Best Portable Cribs for Travel

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:

Best Portable Cribs
Feeling ADHD? Read no more! This one’s the best.

1.  Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

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.

Best portable cribs
The Rolls Royce of travel cribs.

2.  phil&ted’s Traveller Crib

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.

Best portable cribs
Not the lightest, but very sturdy.

3. BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light 2

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.

4.  KidCo PeaPod Portable Self-Inflating Travel Bed

Best portable cribs
Ultralight, but not good for escape artists.

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.



  1. Elissa Plastino says

    I’ve used the PeaPod with both my kids (almost 2 and 4) and it is the best! We’ve taken it on road trips, camping, or just when we go visit friends on a Saturday night so the little one can go to bed at her regular hour. Both kids love sleeping in it so nap/bed time is never a fight when we’re not at home!

  2. AJR says

    We have the Baby Bjorn travel crib and we love it! It packs up into the size of a large briefcase and you can easily check it as is. Our baby is a 1 year old (but he is quite big) and sleeps comfortably in it. It is very easy to set up and break down and there are no small pieces to lose (just the crib, mattress, sheet, and bag). It’s easy to move around the house and throw into the car. I highly recommend it.

  3. says

    Great post! I have been looking for something to use when we go on camping or during road trips. I think I like the KidCo PeaPod Portable Self-Inflating Travel Bed. The reason is that it’s quite easy to clean and I think it’s easy to carry too. I am always looking forward for your post.

  4. Christine Roeske says

    Love, love, love the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib. Our 26 month old still fits into it nicely and its so easy to setup/breakdown. Takes up less floor space that the Phil & Teds (at least it appears that way when they’re side by side).

  5. Aura says

    We have the Bjorn Travel Crib Lite and the Kidco Peapod and like them both. The Bjorn we LOVE and use it as an extra crib for the baby in the MBR, it’s so comfy even my 7 year old likes to lay in it (although it is a bit smaller than the pack n play, my 2 year olds just fit in it). My totally unhandy husband is able to easily fold and open it, as can my 7 year old and it folds so small and compactly, it’s a pleasure to take on trips. The Peapod is the lightest my 7 year old likes using it on trips although we bought it for one of my 2 year olds as a travel crib tent. However, the zipper is easily opened from inside so it didnt last long and since we used it on carpet without anchoring it to the ground, when my son try to climb out without unzipping it, he turned the whole thing over. Otherwise its a fun kids size sleeping bag tend that I wish I could use with a sheet.

  6. says

    Thank you for this, I will definitely do more investigating on which crib is best for our travels based on your suggestions. I’ve just found this page, but are there any new suggestions out in the market today?

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