Parents know they need a portable crib when they take their bundle of joy on the road. Even if you’re fine crashing on whatever couch will have you, your baby needs a safe, reliable bassinet, mini crib or travel crib on your next family vacation. Traveling with a baby means navigating unfamiliar settings, dealing with crying and screaming at inopportune times, and fighting that nagging feeling that you’re doing it all wrong.
When you finally reach your destination, you don’t want to worry about getting your kid to fall asleep. A travel crib, an easy transportable, enclosed sleeping surface designed for babies, makes it easy for baby (and therefore dad) to get some shuteye after a long day on the road.
So whether you’re bringing your kid to the grandparents’ house or Disney World, don’t forget a travel crib. The great ones are lightweight and fold up compactly. They’re easy to carry, and they open and shut smoothly with minimal effort. They also have removable mattresses and/or washable mattress covers, because, you know, babies. We looked the portable cribs and travel cribs that will give your kid a comfortable place to sleep and you one less thing to worry about on your next trip.
Best Portable Cribs and Travel Cribs
This wheeled play yard doubles as a portable crib, has wheels for easy movability, and is great if you plan on using it until your kid is a toddler.
Pros: Many travel cribs last you a few months, at best. This one works from birth on and fits kids who are up to 35 inches tall. It comes with a travel bag and folds up for trips.
Cons: It’s heavy, clocking in at 30 pounds.
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- Dimensions (unfolded): 37″ long x 10″ wide x 9.5″ high
- Dimensions (folded): 9.5″ long x 10″ wide x 37″ high
- Weight: 29.6 pounds
This travel crib converts from bassinet to baby bed.
Pros: This portable travel bed is safe for kids who are up to 35 inches tall. When your baby outgrows it as a bassinet, unzip the top and move the mattress to the lower level to turn it into a playpen and sleep space.
Cons: There’s no storage. And it’s not light.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 41.34″ long x 25″ wide x 28.35″ high
- Dimensions (folded): 38.58″ long x 25″ wide x 5.91″ high
- Weight: 17 pounds
A simple yet fully serviceable sleeper with a metal frame that folds flat for travel.
Pros: You can use this portable travel sleeper from birth until your baby starts to roll over. The set includes a mattress pad and fitted sheet. It’s basic, but will serve you will for a short amount of time.
Cons: You’ll get about three months’ of use out of it.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 6.1″ long x 17.2″ wide x 15.7″ high
- Weight: 6 pounds
Admittedly, most portable cribs are not exactly aesthetic winners. But this one by BabyBjorn is one of the few exceptions. It's lightweight enough to move around the house, but just as easy to fold up. In fact, when you fold it up, it measures five inches in height.
Pros: This portable crib rocks either when you move it, or when the baby moves. The sides of the cradle are made from mesh fabric for extra breathability. The mattress is washable. The weight limit is 18 pounds.
Cons: There’s no storage, whatsoever.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 23″ long x 31″ wide x 26″ high
- Weight: 18 pounds
Here's a no-frills but ultra-durable portable crib with snap-on legs and a washable mattress pad.
Pros: It’s easy to set up and easy to take apart. It’s sturdy, and its simple design makes it fit with any decor. The weight limit is only 20 pounds.
Cons: As with so many other travel cribs, this has no storage except for one small mesh side pocket.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 35″ long x 21.5″ wide x 28.2 ” high
- Dimensions (folded): 8″ long x 22″ wide x 20″ high
- Weight: 14.5 pounds
Ease of use is paramount when it comes to portable travel cribs, which is why the Baby Bjorn's one-motion set up is so attractive: simply pop the frame open and the legs automatically swing into place.
Pros: The slightly tapered shape makes this crib nice and stable, and the mesh sides make it both cool for your sleeping baby and lightweight for your back. Best of all, there is no set weight limit.
Cons: It’s on the expensive side, and it’s not small enough to fit into the overhead compartment of a plane, so expect to check.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 32″ long x 44″ wide x 24″ high
- Dimensions (folded): 19″ long x 23.5″ wide x 5.5″ high
- Weight: 13 pounds
This travel crib gets high marks because it's easy to set up and fold up, and it's immensely portable.
Pros: The mesh mattress is easy to transport, and we like the ventilated side panels so you can see your baby. The weight limit is a generous 25 pounds.
Cons: Some parents say it’s tough to fit this crib back into its carry bag.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 34″ long x 19″ wide x 27″ high
- Weight: 13.20 pounds
This travel sleep system grows with your baby, going from rocking bassinet, to portable crib, to travel cot.
Pros: We dig the breathable mesh mattress, which is removable and washable. This specific travel crib set includes the portable crib frame, breathable mesh mattress, rocker attachment, bassinet, cot legs, and portable travel bag. It fits babies up to 30 pounds.
Cons: Storage? What storage?
- Dimensions (unfolded): 40″ long x 30″ wide x 35″ high
- Weight: 24 pounds
If you have a newborn, this is the travel crib for you. This go-anywhere bassinet weighs less than two-and-a-half pounds and has a built-in carrying handle. To break it down, all you have to do is push the four release buttons and fold it in half.
Pros: The fact that there are four buttons means that your baby won’t accidentally fold it up, which would be disastrous. Mesh sides ensure the baby enjoys a comfortable snooze and the removable, water-resistant mattress pad and fitted sheet set are included. It’s also quite affordable.
Cons: The Brica Fold N’ Go is designed for infants up to three months old, so you won’t get a ton of use out of it.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 30″ long x 18.5″ wide x 10″ high
- Dimensions (folded): 22″ long x 17″ wide x 3″ high
- Weight: 2.45 pounds
Here's a genius full-sized crib that folds flat without any disassembly required.
Pros: This is the cost-effective solution for parents who want a full-sized crib at home that segues into a travel crib when you hit grandma’s house for the holidays. It has locking wheels, and folds flat thanks to its patented folding system. No tools required. It fits babies up to 50 pounds. And when your kid outgrows it, you fold it up and store it.
Cons: This won’t shock you, but it’s an actual crib, so it’s heavy. And as with actual cribs, there’s no built-in storage.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 54″ long x 31″ wide x 46″ high
- Weight: 46 pounds
The beauty of the Lotus is that it's designed to save your aching back. Rather than having to lean over the mesh walls of the crib to put down and pick up your baby, this clever crib features a zippable side-panel door that lets you slide your little one in easily. Even better, you can leave it open during playtime so you kid can crawl in and out on his own.
Pros: In transit, the backpack straps make it easy to carry with you. And when you arrive at your destination, it only takes 15 seconds to set up the Lotus.
Cons: The mattress is a weird size, and reviewers have said that you should stick with Guava Family sheets, which gives you less flexibility than a standard size crib.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 45″ long x 32″ wide x 25″ high
- Dimensions (folded): 24″ long x 7″ wide x 11″ high
- Weight: 13 pounds
This folding enclosed napping spot doubles as a play space with included hanging toys
Pros: This dome-shaped crib from Fisher-Price has a canopy that’ll keep your baby safe from sun and bugs if you decide to have a picnic. It’s great for travel because it folds flat easily, and it’s great for sleeping because it’s totally flat, as doctors recommend.
Cons: The included pad isn’t the comfiest surface ever, so if your kid is a fussy sleeper you might want to invest in something with more padding.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 31.5″ long x 29.9″ wide x 28″ high
- Dimensions (folded): Unavailable
- Weight: 13.3 pounds
Every travel crib on this list is relatively easy to set up, but the 4moms breeze GO is the simplest. Push down on a central hub and the legs extend/lock into place automatically. To pack it up, pull on the central hub strap and to automatically release the locks and contract the legs.
Pros: It comes with a travel bag, and the mattress is designed to be cleaned with a damp cloth. Suitable for babies up to 30 pounds.
Cons: Doesn’t come with sheets, a bassinet, or a changer (as other 4moms models do) despite its steep price.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 43″ long x 30″ wide x 29″ high
- Dimensions (folded): Unavailable
- Weight: 23 pounds
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