The Best Travel Cribs for Bringing Baby on Vacation

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

As rewarding as it can be, traveling with a baby is no easy task. There’s the nagging feeling of having forgotten to pack something; the challenge of navigating unfamiliar settings while keeping an eye on the little one; and the anxiety that can creep up and make you wish you’d stayed home. When you (finally) arrive at your destination, you don’t want to worry about getting the kid to go to sleep. You want a travel crib, a portable, enclosed sleeping surface designed for babies.

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So whether you’re bringing your kid to the grandparents’ house or Disney World, don’t forget to bring a travel crib. The great ones are lightweight and fold up compactly. They’re easy to carry, and they go from closed to open quickly and with minimal effort. They also have removable mattresses and/or washable mattress covers, because, you know, babies. We looked through what’s available and found travel cribs with great customer reviews that will give your kid a nice place to sleep and you one less thing to worry about on your next trip.

BRICA Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet

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

If you have a newborn, this is the travel crib for you. This go-anywhere bassinet ways less than two-and-a-half pounds — that’s super light — 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. 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. 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. But at $35, it’s affordable enough to buy anyways.

  • 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

Buy Now $35

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Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

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

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. 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.

  • Dimensions (unfolded): 45″ long x 32″ wide x 25″ high
  • Dimensions (folded): 24″ long x 7″ wide x 11″ high
  • Weight: 13 pounds

Buy Now $209

Baby Björn Travel Crib Light

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light -- pack and play travel cribEase 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. 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.

Specifications:

  • 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

Buy Now $279

Romp & Roost Luxe Oversized Playard

This playard has a patent-pending, removable divider creates separate sleeping spaces (27-inches by 20-inches) for two infants or toddlers. It’s hard to understate how great of a feature this is for parents with multiple kids of crib age. It could also come in handy if, you’re joined by your toddler niece or nephew on a family trip. And when the divider’s out, the Romp & Roost is basically the baby equivalent of a California king. Given its larger size, this thing isn’t fitting in the overhead bin, but it does pack into a zip-up storage bag that can be rolled using the travel crib’s lockable wheels.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (unfolded): 54″ long x 40″ wide x 30″ high
  • Dimensions (folded): Unavailable
  • Weight: 33 pounds

Buy Now $240

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard on the Go

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

The Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard on the Go is one of the most flexible cribs on this list. On its own, it’s a great playard for a toddler, but it also comes with a removable bassinet that sits inside, brings your infant higher up, and provides access to the toy bar, complete with hanging stuffed animals, that sits above the top of the crib. A side storage pocket is a great place to stash a few extra diapers or toys. The two wheels make it easy to move this crib around the house (or hotel room) without the safety hazard of four wheels (runaway playard!). When it’s time to head home, it folds conveniently into a storage bag with a carrying handle.

Specifications:

  • 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 pounds

Buy Now $50

4moms breeze GO

4moms breeze GO -- pack and play travel crib

Every travel crib on this list is relatively easy to set up, but the 4moms breeze GO is the easiest to set up. 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. From there, simply slide it into the included carrying bag and be on your way.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (unfolded): 43″ long x 30″ wide x 29″ high
  • Dimensions (folded): Unavailable
  • Weight: 23 pounds

Buy Now $205

Noninoni Mini

Noninoni Mini -- pack and play travel crib

Reason to buy: Designed by a father-daughter team of architects, the Noninoi Mini is a full crib you can fit in the car trunk. It’s a real wood travel crib that can be assembled in under two minutes without tools ⏤ no Allen wrench, no screws, no bolts. It packs up flat, so it’s perfect for car trips. It’s definitely on the pricier end of this list, but it’s solid enough to use permanently if you’d rather not invest in two cribs. At 55 pounds, it’s on the heavier side, so it’s not the crib to get for maximum portability. It is, however, the sturdiest crib on this list, and with three mattress positions it can grow with your kid.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (unfolded): 43″ long x 28″ wide x 35″ high
  • Dimensions (folded): 43″ long x 35″ wide x 6″ high
  • Weight: 55 pounds

Buy Now $399