Looking to hit the road with baby this summer? Or venture out on your first international vacation?
Among the (many) travel-friendly items you'll need to consider, none is more important than a safe, comfortable place for baby to sleep... because the last thing you want to do is mess with baby's sleep, am I right? But you also don't need another bulky piece of baby gear to lug around, either. So what's a mom to do?
Look no further than right here, mamas. We've researched the ins and outs of traveling with baby and found the five best travel cribs perfect for your next family adventure. All our picks are safe, compact, and, most of all, easy to transport.
So pack your bags, mamas—here are the top travel cribs you won't want to leave home without.
1. The lightest
If you're going to be a family who's always on the go and you're looking to splurge on one travel-friendly baby item, make it the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light.
Weighing in at only 13 pounds, this travel crib is the lightest on our list. It's compact enough to easily carry with one hand or even pack in a suitcase, making it perfect for just about any type of family adventure. And setup is super easy; once you get the hang of it, it takes about a minute until it's ready to go.
Comfort-wise, the BabyBjorn scores big points. The mattress is much comfier than most other travel cribs on the market that we've tried, and the mesh sides allow for great airflow so you won't have to worry about your little one pressing her head up against the sides. The BabyBjorn works for kiddos up to 35 pounds so it's truly worth the investment.
2. The easiest setup
There may be a lot of complicated things to figure out during your motherhood journey, but this travel sure crib isn't one of them.
With one simple push, the 4moms Breeze Go is ready to, well... go. Seriously, mamas—it's that easy. (Closing it is just as simple, with a pull instead of a push.) It's also one of the larger cribs on our list, and is suitable for babes up to 30 pounds, making it the perfect choice for a family who's looking to get a lot of mileage out of their travel crib.
At 20 pounds, the Breeze is on the heavier side, so it may not be ideal if you're planning a lot of air travel where you may be carrying or loading + unloading it quite a bit. But what it lacks in weight it by far makes up for in portability. It's so easy to open, close, and wheel around that it can also double as a portable playard for an on-the-move mama who needs a safe place for baby throughout the house.
3. The roomiest
Looking for a lightweight, portable crib that's also super roomy? Look no further than the Lotus.
Described as an 'everywhere' crib, the Lotus boasts a setup time of 15 seconds (🙌🏾), fits in a carry-on, and folds down into a bag with convertible backpack straps for extra-easy transport. Featuring a 42" x 24" mattress, it's the largest crib on our list, leaving plenty of room for your little one to grow. It's also completely breathable, allowing for great airflow and an unobstructed view of your babe.
The most fun feature? A side door, which can be zipped open and closed—only by you, of course!—turning the Lotus into a fun play space that your little one will love going in and out of on her own. Adorable!
4. The most budget-friendly
Pack 'n Plays have long been known as a great option for baby travel, and the Jetsetter is no exception, combining a budget-friendly price point with lightweight portability.
Although not quite as simple as some of the other travel cribs on our list, the Jetsetter is still quite easy to set up and break down, making it a great choice for a family on the go. It folds into a compact backpack for easy portability and weighs in at right around 20 pounds.
And despite the affordable price point, it's packed with some amazing features. The domed canopy is genius—it shields your little one from bright lights, eliminating the need for worrying over the lack of blackout shades while you're traveling. The Jetsetter also comes with a cozy nest bassinet (complete with a built-in vibration feature), a portable changing pad, and extra-comfy fabrics + mesh.
5. The space saver
If you're going to be visiting places that are tight on space but still need a safe, comfortable place for baby, the Nuna Sena Mini Aire is the travel crib of your dreams.
Urban-friendly innovation is the name of the game here. Not only is this crib perfectly sized to be easily tucked away in small spaces, but it's also made with an advanced air design that allows airflow from every angle—even through the ventilated cooling mattress. The mattress can be placed in a higher bassinet position for infants, then moved to a lower position as baby grows. (It's the only travel crib with a bassinet that folds with the frame.) And speaking of folds, that's super easy, too. The Mini features a one-handed fold and everything packs neatly away into a travel bag. The Mini is the perfect travel crib
The Mini can truly do triple duty; it's great as a travel crib, an infant bassinet for room sharing, and as a playard. Multitasking FTW!
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