NOTE: SlumberPod's safety testing was conducted with all ventilation flaps closed and no fan. For more information, read our blog about SlumberPod and safety.
Ventilation flaps are offered for those who (1) want more airflow and/or (2) want less blackout. There are two different ventilation panels on the SlumberPod version introduced November 2020.
The set of ventilation panels on the front of SlumberPod (top and bottom) have a plastic toggle to loop to a ribbon to hold it open. The top one has several notches in the ribbon so that it can be opened wide, medium or slightly open. These ventilation flaps have black mesh inside.
The set of ventilation panels on the back of SlumberPod are the new "kickstand" or fly-style ventilation flaps. They have a velcro "stick" that holds the flap up from the main body allowing air to pass through. The flap at the top works in conjunction with the fan in the bottom corner (placed so that the air flows to the left) creating a vortex of air (like a chimney effect) inside SlumberPod (thanks to our friends at ATDC -- Georgia Institute of Technology, who helped with this design). This air flowing doesn't directly blow on your little one, instead creates airflow circling within SlumberPod providing more comfort. The two "kickstand" flaps have netting inside to allow for maximum airflow. The top kickstand flap does this while maintaining blackout.