Best Travel Cribs of 2019

Best Travel Cribs of 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Travel Cribs of 2019

The best travel cribs are super portable to make your job as the baby-gear sherpa a tad easier.Best Travel Cribs of 2019

Whether you’re jetting off to Europe for a summer vacay or hanging at grandma’s for the weekend, your little one will need a safe place to rest. The best travel cribs are super portable to make your job as the baby-gear sherpa a tad easier.

Do you need a travel crib?

Many hotels and even home rentals will supply a travel crib (essentially a playard with a thin sleeping pad). But if you’re staying with family, or just want a crib you feel good about, a travel crib can be great.

Besides being a place to rest, travel cribs are also a safe place for your kiddo to play (no sweating the electrical sockets!). You can even use a travel crib as a napping spot on days spent at the beach or park.

Travel cribs generally accommodate newborns to toddlers about three years old.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best travel cribs.

Major Multitasker

WHY WE LOVE IT

The Jetsetter Lite shines when it comes to performing well in multiple environments. Taking a plane? No problem, it packs up into a backpack so you can haul it around hands-free. Going to the beach? The full-coverage domed canopy creates a shady spot. Staying in a hotel? No worries about your fussy baby keeping other people up. The Jetsetter has a nest-like bassinet with a soothing, two-speed vibration.

KEEP IN MIND

Parents report the canopy snaps are flimsy and difficult to keep snapped after some use.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The Jetsetter is amazing for travel. Fits as a carry-on in airplanes!” - Samantha

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Weight: 19 lbs.

Care: Spot clean with damp cloth

Measurements: 36.5” H x 27” W x 38.75” D

Recommended Use: Bassinet: For babies under 15 lbs. Playard: For children under 35-inches tall.

Room With a View

WHY WE LOVE IT

You know the saying, “get down on a kid’s level?” Well, the people at Guava Family took that to heart. With the Lotus travel crib you can get right into the crib to breastfeed, cuddle or play, thanks to its unique, zip-down sides.

These crib makers also went the extra mile to make sure all materials are non-toxic: no flame retardants, no PVC, no phthalates and low VOC emissions.

More kudos? The travel crib is ultralight and has a backpack style storage bag.

KEEP IN MIND

Some parents don’t like that the sleeping pad of the Lotus travel crib lays on the floor.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The Lotus crib is one of the best products we have. It is lightweight, folds and assembles in just a few snaps, and has mesh sides. The fabric comes completely off and is machine washable.” - Kristin

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Weight: 13 lbs.

Care: Machine washable

Measurements: 45” L x 32” W x 25” H

Recommended Use: Newborn to under 35-inches tall

Fast Fold

WHY WE LOVE IT

This Dutch-designed travel crib is a cinch to fold and store - perfect for quick getaways (think: running late at checkout time). The SENA also has a bassinet attachment for smaller babies. It just brings the sleeping pad closer to the top of the travel crib rather than near the base.

KEEP IN MIND

This travel crib is heavy and not ideal if you plan on racking up frequent flyer miles.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The crib is easy to use. It has worked for us when we’ve needed it for travel and use at the grandparents’ house.” - Cristina

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Weight: 25 lbs.

Care: Spot clean with damp cloth

Measurements: 29.5” L x 41.3” W x 30.7” H

Recommended Use: Ages 0-3

Easy Peasy

WHY WE LOVE IT

It doesn’t get any easier than this: Push the center of this playard and it falls open and into place. Pull the center loop and it folds up. Basically, 4Moms Breeze just one-upped the SENA. It’s sturdy and roomy too, with a removable bassinet level for the sleeping pad to sit higher in the crib.

KEEP IN MIND

Like the SENA, the Breeze is heavier for a travel crib.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“Compared to my friends who have other popular brands that include changing tables and a bunch of ‘extras’ the 4Moms Breeze only took seconds to set-up. So we were ready to go while they were still trying to figure theirs out.” - Mary Ashley

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Weight: 24 lbs.

Care: Spot clean with damp cloth

Measurements: 46” L x 32.5” W x 29” H

Recommended Use: Bassinet: For babies up to 18 pounds, or until the child can push up onto hands and knees. Playard: For children up to 30 lbs.


Choosing What’s Right for You

As you review your travel crib options be sure to consider weight (especially for air travel) and roominess (do you have a future pro athlete?). Also, do you need to be able to crawl inside with your little one to nurse or cuddle her asleep?

If your child feels at home in a travel crib - anywhere you go - the payoff is usually a better-rested child. And that my friends, is priceless.

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