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The 7 Best Travel Cribs For Parents on the Go

Because nobody wants to fight with a 20-year-old portable crib when they get to grandma's house.

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If you’ve ever arrived at a relative’s house and immediately tried to erect a heavy, wonky pack and play crib from 20 years ago while your toddler who didn’t sleep on the airplane screamed bloody murder, then you know the value of an easy-to-set-up travel crib. The easier it goes up, the happier everybody is. Simply, a reliable travel crib makes any trip with an infant or toddler infinitely more enjoyable.

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The baseline criteria against which all travel cribs are measured is how easy they are to set up and break down. If it can be set up in under 15 seconds and at the touch of a button, they’re doing something right. Beyond that, they should be relatively light and painless to carry. Padded fabrics covering the metal frames are also table stakes, as are removable mattresses and washable mattress covers to be expected.

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As with all parenting gear, there’s no shortage of choices out there. So to help narrow the field to the best 7 pack and play travel cribs on the market, we took into consideration height and weight, special features, price point, and how highly they are rated and reviewed.

BRICA Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet

BRICA Fold N' Go Travel Bassinet -- pack and play travel crib

Reason to buy: Super lightweight and portable; Great for newborns
Designed for infants up to 3-months-old, this go-anywhere travel bassinet weighs less than three pounds, has a built-in carrying handle, and breaks down in a flash ⏤ simply push the four release buttons and it folds in half. Mesh sides ensure the baby enjoys a comfortable snooze and the removable, water-resistant mattress pad and fitted sheet set are included.
Dimensions (unfolded): 30″ long x 18.5″ wide x 10″ high
Dimensions (folded): 22″ long x 17″ wide x 3″ high
Weight: 2.45 lbs

Buy Now $43

Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard -- pack and play travel cribs

Reason to buy: Side-zip door for easy entry; backpack carrying straps
The beauty of the Lotus is that it’s designed to save your aching back. Rather than having to lean over to put down/pick up your baby, this clever pack and play crib features a zippable side-panel door ⏤ so you can slide them right in. Better still, leave it open during playtime and the kid can climb in and out on their own. Backpack straps on the carrying case make airport travel more convenient, and the advertised 15-second setup will certainly come in handy with a cranky baby in tow.
Dimensions (unfolded): 45″ long x 32″ wide x 25″ high
Dimensions (folded): 24″ long x 7″ wide x 11″ high
Weight: 13 lbs

Buy Now $198

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light -- pack and play travel crib

Reason to buy: Easy to use and carry
Ease of use is paramount when it comes to portable cribs, which is why the Baby Bjorn’s one-motion set up is so attractive: simply pop the frame and the legs automatically swing into place. It has a slightly tapered pyramid shape for added stability, and your baby monitor shouldn’t have any trouble seeing through the mesh sides.
Dimensions (unfolded): 32″ long x 44″ wide x 24″ high
Dimensions (folded): 19″ long x 23.5″ wide x 5.5″ high
Weight: 13 lbs

Buy Now $208

Romp & Roost Chevron

Romp & Roost Chevron -- pack and play travel crib

Reason to buy: Sleeps up to two toddlers
A patent-pending, removable divider creates separate sleeping spaces (27-inches by 20-inches) for two infants or toddlers. Take the divider out, however, and you’ve pretty much got a California king for one lucky kid ⏤ that or one spacious play area. Given its larger size, it’s not fitting in the overhead bit, but it does pack into a zip-up storage bag that can be rolled using the travel crib’s lockable wheels.
Dimensions (unfolded): 54″ long x 40″ wide x 30″ high
Dimensions (folded): Unavailable
Weight: 31 lbs

Buy Now $235

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard on the Go

Graco Pack 'n Play Playard on the Go -- pack and play travel crib

Reason to buy: It’s an all-in-one bassinet and playard
Perfect for both the infant and toddler stages, the Playard on the Go includes a removable bassinet, a toy bar with hanging stuffed animals, and a side storage pocket to stash a few extra diapers. It also has two wheels for easy positioning around the house and folds conveniently into a storage bag with carrying handle.
Dimensions (unfolded): 39.5″ long x 28.25″ wide x 29″ high
Dimensions (folded): 39.5″ long x 29″ wide x 10.5″ high
Weight: 23 lbs

Buy Now $71

4moms breeze GO

4moms breeze GO -- pack and play travel crib

Reason to buy: Simple setup and breakdown
Every travel crib claims to be “easy to set up”, and to varying degrees that is true. But no travel crib demonstrates that ease quite as well as the breeze GO (and its companion cribs, the breeze Plus and breeze Classic) ⏤ it offers both one-pull open and close. Push down on a central hub and the legs extend/lock into place automatically. To pack it up, simply pull on the central hub strap and the locks automatically release/legs contract ⏤ no need to fight with lock buttons or dials. From there, just slide it into the carrying bag.
Dimensions (unfolded): 43″ x 30″ x 29″
Dimensions (folded): Unavailable
Weight: 23 lbs

Buy Now $200

Noninoni Mini

Noninoni Mini -- pack and play travel crib

Reason to buy: It’s actually a full crib you can fit in the car trunk
New to market last fall, the Noninoni is a real, all-wood crib that can be assembled in under two minutes without tools ⏤ no Allan wrench, no screws, no bolts ⏤ and packs up flat, so it’s perfect for car trips. The big drawback in terms of travel is the obvious high price, but it is sturdy enough for permanent use if you’d rather not invest in two cribs.
Dimensions (unfolded): 43″ long x 28″ wide x 35″ high
Dimensions (folded): 43″ long x 35″ wide x 6″ high
Weight: Unavailable

Buy Now $750

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