Abram's Nation: The Safety Sleeper™: FAQ

The Safety Sleeper™ FAQ

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» How does The Safety Sleeper™ differ from other enclosed beds?
Of course there are other enclosed beds, and there are other portable beds. But in contrast to sterile looking medical beds or flimsy tent beds, no other product combines so many features like The Safety Sleeper™ does.

The Safety Sleeper™ is
– light-weight
– portable
– enclosed
– durable
– stable
– easy to assemble/disassemble (no tools required!)
– safe
– provides a fun and friendly safe zone for kids and adults of all ages.

The Safety Sleeper™ was awarded a US patent confirming that it is a truly unique and innovative bed (patent number: US 7,971,596 B2).

» How do I know The Safety Sleeper™ bed will keep my child safe?

We designed and built The Safety Sleeper™ for our own son, Abram, who is on the autism spectrum. Like many other families who have a loved one with special needs, we struggled with finding a good solution to protecting our son at night.  There was no product on the market that could support our son's sleeping issues, night wanderings, temper melt-downs and give us the freedom to be a typical family. Out of this desparate need, The Safety Sleeper™ was born, an eclosed bed and a travel bed in one. We have used The Safety Sleeper™ since the summer of 2008. For the construction of the bedframe and canvas, we use only safe, high-quality materials, and each Safety Sleeper™ is thoroughly inspected before being shipped. We strive to continuously improve the bed, based on our personal experience and feedback from families who have used The Safety Sleeper™, to ensure your loved one’s safety.

» Read more about the features of The Safety Sleeper™.

» Does Medicaid and/or insurance pay for The Safety Sleeper™?

Regulations in each state and for each insurance company are different. We can offer help and advice to families when negotiating reimbursement with their insurance companies, check out our Reimbursement Flyer. We recommend closely following our guidelines for having your letter/s of medical necessity written. Make sure to be clear that an enclosed and safe bed is medically and NOT behaviorally necessary for your child, or show that his or her behaviors are life threatening. Insurances first route is to deny your request. If you get denied, appeal, reapply, ask to be seen or heard by the supervisor. Many times when The Safety Sleeper™ has been paid by insurance it was because the human factor came to play: A supervisor recognized the need and the cost efficiency of this bed versus medical/hospital grade beds (which are not portable). Call local Durable Medical Equipment companies in your area and ask if anyone there is familiar with your child's diagnosis and need for an enclosed bed. Get the top person at your work to help if that's possible, i.e. union president, insurance liaison etc. Those positions sometimes have more pull with the insurance companies. This of course does not apply for Medicaid. See if there is a state advocate agency in your state to help with insurance issues. In PA, call the Pennsylvania Health Law Project at 800-274-3258, or visit WWW.PHLP.ORG.

» Print / download our "Suggested Steps for a Successful Application for Reimbursement for Your Safety Sleeper™".

» Check out our Resource page.

» Where can I get financial help to purchase The Safety Sleeper™?

One of the biggest obstacles that prevents families from owning The Safety Sleeper™ is money. Knowing this, we have tried to reduce the production cost as much as possible without sacrificing safety and quality. We also offer a special needs discount.
We have successfully worked with organizations such as United Way, Make a Wish Foundation, Fund it Forward, Walk on Foundation, Suite Dreams and others which have bought The Safety Sleeper™ for families.

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» How big is The Safety Sleeper™?
The Safety Sleeper was designed to keep an autistic child safe at night.

This early model of The Safety Sleeper™ encloses a twin sized mattress.

The Safety Sleeper™ is available in US/Canada, European, UK/Ireland and Australian standard mattress sizes. Please click here for a complete overview.
The base of the enclosure completely encompasses a 10" high mattress and rests on the box spring, the tent-like polyester structure is 40" tall.
Customizations are often possible, so please contact us if you have a special situation.

» What is included with my purchase of The Safety Sleeper™?

The base model of The Safety Sleeper™ comes with the standard aluminum frame and material enclosure. A 28", 4-wheel rolling luggage and air mattress are provided for travel purposes. For daily use in the home, purchase a spring coil or foam mattress, 9-10 inches high. If you have questions about choosing a mattress to fit your loved ones needs, feel free to contact us. Read more about our Custom Options and Accessories.

» How do I care for my Safety Sleeper™?

The frame and polyester enclosure of The Safety Sleeper™ are made of heavy-duty, industrial-grade materials.

You can either spot-clean the polyester material, take it outside and hose it down or put it in a front-loading washing machine. We would recommend using an industrial size washer, like at a laundromat. Do not use bleach! Lay flat to air-dry (preferred), or use a dryer on cool setting.

In general, be sure to follow the following guidelines:
– Machine wash on delicate cycle, front loading machine only.
– All ZIPPERS must be CLOSED before washing.
– Tumble dry low heat only or line dry.
– Do not iron.
– Do not dry clean.

» Will The Safety Sleeper™ enhance my family's flexibility or ability to travel? Is it truly portable?


When we designed The Safety Sleeper™ in 2008, we were at a crossroads. We realized that if something drastic didn't happen, we would not be traveling for quite a while... and that just wasn't an option. For us, it was a scary and daunting prospect to be stuck at home and never travel again. It was important for us to not only design a safe bed that protects our son at night, but also a portable bed that would give us mobility and flexibility. Today, we use The Safety Sleeper™ on a weekly basis for social activities, like going to a friend's house to watch a hockey game that may go late. We just set the bed up and put our son to bed. Typical families do this sort of thing all the time, but when you have a special needs child with a special sleeping situation it becomes a whole new level of stress. Thanks to The Safety Sleeper™, we have been able to enjoy great trips and vacations together as a family - to Texas, Jamaica, Niagara Falls and Disneyworld.

The travel bed is light-weight and comes in a suitcase for easy transport while traveling

The Safety Sleeper™ comes in a sturdy suitcase for easy transport.

I have learned that if you are flying with an airline that charges for bags, all you need to do is notify them this is medical equipment for a special needs child/person and they will not charge for that bag. If you come across someone who is unaware or unfamiliar with this practice and tries to charge you, ask for a supervisor. I have been successful in getting our charges refunded plus a future credit after being charged by someone who was not aware of this policy.

The Safety Sleeper, here shown in a hotel room, can be easily assembled within a 10 minutes.

This picture shows an earlier model of the The Safety Sleeper™ set up in a hotel room next to a pack 'n play.
The Safety Sleeper™ is about twice the length of a pack 'n play but fits easily in every hotel room I have ever stayed in.

The Safety Sleeper allows you to travel - take it with you on vacation or when you visit family

At a family reunion, we setup the The Safety Sleeper™ (here an earlier model, the design has been updated since) next to the pavillion in the park.
When travelling, we recommend that you exchange the regular mattress with with the air mattress that is shipped with your Safety Sleeper™.

» How long does it take to set up The Safety Sleeper™?
A portable bed, easy to assemble, perfect as a travel bed

The Safety Sleeper™ can be assembled and taken down within 10 to 15 minutes, no tools required, making it ideal an ideal travel bed. The Safety Sleeper™ comes with a sturdy suitcase (available in four colors), allowing for easy transportation.

When on the road, we suggest to exchange your standard mattress with an air mattress.
» Learn more about the assembly of The Safety Sleeper™ (video and instructions).

» Has someone purchased The Safety Sleeper™ in my area?

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