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SlumberPod makes it less stressful and more restful for parents and siblings to sleep in the same room as a baby or toddler.
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Sharing a room with a baby while traveling is a struggle. SlumberPod® is the answer.

A variety of things lead to poor sleep for little ones and parents. The room may not be dark enough, it's hard for parents to tiptoe around quietly or avoid using phones or tablets, your baby may wake up and see mom or dad in the room and insist on being picked up... leading to crying and/or sleeplessness (for EVERYONE).

Baby travel sleep made more restful and less stressful!  

With SlumberPod, you don't have to:

  • Build temporary (and often unsafe) privacy solutions and hope they're effective 
  • Set the playard up in the hotel bathroom 
  • Spend money on adjoining hotel rooms 
  • Sit in the corner quietly or hiding in the hallway or on the hotel balcony while your little one falls asleep 
  • Sleep in the same room as your baby and not get good rest

Here’s to more Nighty Nights!   

SlumberPod is the FIRST portable, privacy sleep nook that allows babies to sleep in their safe and familiar playard or travel crib with room to sit up or stand up inside. Created by a mother-daughter team, patent-pending SlumberPod solves the age-old problem of getting a good night’s sleep while sharing a room with your little one. With SlumberPod, parents can focus on having fun on trips instead of being stressed and having to find caffeine between every activity!  

Any of these solutions sound familiar? Cramming the playard in the hotel bathroom or making a makeshift room out of a hotel closet and curtains? Maybe you've even spent money you didn't have on an adjoining room or tried the aluminum-foil-on-the-windows trick. These options can be unsafe, stressful, expensive and downright ineffective!

SlumberPod is a MOM-invented quick-assembly privacy pod that helps babies, toddlers and caretakers get a good night’s sleep. It completely encloses a playard and is:    

Safe and Sturdy:

  • Safe—passes applicable consumer product safety tests
  • Made of breathable fabric  
  • Outfitted with four ventilation panels for additional airflow
  • Uses sturdy aluminum poles

Portable and Easy:

  • Lightweight and compact: Weighs less than 6 pounds
  • Fits inside carry-on luggage: Stows in 17.5" x 6" x 5" inch bag when not in use.
  • Quick and easy to set up and dissemble
  • Bottomless: designed to slip over a standard-sized playard—sold separately

Cozy and customizable:

  • Zip it to allow as much or little light in as your baby prefers (all the way to nearly total darkness)
  • Tall enough for most three-year-olds to stand up inside (56 inches tall, 50 inches long, 36 inches wide)
Large zipper to close as much or as little as you'd like.
Large zipper to close as much or as little as you'd like.
One of four air vents.
One of four air vents.

Quickly collapses flat so you can store the pod behind a bed or dresser

Pod and bag weigh less than 6 pounds!
Pod and bag weigh less than 6 pounds!

Get ready to relax

Baby sleep expert approved

“Babies sleep best in a dark, private space. SlumberPod is the next best thing for babies who must share a room with parents or siblings.” - Natalie Carney, founder of Slumberosity, and certified baby sleep expert

More than just for traveling

SlumberPod is great for home, too! Our privacy pod makes it easier to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) recommendations to have your baby sleep in your bedroom until at least age six months. (Note: for babies under a year old, we recommend opening up the vents and leaving the main zippered window partially open.)

AND SlumberPod is a great solution to have on hand for naps in bright or unfamiliar places. 

About the inventors:

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Katy Mallory and Lou Childs, co-creators of SlumberPod, are a mother-daughter team with a love for problem solving. Combined Katy and Lou have nine children, and lots of experience traveling with them.

Lou Childs, Co-founder and COO of Dovetail Essentials, LLC (the makers of SlumberPod) is mother to six children and three bonus children (stepchildren) and grandmother to 13. She has 25+ years of marketing and communications experience with small financial services software as well as Fortune 500 companies. Lou lives with her husband in Columbus, Georgia. 

Katy Mallory is Co-founder and CEO of Dovetail Essentials. As the oldest of 12 in a modern family tree with many branches and mom to three children—Katy has a great deal of experience with kids and organized chaos. Professionally, she has worked for more than a decade in corporate communications and sales operations. Katy lives with her husband, three young daughters and dog in Decatur, Georgia.

Who loves SlumberPod? 

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SlumberPod on Houston Life (fast forward to 7:20)
SlumberPod on Houston Life (fast forward to 7:20)
SlumberPod on WTVM - Columbus, Georgia
SlumberPod on WTVM - Columbus, Georgia
Snapshots & My Thoughts blog coverage of SlumberPod
Snapshots & My Thoughts blog coverage of SlumberPod
Chanel Moving Forward talks SlumberPod
Chanel Moving Forward talks SlumberPod
Cool Ideas! podcast featuring Katy of SlumberPod
Cool Ideas! podcast featuring Katy of SlumberPod

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 and ...


  • December 2014: Co-founder Katy experienced the pain that eventually led to creating SlumberPod. 
  • May 2016: During Katy's maternity leave with twins, she and Lou get serious about making SlumberPod a reality.
  • June 2016 - May 2018: product design, market research, networking, entrepreneur programs, branding/marketing, ABC Kids Show visit, manufacturing partner locked in, focus groups and beta testing, more product design, safety testing. 
  • June 2018: placed order for first 455 SlumberPod units (!!!)
  • July 19-20: Units prepared for shipment; third-party inspection complete.
  • July 24 - August 23, 2018: Kickstarter pre-sale.
  • (Mid August: if needed, order additional inventory to arrive in December.)
  • August 25, 2018: ship early bird and expedited shipping orders from Georgia warehouse.
  • September 2018: additional products beyond expedited shipments arrive in Georgia and ship to first 500 backers.
  • December 2018: If SlumberPod backer number exceeds 455, ship remaining orders. 

Where's the money going?

The order for the first 455 SlumberPod units has been placed and paid for with a reputable factory. Kickstarter funds will be put toward shipping the order to the US, marketing/publicity and future inventory. We want to help as many families as possible enjoy traveling as a family. The more exposure this Kickstarter campaign gets, the faster we can grow. 


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Risks and challenges

Working with an experienced manufacturing and distribution partner, we are confident units will ship on time and did our best to build in some cushion time for unforeseen delays. A credible factory is already working on the first manufacturing run (samples look beautiful!), and safety testing is complete.

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