Baby’s Safe Sleep Zone: Finding the Best Travel Crib for Your Baby

 Best Travel CribParents do leave home while they have a young infant and a toddler. In the case where parents will be traveling quite a bit, a travel baby crib may be the best option to purchase. It can be tough to determine which is the best travel crib for your family, but certain travel crib reviews and considerations of the various features can make a difference in figuring out the best option for your budget and needs during travel.

Types of Travel Crib:

  • Full Feature Crib – There are some cribs that include a bassinet feature, a toy bar to entertain the baby and even storage compartments to hold necessities close to the crib. This can be important to those who are using this crib regularly and prefer all the amenities of home.
  • Basic/Minimalist Crib – This type mainly is a location for an infant to sleep in and does not include the features that a less portable variety will offer. This is good for those who are more focused on lightweight and easy to transport and are less concerned with the additional storage or a toy bar to distract a baby while he or she is awake.

What are advantages of Travel Crib?

  • Lighter construction makes it easy to carry
  • Smaller fold allows for storage in smaller areas
  • Product allows parent to set up easily
  • Safe place for baby to sleep no matter where you are

What to Look for When Choosing a best Travel Crib?

  • Material – the best portable crib will have material that is comfortable for the infant while sleeping and also does not contain harmful chemicals like flame retardants.
  • Washability – the traveling crib should have materials that are easy to wash in the case of accidents and spit up. Travel crib reviews sometimes discuss the impact of the first wash on the mattresses and other materials that can be washed easily.
  • Safety Considerations – Different reviews will look at the safety of the playard and if it can be used for infants and toddlers of various ages. This is important when you know how long you will need the product.
  • Portability – A lighter product means it is easy to carry while traveling. This can be important if you have to take everything, including the baby, in one trip.
  • Ease of Use – It is important to see how others feel about setting up the travel crib, as well as how easy it is to take down and transport.
  • Age Range – Knowing what age your infant and/or toddler will be while using this product is important. Some offer sleeping surfaces that can not be used when the baby is rolling over or sitting up. Others can be used from birth until the toddler can crawl out on his or her own.
  • Comfort – Infants and toddlers need to sleep restfully, and this means being in a comfortable location. The product must be portable while providing comfortable sleeping area for the baby and comfort for the parent to know the baby is safe.

Our top choices for the Best Travel Crib

1. Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard, Aspery

This product is gender-neutral colors and offers a great and secure sleeping area for older babies and toddlers. The product is moderately priced and also offers an easy to fold product that is only slightly heavier than other portable products.

The playard has mesh sides to allow air to flow to the baby and also allows a better view while the infant sleeps. The product also has a carry bag to help make it easier to manage during transportation.

Things we like
  • Reasonably priced
  • Made of sturdy materials
  • Has a comfortable mattress that fits into the bottom, making it difficult for the baby to get out of the playard  until they are older and climbing.
  • Folds with the push of a button and has folding wheels and feet.
Things we didn't like
  • does not have a bassinet portion, which can be inconvenient for parents with newborns
  • is heavier than most travel playards, weighing in at 20 pounds.

2. Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard:

 

The playard is 13 pounds and sets up in approximately 15 seconds, which is a great feature for parents who need a place to lay the baby down for a nap immediately. It also is attractive to look at and does not use flame retardant materials. The legs come down at angles and give it a different appeal, for parents who want a product that works better than traditional ones and looks better as well.

One great feature offered by this playard that is not available in others on this list is the zip-out sides. The mesh sides make it easy to watch the baby. The fact that it zips down allows easier transitions for sleeping infants and also allows the toddler to get in and out when the parents want him or her to do so. This playard also zips up to fit into a backpack for transport. This is great for parents who have to carry baby and playard at the same time.

Things we like
  • Very light and fits into a backpack when folded
  • Has zip out sides
  • Has a great look for parents wanting trendy equipment
Things we didn't like
  • Zippers provide a weakness that may give out sooner than the rest of the materials of the playard

3. BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light, Silver:

This travel crib comes in at the higher end of the budget. However, it comes with net sides that make it easy to see the baby while sleeping, a soft and firm mattress that provide comfort for the infant and machine washable fabric that means it is easy to clean when accidents happen.

This travel crib also has loops to hold the mattress securely in place and a very light construction that makes it easy to set up, take down and transport.

Things we like
  • Size of this travel crib is perfect for a child from 12 months and younger.
  • Light weight, at 11 pounds, makes this travel crib a perfect size to transport with little hassle
  • Coloring is gender-neutral.
Things we didn't like
  • Does not have a bassinet feature that provides a higher level
  • High price

4. Graco Pack ‘n Play On The Go Playard, Go Green:

This pack ‘n play is reasonably priced and comes with realistic features that any parent can love, like a toy bar to entertain the baby and a bassinet that folds with the pack ‘n play and does not need to be removed and dealt with separately.

The pack ‘n play has wheels and folds up smaller than most average pack ‘n plays.

The bassinet feature can be removed when desired, allowing the pack ‘n play to be used as baby grows. It also has a signature Graco fold with the push of a button, making it easy for parents, grandparents and babysitters alike.

 

Things we like
  • Green color is gender-neutral, allowing it to be ideal for parents who aren’t sure what gender their baby will be, as well as for those parents who hope to use equipment for more than one child.
  • Mesh sides that allow great air flow
  • Storage pocket that provides a place to keep necessities
  • Setup is simple
  • Product is great for newborns and older infants, and it works for up to toddler size when the bassinet is removed.
Things we didn't like
  • Strong chemical odor upon arrival
  • Mattress pad that is less than comfortable
  • Heavier than comparable products, at 23 pounds

5.  Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard

This 15-lb play yard is standard sized and easy to fold. There are no loose pieces, but there is an inclined sleeper that is removable and has head support and the convenience of being machine washable. It is easy to assemble and can be opened with one-hand. The light weight allows it to be carried easily while traveling.

This play yard includes several accessories, like an easy-to-clean changing pad, a travel changing clutch and a built-in wipes container.

Things we like
  • Very portable. It can be used in different rooms of the house easily,
  • Easy-to when it gets dirty.
  • Inclined sleep area is great for babies with reflux
  • Comes in gender-neutral colors
  • Reasonably priced
  • Easy for grandparents and babysitters to use and store away when it is not needed.
Things we didn't like
  • Mat touches the ground, which may not be ideal in colder climates.
  • Inclined sleep surface does not work well for the baby once he or she can roll over and sit up

 Conclusion

There are certain factors, like whether the baby prefers sleeping at an incline and what age the baby is currently and how long the product will be useful. Once you determine the top priorities regarding the product, then you can narrow down your choices and decide on the best fit for your family.

Certain companies focus on making the product useful for a longer period of time, while others provide necessary features for an infant and are not as useful once the infant begins to grow into toddlerhood.

These differences make the choice of playard easy when you determine what is more important to you. Making the right purchase becomes a simple matter and you can be happy with your choice.

Image credits: Amazon.com

 

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