The Best Portable Cribs for Traveling With Your Infant or Toddler
Whether you are heading for a long, multi-city adventure or are simply spending a weekend away, traveling with a child requires a lot of preparation. If we had to sum it up, we’d say that it all comes down to this: creating the same safe environment your bundle of joy has at home in a hotel room or a rental property that you’ve never seen before. Yes, that can be a daunting task.
Not only do you have to pack all of your baby’s essentials but you also have to make sure your little one has a comfortable place to sleep and play, and that means carrying a crib — or if you have a newborn, a bassinet — not to mention that if you have a baby and a toddler, you need both!
Size, of course, is key here, especially if you’re traveling by plane or train. You’ll want something that’s relatively easy to set up and when folded can be carried in its own bag (bonus points if the bag can fit in an overhead compartment). Sturdiness and quality are also important since your little one’s safety is at stake.
To help you get started, we rounded up the best and most highly rated travel portable cribs that parents (and their kids) can’t get enough of.
Guava Lotus Travel Crib
Compact and easy to carry, this travel crib is also fast to set up and weighs only 13 pounds. Its four sides are made from breathable mesh. Your little one will sleep on a thick insulated foam mattress pad that comes with a waterproof cover.
To buy: amazon.com, $209
Brica Fold N' Go Travel Bassinet
One quick scroll through the reviews will show you that new parents absolutely love this portable bassinet. You can set it up in seconds and it weighs less than three pounds. It sports mesh sides and a water-resistant mattress pad.
To buy: amazon.com, $35
Babybjorn Light Travel Crib
At 13 pounds, this portable travel crib is one the most lightweight options on the market right now. Simply unfold it, place the mattress in it, and your baby has a safe and comfortable place to nap.
To buy: amazon.com, $299
Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages
This travel crib has parents raving in Amazon's review section. The best thing about it is that it will grow with your baby thanks to its height-adjustable bassinet. It also features wheels, mesh sides, and a canopy with toys.
To buy: amazon.com, $95
phil&teds Traveller Crib
This crib weighs only six pounds and it comes in a super compact bag that you can stow in most overhead compartments. The sides are made from mesh with easy to open and close zippers for quick access to baby.
To buy: amazon.com, $131
Nuna Sena Aire Mini Travel Crib
When baby is cranky and sleepy, you need a crib that you can set up fast. You can unfold the Nuna Sena Aire Mini with one hand and your little one will be in it, blissfully napping, in no time. The sturdy construction includes all-mesh sides, a ventilated mattress that’s machine-washable, and an easy-to-attach bassinet.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $200
4moms Breeze Classic Portable Playard With Removable Bassinet
Setting up and closing this portable crib is a breeze thanks to its smart design. If you are a new parent, simply attach the bassinet to the top. Some parents also use it as a convenient place to change their little one’s diapers on the go. The sides are made from sturdy mesh and the crib comes with a comfy mattress.
To buy: amazon.com, $250
Fisher-Price On-the-Go Baby Dome
This may seem too bulky to be a good travel option, but it’s actually not. When folded flat, this fun dome weighs less than seven pounds and you can easily carry it around thanks to a pair of handles. It features a soft pad and a canopy that will protect your little one from bugs. It’s suitable for babies who weigh up to 20 pounds.
To buy: amazon.com, $55
KidCo Peapod Plus Travel Bed
At just four pounds, this foldable travel bed is so lightweight and compact that you can pack it in a suitcase. It’s made from durable mesh and UV-rated fabric so it’s perfect for a trip to the beach or baby’s first camping adventure.
To buy: amazon.com, $95
Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet
Easy to assemble, this bassinet is a great travel option for new parents. It comes with a machine-washable padded mattress and a storage pocket for your baby’s essentials and toys. The bassinet can accommodate babies from birth until they weigh up to 20 pounds.
To buy: bedbathandbeyond.com, $100
2in1 Rock&Stay Bassinet One-Second Fold Travel Crib
This portable bassinet weighs less than 20 pounds and folds into a compact carry bag. The best thing about it is that it has a rock mode that will soothe baby to sleep so you don’t have to. The mesh construction will make sure your baby can see you at all times, and vice versa.
To buy: amazon.com, $83
Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Harmony Baby Bed
If you practice co-sleeping, this compact foldable baby bed will provide a safe and comfortable place for your baby to nap. The integrated sound and light unit will calm your little one in no time. When you’re not using it, this bed folds into a carry bag the size of a regular tote.
To buy: amazon.com, $55
Joovy New Room2 Portable Playard
This roomy crib that measures an impressive 10 square feet is perfect for twins to sleep in and play. It has large mesh sides, a soft padded mattress, and two wheels that will help you move it around.
To buy: amazon.com, $150
ElanBambino Travel Crib
At 12 pounds, this portable playard is the perfect lightweight, travel-friendly solution for families on the go. The crib has a sturdy metal frame and mesh sides with a zippered “front door.” We also love that it comes with a removable insect net and a canopy to shield baby from the sun.
To buy: amazon.com, $130