5 best travel baby cribs, infant bassinets and toddlers beds

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best travel bassinets and portbable baby cribs

Planning a trip with an infant, baby, or toddler can be tricky.  One of the most important considerations is figuring out how your child is going to sleep best. While sometimes your chosen accommodation will have a proper crib, many times it will not, or will offer something less ideal such as a playpen. For these situations, you may want to consider bringing your own portable travel baby cot, crib or toddler bed.  After many trips, and much trial and error with my own children, here are my recommendations for the best travel baby bassinets, cribs and toddler beds.

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1.the brica fold n’ go travel bassinet – suitable from birth to 15 lbs

Brica Portable Baby Crib Travel

The Fold N’ Go by Brica is my current favorite.  I recently saw a gentleman with this slung over his shoulder in an airport.  He looked so cool, that I actually mistook the folded bassinet for a hip sports jacket bag. Lightweight and compact, it is a great option for a first trip with an infant or baby.

I would also like to comment on the fact that this is one of the few travel cribs that is infant rated.  For a bassinet to be considered safe for an infant, there is quite a laundry list of safety considerations, including the fact that it needs to have good ventilation, a firm mattress, and a tightly fitted bottom sheet. The concern with infants is that they need to always be able to have adequate breathing space since they are unable to roll themselves over or away from a wall or  fabric.

features:

  • updated design with mesh panels, breathable fabric, and a locking frame provides both comfort and peace of mind
  • four-point Safe-T-Lock™ System for safety and security
  • double locking tubular steel frame is strong and durable
  • firm mattress and fitted sheet (included) help provide a safe sleeping environment to reduce the risk of SIDS (as recommended in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ A Parent’s Guide to Safe Sleep)
  • mattress is removable and sheet is machine washable for easy cleaning
  • lightweight design and carry handle
  • designed to bassinet safety standards

specifications:

  • product weight: 2.45 lbs (1.1kg)
  • product dimensions when open:30″ x 18.5″ x 10″ (76cm x 47cm x 25cm)
  • product dimensions when stored:22.5″ x 17.5″ x 3.2″ (57cm x 44cm x 8cm)
  • suitability: up to 15lbs (6.8 kg)

reviews:

  • 4 / 5 stars by reviewers on amazon.com

where to buy: 

brica fold n go travel bassinet    buy in the u.s.a. from $31.99 on amazon.com (free shipping)

 

2. phil & ted’s nest travel bassinet – suitable from 5 to 20 lbs

Safe, multi-functional and lightweight, the Nest is another problem solver for parents – a portable bed and travel bag for babies. It can be taken on board a plane or train as part of your hand luggage (it’s only 5.5 lbs!) It can also store all the essentials for your infant or baby in one place. Travelling with young babies made easier from one destination to the other!

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features:

  • cotton 35%/polyester 65%
  • award winner (JPMA innovation award, TheBump.com Best of Baby)
  • main compartment has a roomy gear bag
  • Bed: pop up/pack flat bassinet
  • Contoured and vented base with super comfortable firm mattress
  • breathable mesh top cover protects against sun and insects
  • fitted sheet sold separately

specifications:

  • product weight: 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
  • product dimensions when stored: 32″ x 17.5″ x 3.2″
  • suitability: from 5 – 20 lbs (2.5 – 9 kg)

reviews:

  • 4.5 / 5 stars by reviewers on amazon.com

where to buy: 

brica fold n go travel bassinet    buy in the u.s.a. from $83.99 on amazon.com (free shipping)

 

3. The Lotus Travel Crib and Play Yard – suitable from birth – 3 years

Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family

If you are looking for something with more construction to it,  or for something that will last until your child is a toddler, the Lotus Crib by Guava family is a very popular choice. In fact, people simply love this travel crib (rarely do I see so many 5 star reviews ! ).  My two favorite things about this crib are the 15 second set up (watch the video), and the clever mesh side door access so that you can slide a sleeping baby into it, rather than breaking your back trying to put them down carefully.

features:

  • 15 second set-up
  • fits as a carry-on
  • breathable mesh allows for full airflow and an unobstructed view of the child, even when the side is zipped up
  • no flame retardants,PVC, phthalates, or lead
  • 16 CFR 1221 + ASTM F406-13A certified
  • fun side door makes it much more than a crib…it’s a perfect, fun, comfortable play area for your little one.
  • machine washable cover
  • can be carried as a backpack

specifications:

  • product dimensions when open : 42″L x 24″Wx 25″H. (106cm x 61cm x 63cm)
  • product dimensions when stored: 24″ x 7″ x 11″ (61cm x 18cm x 28cm)
  • product weight: 11lbs (5kg)
  • suitability: appropriate from birth – 3 years

reviews:

  • 5 / 5 stars by reviewers on amazon.com

where to buy: 

buy lotus travel crib on amazon    buy in the u.s.a. from $198 on amazon.com (free shipping)

buy the lotus travel crib in canada        buy in canada from $325 on amazon.ca

 

4. the kidco peapod plus – from 1 – 5 years

Kidco Peapod Plus

I bought this for my daughter when she was about 2 years old.  Initially she wasn’t interested in sleeping in it, but from about 3 years on, she would have slept in it every night if I let her. It is very light and compact, making it easy to bring along on trips or for sleepovers at Grandma’s house. I also found it useful in situations where my children were not sleeping well together on a pull out sofa (a common family accommodation setup in hotels).  Although my daughter has now outgrown it, she still loves to set it up and play in it.  With as much use as we got out of the product, I think it provided great value.

features:

  • self-contained Micro-Lite sleeping pad
  • sleeping pad easily removes for cleaning
  • UV protection from the sun
  • great for the beach or for sleepovers
  • comes fully assembled with sleeping pad attached to outside bottom of PeaPod
  • adjustable sun screens; inner mesh zipper panel; anchoring straps

 

specifications:

  • weight: 3.65 lbs (1.65kg)
  • dimensions when open: 52.5″L x 34″W x 25″H (133cm x 87cm x 64cm)
  • dimensions when stored: 19″L x 3.5″W x 19″H (48cm x 9cm x 48cm)
  • suitability: designed for children 1 – 5 years of age (not suitable for an infant)

reviews:

  • 4.5 / 5 stars by reviewers on amazon.com

where to buy: 

buy peapod plus on amazon    buy in the u.s.a. from $99.99 on amazon.com (free shipping)

buy the kidco peapod plus in canada        buy in canada from $159.99 on amazon.ca

 

5. the shrunks inflatable toddler bed for travel – for children 30 – 100 lbs

The Shrunks Inflatable Toddler Bed

The Shunks Inflatable Toddler Bed is a great solutions for sleepovers.  Setup is a cinch with the included electric pump.  It even comes in its own handy carry bag !

features:

  • signature sheet-tuck feature – fits all standard crib-sized sheets
  • security rails helps prevent your child from falling off
  • inflates quickly in 30 seconds
  • includes a convenient carrying bag, repair kit and the compact yet powerful Jetaire electric pump
  • phthalate-safe, bpa-safe and lead-safe

specifications:

  • suitability: for children 2 – 6 years
  • product dimensions inflated:60″ x 37″ x 9″ (152cm x 94cm x 23cm)
  • product dimensions stored: 16″ x 7′ x 7″ (40cm x 18cm x 18cm)
  • product weight:8.5 lbs, 3.8 kg

reviews:

  • 4.5 / 5 stars by reviewers on amazon.com

where to buy: 

buy shrunks toddler sleeover bed on amazon    buy in the u.s.a. from $69.99 on amazon.com (free shipping)

buy the kidco peapod plus in canada        buy in canada from $89.99 on amazon.ca

 

Please note:  If you do not want to buy a bassinet or crib for travel, you could also rent one.  Please see our North American baby gear rental directory.

 

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