Looking for the best portable cribs for travel? Here are a few you won’t mind lugging around.
The best portable cribs? I know what you’re thinking: “With all the other baby travel gear I have to carry, now you’re telling me a I need a portable crib too? No way!” I don’t blame you.
In light of this necessary evil, we say look beyond the baby registry staple of the Graco Pack ‘n Play. Serious travelers will appreciate that the best portable cribs are a little less bulky. Here are four of our favorite travel cribs:
Any discussion of the best portable cribs these days can begin and end with the Lotus. You can set it up in 15 seconds. You can fold it up and carry it on airplanes as a backpack. It’s got a fun little side door that makes it so much more than a place to sleep.
It’s not just for travel either — unlike most travel cribs, you’ll find yourself using it everywhere and all the time.
Phil and Ted’s has created the creme de la creme of lightweight travel cribs. At a little over 6 pounds, this travel crib is light! You can even fit the travel case in a suitcase if you need to (assuming you have a big suitcase, and let’s face it, you probably do).
Managing to squeeze all the parts into the accompanying duffel can sometimes require a little extra patience, but for a travel crib, it’s easy to set up and very, very comfy.
At 11 pounds, the Baby Bjorn is heavier than some of our other favorite travel cribs. But it’s also sturdy and easy to assemble. Also, once you’re toting a bunch of baby gear, 5 extra pounds doesn’t usually matter all that much.
Because of its shape, this is a good choice for toddlers. The shape also gives your kid to stretch out in, which works equally well for diagonal sleepers or a little play time. Or in case you want to take a shower or something. Not that you need to.
Only 5 lbs. and very portable, the KidCo Portable travel crib is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts–throw it up in Aunt Betty’s living room or out camping at the Grand Canyon. This travel crib works well either way.
Another plus is that it’s quite easy to clean—a total win in case Grandma, say, gives your toddler a little too much popcorn, candy, and ice cream one night.
Did we miss any great travel cribs? Tell us your favorite on-the-go sleeping solution in the comments.