Baby ISO is about a year and seven months now, so we've tried our fair share of travel cribs and cots. Some we've loved, some we haven't. So, I thought I'd share a review of our tried and tested cribs to let you know what is truly worth the money--because the less you spend on baby stuff the more you can save for travel!
Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround XL Infant Sleeper
The Snuggle Nest Surround XL Infant Sleeper* is a safe, separate option for parents who want to co-sleep either at home, while traveling, or both. This co-sleeper is also very small and folds in half, allowing it to fit in luggage easily.
This was our at home and travel sleeper for when Baby ISO was born until he was about 3 months old. I absolutely LOVED this sleeper since it is small, yet comfortable, fit right in our king sized bed, and made it easy to get up approximately 1.5 million times each night (oh newborn life). The nest comes with a light and music making add-on, that in my opinion isn't necessary, but we just popped it out and left it out.
Other than using this every day for about 3 months at home, we used this for our trip to Klaipeda and Nida. I loved that when traveling, you could put stuff in this to save even more space.
Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages
The Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages* converts from a bassinet to an infant crib and finally a toddler crib. It packs up into a convenient bag and weighs approximately 20 pounds.
Honestly, I did not like this crib at all. The sales information says that it is light and easy to move from room to room, but 20 pounds distributed rather awkwardly is not that easy to move around, especially when also carrying a baby. Set-up is pretty complicated, as is putting this crib away. Despite the website saying this is great for toddlers up until 3 years old, Baby ISO grew out of this crib by 11 months (his head was smashed against one side with his feet up against the other). The mattress of this is also pretty hard, which seemed to make Baby ISO uncomfortable.
We used this crib when staying with family in Connecticut, and on our road trip to Cape May, New Jersey and Richmond, Virginia.
Final verdict: Save your money.
Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light
The most expensive of the bunch, at around 200 USD, the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light* has breathable mesh sides that are removable and washable (so necessary) and only weighs 13 pounds (though I'm surprised reading that it is 13 pounds because it feels much lighter).
I LOVE this crib and can't rave enough about it. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light* is really easy to set-up and put away (see my vlog below!) and feels very light weight. The mattress is soft and Baby ISO sleeps comfortably in it, which is so important!
We've traveled with this crib in the US (thanks, Mom for the awesome Christmas gift!), Riga, Parnu, Bari, and have several more trips planned for it. We also plan to use the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light as the main bed for Baby ISO while we are moving. The crib has flown well and we've not had a problem with it being damaged with checked bags, although we do wrap it in a heavy-duty trash bag just in case.
Final verdict: I 100% recommend the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light* as the best travel crib we've tried.
Hauck Dream and Play / Pack n' Play
Ok, ok, we don't own the Hauck Dream and Play crib, but this is what we've used at pretty much every hotel we've stayed in. The Hauck Dream and Play is very similar to, if not the same as the Pack 'n Play*. The website says that the Hauck Dream and Play is appropriate for children from birth until 33 pounds, it is wipeable (not washable), and weighs about 17.5 pounds. Do note that the Hauck Dream and Play is equally as expensive as the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light.
Baby ISO has slept in the Hauck Dream and Play crib in approximately four hotels. The mattress isn't nearly as soft as the Baby Bjorn, but Baby ISO does sleep well in it. The set-up, however, is really complicated and requires snapping the two longer sides of the crib together at the same time. It is really finicky and always takes us several tries to set it up.
Final verdict: Don't bother. Buy the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light* instead.
|One of the several "Pack and Play" versions we've tried|
What travel crib do you use? Which would you suggest? Our friends use a tent-like crib, which also seems easy to travel with, but I know that wouldn't work for our kid.
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