod is ALSO compatible with many cots and small inflatable mattresses. Make sure to verify the dimensions of you cot and test it out before going on your trip.

Is the SlumberPod safe?

Many parents worry about SlumberPod safety and I’m glad they do. Sleep safety for babies is of the utmost importance and SlumberPod made sure their product was certified to the highest standards. The SlumberPod passes ALL safety tests in the United States, Canada and Europe related to infant and juvenile products.

The SlumberPod is Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) compliant and it even passed other more severe voluntary tests. The mother daughter team at SlumberPod left no stone unturned when it comes to sleep safety your children.

The team at SlumberPod goes into detail about the safety of their product here.

Does the SlumberPod get hot?

In my experience, the SlumberPod can get warm on a hot day if the room is not climate controlled. I have found that opening all of the windows and having the fan on inside the pod will help reduce the temperature significantly.

Slumber Pod now sells their own fan for this exact purpose and the new sleep pod comes with a fan pouch that is accessible from the outside.  

Does the SlumberPod fit over a crib?

The SlumberPod does not fit over a standard size crib, but it does fit over a mini-crib and most pack n play, playards and toddler cots.

How do you fold the Slumberpod?

It’s really easy to fold the SlumberPod. Simply remove the tent poles, lay the material down on the floor, fold it over itself 2 or 3 times and then roll it up tight. Once rolled up, the whole tent and poles fit into the carry bag.

$20 OFF
SlumberPod
9.6/10Our Score
  • Sets up in under 2 minutes
  • Compact for travel
  • 100% blackout
  • Fan and camera pockets
  • Fits over any standard pack n' play
  • Safety tested and certified

GET $20 OFF WITH PROMO CODE "UPSIDEDAD"