The Best Travel Cribs, According to Experts

The BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is our top pick.

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As a mother of two under 4, I have come to appreciate products that encourage sleep. We travel often, and new environments can present new challenges. Without our regular setup on hand, we’re left with two options: travel with portable cribs or book hotels that provide them. But not all hotels can guarantee that something suitable will be available, and if you’re staying at an Airbnb or being hosted by friends or family, you’ll usually need to arrive fully equipped. 

So, what should you look for in a travel crib? Safety is, of course, the most crucial consideration. Other big factors are comfort and portability. And then there are models with useful features, like inbuilt changing stations and zip doors for accessibility. Overall, our favorite is the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light, which is functional, lightweight, and has a simple yet sophisticated design. But there are many options tailored to different types of trips, whether it’s a long-term stay or a more adventurous journey where you’ll be taking multiple modes of transport. 

We spoke with pediatricians, baby sleep experts, and leading children’s websites to get their perspectives on the best travel cribs and narrowed it down to the top 10.

Here are our top picks for travel cribs:

Best Overall: BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light

4.8
BabyBjorn® Travel Crib Light

Amazon

Why We Love it: It comes with a padded mattress and is easy to assemble. 

What to Consider: It comes at a higher price point.

Ergonomic gear for babies on the move is what BabyBjorn does best, and at 13 pounds, this is one of the lightest travel cribs on the market (most are about double the weight). “It's super simple to open and close and is perfect for newborns to 3 [years old]....” says Sylvana Ward Durrett, co-founder of the fashionable children’s e-tailer, Maisonette. It supports babies of all sizes and has been designed with safety and comfort in mind. The airy design allows for parents to see in and for babies to look out, and the fabrics meet the requirements of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, meaning it’s safe for skin and there’s no need to wash before use. Other highlights? It comes with a padded mattress and is easy to assemble. A carry bag is also included, making it easy to transport. What to Expect’s Products & Reviews editor, Haley Jena, rates it for its portability. “It won't take up much room in the trunk and could easily be checked at the airport — some parents have even had luck carrying it on the plane with them!” she says. Plus, the design is simple and stylish. 

Dimensions: 32 x 44 x 24 inches | Packed dimensions: 19 x 23.5 x 5.5 inches | Weight: 13 pounds (including carry bag)

Best for Multitasking: 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard

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4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard

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Why We Love it: It’s basically a portable nursery with a bassinet, playard, and changing station all in one.

What to Consider: At 28.5 pounds, it is heavier than other options.

According to Babylist, the Breeze Plus is the most registered travel crib on the site. Parents love how it consolidates most of your baby’s care (beyond feeding and bathing) into one place, with an inbuilt bassinet, a playard, and changing station that can be flipped up for diaper and outfit changes. It’s basically a portable nursery, and with a simple one-push open, one-pull close functionality, there is no need to reference any how-to videos. An interesting note: 4moms has recently partnered with Kimpton Hotels to offer the Breeze Plus to guests.

Dimensions: 43 x 30 x 29 inches | Packed dimensions: Not listed | Weight: 28.5 pounds with bassinet and changer, 23 pounds without.

Best for a Long-term Stay: Stokke Sleepi Mini

Stokke Sleepi Mini

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Why We Love it: It has wheels, so you can easily roll it between rooms. 

What to Consider: It’s more of a traditional crib that is appropriate for a summer house or a longer-term stay.

“The Stokke Sleepi Mini Crib is recommended if you're traveling in a long-term rental situation, like a summer house,” says Dr. Aubrie De Bear, Doctor of Clinical & Forensic Psychology and a baby sleep expert. “It is an actual crib, but easier to assemble than most standard cribs, and it fits well in smaller spaces.” De Bear also praised the Sleepi’s aesthetics and adaptability. “It looks beautiful and has the option to transition into a larger crib and bed as your child grows – it’s good for up to 10 years old!” The Sleepi is the perfect crib to keep at the grandparents’ house, given it blends in with regular furniture and it has a height adjustable mattress that makes lifting children in and out easier. The lockable wheels also make it easy to move between rooms without any heavy lifting, although, at 15.5 pounds it’s on the lighter side anyway. 

Dimensions: 82 x 67 x 87 inches | Packed dimensions: 32.3 x 26.4 x 34.3 inches | Weight: 15.5 pounds

Most Sophisticated: Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib

Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib

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Why We Love it: It’s stylish and is a bassinet, crib, and playard all in one.

What to Consider: It flares out slightly at the bottom.

Renowned as the Rolls Royce of strollers, Silver Cross recently released its first travel crib, and as you would expect, it’s sophisticated and functional. “Our team created the Slumber with practicality in mind,” Says David Abbott, Director of Marketing at Silver Cross. “Its clever design allows for it to grow with baby all the way through toddlerhood, while seamlessly blending into beautiful interiors.” The Slumber has three uses: bassinet, traditional travel crib, and playard with a zip-up door. It’s appropriate for newborns all the way up to 50 pounds, and it comes equipped with a foldable mattress and a waterproof travel bag with an adjustable strap. 

Dimensions: 44 x 31.5 x  26.4 inches | Packed dimensions: 35 x 13.4 x 6.7 inches | Weight: 15.4 pounds

Best for Optimizing Airflow: Nuna Sena Aire

Nuna Sena Aire

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Why We Love it: It’s designed to keep your baby cool. 

What to Consider: It’s heavier and more expensive than other options.

This travel crib served my family well during a stint in the Hamptons last summer. It was easy to pack into the car and simple to assemble, and our daughter was miraculously clocking in 10-hour stretches of sleep. If you’re heading to a hot destination (or if you’re unsure of how adequate the air conditioning will be), this is a good crib to consider, given it’s designed to optimize airflow with ventilated sides and a raised mesh mattress. Plus, it comes with a machine-washable mattress cover, skid-proof feet, and a fitted sheet. De Bear loves that “it's not too tall and has different height options, so it makes it easier to seamlessly transfer a sleeping baby.”

Dimensions: 29 x 30 x 41.3 inches | Packed dimensions: 31.5 x 11 x 13 inches | Weight: 22 pounds

Best Lightweight: Bugaboo Stardust Playard

4.5
Bugaboo Stardust Playard

Bugaboo

Why We Love it: You can fold it up without having to remove the mattress.

What to Consider: It only fits children up to 2 years old.

Bugaboo’s latest innovation blends modern aesthetics with functional features, providing a comfortable place for sleep and play. It’s one of the lighter options and is easy to assemble. It also comes with a zip-in bassinet, so you can easily lift your newborn in and out without having to bend over – ideal for nursing in the middle of the night. There are two different height options that are appropriate for both newborns and toddlers, and it has a comfortable padded mattress that folds up with the crib when you’re ready to hit the road.

Dimensions: 25 x 38.8 x 33.5 inches | Packed dimensions: 25.6 x 5.5 x 33.5 inches | Weight: 17.2 pounds

Best Budget: Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Playard

Graco Pack 'N Play On The Go Playard

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Why We Love it: It gets the job done at an amazing price.

What to Consider: Aesthetically, it’s not the most attractive option.

Of all the cribs that we’ve used at hotels, Graco’s Pack’n’Play is offered the most often. We used two of them for our baby and toddler while traveling through New England recently and found it worked well for both ages. It is indeed a no-frills option, with a childcare center look, but we liked the sturdy frame and the transparent mesh sides that allowed us to see in. It also includes a bassinet and has a mattress that can be lowered. Pack’n’Plays are offered at Disney Resorts and have the universal tick of approval from parents. “Our community raves about the Graco Pack’n’Play Portable Playard,” says Jena. Its biggest draw is the accessible price, clocking in at significantly less than most other options. 

Dimensions: 124 x 28.25 x 39.5 inches | Packed dimensions: Not listed | Weight: 21.43 pounds

Best for Portability: Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib

4.2
Lotus Travel Crib

Amazon

Why We Love it: It folds up into a backpack.

What to Consider: The mattress is not a standard size, so you need to purchase sheets that are specific to this model. Also, it does not include a bassinet option.

Wearing a crib as a backpack sounds unrealistic, but that’s what differentiates the Lotus Travel Crib. It folds into a compact backpack that’s comfortable to wear, and at 13 pounds, it’s one of the lightest options on the market. Babylist's Baby Products & Registry Expert, Karen Reardanz, says that it’s one of the site’s most purchased travel cribs, and De Bear rates it for its portability. “It packs up easily and can be brought onto a plane as a carry-on item,” says De Bear.  “It also folds and unfolds easily without any real assembly,” she adds. It features a side-zipper door for easy access, and it comes with a waterproof mattress. When you have your hands free to push strollers and suitcases through airports, you’ll be happy that you made the investment.

Dimensions: 45.5 x 31.5 x 25.5 inches | Packed dimensions: 24 x 12 x 8 inches | Weight: 13 pounds

Best for Fussy Babies: MiClassic Mesh 2-in-1 Stationary & Rock Bassinet

2in1 rocking Bassinet

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Why We Love it: Parents can rock babies to sleep with an easy switch.

What to Consider: It isn’t as sturdy as other options.

The MiClassic converts from a stationary crib into a rocking cradle with a simple switch. It’s ideal for babies who may need extra comforting when they’re out of their regular routine in unfamiliar environments. And at only 20 pounds, it’s a solid option for travel; it also folds into a compact bag and is easily assembled. Another highlight is its transparent mesh sides that allow you to see through to your baby without having to walk over. Plus, it has De Bear’s seal of approval, and it’s an affordable option. 

Dimensions: 37.4 x 23.8 x 11.02 inches | Packed dimensions: 22.8 x 6.7 x 20.7 inches | Weight: 20 pounds

Best for Naps on the Go: Joovy Gloo Childrens Indoor and Outdoor Travel Tent

Joovy Gloo

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Why We Love it: With UPF 50 sun protection, it’s perfect for naps at the beach.

What to Consider: It’s like a mini tent rather than a crib.

If you’re embarking on a day at the beach, this is an excellent product to ensure that children can nap safely. Parents can relax knowing that it offers UPF 50 sun protection and is bug proof with ultra-fine mesh that keeps mosquitoes out – just add a portable fan and your baby will be all set. There are two different sizes, one that is appropriate for babies from 6 months up to 3 years, and a larger one for children up to 5 years. And there is virtually no assembly required: You simply shake it out, and it’s up. It also has a self-inflating mattress, which toddlers find quite entertaining.  

Dimensions: 51.5 x 28 x 24.5 inches | Packed dimensions: 18 x 4.5 x 17 inches | Weight: 3.9 pounds

Tips for Buying a Travel Crib

Put safety first

Look for something that meets the current safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Travel cribs should provide a flat, firm environment without any extra things that could be potential hazards like fluffy blankets, toys, or fancy bumpers,” advises Dr. Angela Mattke, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. A firm base without a blanket doesn’t sound like the most comfortable setting, but many of the  travel cribs recommended come with cushioned mattresses; just add a sleep sack (like this one from Kyte Baby).

Consider the type of trip you’re taking

De Bear notes that different travel cribs are better suited for different types of trips. “Some can easily fold up enough to fit inside a piece of luggage or have carrying cases that make it easy to check on the airline, while some are bulkier and better suited for travel by car.” There are also various options that are better suited to holiday homes, or to keep at the grandparents’ house.

Know the important features

Safety and comfort are of course the must-haves. But to make a travel crib especially useful for travel, keep an eye out for some specifics. “Some features we recommend in a good travel crib or play yard include something that is lightweight, portable, easy to fold, includes a carry bag, multi-functional and easy to clean,” says Patty Wu, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Buy Buy Baby.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Can you use a travel crib as a regular crib?

    Yes, and we have done this with both children between apartments. If you’re using something that’s in good condition, there is no reason why you can’t.

  • What sheets fit a travel crib?

    The standard dimensions are around 42 x 24 inches, but it pays to check the dimensions of the crib you are purchasing to see if there are any add-on sheets specific to the model. Brands like Brooklinen, Gooselings, and Land of Bebe have some lovely crib sheets available in fun prints.

  • Will a travel crib fit in an overhead compartment?

    It all depends on the model that you get; if you go for the Lotus Travel Crib, then yes. But it’s also contingent on what the airline staff will allow – sometimes they will make you check it at the gate if it’s on the larger side.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

For this article, Amy Louise Bailey drew on her extensive experience in traveling with two children under four years old. She also spoke to several pediatricians, baby sleep experts, authors, and leading children’s websites for their recommendations.

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