These are the 5 best travel cribs for hitting the road with baby

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 play-yard. Multitasking FTW!


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But it can also feel a bit overwhelming to make sense of all the gear on the market. That's why we suggest mentally dividing your registry into two categories: items you need to prepare for your baby's arrival and items that sure would be nice to have.

Here at Motherly, our editors have dozens of kids and years of parenting experience among us, so we know our way around the essentials. We also know how mama-friendly the registry-building experience is with Target, especially thanks to their recently upgraded registry and introduction of Year of Benefits. Just by creating your baby registry with Target, you'll snag a kit with $120 in discounts and samples. The savings keep coming: You'll also get two 15% off coupons to buy unpurchased items from your registry for up to a year after your baby's expected arrival. Change your mind about anything? The Year of Benefits allows for returns or exchanges for a full year. And as of August 2020, those who also sign up for Target Circle when creating a baby registry will also get the retailer's Year of Exclusive Deals, which includes ongoing discounts on baby essentials for a full year.

Here are 10 items we agree deserve a spot in the "need" category on your registry, mama.

A crib to grow with your baby

Delta Children Farmhouse 6-in-1 Convertible Crib

First-time mamas are likely creating nursery spaces for the first time, and that can get expensive. Adding a quality crib to Target registry gives friends and family members the option to join forces to make a large purchase through group gifting.


A safe + convenient car seat

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat

The list of non-negotiable baby essentials is pretty short, but it definitely includes a car seat. In fact, most hospitals will not allow you to leave after delivery until a car seat check is performed. We recommend an infant seat, which can easily snap into a base in your car.


A traveling nursery station

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

It's hard to beat a good playard when it comes to longevity. This item can be baby's sleeping place when they're sharing a room with you for the first months. Down the line, it can function as a roving diaper change station. And when you travel, it makes a great safe space for your little one to sleep and play.


A swing for some backup help

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

A dependable swing can be a real lifesaver for new parents when they need their hands free (or just a minute to themselves). Because many babies are opinionated about these things, we appreciate that the mamaRoo has multiple modes of motion and soothing sounds.


An easy-to-clean high chair

Ingenuity SmartClean Trio Elite 3-in-1 High Chair - Slate

Our best registry advice? Think ahead. It really won't be long before your child is ready for those first bites of solid food, at which point you'll need a high chair. We like one that transitions to a booster seat atop an existing dining room chair.


A diaper bag to share

Eddie Bauer Backpack - Gray/Tan

When you're a mom, you're usually toting diapers, wipes, clothing changes, bottles, snacks, toys and more. You need a great bag to stash it all, and if you're anything like us, you'll choose a backpack style for comfort and functionality. Bonus: This gender neutral option can easily be passed off to your partner.


A hygienic spot for all those diaper changes

Munchkin Secure Grip Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad 16X31"

We can confidently predict there will be a lot of diaper changes in your future. Do yourself a favor by registering for two comfortable, wipeable changing pads: one to keep in the nursery and another to stash elsewhere in your house.


A way to keep an eye on your baby at night

Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor DXR-8

Feeling peace of mind while your baby sleeps in another room truly is priceless.That's why we advocate for a quality video monitor that will allow you to keep tabs on your snoozing sweetheart.


A comfortable carrier to free up your hands

Petunia Pickle Bottom for Moby Wrap Baby Carrier, Strolling in Salvador

A wrap carrier may be about as low-tech as baby items come, but trust us, this product stands the test of time. Great for use around the house or while running errands, this is one item you'll appreciate so much.


A full set of bottles + cleaning supplies

Dr. Brown's Options+ Complete Baby Bottle Gift Set

Whether you plan to work in an office or stay at home, breastfeed or formula feed, bottles are a valuable tool. To make your life as simple as possible, it's nice to have an easy-to-clean set that is designed to work through the first year.


Target's baby registry is easy to create from the comfort of your own home. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with the Year of Benefits featuring exclusive deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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