Best Travel Cribs

The best travel cribs are super portable to make your job as carrier-of-all-the-stuff a tad easier., by jen labracio.

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Traveling with babies and kids can be so rewarding, but there’s one thing you need when you get going: gear. To make things easier, you may want to have a travel stroller (or maybe your usual travel system will work just fine) and a travel car seat , but no matter how lightly you want to pack, your little one will need a safe place to rest. The best travel cribs are super portable to make your job as the baby gear schlepper a tad easier.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Travel Cribs

  • Best Lightweight: Babybjörn Travel Crib Light
  • Best Affordable Lightweight: Chicco Alfa Lite Lightweight Travel Playard
  • Best for Flying: Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib & Play Yard
  • Best Affordable: Graco Pack ‘n Play Portable Playard
  • Best for Toddlers: Newton Baby Travel Crib and Play Yard
  • Most Versatile: UPPAbaby REMI Travel Crib & Playard
  • Most Portable: Aeromoov Instant Travel Cot
  • Best for Small Spaces: Bugaboo Stardust Playard
  • Best for Car Travel: Maxi-Cosi Swift Playard

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How we chose the best travel cribs.

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What Is a Travel Crib?

Do you need a travel crib, what to look for in a travel crib, babylist’s picks for the best travel cribs, best lightweight travel crib.

Babybjörn Travel Crib & Organic Sheet Bundle - Dark Green - $279.99.

Babybjörn Travel Crib & Organic Sheet Bundle - Dark Green

Why we love it.

Weighing in at just 13 pounds, the Babybjörn Travel Crib is one of the lightest travel cribs on the market, making it especially ideal if you’re a family who’s routinely on the go. Top features include an incredibly easy setup (it unfolds and breaks down in one motion, and there are no loose parts to worry about), breathable mesh sides and a firm but ultra-comfy mattress that parents rave about. The mattress and the fabric frame are both machine washable, so it’s easy to clean. And when the crib is folded in its carrying case, it will fit within any airline baggage compartment. Wheels up, with baby in tow!

Keep in Mind

You’ll want to stop using this travel crib around three years old or until your little one is able to climb out of it. But unlike many other travel cribs, there’s no weight limit for the Babybjörn, since the crib’s mattress rests on ground. This means you’ll get more time out of this travel crib than most.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Very happy with this travel crib – lightweight, packable, set up is incredibly easy, and it’s simple to disassemble for cleaning. The thing that set this crib apart for other similar travel-appropriate pack-and-plays for us was the thicker mattress – our 9 month old slept just as well in this travel crib as she does at home. Great product, we would highly recommend!” -BH

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Best Affordable Lightweight Travel Crib

Chicco Alfa Lite Lightweight Travel Playard - Dove - $169.99.

Chicco Alfa Lite Lightweight Travel Playard - Dove

A lightweight travel crib is a sound investment if you’re a family who’s frequently on the go or if you plan on using it for multiple children, but many cost upwards of $300, especially after you add on accessories like sheets. Chicco’s Alfa Lite is a stellar lightweight travel crib but is about half the price of other similar options. And don’t worry—you won’t be sacrificing on features or quality. It weighs 13 pounds, is easy to open and close, folds down into a zippered carrying bag (with a large shoulder strap) and even has a zip-down side for easy access to your little one.

The Alfa Lite is Greenguard Gold Certified. Some parents mention that the mattress is on the thinner side.

“This travel playard is perfect. The design is sleek and the safely measures are advanced. The side opening zipper is buckled to the leg so no little hands can magically unzip themselves. The mattress pad also gets buckled in place. It took seconds to set up and take down. The travel playard makes your life so much easier while traveling and doesn’t take up much of any space in the car. 100/10 recommend buying!!!” -Sophia K.

Best Travel Crib for Flying

Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib & Play Yard - $229.95.

Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib & Play Yard

If you’ve ever traveled with kids, especially via plane, you know the value of having one less thing to tote around. Meet the Lotus: the travel-crib-turned-backpack that no traveling family should leave home without. This ultra-lightweight crib folds seamlessly into a compact, backpack-style carrying case, leaving your hands free to deal with the other 142 things they’ll be tasked with for attempting to leave the house with your littles in tow. (This feature comes in especially handy in airports.) We also love the unique zip-down “door” feature of the crib’s mesh side—it makes getting down on baby’s level for cuddles, feeding or play super easy, then quietly zips back up and locks into place.

Like the Babybjörn Travel Crib, the Guava’s mattress is flush to the ground, meaning there’s no weight limit usage recommendations here, either. Some parents report that the mattress is fairly thin, however.

“The Lotus crib is one of the best products we have. It is lightweight, folds and assembles in just a few snaps, and has mesh sides. The fabric comes completely off and is machine washable.” -Kristin

Best Affordable Travel Crib

Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard - Reign - $59.99.

Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard - Reign

If you’re looking for simple, sturdy travel crib that will stand the test of time but won’t break the bank, this Pack ‘n Play from Graco fits the bill. Although it’s basic, the features are anything but—there are a ton of things that you (and your little one) will love. We especially appreciate the sturdy frame, the roomy area for play and sleep and the push-button fold for quick and easy breakdown. And at around $70, this travel crib is perfect for using as an extra playard around the house and for keeping at the grandparents’ house or anywhere else you know you’ll be visiting on a regular basis.

You can’t attach any extras to this travel crib, like a bassinet or changing table. And some parents complain that the mattress is on the thin side, so that may be something to consider if you’re planning on using it for more than just the occasional weekend away. It’s also fairly heavy, so you won’t want to use it if you’re traveling by plane or anywhere else where you’ll need to carry it around frequently.

Best Travel Crib for Toddlers

Newton Baby Travel Crib and Play Yard - Grey (2023) - $199.99.

Newton Baby Travel Crib and Play Yard - Grey (2023)

As your baby grows into a toddler , many parents still need the safety that the confines of a crib provide—especially while traveling. But what happens when your toddler is too big for their travel crib but too little for a bed? Enter the Newton. The mattress is about two times larger than most travel cribs, making it ideal for an older toddler who may be sized out of a smaller playard. It’s also 100 percent breathable and washable, made with the same Wovenaire technology used in the brand’s much-loved crib mattress. It’s flush to the ground, so there’s no weight limit, and it’s super comfy and GREENGAURD Gold Certified.

The playard weighs in at about 17 pounds, so while it’s not the lightest on the market, it’s still fairly easy to travel with and the weight is for a good cause. Assembly and breakdown are easy and the crib comes with a travel bag for easy storage. And it’s not just for the toddler years; there’s a bassinet insert for use from day one. Oh, and when you are ready to graduate your toddler from the travel crib, check out these great toddler travel beds .

Because of the Newton’s larger sleep space, it’s a bit bulkier than some of the other travel cribs on our list. The travel bag only has a handle, not a shoulder strap or backpack straps. And the crib is too large to store in the overhead compartment of an airplane

“I despise traditional pack n play style things. Newton’s playard is innovative and will definitely grow with a child from infancy through the preschool years! My 4.5 year old can still sleep in it comfortably with plenty of space. I really appreciate the thought that went into this product.” -Mona

Most Versatile Travel Crib

UPPAbaby REMI Travel Crib & Playard - Charlie - $299.99.

UPPAbaby REMI Travel Crib & Playard - Charlie

And speaking of multifunctional products, the Remi from UPPAbaby is the best choice if you’re looking for an all-in-one travel crib and playard to use both at home and when you’re on the go. There’s a ton of functionality built in to this smartly designed (and beautiful) playard. It’s Greenguard Gold Certified and includes a removable bassinet, a zip-down side panel, a triple layer air mesh mattress and a smooth, simple fold that takes one hand and only a few seconds. There are also lots of accessories to add on. A few of our favorites include the changing station , organizer and canopy .

The Remi is expensive, and even moreso when you start adding on accessories. It’s also fairly heavy, weighing in at about 20 pounds. This isn’t a big deal if you’re planning to use it mostly at home and for the occasional overnight trip, but if your family travels frequently and you need to bring along a place for your baby to sleep, it may not be your best option.

“Incredibly easy to set up. Our baby just started crawling and we don’t have a good play yard set up yet, so this was great to put him in a for the meantime. We purchased it instead of a Graco pack and play because of the zipper access and mattress quality. Love it!!!” -Rachel

Most Portable Travel Crib

Aeromoov Instant Travel Cot - White Sand - $195.00.

Aeromoov Instant Travel Cot - White Sand

Pop-up tent meets travel crib in the Aeromoov. This 11-pound playard works just as well for a day at the beach or the park as it does for an overnight at grandma’s and is our top pick if you’re looking for one piece of gear you can use both indoors and out. The origami-style fold takes about two seconds (literally), and once it’s folded down, the whole thing slips into a bag and is less than five inches wide. It’s easy to stash for travel or throw over your shoulder and carry if you need to bring it along for an outdoor adventure. (There are also lots of useful accessories available like a sunshade and a mosquito net.) Another feature we love: there are two levels, one upper level bassinet-style for newborns up to about two months and a the main lower level for older babies and toddlers.

If you’re using the crib indoors and your little one moves around a lot, the fabric makes a “swishing” sound that’s a bit loud.

Best Travel Cribs for Small Spaces

Bugaboo Stardust Playard - Grey Melange.

Bugaboo Stardust Playard - Grey Melange

Simple, streamlined and seamless. The Bugaboo Stardust is one of the smaller travel crib + playards on our list, but it packs a big punch. Unlike most travel cribs that open from the center of the base and feature fold-out legs, the standout feature here is the accordion-style fold. It makes it quick and easy to open and close by either pushing or pulling each side. You can even fold the Stardust with the mattress still inside—a pretty big deal and a huge time-saving (and sanity-saving) feature.

The Stardust weighs about 14 pounds and has a compact design that’s ideal for spaces that can’t handle a giant playard, either at home or when you’re on the go. There’s also a bassinet attachment for younger babies, a really comfortable mattress and all-around mesh panels.

The maximum weight limit for the Stardust is similar to the other travel cribs on our list, but because of smaller size, your little one may outgrow it in height sooner than they would with other playards. It’s also on the pricier side.

“I’m a first time mom and it feels like I have tried all the baby products out there. We were in the market for a new pack n’ play so I recently purchased this for my 5.5 month old and it is a game changer when it comes to portability and ease. I’ve found other products like this are bulky and difficult to store, but the Stardust is slender, lightweight and unfolds in one second. (No exaggeration.) I would highly recommend this product for travel, sleeping or playtime - in fact, we’re looking forward to traveling with it over the holidays!” -AlexT

Best Travel Crib for Car Travel

Maxi-Cosi Swift Play Yard - Classic Graphite - $219.99.

Maxi-Cosi Swift Play Yard - Classic Graphite

Weighing in at just over 18 pounds, the Maxi-Cosi Swift is too heavy and bulky for regular air travel. But it’s also quite a bit lighter than many of the standard playards on the market, so we still wanted to consider it for our best-of list. That’s why think it’s an ideal choice if you’re a family who travels frequently by car. While you won’t want to lug it around on the regular, it’s easy enough to load and unload from any vehicle. And the setup and breakdown? It’s an actual dream, especially during travel when you have 14 other things to do after you set up your little one’s sleep space. Parents rave about how easy it is—it actually folds in one step using only one hand. Other pros to love include a super sturdy design, a comfortable mattress and a bassinet attachment that comes included at no extra cost.

As noted above, the Swift weighs about 18 pounds, so it’s not the lightest travel crib of the bunch, but isn’t the heaviest, either.

“We have tried a handful of play yards and the difficulty of putting them down and back up is what always frustrates us. The swift is truly like no other. It takes less than 5 seconds to set it up and less than five seconds to break it down. Not only is it so easy but it’s also so aesthetically pleasing!!” -Momof3

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  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many travel cribs.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

A travel crib is a portable crib you can use for sleep or play when you’re away from home with your baby or toddler. While you can use most playards for the same purpose, travel cribs are specifically designed with travel in mind; they’re lighter, more compact and easier to set up and break down than your average playard. Travel cribs generally accommodate newborns to toddlers about three years old.

Whether or not you need a travel crib depends on how often you travel and where you’re heading on your next adventure.

Many hotels and even some rental homes may supply a travel crib. Using a baby gear rental company is an option, too. But if you’re staying somewhere that doesn’t supply a crib, you don’t want to rent or you simply prefer to be in control of what your baby sleeps in while you’re away, investing in a travel crib is probably a good idea.

Besides being a place to rest, travel cribs are also a safe place for your little one to play, especially when you’re away from your usual surroundings and potentially dealing with a non- babyproofed space. (We’re looking at you, sharp table corners and exposed electrical sockets.) You can even use some travel cribs as a napping spot on days spent at the beach or park.

Travel cribs can be expensive. A travel crib is also something you’ll use for years, especially if your family travels frequently. Think through these features before you buy.

  • Weight. This is one of the most important features to look for in a travel crib. A lightweight travel crib is easier to lift and carry than a heavier option. To figure out if this is important to you or not, think through how often you’ll be traveling and which modes of transport you generally use. Do you travel infrequently and often by car? Plan to use your travel crib only for a trip to the grandparents’ once a year? Then your travel crib’s weight may not be hugely important to you. Are you planning several trips by plane where you’ll need to bring your travel crib along? Then the weight of the travel crib you choose should jump to the top of your priority list.
  • Size and portability. Similar to weight, the size and overall portability of your travel crib are important features, but also dependent on how often you travel and how you get wherever you’re going. If you’re a frequent flyer, you’ll want a travel crib that’s not only lightweight but portable, too. Look for a compact crib and something that has either backpack straps or another easy way to carry it through someplace like an airport or train station. If not, however, a slightly larger travel crib or one that doesn’t come with built-in carry straps may be just fine.
  • Longevity. How long you’ll be able to use your travel crib is a big factor to consider while shopping. One thing to consider is the crib’s design. Although not outwardly labeled this way, there are two basic types of travel cribs: cribs with raised mattresses and cribs where the mattress lies flush with the floor. Most travel cribs with raised mattresses have weight maximums. This means that if you have a larger, heavier child, they may exceed the travel crib’s weight long before you feel comfortable letting them sleep in a regular bed or even a toddler travel bed while you’re away from home. Travel cribs where the mattress sits directly on the floor, however, often do not have weight maximums. While your little one still may outgrow the crib by height, these types of travel cribs often can be used for a longer period of time.
  • Ease of breakdown and setup. Travel with babies and toddlers is no easy feat. Look for a travel crib that sets up and breaks down quickly and easily so you can spend less time grappling with gear and more time enjoying your vacation.
  • Materials and breathability. Look for a travel crib with a breathable mattress, breathable mesh sides and one that’s made from soft, comfortable materials. If it’s important to you, you may prefer a travel crib that’s GREENGUARD Gold Certified or uses organic materials. Removable and machine washable sides and covers are also nice-to-have features in case of a mess.
  • Budget. Travel cribs can get pricey, especially if you want one that’s extremely lightweight and portable. Thinking through how often you’ll be traveling and what types of features will make the most sense to you can help you determine your budget.

Jen LaBracio

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Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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The 8 Best Travel Cribs of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

We tested 19 travel cribs to find which one is the best for portability and safety.

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Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Whether you have a family trip coming up , need something for the occasional overnight visit , or are shopping for a baby registry , a good travel crib is essential. Sometimes called playards, these foldable contraptions offer a secure place for your child to sleep or play when you're on the go.

According to neonatologist Michael H. Goodstein, MD, FAAP, they're "a safe alternative to a crib, as long as the product is consistent with the mandatory guidelines established by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)." But, beyond safety considerations, not all portable cribs are created equal.

Travel cribs vary by size, weight, features, and functionality. We tested 19 models to narrow it down to the most user-friendly, portable, durable, and easy-to-clean options.

Best Overall

Maxi-cosi swift play yard.

With an adjustable mattress and easy folding mechanism, this sturdy crib grows with your child and can be taken on any excursion.

It's not the lightest option we tested.

Clocking nearly perfect scores in all our tests, our top choice is the Maxi-Cosi Swift Play Yard. Even after six months of use, we loved how lightweight this portable crib is, making it super easy to set up and take down. Though the leg-folding mechanism is a little different than most models, we assembled it in less than three minutes and packed it back up in under two. It also has all the comfort and safety features we'd want in this type of product. The mattress lays flat on its own, you don't need to hook Velcro straps to keep it down, which is great for saving set-up time. The supportive yet bouncy design barely budged when we dropped a 25-pound sandbag on top, and the frame held strong too.

We're also big fans of the bassinet feature. For newborns and infants, you can detach the mattress from the bottom and raise it up for easier access to your baby. Then, when your child grows, lower it back down to prevent them from climbing out.

At 18 pounds, this travel crib is on the heavier side. However, it seems durable and long-lasting. The high-quality materials appear stain-resistant. All things considered, we think the price is right on point.

The Details: 41.5 x 33.5 x 31 inches (overall) | 33 x 11 x 12 inches (packed) | 18 pounds | 35-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Best Budget

Munchkin travel bassinet.

This lightweight, compact sleeper is incredibly easy to set up and pack up, a perfect option for traveling with newborns.

It doesn't come with a carry bag, and the weight capacity is 15 pounds.

On a budget? Check out the Munchkin Brica Travel Pod. This on-the-go sleeper can be set up in one minute and packs back up in less than 30 seconds. At just three pounds, we were also impressed with the lightweight design. When it folds down, it's super small and doesn't take up a lot of space even though it doesn't come with a carry bag. The lightweight, compact design is undoubtedly convenient, but bear in mind the capacity is 15 pounds. In other words, you'll need something bigger once your child is about 6 months old.

The Details: 30 x 21 x 12 inches (overall) | 3 pounds | 15-pound weight limit

Best Splurge

Uppababy remi portable playard.

This durable, splurge-worthy crib is super easy to assemble and packs into a conveniently compact bundle.

It's somewhat heavy (but super sturdy), and the carry bag is sold separately.

If you're open to splurging on a high-quality travel crib, UppaBaby won't disappoint. It's incredibly easy to set up, you just pull it out of the box and snap it into place. When folding it back up, the frame wraps into the mattress to create a conveniently compact bundle. After six months of use, we found it to be a great option to even leave up as an extra home crib.

We also appreciate the safety features, including padded edges, hidden zippers, and an elevated bassinet attachment. It's also pretty light and portable. So, while the price is steep (and you'll have to buy the carry bag separately), in the end, we think it's worth the investment for its durability and overall features.

The Details: 40.5 x 28.5 x 26 inches (overall) | 28.5 x 11 x 10 inches (packed) | 22.5 pounds | 20-pound weight limit

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Best Compact

Kidco peapod plus.

The ultra-lightweight, compact design is easy to take on the go and folds up into its carry bag in seconds.

It's not recommended for children under 6 months and the bottom of the crib is made of fabric that can be slippery.

For something more compact, consider the KidCo PeaPod Plus. We were able to set up this sleeper and fold it back down in almost no time. The ultra-lightweight design folds effortlessly into its included bag, and the carry straps make it easy to take on the go.

The tent-like design can be used indoors or for outdoor naps in your backyard, on the beach, or on family camping trips . While it's not the most structured, it holds its shape enough to provide a safe sleeping spot for a small child. Despite the compact size, bear in mind it's designed for kiddos between 6 months and 5 years.

The Details: 46 x 34 x 22 inches (overall) | 19 x 19 x 3.5 inches (packed) | 3.5 pounds | 100-pound weight limit

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Best Lightweight

Chicco lullago anywhere portable bassinet.

This remarkably lightweight-yet-sturdy bassinet is easy to set up, move from room to room, and bring on the go.

The maximum weight is 20 pounds, and it doesn't come with a carrying case.

We were able to assemble and fold up the Chicco LullaGo in under a minute. This travel bassinet is remarkably lightweight yet still sturdy. After six months of use, it's holding up well and is a great option with a minimalist design. Though we wish it came with a carrying case, it's easy to move from room to room or bring on the go. We also like that all the covers are conveniently machine-washable.

Dr. Goodstein warns against using this product past the newborn stage, as the elevated platform isn't designed for larger infants. "When the babies are too old, they can fall out of it," he says. "It's just not safe."

The Details: 30 x 28 x 18 inches (overall) | 28 x 18.5 x 5.5 inches (packed) | 12 pounds | 20-pound weight limit

Best Playard

Chicco alfa lite lightweight travel playard.

This playard boasts easy setup, a sturdy design, and various safety features to keep your kiddo secure during naps or playtime.

It doesn't fold down as small as other options we tested.

The Chicco Alfa Lite can be assembled in three minutes and folded back up in less than 60 seconds. Thanks to the helpful 'push' buttons and intuitive design, you don't even need to consult the instructions for set-up and take down. Though the legs fold out with ease, the frame also feels sturdy, like it'll hold up well over time.

Designed for on-the-go sleeping or safe, secure playing, this playard has lockable side zippers and a mattress that buckles to the base. You can also unzip the side to let your child climb in and out during playtime. The mattress is a little flimsy, but other than that, we have no complaints. After six months of use, we love that this is even a good option to set up during playdates.

The Details: 43 x 29 x 25 inches (overall) | 21 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches (packed) | 13 pounds | 30-pound weight limit

Best for Car Travel

Baby joy travel crib 2-in-1 playpen.

This lightweight, ultra-portable crib is a breeze to set up and can easily fit in a car trunk for family road trips.

The handles are somewhat short, making it hard to avoid dragging it.

The Baby Joy Travel Crib takes a mere three minutes to set up and folds up in a flash. It folds and unfolds easily, kind of like a camp chair. Once you know where the lock button is, the frame is incredibly simple to put together. After six months of regular use, we love that this can be used inside for naps and even outside for contained playtime.

The entire thing seems high-quality, which is impressive, considering the very reasonable price tag. Weighing only 11 pounds, it's one of the lightest options we tried. While we appreciate the included case, the short handles make it hard to avoid dragging it on the ground when carrying it — for shorter folks, at least. This portable crib folds up pretty compactly but is still probably too tall for an overhead bin, which is why we recommend it for family road trips .

The Details: 45.5 x 31 x 27 inches (overall) | 23.5 x 20.5 x 7 inches (packed) | 11 pounds | 33-pound weight limit

Best Stability

4moms breeze go playard.

Set-up is straight forward and quick and the crib's material is durable and stable.

It's on the heavier side.

With less than four minutes to set up and only two minutes to take down, this is one of the easiest travel cribs to use. Once unfolded, you simply drop in the mattress and attach it to the frame using velcro straps to keep it stable and secure. The first time we assembled this crib, we didn't even need to read the manual because it was such an intuitive process.

In addition to its ease of use, this is one of the most sturdy and high-quality of all the travel cribs we tested. The material doesn't shift around at all and the slight suspension and shocks improve safety for any kiddo. We also love that it comes with its own travel case that helps keep the crib compact and organized while on the go. For anyone looking for an entry level travel crib that's simple and sturdy, this is a high-quality and reliable option.

The Details: 43 x 30 x 29 inches (overall) | 23.2 pounds | 30-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Leticia Almeida

Travel + Leisure editors selected 19 travel cribs to try firsthand. We started by timing how long it took to assemble them based on the brand's instructions, noting any hiccups they ran into along the way. After assessing the features and materials, we lifted them up and moved them around the room to see how light and portable they were once assembled.

To evaluate the sturdiness, we shook the frames and dropped a sandbag into the center to see how well they could support a small child standing up or jumping around. Finally, we timed how long it took to fold down the cribs and put them in their carrying cases, noting how heavy they were when packed up. Each model was scored for ease of setup, portability, durability, ease of cleaning, quality, and value, and those with the highest average ratings were selected for this roundup.

Other Travel Cribs We Liked

KidCo Peapod Portable Travel Bed : This tent-style sleeper quickly pops open, and the padded base is a cinch to snap on. While the fabric is somewhat thin, it's super lightweight and easy to carry, too. However, in the end, we just liked the other KidCo model better.

Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Harmony Portable Infant Lounger : We liked the small, lightweight design of this product. But since it's technically a lounger rather than a crib, it's really designed to be a safe place to set your infant down — not necessarily a place to sleep. When in doubt, check with your pediatrician before using it.

Pamo Babe Deluxe Portable Nursery Center : While this crib was incredibly easy to set up, we thought it lacked durability as it had a tendency to collapse as it grew closer to the weight limit.

Tips for Buying a Travel Crib

Put safety first.

Whether for travel or nightly sleep, safety should be a top priority when buying a crib. Per the CPSC's current guidelines , the mattress should be relatively firm to prevent rolling. And you shouldn't add extra padding or bedding until your child is at least 12 months old, as the materials can pose a suffocation risk.

"Get a travel crib that is current from a major brand," says Dr. Goodstein, "and use the mattress that's included." He adds that, aside from a sleep sack, you really don't need anything other than a mattress and a tight-fitting crib sheet.

Know the important features 

Travel cribs come with various features — some for safety and others for comfort or convenience. This may include user-friendly foldability, a carrying case, a firm mattress, padded edges, concealed zippers, or breathable mesh sides.

"Some have a bassinet feature, which is convenient for new mothers (not bending over) and small/younger newborns," says Dr. Goodstein. "With or without, they should be used properly, following the weight, age, and developmental limitations set within the product instructions and warnings."

Consider the type of trip you're taking

When browsing options, consider the type of trip you're taking and where you plan on using the crib. If you're traveling by plane , some (but not all) airlines allow you to check portable cribs for free (along with travel strollers and car seats). But if you're not checking baggage, make sure it's small enough to pass as a carry-on.

Some small travel cribs can be folded up super compactly and even tucked inside a suitcase. But larger options that come with their own carry bags will usually need to be toted around separately. If you just need something for the occasional overnight, you have more flexibility in terms of size.

Frequently Asked Questions

The main difference between a travel crib and a regular crib is that the former is typically foldable and relatively lightweight. But as long as it has a proper mattress and sides that prevent rolling off, you can use a travel crib as a regular crib.

"The newer ones, for the most part, should be fine," says Dr. Goodstein. "If you're going to use a sheet in there, make sure it's a fitted sheet for that specific type of crib."

Travel crib mattresses are roughly 38 x 24 inches, which is the size of a mini crib mattress. Getting a fitted sheet in the proper size is crucial, as loose fabric can be dangerous for sleeping babies. "These little ones don't have good head [or hand] control — they can't brush something off of their face," explains Dr. Goodstein. "Something as light as a sheet can cause suffocation."

Some travel cribs fit into overhead compartments, but it varies by model. While it's different for each airline, the maximum dimensions for carry-ons is usually 22 x 14 x 9 inches, so be sure to measure the packed-up size before your trip.

While most airlines will check strollers and carseats for free, travel cribs are considered luggage and will be charged as such. Be sure to check with your specific airline in advance to determine what baby gear is complimentary.

Traveling with a toddler takes more than a portable travel crib. These products will help your next adventure with your little one go smoothly, whether you're taking a roadtrip or flying internationally.

Veer Cruiser Stroller Wagon : Packed with features typical of strollers, this compact beach wagon has two seats, each of which can haul up to 55 pounds.

Joolz AER+ Baby Stroller : If you're looking for an extremely compact stroller that can be easily stored at home or on flights, look no further than the Joolz AER+ Baby Stroller. It looks great, rolls smoothly, and has plenty of padding for your little one.

Graco Contender Slim Convertible Car Seat : This ultra-lightweight car seat is also very slim and portable, making it a great option for any compact or larger vehicles you might rent for your next adventure.

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Theresa Holland is a toddler mom and seasoned commerce writer specializing in travel, baby gear, and furniture. For this story, she compiled our in-house testing insights and combed through product specs to create a comprehensive roundup of today's best travel cribs. She is personally familiar with the offerings from UppaBaby, Munchkin, and Chicco.

In creating our list of best travel cribs, we also spoke to an expert in the care of newborns, neonatologist Michael H. Goodstein , MD, FAAP.

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The 7 Best Travel Cribs of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

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A secure and comfortable travel crib is an essential accessory for parents who want to travel with their little ones without restriction. Sleepovers with friends and family, local road trips, and even international adventures—the world is your oyster with the right travel crib. Some can be used as a permanent sleeping place for your baby or toddler, while others adapt throughout the first stages of their life from bassinet to cot or playpen. Things to consider include how long you want to use the crib, what you want it for (and, therefore, whether lightness or size is the greater priority), and how much you’re willing to spend. 

To help you find the travel crib best suited to your requirements, we tested 19 of the most popular options in the TripSavvy lab. Each one was scored for ease of setup, portability, quality, durability, ease of cleaning, and overall value.

Final Verdict

How we tested, other travel cribs we tested.

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Best overall, maxi-cosi swift play yard.

  • Ease of Setup 4.8 /5
  • Durability 5 /5
  • Portability 4.5 /5
  • Quality 5 /5

Attractive and well made

User friendly

Multi-stage extends usable life

On the heavy side

The Maxi-Cosi Swift was a clear winner for us due to its ingenious design that combines three baby essentials—bassinet, cot, and playpen—in one high-quality product. The mattress unzips to fit the newborn bassinet, then zips together again to create an extra thick, comfy mattress for the toddler cot and playpen. This versatility means you can use the travel crib day and night through all stages of your little one’s growth from birth up until approximately 3.5 years—saving you plenty of money in the long run. 

The manufacturer’s description claims that the crib takes one second to fold or unfold; however, our tester timed assembly at three minutes and disassembly at less than two. We did find it incredibly easy to set up, earning the crib a near-perfect score for this element of the testing process. At 15.4 pounds, it isn’t the lightest cot on this list and is probably not the most convenient choice for air travel. However, we love that its full size and sturdy construction mean it could double as your permanent crib. 

We also fell for its beautiful design and high-quality fabric—in fact, our tester called it the most stylish pack-n-play they’d ever seen. We felt it was durable and likely to last a long time, with a convenient carry bag that makes it ideal for taking with you on your next road trip or staying at Grandma’s house.

Dimensions: 41.7 x 33.9 x 29.9 inches | Weight: 15.4 pounds | Maximum Weight Recommendation: 33 pounds

Best Budget

Munchkin travel bassinet.

  • Ease of Setup 5 /5
  • Durability 4.5 /5
  • Quality 4.5 /5

Low-maintenance care

Easy to pack

Allows plenty of ventilation

Relatively limited window of utility

Available online for a fraction of the price of our overall winner, the Munchkin Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet is the perfect fit for those on a budget. It’s also a very different product, intended for occasional use only during the newborn stage. Munchkin recommends stopping using the bassinet when your baby reaches three months, 15 pounds, or can push up on their hands and knees—whichever comes first. Nevertheless, we found it almost unbelievably easy to set up, with assembly taking one minute and disassembly taking less than 30 seconds. 

With side walls constructed of breathable fabric and mesh panels for maximum airflow, the bassinet is also incredibly lightweight (less than 3 pounds). Its tubular steel frame is held in place by a four-point Safe-T-Lock system but folds flat for effortless transport. We felt it would be ideal for air travel—although we wished it came with a carry bag to help keep it clean. We thought it was relatively sturdy and easy to spot-clean, though the removable mattress pad comes with a machine-washable sheet.

Dimensions: 30 x 21.25 x 11.75 inches | Weight: Under 3 pounds | Maximum Weight Recommendation: 15 pounds

KidCo Peapod Travel Bed

  • Durability 4 /5
  • Portability 5 /5

Fast, auto-setup

Suitable for 6 months to 3 years

Solid defense against the elements

Material feels a bit thin

If you’re looking to spend under $100 on a product that still guarantees good quality and an extended lifespan, we recommend the KidCo PeaPod Travel Bed. It weighs less than 3 pounds and is incredibly lightweight and easy to carry using convenient shoulder straps. Once opened, the tent-like travel bed pops up on its own. We found that, including the time taken to attach the removable sleeping pad, it took less than two minutes to assemble and disassemble, and we felt that it would also be a great fit for outdoor uses such as baby's first camping trip and the beach. 

The tent crib features a large zippered panel for easy access and walls made of lightweight mesh. These are great for maximum airflow and also double as an insect screen. The material is coated for UV protection, while anchor straps help to secure the tent against breezes (or active occupants!). We felt it would hold up well to the toddler years and be easy to spot-clean when necessary. Choose yours in colors ranging from Midnight to Cranberry or Tangerine.

Dimensions: 46 x 18 x 28 inches | Weight: 2.45 pounds | Maximum Weight Recommendation: 3 years

Best for Playtime

Chicco alfa lite lightweight travel playard.

  • Value 4.5 /5

Quick, straightforward setup

Smart features

The mattress could be a bit thicker

For a travel crib that doubles as an on-the-go play yard, we love the Chicco Alfa Lite. It assembles in just three minutes with a snap-open motion that locks the legs in place and takes less than a minute to disassemble. We found both steps so intuitive that the instructions were unnecessary. The zip-open side panel was a particular highlight for us, allowing the gentle placement of younger babies and the freedom to come and go for older children. Best of all, the zipper is lockable from the outside to prevent wandering at night. 

The full-size mattress creates ample space for playtime and is made extra secure by buckling underneath the cot to eliminate any risk of suffocation. If you need to move the cot around, we found it easy to do so with side handles that provide a good grip. Both the materials and the structure felt solid, and the crib survived our drop test undamaged. When folded back down into its zippered carry bag, we found it pretty light, too. Finally, the GREENGUARD Gold Certified materials are removable for machine washing.

Dimensions: 43 x 29 x 25 inches | Weight: 13 pounds | Maximum Weight Recommendation: 30 pounds

Best 2-in-1

Baby joy travel crib 2-in-1 playpen.

  • Portability 4 /5

Smart design with age-appropriate features

Easy care instructions

Not particularly easy to carry

Those searching for a travel crib that can act as a generously sized play area will appreciate the Baby Joy Travel Crib 2-in-1 Playpen. We timed setup and takedown at approximately three minutes each, with most of that time used to attach the mattress’s Velcro straps. The actual cot is incredibly easy to unfold and lock into place. It’s designed for babies from birth to 3 years, with breathable mesh walls offering excellent visibility from across the room. A zippered side door provides easy access for crawling and toddling children. 

We particularly liked how stable this crib is. With aluminum tubes reinforcing each corner, it felt rock solid even when we dropped a 25-pound sandbag into it and threw it around. We found it hard to tip over, even for an adult. Materials are high quality, while the mattress cover and crib fabrics can all be removed and washed as needed. The only downside was that the crib lacked portability. We felt an over-the-shoulder strap would have been more useful than the short carry handles included and that it was too wide for convenient air travel. 

Dimensions: 45.5 x 31 x 27 inches | Weight: 11 pounds | Maximum Weight Recommendation: 33 pounds

Best Splurge

Uppababy remi portable playard.

Buy Buy Baby

Doubles as a main crib

Stood up to durability tests perfectly

Plenty of "keep cool" design details

The heaviest option on this list

The UPPABaby Remi Portable Playard retails for roughly seven times the price of our budget pick; however, its excellent quality and intuitive design make it a worthwhile investment for frequent travelers or those who plan to use it as a primary sleeping space. It’s intended for babies up to 18 months old and comes with a zip-on bassinet attachment that allows easy bedside access to your newborn. Setting up the crib frame takes a matter of seconds and can be completed with one hand. 

We did find that figuring out the bassinet attachment took us several minutes—however, once learned, this process would be much shorter. The crib also features a zip-open panel for easy access, mesh walls for clear views and optimum ventilation, and a triple-layer mesh mattress for ultimate breathability. We found it very sturdy even when moved around and subjected to our sandbag tests. The quality of the materials is top-notch. It is relatively heavy (20 pounds)—however, a good quality carry bag with handles on the top and bottom makes transportation easy.

Dimensions: 40.5 x 28.5 x 26 inches | Weight: 20 pounds | Maximum Weight Recommendation: 20 pounds

Best Bassinet

Chicco lullago anywhere portable bassinet.

Transports like a dream, open or closed

Easy to maintain

A relatively short window for use

We love the Chicco LullaGo Anywhere Portable Bassinet for its high-quality design, which stood up well to our durability tests. It features a firm, flat sleep surface with mesh side panels for maximum visibility and ventilation, with metal legs that snap into place and a convenient shade canopy. It took us less than a minute to set it up and the same amount of time to fold it flat and fit it into its low-profile carry bag. At just 12 pounds, it’s wonderfully light—so much so that you can easily move it from one area of the house to another to keep an eye on baby during naptime.

Other thoughtful features include a mesh storage pocket for keeping essentials handy and a waterproof mattress with a fitted sheet. Best of all (during a stage when accidents happen often), all fabrics zip off for machine washing. For added peace of mind, the bassinet is GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which means it’s been independently tested for low chemical emissions to ensure your little one is breathing the cleanest air possible.

Dimensions: 30 x 28 x 18 inches | Weight: 12 pounds | Maximum Weight Recommendation: 20 pounds

With an impressive 4.86 out of 5 average rating, the Maxi-Cosi Swift Play Yard came in as our top pick. It features a three-in-one concept that takes your child just about anywhere from birth through approximately 3.5 years of age, and it comes with a carrying bag. Another excellent choice is the Munchkin Brica Travel Bassinet , which prioritizes value for money and ultralight portability.

First, we timed how long it took to assemble the crib and evaluated how easy the setup process was. Where relevant, we checked how simple it was to adjust it to its different stages (from bassinet to cot, for example). We assessed whether the mattress would fit a standard crib sheet or required a special size; then, we moved the crib across the room while fully assembled to see how easy it was to do so and whether all the parts remained securely in place. We also examined each feature and shook the frame to determine its sturdiness. 

Next, we placed a sandbag in the crib to replicate a baby or toddler (depending on the weight the product was certified for). We checked how the added weight affected the crib’s stability, then dropped the sandbag from 6 inches to simulate a toddler jumping up and down. Finally, we timed how long it took to disassemble the travel cot. Once packed away, we tested how easy it was to carry the crib before dropping it from waist height to test its durability further.

Each product was scored from 1 to 5 for ease of setup, portability, quality, durability, ease of cleaning, and value.

Chicco Dash Instant Setup Playard : This was a solid crib with high-quality materials—however, we found it so difficult to attach the mattress's Velcro straps that we gave up, and it's too bulky and heavy for easy travel. 

Graco My View Travel Crib With Stages : Compact and well-made, we liked that this crib was quick to assemble. It lost points due to its relatively small size, and the bassinet section doesn't fit in the carry bag.

Pamo Babe Deluxe Portable Nursery Center : This crib initially impressed us by offering a bassinet mode, a travel crib/play yard mode, and a changing table. However, it started to collapse during testing, which made us question its security. 

4moms Breeze GO Playard : We assembled this crib without instructions and liked its sturdiness and simple mattress design. However, we felt the price was high for relatively few bells and whistles. 

Dream On Me Nest Portable Play Yard With Carry Bag And Shoulder Strap : Although four separate testers tried, we could not successfully assemble this crib, which we found to be frustrating and useless. 

What to Look For in a Travel Crib

Weight and dimensions.

Travel cribs generally come in two styles. "Full-size" cribs that last through to the toddler years often double as a play yard, and smaller bassinets are meant exclusively for newborns. When choosing which one to purchase, consider your needs and whether the extended lifespan of a larger crib might make the trade-off of it being a little less portable worth it. The best option for you depends on your child's needs and how you plan on traveling—cribs for air travel will need to be much lighter than those packed in the car. 

How much you can expect to pay for a travel crib depends on the style and brand you go for. For example, our category winners range in price from just under $50 to nearly seven times that much—but what you get for your money differs considerably, too (one’s a foldable bassinet, the other’s a bassinet, crib, and play yard that could be used permanently). When deciding how much to spend, consider what you can afford and the long-term savings of purchasing a product that can be used throughout your baby’s early life, from newborn to toddler. 

Other Features

Other features to look out for range from the bassinet and changing table attachments to zippered side panels that provide easy access to the crib when you want it to double as a play yard. Any parent knows the value of baby equipment that’s easy to clean, so look for wipe-down surfaces and removable, machine-washable fabrics. Setup shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, and if it’s possible to do it one-handed, so much the better. Finally, the best cribs fold down for easy over-the-shoulder or backpack-style carrying, keeping your hands free for everything else. 

You should always consult the manufacturer’s guidelines before cleaning your travel crib since best practices differ from one model to the next. However, most can be spot-cleaned with warm water and a soft cloth, while the best feature fabrics can be removed and machine-washed when necessary. Many come with waterproof mattresses that can also be wiped clean. If yours doesn’t, after-market mattress protectors are often available, although you should always consult an expert before adding anything to your baby’s sleeping environment.

Some travel cribs fold flat and are small enough to pack in your suitcase. Others are compact enough to count as carry-on luggage and can be stowed in an overhead compartment. Often, even if your travel crib is substantially bigger, you can take it as checked luggage. Many airlines allow you to take a travel crib as an additional piece of checked luggage for free. However, rules vary, so check specific airline regulations for flying with children before deciding whether to take your crib with you.

Some parents choose to invest in a pack-n-play-style travel crib as their child’s permanent sleeping place. Otherwise, having a travel crib as a backup is worth it if you travel regularly and don’t want the hassle of always having to check whether your hotel or vacation rental can provide a cot (or if you simply want the peace of mind of knowing the cot’s history and quality). Many parents also purchase one to keep at a place their child regularly sleeps—a grandparent or shared custodian’s house, for example, or even in another room of their own home.

While some travel cribs can double as a pack-n-play, the main difference is that travel cribs are typically lighter and more compact when stored to facilitate portability when you most need it, such as embarking on your infant's first flight . Pack-n-plays are generally portable, just not to the same extent as these specialized models.

Jessica Macdonald is TripSavvy’s Africa travel expert and a regular contributor to family travel articles. A mom of two who’s always up for the next adventure (from road-tripping around South Africa’s national parks with an 18-month-old to hiking up Scottish mountains with a 6-week-old), she has traveled extensively with her kids and personally tested many different brands of travel cribs.

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Best Travel Cribs for 2024 – Our Reviews of the Safest and Most Portable Models

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We recommend the 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard or Guava Lotus Travel Crib as the best travel cribs that are extremely high quality and cost-effective.

As a mom who loves traveling with my little one, a portable crib that’s easy to set up and take down is an absolute must-have. After testing out several popular travel cribs on the market, I’ve discovered the key features to look for and compiled my top picks to make your buying decision easier.

A travel crib allows baby to sleep comfortably and safely whether you’re visiting relatives, staying in a hotel, or camping in the great outdoors .

In this guide, I’ll go over what makes travel cribs so useful for families on the go and review the top-rated options based on my hands-on experience assembling, using, and traveling with them.

Product Comparison

Reviews of the top 10 travel cribs: testing the products.

Before diving into our recommendations, it’s essential to understand that I’ve personally put these travel cribs to the test.

I know how crucial it is to have a reliable and convenient travel crib. So, I’ve tested these products rigorously to ensure they meet the highest standards of comfort, safety, and functionality for both you and your baby.

Now, let’s delve into the world of travel cribs and find the one that perfectly suits your needs:

Best Overall Travel Crib

4moms breeze plus portable playard.

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Weight: 28.46 Pounds

Size: 43 x 30 x 29 inches

Recommended Age: Newborn, Infant, Toddler

Maximum Weight Recommendation : 55 Pounds

A portable playard that’s easy to set up, durable and feature packed is a must-have for moms who travel frequently with toddlers. The 4moms Breeze Plus has been a total game-changer for our family. Its “one push open, one pull close” functionality makes it so simple to set up, even with my wiggly toddler in one arm. I love that it folds up into a compact carrying case, fitting easily in our car trunk alongside the rest of our travel gear.

We used the bassinet a ton during the newborn stage, especially for overnight trips to grandma’s house. Now that my daughter is a toddler, we appreciate the roomy playard space, which gives her plenty of room to play and move around. The flip changer has also come in handy for quick diaper changes on the go.

Compared to other playards like the Graco, this one is definitely pricier but worth it for the easy one-handed setup alone. I also like how sturdy it feels compared to the Chicco LullaGo bassinet, which seems quite flimsy. The Bugaboo Stardust is similarly easy to pop open, but it doesn’t have the flip changer or removable bassinet like the 4moms.

  • One-handed setup
  • Removable bassinet and flip changer
  • Stable and roomy playard
  • Carrying case included
  • Quite expensive

Most Portable Travel Crib

Babybjorn travel crib light.

Weight: 13 Pounds

Size: 44 x 24 x 32 inches

Maximum Weight Recommendation: 33 Pounds

The BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light has been an essential for overseas trips and visits to grandma’s cottage. At only 13 pounds, it’s one of the lightest and most portable options out there. I love how quick and easy it is to set up – just unfold the legs and you’re good to go in seconds. This comes in handy when I’m juggling a cranky toddler.

The mesh fabric sides provide great ventilation and give me peace of mind that I can easily check on my daughter while she’s sleeping. I do wish it came with a fitted sheet, as adding that extra piece can be annoying when I’m trying to set up quickly. The sleeping space is adequate but can feel a bit snug if my daughter moves around a lot. And it’s not ideal for nursing a newborn to sleep as there’s no side panel that opens.

Compared to the Guava Lotus, this one packs up smaller and weighs less, making it better for airplane travel. But the Lotus offers more space for a toddler to play while awake. I prefer the BabyBjorn’s airy mesh sides over the solid panels of the Maxi-Cosi Swift when it comes to breathability.

  • Very lightweight and portable design
  • Easy 15-second setup
  • Mesh sides for visibility
  • No fitted sheet included
  • Sleeping space can feel small
  • Not ideal for nursing

Easiest To Set Up Travel Crib

Bugaboo stardust playard.

Weight: 17 Pounds

Size: 25 x 38.8 x 33.5 inches

Recommended Age: Newborn, Infant

Bugaboo’s innovative Stardust Playard has been a lifesaver for impromptu toddler sleepovers at grandma’s apartment or sleepaway weekends at our family cabin. True to its promise, it pops open with just a one-second unfold . The adjustable height mattress is great for my aging back since I don’t have to bend down as far to lay my daughter down.

I like that it folds up with the mattress inside to become ultra compact. This is perfect for tossing in the trunk for weekend road trips where space is limited. The mattress and fitted sheet it comes with feel nicer quality than my friend’s Graco Pack’ N Play mattress. The fabric is soft but still durable enough to withstand my rambunctious toddler.

My only gripe is that setup is a bit trickier with just one hand since you have to unclip the sides before popping it open. The Chicco LullaGo sets up quicker when I’m holding my wiggly toddler. And it doesn’t have the naptime and nighttime versatility of the 4moms with its removable bassinet and flip changer. But for a basic and portable playard, it checks all our boxes.

  • Ultra quick one-second setup
  • Folds with mattress inside for compact storage
  • Higher quality mattress and sheet
  • Adjustable mattress height
  • Slightly tricky one-handed setup
  • Lacks extra features like changer and removable bassinet

Best Budget Travel Crib

Graco pack ‘n play on the go playard.

Weight: 21.4 Pounds

Size: 39.5 x 28.25 x 29 inches

Recommended Age: Infant

Maximum Weight Recommendation: 30 Pounds

My friend is using the Graco Pack ‘n Play On The Go playard , which has been a wallet-friendly lifesaver for their family. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of pricier models like the 4moms, it gets the job done for quick weekend getaways and overnight trips to grandma’s house.

She loves that the bassinet folds with the playard, making setup even easier when her toddler is eager to be let out of her carseat. The included toy bar has also been a great way to keep the little one entertained while she is packing up her things. Her husband appreciates how light and compact it folds up with the carrying bag.

That said, the Graco’s mattress is thin and flimsy compared to the premium mattress on the Newton Travel Crib. And the fabric feels cheaper than my BabyBjorn Travel Crib. I do wish the Graco had mesh sides for better visibility and fold up smaller like the Guava Lotus. But for parents looking for an affordable, no-frills playard for travel, the Graco does the trick!

  • Budget-friendly price
  • Folds with bassinet attached
  • Carrying bag and toy bar included
  • Lightweight
  • Mattress is thin and flimsy
  • Cheaper fabric
  • No mesh sides
  • Bulkier fold

Best Lightweight Travel Crib

Chicco lullago anywhere portable bassinet.

Weight: 12 Pounds

Size: 30 x 18 x 28 inches

Recommended Age: Newborn

Maximum Weight Recommendation: 20 Pounds

During my baby’s newborn days, the Chicco LullaGo Anywhere bassinet was a must for overnight trips to grandma’s and weekend getaways. At only 12 pounds, it’s one of the lightest bassinets out there, making it easy for my husband or I to carry while juggling all our other newborn gear. The included carrying bag was great for tossing in the trunk alongside our luggage.

Set up takes mere seconds with the snap-on legs. I like that the mattress has a firm, flat surface as recommended for safe newborn sleep. The mattress quality feels much better than the super thin, flimsy bassinet insert that came with my friend’s Graco Pack ‘n Play.

However, the sleeping space is quite small and wasn’t practical once my baby became more active. And it doesn’t offer the versatile playard space of the 4moms Breeze.

Overall, the Chicco LullaGo is an excellent choice for travel with a newborn. But for longer-term versatility, I’d go with the 4moms Breeze Plus with both bassinet and playard options.

  • Extremely portable at 12 lbs
  • Quick snap-on leg setup
  • High-quality firm mattress
  • Carrying bag included
  • Sleeping space is small
  • Not practical once baby is bigger
  • No playard option

Best Travel Crib for Twins

Baby trend lil’ snooze deluxe iii for twins.

Weight: 40.95 Pounds

Size: 35.5 x 28 x 41.5 inches

My cousin, who is a super mom of twins, absolutely loves the Baby Trend Lil’ Snooze Deluxe for all their fun family outings. The separate rocker bassinets have been perfect for keeping her twins happy in the car and on planes. She likes that each has its own toys, music, and vibration—it really helps distract them when their patience wears thin.

The large playard space has plenty of room for growing twins to play and nap comfortably. And they love listening to the nature sounds before bedtime. The deluxe organizer is great for storing diapers, wipes, and extra clothes on the go.

Compared to the Joovy Room2, I wish the sleeping space was bigger, as I could see her twins starting to feel cramped. It’s also very heavy and bulkier to fold than the Guava Lotus. Still, for parents of twins, the dual features make travel and sleepovers much smoother. I don’t know what they would do without it!

  • Dual rocker bassinets with music, toys, and vibration
  • Ample playard space for twins
  • Convenient organizer for travel
  • Portable for car trips
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Sleeping space could be bigger

Best Travel Crib for Airplane

Guava lotus travel crib.

Weight: 15 Pounds

Size: 45.5 x 31.5 x 25.5 inches

Maximum Weight Recommendation: No limit (mattress supported by floor)

If you are a traveler like me, you should know that the Guava Lotus Travel Crib has been my trusty companion on cross-country plane trips, busy family vacations, and weekends at the in-laws’ house. The genius 3D folding design makes it compact enough to fit in an overhead bin as a carry-on item. Setup and takedown is so simple, I can do it easily with one hand while holding my squirmy toddler in the other arm.

I absolutely love the side door panel—it’s been a game changer for calming my daughter to sleep while traveling and maintaining bonding through the night. The thick mattress is also comfier than any other travel crib mattress we’ve tried. The quality feels closer to a real crib mattress than the thinner, flimsier ones often included in cheaper playards.

The Newton does offer a bit more interior space for playtime. And the Bugaboo Stardust sets up quicker in one easy motion. But for families focused on air travel and portability, the well-designed Lotus is truly in a league of its own. I wouldn’t consider traveling without it.

  • Fits airplane overhead bins
  • One-handed setup in seconds
  • Side door for easy access
  • Thick, quality mattress
  • Interior space smaller than Newton
  • Slightly slower setup than Bugaboo

Best Travel Crib for Car Travel

Maxi-cosi swift lightweight portable playard.

Weight: 18 Pounds

Size: 41 x 33 x 31 inches

Maximum Weight Recommendation: 35 Pounds

I love the stylish, compact design of the Maxi-Cosi Swift for overnight trips and visits to grandma’s house. The two-stage mattress is a really unique feature—I used it on the higher bassinet setting for my newborn, and now my toddler has plenty of room with it unzipped to the larger playard size.

The one-step fold is awesome when I’m packing up a wiggly toddler in a hurry. It folds up so smooth and compact. I also appreciate that it comes with a carrying case, unlike some competitors like the BabyBjorn Travel Crib. The fabric and mesh sides seem very breathable and airy.

My main gripe is that the mattress is quite thin and flimsy—almost like a yoga mat! I wish it had the super plush mattress that comes with the Newton. And setup takes a tad longer than the ultra-quick Bugaboo Stardust. While the Maxi-Cosi Swift is slightly heavier than some competing options, it has proven to be an extremely sturdy, convenient, and stylish playard for car travel with our family.

  • Two-stage adjustable mattress
  • Smooth one-step fold
  • Stylish, compact design fits in the trunk of car
  • Mattress is very thin
  • Slightly slower setup

Most Comfortable Travel Crib

Newton baby travel crib and play yard.

Size: 51 x 34.5 x 28.5 inches

This Newton Baby Travel Crib has been an absolute dream for our cross-country road trips and busy family vacations thanks to its massive interior space. With nearly 10 square feet of play area, my tall toddler has plenty of room to play and move around even after being confined in her car seat.

I’m also obsessed with the innovative Wovenaire mesh mattress—not only is it perfectly breathable, but you can wash the whole thing! This gives me peace of mind, knowing it’s truly clean for my little one. I also love that I can easily spot clean the mattress pad after accidents or spit up. The thick cushioning provides ample comfort and support.

My husband did struggle a bit with setup compared to the foolproof Bugaboo Stardust. And it lacks the versatile bassinet and changing station features of the 4moms Breeze. But for families focused on maximizing play space for an active toddler, the Newton is hands-down the winner. My daughter would live in it full time if she could!

  • Huge 10 sq ft play space
  • Innovative breathable + washable mattress
  • Thick cushioned mattress pad
  • Easily spot cleaned
  • Slightly trickier setup
  • Lacks bassinet and changer

Best Travel Crib for Tall Babies

Joovy room2 large portable playpen.

Weight: 29.6 Pounds

Size: 39.75 x 39.75 x 31 inches

Most moms have struggled to find a playpen that provides enough space for their toddler to stretch out comfortably—until discovering the Joovy Room2 . With nearly 10 square feet of space, it’s roomier than any other playpen we’ve tried. This crib is designed in a way that prevents tall toddlers from climbing out of it.

I love that the mesh windows provide a 360-degree view so I can easily keep an eye on my busy bee while getting things done around the house. The padded mattress and fitted sheet seem very durable yet comfy enough for naps and overnight sleep. And the travel bag makes it easy to stash in my trunk for weekends at grandma’s.

Compared to the Guava Lotus, I do wish it had a side door for easy access when my toddler is sleeping. It’s also quite heavy and bulky when folded. But its expansive interior can’t be beaten for tall toddlers who need extra room to play and rest comfortably. If space is your top priority, the Joovy Room2 is the way to go.

  • Nearly 10 sq ft of space
  • 360-degree visibility
  • Durable yet padded mattress
  • No side door access
  • Heavy and bulky when folded

Why Use a Travel Crib?


The number one reason to use a travel crib is portability. Standard cribs are cumbersome to move from room to room, let alone take on a plane or in a car.

Travel cribs are designed to fold up into a compact shape with a carrying bag for easy transport. This allows the baby to sleep in a familiar environment no matter where your travels take you.

Safety is my top concern when it comes to my baby’s sleep space. Travel cribs offer secure, enclosed sides to prevent falls and keep the baby from climbing out.

Many also have mesh panels for maximum breathability. The best travel cribs meet current safety standards and feature sturdy but collapsible frames.


Between naps, diaper changes, and feedings, it’s so convenient to have a portable sleep space for a baby wherever I need it. Travel cribs set up in minutes in any room or outdoor area.

Some even have features like mobiles, sound machines, and bassinets to help baby sleep soundly. The ability to provide consistent sleep for my little one while we’re on the go makes travel cribs well worth it.

Types of Travel Cribs

Not all travel cribs are created equal. Understanding the different types available can help you choose the one that best suits your needs.

1. Portable Playard: Versatility Meets Comfort

  • Spacious for active babies.
  • Doubles as a playpen during the day.
  • Offers a secure sleeping environment.
  • Can be heavier and bulkier.

These traditional rectangular playard-style cribs are perfect for babies who love their space. It provides ample room for play and sleep, making it a versatile choice for various situations.

2. Bassinet Travel Crib: Perfect for Newborns

  • Cozy and secure for newborns.
  • Often includes features like a changing table.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Suitable for a limited age range, usually up to 3-4 months old.

Bassinet travel cribs cater to the needs of newborns and infants. They offer a snug sleeping environment and often come with convenient extras like changing tables.

3. Pop-Up Travel Crib: Lightweight and Convenient

  • Incredibly lightweight.
  • Lightweight metal frames simply pop open.
  • Ideal for short trips.
  • Limited space for active babies.
  • Less durable than other options.

Pop-up travel cribs are designed for parents on the move. They are a breeze to set up and are ideal for quick getaways or when you need a crib in a pinch.

Key Features to Look for in a Travel Crib

Based on using a wide range of travel cribs with my daughter, here are the key features I recommend looking for:

Weight and Foldability

Since you’ll be moving the crib often, seek out lighter weight models (under 20 lbs) that fold into a compact shape. Look for a crib with a carrying case that makes transporting through airports and in cars manageable.

Sturdy yet Collapsible Frame

You want something that sets up and folds down easily but has a frame that doesn’t shake or collapse while in use. Metal tubing that clicks securely into place is ideal for stability.

Mesh Sides for Ventilation

Mesh sides allow maximum airflow so baby stays comfortable in warm climates or overly air-conditioned rooms. They also give parents better visibility.

Mattress Quality and Fit

A padded mattress with a snug fit is key for safety and your baby’s comfort. Waterproof and machine-washable mattress covers are a major plus for inevitable messes and blowouts on the go.

Easy Assembly and Disassembly

When traveling with a baby, easy assembly in under 5 minutes is a must. Some cribs even allow you to unfold in mere seconds! The crib should fold back up compactly with minimal effort. Look for simple push button or latch mechanisms.

Extra Tips for Using a Travel Crib

  • Always Secure the Mattress Properly To prevent dangerous gaps, make sure the mattress is properly secured in place every time you set up. Follow the manufacturer's instructions closely.
  • Use the Carry Bag for Transportation and Storage When not in use, keep the travel crib in its carrying case to prevent damage. This will make it much easier to transport as well.
  • Keep It Clean Wipe down the crib and wash all removable parts like the mattress cover regularly. Cleanliness is especially important when using it in hotels or on multiple trips.

Before You Buy – My Closing Guidance

I hope this buying guide covers all the key factors to consider when selecting the best travel crib for your family’s needs.

My top picks offer great portability, safety, convenience, and features to make travel with your little one stress-free.

Just remember a quality travel crib can open up so many more travel opportunities while providing consistent sleep for the baby.

Let me know if you have any other questions – happy travels!

Frequently Asked Questions

What age is best for starting to use a travel crib.

Most travel cribs are suitable starting at birth as long as your doctor approves. However, some parents prefer bigger cribs for newborns and start travel crib use around 3-6 months when baby is more mobile.

Are travel cribs safe for overnight sleep?

Yes, as long as you always follow the safety guidelines like securing the mattress properly. Travel cribs that meet current safety standards are designed for both daytime napping and overnight sleep.

Can I also use a travel crib at home?

Absolutely! Many parents use travel cribs as their main crib to move around the house. They work great as a lightweight option you can move from room to room based on your needs.

Are travel cribs okay for airline travel?

Most airlines allow travel cribs as long as they meet carry-on size requirements . Some may even let you gate check the crib for free. Be sure to contact your airline to understand their specific policies.

How long can a child use a travel crib?

Many travel cribs have weight limits of 30-50 pounds and are advertised to use up to 3-4 years old. However, kids develop at different rates, so transition your child once he/she is climbing out or reaches the manufacturer guidelines.

Do I need a special mattress for a travel crib?

Travel cribs come with a mattress specifically designed to fit that model. You should use the manufacturer’s mattress for a secure fit. Using a different mattress could create dangerous gaps in the crib.

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The Best Travel Cribs, Tested by Babies on the Go

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Based on product testing, expert interviews and survey feedback from over 300 members of The Bump community, we chose the Bugaboo Stardust Travel Crib as the overall best as it’s super-lightweight and features a one-second unfold.

Heading out on a trip or vacation with your baby or toddler? Chances are, there isn’t going to be a safe, sturdy crib waiting and available at your destination. And if that’s the case, you’re going to need a portable travel crib. “It’s important to have a specific safe place for your child to sleep when traveling so that you can keep them safe and sound,” explains Bridget Bowling , a certified pediatric sleep consultant in Cleveland, Ohio. “Without a travel crib, it’s easy for families to fall into unsafe sleep habits,” like letting baby sleep in bed with you. Thankfully, there are a ton of travel crib options to choose from.

Aside from safety, the most important factors to consider when choosing a travel crib are portability, size and weight. Of course, practically every travel crib bills itself as compact, lightweight and easy to set up and break down. To find out which ones actually lived up to the promise, we scrutinized the options, picked out the best of the bunch and had real parents put them to the test. Keep reading for our picks of the best travel cribs on the market, including this year’s Best of The Bump winner, as well as expert advice on what to look for in a travel crib.

How We Tested the Travel Cribs

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For more than 10 years, The Bump has acknowledged the best baby products on the market through our award series. The Bump editors did extensive research and created a shortlist of top-rated travel cribs. From there we took the following steps to determine which product was the overall best:

  • The Bump editors combed through user reviews, leveraging our familiarity with leading baby brands and relying on our own experiences as parents. We only considered options that meet CPSC safety standards and had an average four-star rating.
  • We interviewed a certified pediatric sleep consultant to get the lowdown on must-have features and how to use a travel crib safely.
  • In May 2023 we surveyed 300 members of The Bump community. We asked this sample of new parents to rate the travel cribs they’ve used with their own babies and to comment on their overall experience. We evaluated this data and used it to inform our product choices.
  • We enlisted parents of babies and toddlers to thoroughly test the leading options on the market. They used the portable cribs with their own kids for multiple naps and nights, and carefully assessed each travel crib for ease of use, portability, effectiveness, features and design and value for money.

We paired this rigorous testing with our own expertise and insights to bestow the prestigious Best of The Bump award to the overall best travel crib. But we didn’t stop there. Using the testing evaluations, we identified other standout options that are particularly good for specific needs, whether you want a slim or lightweight option, one that’s ideal for newborns or a travel crib that works particularly well as a playard. All this, to help ensure you find exactly the right product for your family. Editorial integrity is at the heart of everything we publish. Read about how The Bump develops and reviews all articles , including product reviews.

The Best Travel Cribs

Overall best travel crib.

Bugaboo Stardust Playard - Portable Indoor and Outdoor Crib

  • Adjustable height
  • Uses standard crib sheets
  • Comes with Velcro travel bag
  • Higher price
  • Weight capacity may not suit older toddlers

One of the major selling points of this travel crib is a one-second unfold, which may sound like quite a bold claim! But “it lived up to its promise,” according to our product tester, who added, “the Bugaboo Stardust was impressively user-friendly. Its sleek, folded design made storage easy, especially in tight spaces like car trunks.”

The lightning-fast setup comes courtesy of an all-in-one design, including a built-in mattress, which means you have zero extra parts to fiddle with. Folding it back up takes a mere three seconds, so packing at the end of your trip is just as easy. And at 17 pounds, “it felt lighter than many of the other models I've tried,” our product tester reported.

Despite the slim profile and minimal poundage, the Bugaboo Stardust is a sturdy space for sleep and play. “Its robust sides and base seemed well-equipped to handle the spirited energy of a 9-month-old,” our tester said. You'll get maximum longevity too, thanks to a bassinet feature for newborns and an adjustable height setting that keeps your cutie contained as they grow. Compared to other travel cribs she’d tried, our tester said “this one stood out in terms of comfort and design.”

Dimensions (open): 38.8" (L) x 25" (W) x 33.5" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 25.6" (L) x 5.5" (W) x 33.5" (H) | Weight: 17.2 lbs. | Weight capacity (crib): 33 lbs. | Weight capacity (bassinet): 19.8 lbs

Our product tester says: “It made travel with a 9-month-old remarkably hassle-free.”

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Best travel crib for newborns

Remi Playard

  • Spacious design
  • GREENGUARD Gold certified
  • Suitable for newborns, older babies and toddlers
  • On the heavier side

The UPPAbaby Remi Playard was designed with newborns in mind. Not only does it boast an easy-to-insert mesh bassinet to keep the tiniest sleepers safe and secure, but its materials are also GREENGUARD Gold certified for low chemical emissions to provide better air quality for baby. The organic, temperature-regulated mattress is machine washable too, making easy work out of cleaning spit-up, blow-outs or leaks.

There are plenty of newborn-friendly features to love here, but the greatest gift for new parents is a good night’s sleep—and this travel crib delivers. “There’s no difference in [ baby’s ] sleep using the travel crib vs. his usual crib or bassinet,” our product tester reported. She gave the Remi a 5 out of 5 score for effectiveness, adding, “we tried it as a bassinet and as a crib and [ my baby ] sleeps great using both.”

The Remi earned additional kudos from our tester (as well as additional 5 out of 5 scores for ease of use and portability) when it came to set up. “The Remi is brilliant,” she said. “Not only is it super easy to use, but the instructions are very easy to follow. When traveling, the last thing you need is the headache of having to set up a complicated crib to put a tired and fussy baby down. The Remi is so easy to set up, you can do it in less than a minute and be able to focus on other things.”

That’s not to say that the Remi is just for infants—it's also sturdy enough to withstand naps, sleep and playtime with older babies and toddlers. In fact, our product tester believes she’ll keep using it for some time to come. “I can see it being very useful as he gets older and I can set him in with his toys to keep him contained because there is plenty of space for toys and books.”

Dimensions (open): 40.5" (L) x 26" (W) x 28.5" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 11" (L) x 10" (W) x 28.5" (H) | Weight: 20 lbs. | Weight capacity (bassinet): 20 lbs.

Our product tester says: “The Remi is very well thought out. I love the side zipper to let kids in and out, and the set up is foolproof.”

Best travel crib for easy setup

Travel Crib Light

  • Easy to unfold and setup
  • Lightweight
  • Comes with carry bag
  • No bassinet
  • Not as roomy as other options

Traveling with baby in tow can be exhausting—so the last thing you need once you reach your destination is a travel crib that’s a painstaking puzzle to assemble. Not with the Baby Bjorn crib! Setup is a breeze. “It folds in and out so easily, I could almost do it with one hand,” our tester said, giving the Travel Crib Light 5 out of 5 scores for ease of use, effectiveness and portability. When you're ready to head home, just collapse it and tuck it into the handy travel bag. “I could fold it down and transport it easily for playdates and sleepovers at the grandparents,” our product tester reported. It won’t break your back, either: Clocking in at just 13 pounds, this sturdy yet featherweight travel crib may weigh less than baby!

The firm-but-cushioned mattress will keep your little one comfortable while they snooze, and the crib can easily double as a play zone for babies. That said, the light weight and simple design comes with a few minor costs: The crib's small size isn't ideal for toddler playtime, and there's no bassinet feature for newborns.

Still, if you're looking for a travel crib that'll get you from point A to point B with minimal headache, it’s a top choice. “It's worth the price for a hassle-free experience and its convenient travel size,” our product tester said. “It's not fussy at all and very straightforward.”

Dimensions (open): 44" (L) x 32" (W) x 24" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 23.5" (L) x 5.5" (W) x 19" (H) | Weight: 13 lbs. | Weight capacity: N/A

Our product tester says: “It's not fussy at all and very straightforward.”

Our community says:

“/[It's] easy to set up and use.” – Katherine*, The Bump survey respondent

Best travel crib for flying

Lotus Travel Crib

  • Can be worn as a backpack
  • Carry-on approved
  • Features a side zipper
  • No bassinet feature
  • Thin mattress
  • Base is low to the ground

We can't promise the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib will make flying with baby easy. But it'll definitely make things easier , thanks to its lightweight, compact fold-down size, included travel bag that can be worn as a backpack(!) and the fact that you can take it onto the plane as carry-on luggage.

"I can’t lift very heavy things, and I find myself picking this up with no problem,” our tester reported, giving the Lotus 5 out of 5 for ease of use and portability. “The shape is great and very flat.” And she’s not kidding: This highly portable travel crib folds down to just half its full size.

Once you reach your destination, the easy-to-set-up crib doubles as a play space to keep your cutie (and their toys) contained. A convenient side-zipper feature makes it easy for older babies and toddlers to climb out on their own (once you unzip it), which means less lifting for you; it’s also a handy feature for shorter parents and caregivers who struggle to reach over the sides of a portable crib. The Lotus earned another 5 out of 5 score for features and design from our tester, who added, “It's spacious but not bulky.”

While this crib option is lightweight and streamlined, the sturdy aluminum frame keeps active toddlers secure, and because it sits on the floor, there's no upper weight limit. You can use it until your tot is big enough to climb out, wherever your travels take you.

Dimensions (open): 45" (L) x 31.5" (W) x 25.5" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 24" (L) x 12" (W) x 8" (H) | Weight: 15 lbs. | Weight capacity: N/A

Our product tester says: “It's ridiculously easy to set up, super small and you can wear it as a backpack.”

“/[It’s] small and easy to pack up.” – Nicole*, The Bump survey respondent

“I like the style and how compact it gets when folded.” – Susan, The Bump survey respondent

“I like that it sits on the floor—feels sturdier, plus there's no weight limit as a result of it.” Lisa*, The Bump survey respondent

Best small travel crib

Brica Travel Pod

  • Small and lightweight
  • Convenient for newborns
  • Budget-friendly
  • Low weight capacity
  • Too small for older babies

If you're looking for a pint-sized sleeping space for camping trips or naps in the park, the Munchkin Brica Fold ‘n Go Baby Travel Pod may be the option for you. Like the name implies, it's more like a portable cocoon than a full-on crib, making it ideal for newborns and younger babies who aren't yet pushing up or trying to roll over .

The pod, which lays flat on the ground, can be quickly set up on a picnic blanket or beach towel with the touch of a button. “It took maybe one full minute to set it up and break it down,” our product tester reported, giving the Brica Fold ‘n Go a 5 out of 5 score for ease of use. It's also ultra lightweight (just 3 pounds!). “This was especially helpful since I haven't yet gained my full strength back postpartum,” she added. She also appreciated the mesh sides that offer breathability (and let you take a peek in at baby).

The Brica Fold ‘n Go also earned a 5 out of 5 for effectiveness—our tester reported that her child “settled well after just a minute and slept regularly.” In short, it's a great, easy option for newborn snoozes. The Brica Fold ‘n Go is basically a travel bassinet, offering a great option for little nappers who will move on to a bigger travel crib once they’re able to start pushing up.

Dimensions (open): 30" (L) x 21.3" (W) x 11.8" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 16.9" (L) x 5" (W) x 20.7" (H) | Weight: 3 lbs. | Weight capacity: 15 lbs.

Our product tester says: “It's a great item to keep in the car and to take to parks, beaches or camping.”

Best lightweight travel crib

instant travel cot

  • Small, lightweight, and easy to carry
  • Add-on sunshade and mosquito net
  • Adjustable levels for newborns through toddlers
  • Narrow, on the small side for toddlers
  • Some users wish the travel crib bag was sturdier

This lightweight travel crib—and seriously, we mean under 11 pounds lightweight—was a big hit with our product tester. “This was extremely light and very easy to carry both assembled and folded up,” she told us, giving the Aeromoov Instant Travel Crib 5 out of 5 scores across a broad range of categories, including portability, effectiveness and value for money. it's a breeze to tote along practically anywhere. And since it folds down to less than five inches wide in the included carrying bag, it's super easy to store.

Our product tester said she’d “especially recommend it to someone who travels or does a lot of outdoor trips," since the crib can be bundled with a UV 50+ sunshade and a mosquito net to keep your cutie comfortable in the elements. In fact, the mosquito netting was something our tester particularly singled out for praise: “I’ve never actually seen a playard with a mosquito net, so I really did like that. I took my first son camping at 5 months and struggled with bugs and leaves falling into his playard.”

If you’re worried that a lightweight travel crib won’t hold up to an active baby, don’t. Our tester told us, “The structure of the playard was very sturdy and I didn’t feel like it would give in at all if my son was to fall over or try and pull up inside.” Setup is quick and convenient, and you'll appreciate the adjustable height too. This is one light crib that does the work of a heavyweight champ!

Dimensions (open): 36.2" (L) x 24.8" (W) x 51" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 28.3" (L) x 4.7" (W) x 4.7" (H) | Weight: 11 lbs. | Weight capacity (bassinet): 13 lbs. | Weight capacity (crib): N/A

Our product tester says: “I'd especially recommend it to someone who travels or does a lot of outdoor trips.”

Best pack and play travel crib

Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Playard

  • Full-size bassinet
  • Lots of space to play
  • Can be wheeled from room to room
  • Larger than some other travel cribs

Spacious, sturdy and easy to transport from room to room (thanks, bottom wheels), Graco's Pack ‘n Play On The Go Playard shines not only as a place for naps, but also as a space to keep your little contained while they're awake. “There's enough room for [ my daughter ] and her toys,” our product tester told us. “I felt safe and secure with the durability of the playard and how happy she was to play and do tummy time.”

The On The Go Playard isn’t as compact as some of the other models we tried—it’s definitely geared towards giving your child a dedicated playspace in addition to a sleep environment. But our tester, who gave the travel crib 5 out of 5 for portability and ease of use, found it simple to fold down, transport and set back up. “One of my favorite things [ about it ] was how easy it is for a busy mom," she told us. “It took me maybe five minutes to set up. And it's light enough for me to carry along with my baby.”

It's a great value for the money too—whether you need a toddler travel crib or something that can grow with baby, you’ll love the age-adaptable features like a full-size bassinet and soft toy bar. “The height was perfect for picking her up and setting her down, and there's lots of room for her to grow,” our tester told us. There's even a side pocket for storing essentials like diapers and wipes, and the 35-inch height limit easily keeps even the most curious toddlers in one spot.

Dimensions (open): 39.5" (L) x 28.3" (W) x 131" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 10.5" (L) x 10.5" (W) x 29" (H) | Weight: 21.4 lbs. | Weight capacity (bassinet): 15 lbs. | Weight capacity (crib): N/A

Our product tester says: “I loved this playard for the ease, durability and style!”

Best all-in-one travel crib

GAP babyGap Deluxe Play Yard, Grey Stripes

  • Compact carry case
  • Toy mobile included
  • Easy to assemble and break down
  • Some users worried the carrying case handles weren't sturdy enough

The Delta Children babyGap Deluxe Play Yard has everything you need to serve as your little one's home base away from home, including a bassinet, changing table, snap-on hanging storage and a removable toy arm to engage your newborn's visual development. At the same time, it has a quick, compact fold that makes it easy to pack and tote when you're on the go. “The playard has so many additional features,” our product tester told us, rating the babyGap deluxe 5 out of 5 for value. “And is much less expensive than [ similar products ] !”

“I was genuinely surprised at how lightweight this playard was in comparison to another Pack-n-Play that I have,” our product tester told us, also giving the babyGap Deluxe 5 out of 5 for portability and ease of use. “It easily broke down and slid back into the carrying case.” She also added that she loved the fact that set-up instructions were printed right on the side of the bassinet. “It made it so easy and convenient to put together,” she told us. “Especially as someone who loses paper directions!” (We hear you!)

Our tester loved the wheels built into one side of the travel crib—and it really shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point that she rated the babyGap Deluxe 5 out of 5 for features and design. “This is so important, as when I'm working in my kitchen, I can easily push the playard closer and into my vantage point while I'm cooking.”

The mesh-paneled bassinet was also a winner. “It's excellent quality. It's firm and fits securely into the bassinet insert,” our tester said. The mobile on top is pretty mesmerizing too, so you can eke out a few more uninterrupted minutes as you get ready to hit the road. “My infant stared at it for 25 minutes,” she said. Needless to say, she loved this feature!

Dimensions (open): 37.4" (L) x 27.8" (W) x 40.2" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 12" (L) x 9.5" (W) x 30.1" (H) | Weight: 28.6 lbs. | Weight capacity (crib): 30 lbs. | Weight capacity (changing table): 25 lbs. | Weight capacity (bassinet): 15 lbs. | Weight capacity (crib): N/A

Our product tester says: “It’s comfortable and so easily transportable for my two young babies.”

*Note: Some names have been changed due to privacy requests.

Travel Cribs Comparison Chart

What to look for when shopping for travel cribs.

Just like with a standard crib, safety comes first. Your child’s travel crib should have mesh side panels to promote healthy airflow and reduce the risk of suffocation while sleeping, Bowling says. In keeping with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics , the mattress should be firm enough that it doesn’t conform to the shape of your child’s head (again, to reduce suffocation risk), and there shouldn’t be any visible gaps between the mattress and the side of the crib, Bowling adds.

Any travel crib being sold in the US today must meet federal safety standards, which were updated in 2022 . If you’re planning to use an older model, be sure that it meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standards. The CPSC website can also tell you if a travel crib has been recalled , which is especially important if you’re snagging a hand-me-down from another family.

After safety, you’ll want to think about the features that’ll make your life easier. While traveling with baby is never really convenient , having a travel crib that works for your needs will mean a little less stress. “You’ll want to decide what’s important to you and what sorts of trips you’ll be taking and toting your travel crib on,” Bowling says. For instance, frequent fliers will probably want to prioritize compactness and minimal weight, while a little extra bulk won’t be much of an issue for those who take the occasional road trip to visit friends and family.

Finally, consider whether the travel crib will grow with your child. Compact models designed for air travel tend to be smaller, which is great for convenience when you have an infant. But you might need something a little more spacious if you’re hoping to use the same product until your older toddler transitions to sleeping in a bed. “Typically children sleep in travel cribs as long as they sleep in cribs, which I recommend to be until at least age 3,” Bowling says.

Differences Between Travel Cribs and Pack and Plays

Travel cribs and pack and plays (also known as playards ) can keep babies and toddlers safe, comfortable and contained while they sleep or play (as long as the playard is designated for overnight sleep). Both are designed to be portable and can generally be folded down and packed up in a compact bag or case, making them a good alternative to a crib when you’re on the go.

The main difference? Many products billed as travel cribs tend to be smaller, lighter and easier to transport than a pack and play. They’re a little more convenient for tucking into the car or bringing along to the airport, explains Bowling. But ultimately, both will get the crib stand-in job done.

About the writer:

Marygrace Taylor is a freelance health and parenting writer based in Philadelphia, who’s written dozens of product roundups, health features and personal essays for The Bump. She’s also a highly experienced car seat and travel crib user, thanks to her 5-year-old.

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This is all to say, when we travel out to visit the in-laws in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, my son will doubtlessly finagle his way into our guestroom bed, and our daughter requires the strongest travel crib known to man. Surprise, surprise, it ain’t cheap. At $300 the UPPAbaby Remi Portable Playard is a splurge for us, but it’s worth it. It’s super sturdy—overbuilt even, as if one were planning to take it out to sea. And that makes it perfect for our needs. It packs down to an easily portable size and even though it's a bit heavy, as I like to remind my wife, that’s why I lift the weights . (The price reminds me why I buy gym equipment on a discount .)

 Remi Portable Playard

Best Overall Travel Crib

Uppababy remi portable playard.

Swift Lightweight Portable Play Yard

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Lotus Travel Crib

Best Travel Crib for Flying

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The merits of a good travel crib are pretty straight forward. First and foremost, the kid sleeps well, which makes all of our days a whole lot more rosy come the morning. A well-rested toddler is worth its weight in gold. A sleepy, crabby toddler storming around the living room demanding everything that comes in contact with her person be the color purple, well, that will make your sweet, snowy Christmas in Colorado ski country significantly less merry. Good sleep , after all, is the foundation of a good life, and Esquire has a whole section on Adult Sleep .

Travel cribs come in all shapes, sizes, and prices for when your tot needs to be contained on the go. Here are a few of the best I've tried from all across the board.

Besides the fact that this thing feels nearly indestructible, what I really appreciated about the UPPAbaby was how easy it was to piece together. I’m terrible at following instructions—blame it on the writerly temperament. So, being able to simply pull this crib from its box and snap a few things into place using mostly intuition was a godsend. It’s easy to break down too, and folds neatly in upon itself. This crib is just really well designed overall. Edges are padded and zippers are hidden as well, to alleviate the threat of bumps and scratches.

That said, his crib isn’t easy on the wallet, but few things of quality ever are. It’s also 22.5 pounds—heavier than some competitors, but not prohibitively so. The weight translates to durability though. We’ve had this crib for quite some time and it’s still going strong. Which is good, because Destructo requires every ounce of its might.

This model easily could have been chosen as best overall. It was nearly a pick’em with the UPPAbaby. It lost a few mph off its fastball because the ease of setup wasn’t quite as simple as the competition, but we are really splitting hairs here. The mattress was extra cozy and all abrasive edges are covered up too. It’s also extra sturdy—it barely budges when you rock it and it feels like you could bounce a bowling ball off the mattress and nothing would break.

This crib also has a detachable bassinet feature. For really little guys you can raise the mattress up for easier access. It’s a versatile feature that parents will appreciate. Like the UPPAbaby this crib is a teence on the chubby side at 18 pounds, but that’s a worthy sacrifice when you take into account this product’s significant advantages.

This crib would have scored well on any level, but I decided it’s best suited for flying accolades because of its portability. Flying with little kids is tough enough as is, the last thing you want to be concerning yourself with is lugging an unwieldy crib around the airport while your toddler disappears around the bend and out of sight on the baggage carousel. To that end, the Lotus is just about right. It weighs just 15 pounds, folds down easily to half its size, and has its own easy-to-handle travel bag. But despite its feathery weight, its aluminum frame is sturdy enough to withstand both travel and ornery munchkins. The only issue I found with this one is that the mattress is a little slim, but nothing’s perfect.

KidCo PeaPod Plus Travel Tent

PeaPod Plus Travel Tent

If you like to travel light the KidCo Peapod Plus is the crib for you. Of all the cribs I saw, this one outpunched its weight the most—quite literally, it clocks in at a scant 3.5 pounds. This crib stows neatly in its own bag that comes with straps for easy carrying. Setup was a breeze too. And a very cool feature, the tent-like design makes it equally adept at indoor or outdoor sleeping. This is the crib you want if you like to camp. I wouldn’t describe the construction as rigid, but it’s safe enough for an older child. One major drawback for this model is that it has a slippery fabric at the bottom of the crib that isn’t suitable for infants.

BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light

Travel Crib Light

One of the tricks I’ve picked up in my years of dad’ing is to keep everything as simple as possible. All your best laid plans are bound to go to hell anyway, but subtracting moving parts from the equation early on will at least make it a smooth ride down.

For that reason, I really like the Travel Crib Light from Baby Bjorn. It folds and unfolds so easily you could almost do it with one hand, a feat aided by its 13-pound weight. The mattress is firm but comfortable as well. The only downside here is that the Baby Bjorn is a bit small and won’t grow with your kids. But if keeping headaches to a minimum is of paramount concern to you (as it is to me) this crib is a good pick.

Munchkin Brica Travel Pod

Brica Travel Pod

This one is less a travel crib than sort of a little soft suitcase you can pop your baby in from time to time. It’s great for travel, camping, or a picnic in the park—the definition of no muss no fuss. It’s meant for newborns who are still largely immobile (not pushing up or rolling over yet). The Brica lies flat on the ground and is effectively a travel-size bassinet. It’s an excellent option for when your newborn is driving you batty and you absolutely positively need to get out of the house.

Baby Joy Travel Crib 2-in-1 Playpen

Travel Crib 2-in-1 Playpen

The Baby Joy gets high marks for sturdiness, ease of use, soft edges, and hidden zippers. It’s a tad too big to fit in an overhead bin though, so we wouldn’t recommend it for flying. However if you’re packing the kids in the SUV or minivan and hitting the highway, this should be a good fit, particularly at a price point (right around $100) that should fit into most budgets. The mattress wasn’t the most plush of the cribs we looked at, but for a night or two we don’t think you’ll hear too much complaining.

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Finalize your decision with one of these four travel cribs.

The Best Travel Cribs

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The Guava Lotus Travel Crib is so compact, you can wear it like a backpack.

There are an increasing number of travel cribs on the market these days, and nearly all of them are touted to have a lightweight design and an easy setup, which makes it overwhelming to choose the right one for your pint-sized travel partner.

Taking into consideration key factors like safety, comfort and convenience for travel – as well as recent consumer reviews, expert recommendations and our own experiences – we've chosen the best travel cribs for babies and toddlers.

Best Overall: Guava Lotus Travel Crib

  • Jump to features and traveler insights ↓

Best Lightweight: BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light

  • Best Budget: Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Playard

Best for Toddlers: hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed

Note: All travel crib dimensions are listed in order of length by width by height.

Guava Lotus Travel Crib in gray against white background.


  • Especially convenient for air travel, the Guava Lotus Travel Crib can be worn like a backpack in an included carrying case with padded straps, then checked as a bag.
  • The Guava Lotus is GreenGuard Gold Certified , which means its emission levels are even lower (and better) than industry standards.
  • It doubles as a bassinet and playard featuring a zippered door for easy access to your baby.

Setup: The Guava Lotus is easy to set up. The sturdy aluminum frame's hinges swiftly snap in place with the touch of a button. Once the frame is assembled, a fabric cover with mesh sides can be zipped on before you place the included waterproof mattress with a sheet (which is not included) inside. Then the mattress is secured to the frame via a buckle on each corner. When it's time to take the crib down, you don't have to disassemble the entire thing – another reason to love this option.

YouTube tutorial: Guava Lotus Setup | Guava Lotus Teardown

Maintenance: The mattress is easy to wipe down, and the crib's fabric portion is machine-washable.

"I've taken this crib all across the world over the past three years, and it still looks as good as new. We initially bought this crib because we were wary of using hotel cribs during COVID. We quickly fell in love with it and still bring it on every trip we take. Additionally, we purchased the optional sun shade, which came in handy on beach trips in our daughter's infant days." – Tamiz Ahmed , co-founder of Poppylist

BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light in navy blue against white background.

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  • If you're specifically looking for something lightweight, meet your match: The BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light is one of the lightest travel cribs on the market.
  • The crib comes with a mattress and carrying bag.
  • All materials meet OEKO TEX Standard 100, Class 1 standards for baby products – meaning the crib permeates low levels of chemicals and is also free from as many as 350 harmful chemicals, making it safe for a baby's skin and curious mouth.

Setup: The frame of the BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light is assembled in one swift motion. Next, the mattress is placed inside and secured to the crib's legs. When it's time to put the crib away, the mattress and crib frame easily fold down.

YouTube tutorial: BabyBjörn Travel Crib Setup | BabyBjörn Travel Crib Teardown – Option 1 | BabyBjörn Travel Crib Teardown – Option 2

Maintenance: The mattress can be wiped down with a damp cloth, and both the mattress cover (which can be zipped off) and the other fabric on the crib are machine-washable.

Best Budget: Graco Pack 'n Play on the Go Playard with Bassinet

Graco Pack 'n Play on the Go Playard with Bassinet in black against white background.

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  • This crib comes with a full-size bassinet insert that folds with the playard when it's time to transport or put away the crib.
  • The crib also has a toy bar with soft toys to amuse your curious baby.
  • A carry case is included with this crib.

Setup: First, hit the crib's push buttons to assemble the frame. Once the four rails are locked, you can push the crib floor down before placing the mattress inside. Finally, secure the mattress straps (on the bottom) to the playard. To disassemble, you'll reverse the process almost exactly: Unfasten the mattress straps, remove the mattress, pull the tab at the bottom of the crib and – using the push buttons – fold the crib down.

YouTube tutorial: Graco On the Go Playard Setup and Teardown

Maintenance: The crib can be wiped down with mild soap and water, while the carry bag is machine-washable.

" The Graco Pack n Play On the Go Playard offers all the bells and whistles of other travel cribs, but at a far more affordable price ($80 vs. $150-$300). In particular, the removable bassinet is a game-changer during those early weeks of parenthood. My family used it during our first two weeks home with our daughter, and I appreciated that it provided a safe sleep space but didn't require me to bend over and stress my sore body. After that, we moved it to my mom's house and, even though it's super easy to fold and store, she keeps it out because it doesn't take up a lot of space." – Leah Rocketto , Associate Commerce Director at What to Expect

hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed in white and blue against white background.

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  • Long and tall bumpers ensure your little one won't roll off the bed.
  • It inflates with an included electric pump and rolls up into an included carry bag.
  • The bed comes with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee and top-notch customer service.

Setup: The setup for this toddler travel bed is similar to that of a traditional air mattress – simply use the included electric pump to inflate the bed frame with rails and a mattress pad.

YouTube tutorial: hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed Setup and Teardown

Maintenance: The hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Travel bed can be wiped down with soap and water.

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Guava Lotus vs. Baby Björn

When choosing the best travel crib to purchase, the final decision for many buyers often comes down to the Guava Lotus Travel Crib and BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light since they're so similar.

If you're undecided between the two, see which crib wins in the following categories:

Your decision may ultimately come down to the type of traveler you are. If you frequently travel (especially by plane), the Guava Lotus is the best choice.

Guava Lotus vs. Newton Travel Crib

Many people also compare the Guava Lotus with the Newton Travel Crib, a newcomer to the travel crib market. The Newton Travel Crib mimics the Guava Lotus almost exactly, but here are some key differentiators (and the reasons we ultimately recommend the Guava Lotus instead):

  • Price: At $299, the Newton Travel Crib is about $50 more than the Guava Lotus.
  • Weight: The Newton Travel Crib is also 2 pounds heavier than its predecessor, weighing in at 17 pounds.
  • Setup: While the Newton Travel Crib is easy to set up, many buyers say that disassembly is difficult.

Travel Crib Accessories

When purchasing a travel crib, think about the other essentials your baby will need for restful naps and nights in your destination – especially since they'll be in an unfamiliar environment. These might include:

Room-darkening curtains: If your little one is accustomed to sleeping in a pitch-black room at home, you'll want to ensure your hotel room or vacation rental bedroom is as dark as possible. There are a few ways to do this:

  • Use foil and duct tape:  It won't look pretty, but covering the windows with foil and duct tape is a cost-effective option.
  • Invest in a Slumberpod:  The highly rated  SlumberPod  ($180) is essentially a tent that goes over the travel crib, ensuring total darkness for a peaceful night's rest. For a cheaper alternative, check out the  Dofilachy Blackout Cover  on Amazon.
  • Buy portable blackout curtains:  Purchase a set of curtains that won't take up too much space in your luggage. These  portable blackout curtains from Amazon Basics  are highly rated and come with a storage bag.

White noise machine: Even if you already have a white noise machine you plan to pack, you might consider buying an additional, more portable option to use in tandem with it – especially if you'll be in a small space with older siblings who stay up later. U.S. News editors say they've had good experience with both the Yogasleep Hushh Portable Sound Machine (also useful for stroller rides) and this option by Magicteam .

Portable fan:  A small battery- or USB-powered fan is a useful accessory when traveling with little ones – you can attach it to the travel stroller and car seat on hot days and secure it to the travel crib on warm nights. There are a variety of affordable, well-rated stroller fans on Amazon, including this adjustable option by AMACOOL .

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The Best Portable Cribs

  • Best Overall: Bugaboo Stardust
  • Best Crawl Out: Silver Cross Slumber
  • Largest and Most Breathable: Newton Travel Crib and play yard
  • Best 3- in- 1: 4Moms Breeze
  • Best Bassinet: Guava Lotus Travel Crib

What You Need to Know

Most portable cribs are designed for babies from newborn to age 3, but a few of them either have an insert for younger babies that cannot yet sit up, or they're bassinet style for the youngest infants. Many of them also double as play yards/ playpens , making them a sound investment overall. One thing to point out is that although every travel crib on this list comes with a cover for the car or plane. It's a good idea to put an AirTag or another tracking device on it in the event the airline misplaces your luggage.

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The truth is, while many hotels offer travel cribs or rollaway beds for babies , bringing your own and having that continuity of style and environment makes for a much easier transition from one place to another, which decreases stress and allows your vacation to feel like a vacation. Finding a compact travel crib that's right for your family isn't as tricky as it sounds — just focus on three main things: style, size, and sheet style.

  • Style: Here is where you see the real difference in travel cribs. Some compact models have a bassinet and compact models that do not. There are larger cribs, and cribs made just for babies.
  • Size: Your choice of size comes down to preference and necessity. You could get a super compact like the Bugaboo, one that folds up tiny, like the Baby Bjorn , or more traditional play yard styles, like the Century .
  • Sheet Style: This seems silly, but for convenience, it's big. Does it use a standard Playard crib sheet , or are you going to have to either buy custom sheets or clean the mattress pad often? Some travel cribs are worth the hassle, but not being able to buy a standard sheet can become a pain.

How We Chose

I evaluated each travel crib on this list and spoke with both real-life users of the product and testers who tried out new-to-the-market travel cribs. On top of that, I tested each one myself, evaluating them for durability, utility, and style. I also spoke with manufacturers to find out how they're made and the thought behind the design, and chose travel cribs that are not only useful, but long-lasting, easy to care for, and easy to fold.

Bugaboo Portable Indoor and Outdoor - Foldable On The Go Play Yard

 Portable Indoor and Outdoor - Foldable On The Go Play Yard

When I first saw this travel crib, I wasn't expecting much judging by its looks — but oh, how I was wrong. Rather impressively, this portable crib folds completely flat , meaning it can be conveniently stored right under your sofa or in the back of a closet. Folding it is a breeze, too — it opens in 1 second and closes in 2.

It's compact, so it will fit in the limited confines of a hotel room but comes with a bassinet to easily get to your baby.

The whole thing is incredibly stable and sturdy, too. Sometimes, travel cribs can feel a bit flimsy, but this one is solid to the core. It doesn't tip or rock, and even if your little one is getting rowdy, this crib can take it. I particularly loved how easily the whole thing cleans. Our tester gave it a run for its money, and not a sticky fingerprint or scent lingered after a basic cleanup.

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Silver Cross Slumber 3 in 1 Travel Crib

Slumber 3 in 1 Travel Crib

The biggest difference between the Silver Cross and a few others on this list is that it was designed first and foremost as a travel crib, with the play yard being the bonus. On this list, it's one of my favorites for the overall feel of the quality of the materials. Silver Cross isn't skimping out on the fabrics or steels, even though it's under $300.

The bassinet slides in easily, but firmly, and the cushion feels just about perfect for a baby. Not too firm and not too soft. Folding it does take a minute to learn, but once you do, you're good to go.

The crawl-out side is one of the few that open at the far end of the travel crib, which I found handy when it had to go in a tight space. The gripping portions on the feet are also very stable. This is not a play yard that will rock about.

Newton Travel Crib & Play Yard

Travel Crib & Play Yard

The Newton is the most-breathable travel crib on the market according to a study commissioned by Newton and conducted at an independent lab. Having felt it, I am inclined to agree. However, that's not why I love it. I love the size of this travel crib and play yard. It's almost 50 percent larger than most other play yards, and the bassinet is similarly large. There's plenty of room to grow with the Newton.

It's a cinch to put together and take down as well. I figured out how to do it in about 2 minutes without studying the instructions.

4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard with Removable Bassinet

Breeze Plus Portable Playard with Removable Bassinet

A real workhorse, this full-size travel crib, play yard, bassinet, and changing area is the picture of convenience. Even easier to open and close than the Bugaboo, the 4Moms is a real one-hand operation.

It's a bit bulkier when folded than the Bugaboo, which is why it's not in the top spot. The cover that it comes with is wonderful, weather-resistant, and durable, but it's not going to fit under your bed.

Our testers adore this travel crib's ability to morph back and forth between bed and play, with plenty of space to do both. The mattress pad on this model is washable, which is a real benefit that our testers loved.

guava kids Lotus Bassinet Kit & Travel Crib

Lotus Bassinet Kit & Travel Crib

You can wear this travel crib one as a backpack, it folds up that tiny. This bassinet/travel crib from Guava Family is the only bassinet you need at home or on the go for the first 3 months of your child's life.

The material is super smooth, soft, and easy to clean. It's lightweight, but thanks to the super-wide legs, it feels very stable. And again, it's so small that it fits in the overhead bin of a plane. Our testers noted that closing it has a bit of a learning curve, but other than that it's a home run.

BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light

Travel Crib Light

This is a travel crib that's built for crawlers, and a surprising favorite of parents I spoke to. I admit I was a bit dubious about the low-to-the-ground style, but parents love how light it is, and the fact that it zips down the side for easy access.

The whole thing only weighs a few pounds thanks to the genius design, and all of the materials are machine-washable. Another thing parents told me that they love is the softness of the edges. Sometimes, the material that covers the frame can feel a little bit industrial, but not with the Bjorn.

This one folds flat like the Stardust, but it's nowhere near a one-handed fold — in fact, it's just as tricky as the Guava.

Century Century Travel On LX 2-in-1 Compact Playard with Bassinet, Playpen with Sheet Included, Metro Grey

Century Travel On LX 2-in-1 Compact Playard with Bassinet, Playpen with Sheet Included, Metro Grey

The question of value and affordability comes up a lot in the parenting space. Century, made by Graco, is an affordable brand that makes quality products. This travel crib from Century is truly a gem for the price.

It's a compact size but plenty big enough for a bassinet, bed, or even a play yard when you're on vacation. Like everything made by Century, this is built for use, with machine-washable fabrics and durable materials.

It's a bit tricky to collapse and definitely isn't the smallest fold on the list, but it's a solid, affordable contender.

Chicco Alfa Lite

Alfa Lite

If you like the idea of a side zipper but are leery of tricky folds, the Chicco has you covered. The Alpha Lite is a great option for easy access, but slightly smaller than similar models.

However, you cannot overlook the fact that the fabrics on this model are entirely zip-off and machine washable. Chicco is known for their innovative, more environmentally-friendly fabrics, and the Greenguard Gold-certified Alfa Lite shines with its supple yet strong materials.

Parents who love this travel crib really love this one. It has a devoted following, with users praising its cleanability, durability, and quick fold. One parent raved, “I don’t take my kid anywhere without it!”

pottery barn Maxi-Cosi Swift Playard

Maxi-Cosi Swift Playard

The major benefit of this travel crib from Maxi Cosi is the luxurious mattress. It’s probably the most premium mattress of the bunch. It also has this cozy, breathable fleece cover over the top of the bassinet, which is strangely soothing when you’re putting your baby down at night.

It’s a cinch to open and close, hence the name “Swift,” and it stores in a super-premium cover. Parents love the feel of this crib, saying, “It just feels nicer than others I’ve had.”

Unfortunately, it’s spot-clean only, which is a pretty big drawback.

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Travel Crib Tips for Safe Sleep Away From Home

Dr. Harvey Karp

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What is a travel crib, are travel cribs safe, what should i look for when buying a travel crib, is it okay to buy a used travel crib, how can i help my baby sleep in a travel crib, can you travel with snoo.

Whether you’re heading to a long-awaited vacation, visiting family, or you simply need an extra sleep space in your home, travel cribs are a must-have item for many parents. But before you buy the trendiest travel crib—or borrow a nearly-ancient play yard—you’ll want to make sure it’s as safe and functional as it can be. Here’s what parents should look for when buying a travel crib.

A travel crib is another name for a portable crib. Travel cribs are compact, lightweight, and especially designed for easy transport. Sometimes “play yard” and “travel crib” are used interchangeably, but they’re not always the same. For example, play yards tend to feature mesh sides or another non-rigid construction. While travel cribs can mimic that, some portable cribs are wood and foldable. Generally, travel cribs and play yards can be used from birth to age 3.

Yes. Fortunately, the safety standards for travel cribs were upgraded over 10 years ago, so models currently sold in America have passed rigorous stability, entrapment, and structural integrity tests. (The same is true for play yards .) But for even more peace of mind, I recommend looking for travel cribs or play yards with a JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certification, which means they are checked annually to prove they meet or exceed all safety standards for infant products. Of course, it’s imperative to use travel cribs safely , which means always…

Place your baby on the back. All babies under a year old should be put on their back for all naps and night sleep.

Make sure the travel crib is empty. Keep the travel crib free of all loose bedding , pillows, loungers, and stuffed toys.

Use the proper mattress. Only use the play yard mattress provided by the manufacturer—and never double up or add a soft topper. Remember, your baby’s mattress needs to be firm, whether they’re snoozing in a full-size crib, a bassinet, or a travel crib!

Only use a well-fitted sheet. Portable crib fitted sheets need to be tucked under the mattress, so the sheet can’t snap up and become a suffocation risk.

Keep the sides up: Never leave a baby in a mesh play yard with the side lowered or your little one could get trapped between the side and the floorboard.

Remove the changing table. If your play yard features a raised changing table, remove it when your child is in the play yard so they don’t risk entrapment .

Know when to retire your travel crib. Discontinue using the play yard or travel crib when your little one can easily climb out.

While safety, of course, is number one, there are other points to consider when buying a travel crib, such as:

Sturdiness: If you’re able, test out the travel crib before buying. You’ll want to feel first-hand how sturdy it is. Does it feel a bit wobbly when you press on the top? If so, choose another.

Functionality: Buying a play yard for an infant? Look for one with a bassinet feature where you detach the mattress from the bottom and safely raise it up so you can more easily lift your baby in and out of the crib. At the same time, you’ll want to make sure your portable crib has enough space for a toddler to rest and play comfortably when it’s time to lower the mattress.

Size and weight: For many, the point of a portable crib is to be able to travel with it, so be sure it’s easy to fold and carry. If you’re a frequent flier, you also want a travel crib that’s small enough to meet airline size requirements— and light enough to lug through the airport!

Weight limit: While travel cribs with mattresses at floor-level might not have a weight limit, most other travel cribs/play yards have a recommended weight max of around 25 to 30 pounds. Either way, it’s always smart to double check.

Ease of use: The last thing you want to do when you arrive at your destination with a cranky baby is take 10 minutes to assemble the travel crib! For example, look for play yards that unfold at the push of a button…and lock into place easily.

Maintenance: Many portable cribs feature removable, machine-washable fabric that can be a gamechanger when dealing with diaper blowouts and other unexpected oopsies.

While it may be tempting to borrow a travel crib or a play yard—or buy one used—proceed with caution. Nearly two million play yards have been recalled before new federal safety standards were put into place in 2013, so anything older could be dangerous. Plus, it wasn’t until 2022 that replacement mattresses used in play yards and portable cribs were required to meet the same safety requirements as the original mattress! Before then, babies were at risk for getting trapped and suffocating in a gap between the mattress and the side of the play yard.

As a pediatrician, I lean toward buying new so you know for-sure your travel yard isn’t missing any parts and meets the most recent safety standards. But I also know that buying new can be hard for some families. So, if you are buying a secondhand travel crib or are borrowing one, keep the following in mind:

Look for important numbers. If the travel crib is missing a label that includes the manufacturing date (or lot code) and manufacturer’s contact info, don’t buy it .

Check for recalls. Found the label with all the travel crib’s manufacturing info? Great. Now check to see if it’s been recalled .

Inspect for damage. Make sure the mesh of the play yard and the top rails are free of tears, holes, or loose threads . Check for missing or loose parts and ensure the travel crib is fitted with the manufacturer’s original mattress.

If you know ahead of time that your baby will be snoozing in a play yard or travel crib during a trip, arrange to have them sleep in one at home first. The more familiarity the better! Speaking of familiarity, recreating your baby’s sleep surroundings is key, too. That means, dim the lights about 30 minutes before night-night, play the same white noise your little one loves, and wrap your baby in the same sleep sack or swaddle they’re used to. If your baby has been sleeping in SNOO and swaddled in a SNOO Sack , use SNOObie or SNOObear to recreate SNOO’s white noise—and use the Sleepea 5-Second Swaddle in the travel crib. Sleepea is the exact same expert design as the award-winning SNOO Sack, minus the “wings” that secure SNOO sleepers into the bassinet.

If your baby has been blissfully sleeping in SNOO , you may be wondering if SNOO is portable. While SNOO is not a travel crib, many SNOO users do travel with their beloved bassinet! If you’re considering traveling with SNOO, know that, when packed and reboxed , your SNOO will take up about 8 cubic feet in your trunk. At the same time, SNOO can likely be checked as oversized luggage on your flight. (Call ahead!) But if packing and traveling with SNOO is impossible, don’t worry! Babies tend to sleep okay on trips without their SNOO…as long as:

Your stay is under one week.

Your baby has slept well in SNOO for one to two months.

You continue to swaddle your baby .

You use a strong white noise machine while away.

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  • Kids in Danger: Product Hazards – Play Yards
  • Safety Standard for Crib Mattresses. Federal Register . February 2022
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About Dr. Harvey Karp

Dr. Harvey Karp, one of America’s most trusted pediatricians, is the founder of Happiest Baby and the inventor of the groundbreaking SNOO Smart Sleeper. After years of treating patients in Los Angeles, Dr. Karp vaulted to global prominence with the release of the bestselling Happiest Baby on the Block and Happiest Toddler on the Block . His celebrated books and videos have since become standard pediatric practice, translated into more than 20 languages and have helped millions of parents. Dr. Karp’s landmark methods, including the 5 S’s for soothing babies, guide parents to understand and nurture their children and relieve stressful issues, like new-parent exhaustion, infant crying, and toddler tantrums.

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The Best Travel Cribs of 2024

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Traveling with little ones means needing a safe place for them to rest. The best travel cribs of 2024 provide just that, blending safety and convenience in one neat package. This guide will help you choose the perfect travel crib, ensuring your baby’s comfort on the go. Get ready to make naptime anywhere a breeze!

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Travel Crib

When choosing a travel crib for your little one, it’s important to consider safety features, portability, and setup ease. Additionally, comfort for your baby is crucial for a good night’s sleep while on the go.

Safety features

Travel cribs in 2024 prioritize your baby’s safety, ensuring they stay secure wherever you go. Top-of-the-line models like the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib come equipped with sturdy frames and breathable mesh walls to prevent accidents and keep your child well-ventilated throughout the night.

Look for travel cribs that have undergone rigorous testing to meet industry safety standards so you can rest easy knowing your little one is in good hands.

Each crib should include a snug-fitting mattress that aligns perfectly with its size to eliminate any gaps where a baby could potentially get stuck. Also, search for designs without loose parts or sharp edges, as these details make all the difference in protecting your child.

Safety locks on folding mechanisms are also essential — they ensure the crib stays open until you decide it’s time to pack up. Always check for certifications such as JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) on products like UPPAbaby Remi Playard Baby Crib , which guarantees adherence to strict safety guidelines for peace of mind while traveling with your bundle of joy.

Portability and setup ease

Moving on from safety, a major consideration for any travel crib is how easy it is to carry and set up. The best travel cribs of 2024 stand out thanks to their hassle-free portability, giving parents the freedom to quickly fold and unfold the crib without struggling with complex instructions or numerous parts. They are designed to be lightweight yet durable—a perfect match for families on the go.

Ease of setup is equally critical because no one wants to waste precious vacation time fiddling with complicated crib mechanisms. The cribs highlighted as top picks this year offer intuitive and straightforward assembly that can typically be completed in a few simple steps.

This means less stress for parents and more rest for babies—whether they’re snoozing at Grandma’s house or halfway across the world.

Comfort for baby

Your little one’s comfort is paramount when traveling. The best travel cribs of 2024 understand this and come with plush, cozy mattresses that ensure a restful nap or a good night’s sleep away from home.

They are designed to mimic the snugness of a baby’s regular crib, offering familiar ease in new surroundings.

Opting for the top-rated Guava Lotus Travel Crib or the lightweight Pamo Babe Travel Crib means choosing soft fabrics that are gentle on baby’s skin while providing stable support.

These options also maintain an optimal sleeping environment with breathable mesh sides for proper air circulation. Each crib blends comfort with practicality for your peace of mind and your child’s contentment during every adventure.

Best Travel Cribs for 2024

Guava lotus travel crib.

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Weighs only 15 pounds, making it easy to carry and set up anywhere

With a generous floor area, this crib provides ample space for your infant to sleep and play comfortably

Made of aluminum, the crib is sturdy and long-lasting, ensuring safety and security for your little one

Available in grey, black, and white, the crib’s sleek design complements any modern nursery or home decor

Compact dimensions of 45.5 x 31.5 x 25.5 inches make assembling and disassembling quick and hassle-free

The Guava Lotus Travel Crib stands out in the world of portable baby beds with its thoughtfully designed features and user-centered convenience. This travel crib takes the stress out of on-the-go naptime, thanks to its lightweight backpack design that frees up parents’ hands when navigating busy airports or juggling other luggage. With a setup time of just 15 seconds, it’s an absolute lifesaver for tired travelers who need a quick solution for their little one’s rest.

Safety is paramount when it comes to our children, and the Lotus Travel Crib excels in this area, too. It boasts GreenGuard Gold certification, ensuring that your baby isn’t exposed to harmful chemicals while sleeping or playing. The breathable ClearView mesh sides provide not only peace of mind through visibility but also enhance airflow within the travel bed. Plus, this crib doesn’t skimp on comfort—the insulated mattress offers a soft space approved for overnight sleep.

We chose the Guava Lotus as No. 1 because it perfectly blends functionality with safety and comfort—even in unfamiliar environments. Parents have praised how easily they can keep an eye on their babies through the mesh sides and noted how simple it is to help lull restless toddlers back to sleep by unzipping the side door without having to awkwardly reach over or disturb them further. It’s these thoughtful details that make it clear why so many families trust the Guava Lotus Travel Crib as their go-to companion for adventures near and far.

Complete travel crib with portable mattress and airport-friendly backpack carrying case

Made with high-quality aluminum and non-slip rubberized feet for lasting comfort and convenience

Features a full-height ClearView mesh design for better visibility & airflow, fostering a strong bond between parent and child

3D Z-Fold Technology allows easy, worry-free airport travel while being certified safe & low-VOC

Sheets not included

Maybe a bit pricey compared to other travel cribs

Care must be taken in folding and unfolding the crib for best results

The Guava Lotus Travel Crib is the perfect solution for runaround parents seeking the ultimate trio: convenience, comfort, and safety. Ideal for families on-the-go, this portable crib offers a lightweight and compact design without compromising on quality. Make your travels stress-free with the GreenGuard Gold-certified Lotus Travel Crib.

Pamo Babe Portable Crib

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Air-cooling design

Supports up to 33 pounds for toddlers

Portable crib with a floor area of 6.14 square feet

Weighs only 17.6 pounds, making it easy to carry

Made of high-quality down and mesh material

Stylish grey color by Pamo Babe

The Pamo Babe Portable Crib stands out as a top pick for traveling parents who don’t want to compromise on their baby’s comfort and safety. The full mesh sides offer excellent airflow, keeping your little one cool and well-ventilated during nap times or while they’re playing. Its inclusion of a soft mattress tackles the travel crib dilemma, ensuring that your baby can still enjoy the snug sleep environment they’re accustomed to at home.

With an age range from newborns to 36-month-olds, this crib grows with your child, making it a smart investment for long-term use. When it comes to setting up camp away from home, whether at grandparents’ house or in a hotel room, the ease of assembly is a gift—just unfold it, and you’re set. And when playtime is over, or you need to head back home, folding down the crib into its compact size is just as effortless. And, it fits easily into its handy carry bag.

This one claims its spot as number two in our list not only because of its functionality but also due to its thoughtful design aspects tailored for busy families — lightweight yet durable construction complementing today’s mobile lifestyle without skimping on quality time with their babies wherever they go.

Ensures maximum airflow and visibility for baby’s comfort

Provides a safe and supported play area for babies up to 33 lbs

Suitable for infants from 0 to 36 months, perfect from infancy to toddlerhood

Easy to assemble and compact folding design; travel-friendly

Mattress may be too thin for some babies

Mesh design may not provide enough insulation in colder environments

Weight restriction of 33 lbs. may be limiting for larger or older toddlers

Are you a new parent or someone with young children who loves to travel? The Pamo Babe Portable Crib is the perfect solution for your on-the-go lifestyle. With its lightweight and compact design, this playpen is ideal for infants and toddlers up to 36 months old.

UPPAbaby Remi Playard Baby Crib

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One-handed setup/takedown

The UPPAbaby Remi Playard Baby Crib is designed for babies up to 20 pounds, providing a safe and comfortable space for infants

Crafted from polyester melange and breathable air mesh, it offers durability and breathability for baby’s comfort

Stylish Stella color (Grey Brushed Melange) adds a touch of elegance to any nursery decor

Manufactured by the trusted brand UPPAbaby, ensuring high quality and reliability

Removable mattress pad makes cleaning and maintenance hassle-free for busy parents

Easy to move around the house or take on the go

The UPPAbaby Remi Playard isn’t just about looks; it’s a triple threat of comfort, convenience, and safety that makes it stand out as a top pick for traveling parents. Picture this: you’re on the go, baby in tow, and within seconds—yes, seconds—you’ve got a playard ready to go because the one-hand setup is that easy. There’s no sweat or stress, whether you’re at grandma’s house or a hotel room.

This playard understands babies need their beauty rest, too. With its GREENGUARD Gold Certification ensuring clean air around your little one and an airy mesh design, the REMI lets babies sleep without overheating—an absolute game-changer for those hot summer trips. Parents rave about the included organic cotton mattress cover offering extra softness and how they can zip off the bassinet attachment once their kiddo hits those growth spurts.

We’ve placed the UPPAbaby Remi Playard at No. 3 on our list because it nails essential factors like ease of use and baby health focus while maintaining quality with features like UPF 50+ sun protection when outdoors. It has redefined what it means to travel light with kids while still giving them a consistent sleeping environment—a solid choice for families who don’t leave home without their sense of adventure.

Easy to set up and break down in seconds, with one-hand operation

Versatile design converts from a bedside bassinet to a travel crib and portable playard

Included organic cotton mattress cover provides added softness and breathability for baby’s comfort

Offers UPF 50+ coverage and bug protection when used with the Remi Canopy accessory

Canopy and Changing Station accessories are sold separately

Some may find it a bit heavy to transport

The playard size may be too large for smaller living spaces

The UPPAbaby Remi Playard is perfect for the busy, on-the-go parent who wants a versatile and safe option for their little one. With its convenient changing station, included storage bag, and innovative design, this travel cot is a must-have for any family’s travels.

TODEFULL Portable Travel Crib

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High ratings

Weighs only 11 pounds for easy portability

Made of durable aluminum material

Compact size: 45 x 26.5 x 32 inches

Suitable for infants up to 33 pounds in weight

Sleek black color

Traveling with a little one doesn’t have to mean sacrificing their comfort or safety, thanks to the TODEFULL Portable Travel Crib. Tailored for infants and toddlers, this 2 in 1 crib combines convenience with functionality. The robust aluminum alloy frame provides peace of mind to parents by ensuring that the playpen stays grounded without any wobble or tilt. It even includes an easily detachable mattress—parents can swiftly remove it for cleaning, keeping baby’s sleep space spotless regardless of how many miles you’re covering.

Durability meets design in this travel crib’s linen construction, which encases a breathable mesh screen offering excellent ventilation—a must-have feature for fuss-free naps and restful night sleeps during warm climates. For moments when your arms need a break but you don’t want to miss out on playtime, simply unzip the side door; now you’ve got a secure play yard where your toddler can engage safely while still being within arm’s reach. When it’s time to hit the road again, fold this lightweight crib into its carry bag without any hassle—no tools needed—for effortless mobility that keeps journeys with your child simple and stress-free.

Converting between snug sleeping quarters and an exploratory play area has never been easier than with TODEFULL Portable Travel Crib, making it an ideal choice for active families seeking practicality without compromising on style or safety standards. Whether at home or globetrotting, providing your child with their own familiar space helps ease transitions from one environment to another—this innovative pack-and-play ensures they always have their cozy corner wherever adventures take them.

Secure and stable structure with durable linen materials and solid aluminum alloy frame

Easy-to-clean detachable mattress for hygiene and comfort

Breathable mesh for ventilation and zipper door for easy access

Lightweight, portable design that can be easily folded without any extra tools

Mattress pad could be thicker for added comfort

Setup instructions can be clearer

Zipper door may feel a bit flimsy

The TODEFULL Portable Travel Crib is perfect for busy parents on-the-go who are on the hunt for both convenience and safety; of course, the less stress, the better, right? Whether you’re traveling or at home, this 2-in-1 crib and play yard offers a secure and comfortable space for your baby to sleep and play in.

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Room to roam

Portable and lightweight crib for toddlers

Spacious with a floor area of 6.14 square feet

Sturdy plastic material in sleek black color

Easy to clean with spot-cleaning instructions

The Pamo Babe Portable Crib stands out as a top choice for on-the-go parents. Designed with a full mesh exterior, the crib promotes excellent airflow and provides a clear view so you can keep an eye on your baby while they nap or play. The comfort is heightened by the soft mattress included, ensuring your little one gets restful sleep wherever you are.

Juggling travel with a baby becomes easier thanks to this crib’s lightweight build and compact folding feature. It swiftly collapses into a sleek carry bag that simplifies transport—it’s like carrying an ordinary backpack. For busy parents visiting relatives or enjoying vacation time, setting up is also hassle-free; no tools needed means more playtime with your tot in the cozy space designed just right for ages from newborns to three-year-olds.

Durability meets safety in this portable creation. With its solid frame capable of holding up to 33 lbs., babies have a secure spot to explore their surroundings without any wobbles or uncertainty. Picture your next family gathering where your baby plays contentedly nearby as conversations flow around—the Pamo Babe Portable Crib makes it possible, blending security with convenience for families that love adventure.

Maximized airflow and visibility for baby’s comfort and parent’s peace of mind

Safe play area supporting up to 33 lbs., ensuring a secure environment

Suitable for infants from 0 to 36 months, making it perfect for multiple stages of early childhood

Easy-to-assemble, portable design with compact folding for convenient travel and storage

Mattress may be too thin for some babies, requiring additional padding

Does not have wheels, which may make it less convenient to move around

Some may find the assembly instructions confusing and may require extra time to set up initially

If you’re a wanderlust-seeking family (or it’s just that the in-laws live miles away) the Pamo Babe Portable Crib is a must-have item for your next family trip. Lightweight and easy to assemble, this playard, with its soft mesh design and comfortable mattress, is perfect for keeping your little one safe and happy while on the go.

Pamo Babe Portable Travel Crib

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Ultra-stable construction

Lightweight and portable design for travel convenience

Spacious 6-square-foot floor area for baby’s comfort

Sturdy construction with iron and plastic materials

Unisex color option in calming blue

Suitable for babies up to 33 pounds

The Pamo Babe Portable Playard stands out as an excellent travel companion for parents on the move, combining convenience with thoughtful design. Its 7-point support structure ensures a sturdy setup, bringing peace of mind to parents who prioritize safety and stability. Even better, rounded corners safeguard against accidental bumps, making it a secure environment for babies during both play and rest times. The added bonus of two wheels lets you easily shift the crib from room to room—so whether you’re visiting grandparents or staying at a hotel, your little one has a familiar space.

When it comes to assembly, this portable playard hits all the right notes. Forget about fumbling with complicated instructions; setting up this crib is as easy as snapping the bassinet frame into place—a relief for any parent who’s ever struggled with baby gear. Not only is it quick to assemble, but it also folds down in seconds—just what you need when dealing with unpredictable travel schedules. Plus, its compact fold and included carry bag means you can slide it into your car’s trunk without sacrificing precious space.

Ventilation isn’t overlooked either—the breathable mesh sides assure continuous airflow and allow parents clear visibility at all times to keep an eye on their slumbering tots. This feature ensures comfort even in warmer climates where proper air circulation is key for infant safety and comfort. For urban dwellers or minimalist travelers seeking versatility without cluttering living spaces further, this removable bassinet bed detaches effortlessly from its frame—all packaged nicely within a durable travel cot that captures practicality without skimping on coziness or style.

Easy and fast assembly for ultimate convenience

Stable construction with smooth, rounded corners for safety

Breathable and visual mesh fabric for healthy airflow and visibility

Folding and detachable design for compact storage and transport

Not suitable for children over 33 lbs

Limited color options available

Some may find assembly slightly difficult

“The Pamo Babe Portable Travel Crib is the perfect choice for busy, on-the-go parents who want a convenient and safe solution for their little one’s sleep and play needs. With its easy assembly, sturdy construction, and compact design, this playard is ideal for families constantly on the move.

Q: What are the top picks for a travel crib?

A: Some of the top picks for travel cribs include the Lotus Travel Crib, Pamo Babe Travel Crib, UPPAbaby Remi Playard Baby Crib, and Guava Lotus.

Q: What is an Aeromoov instant travel cot?

A: An Aeromoov instant travel cot is a lightweight and portable crib designed for easy travel with a baby or toddler. It is known for its compact fold and ease of assembly.

Q: What are the important features to look for in a travel crib?

A: When choosing a travel crib, it’s essential to consider factors like portability, weight limit, safety certifications, ease of setup, and additional features like a bassinet insert or changing table .

Q: What are some safety considerations for using a travel crib?

A: It’s crucial to ensure that the travel crib provides a safe sleep environment and meets safety standards. Additionally, following guidelines from organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics for safe sleep practices is important.

Q: Is the Guava Lotus a popular choice for a travel crib?

A: Yes, the Guava Lotus is a popular travel crib known for its lightweight design, portability, and ease of setup. It is a preferred choice for many parents who travel frequently.

Q: What are some of the best portable travel cribs on the market?

A: Some of the best portable travel cribs available include Aeromoov Instant Travel, BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light, Graco Pack ‘n Play, and Bugaboo Stardust, known for their ease of travel and convenience.

Q: Are there any specific features to consider for air travel with a travel crib?

A: When planning to use a travel crib for air travel, it’s beneficial to look for lightweight options with convenient travel bags, easy setup, and adherence to airline regulations for carry-on or checked luggage.

Q: Can a travel crib be used for both younger babies and toddlers?

A: Yes, many travel cribs are designed to accommodate both younger babies and toddlers, with features like adjustable mattress positions and higher weight limits suitable for older infants and young children.

Q: Are there any popular travel cribs that are machine washable?

A: Yes, some popular travel cribs offer machine-washable fabrics for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Q: How can I find the best travel crib for my needs?

A: To find the best travel crib for your specific requirements, it’s recommended to consider factors like portability, safety, ease of use, additional features, and user reviews to make an informed decision.

Picking the right travel crib can transform your family trips into restful adventures for you and your baby. The Guava Lotus Travel Crib shines with its lightweight build and easy setup, making it an unbeatable choice for parents on the go.

For those who prioritize durability and customer satisfaction, the Pamo Babe Portable Crib stands out as a top pick. Equip yourself with one of these leading cribs today and embark on your next journey with confidence.

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By Angelica Leicht

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Updated on: June 28, 2024 / 2:52 PM EDT / CBS News

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Managing your finances in retirement can be surprisingly tricky. After all, in 2021, the average income for individuals 65 and older was $55,335 per year , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), while average expenses totaled $52,141 annually. This narrow margin between the average retiree's income and expenses leaves little room in the budget for unexpected costs.

Yet, retirement often brings a host of unforeseen expenses . From unanticipated healthcare needs and surprise home repairs to family emergencies, these unexpected costs can quickly derail even the most carefully planned retirement budget . But while it may not always be possible to set aside funds for every potential expense, there are ways to prepare for these financial curveballs.

One of the most effective strategies is ensuring you have the right types of insurance coverage in place. Proper insurance coverage can help mitigate the costs associated with unexpected events and protect your hard-earned retirement savings . But there are a lot of different coverage options to consider. So, what types of insurance play a crucial role in safeguarding your retirement funds against unexpected events and financial challenges? Below, we'll break down what you should know.

Find out how the right long-term care insurance policy can help protect your retirement funds .

6 insurance options to protect your retirement

Here are some of the key insurance options that can help protect your retirement savings:

Long-term care insurance

One of the biggest potential threats to retirement savings is the cost of long-term care . As we age, the likelihood of needing assistance with daily activities increases. And, long-term care insurance helps cover the expenses associated with longer-term care, whether it involves a nursing home, assisted living facility or in-home care.

Without this coverage, retirees may deplete their savings rapidly to pay for the long-term care they need , potentially leaving their spouse or loved ones in financial jeopardy. After all, the cost of a private room in a nursing home averages about $100,000 per year right now — and the cost of long-term care is only expected to increase in the future. 

But if you have the right long-term care insurance coverage in place, your policy can help pay. In turn, this type of policy can preserve your retirement assets and provide peace of mind.

Learn more about the long-term care coverage options you have in retirement .

Medicare supplemental insurance

Healthcare costs are often one of the largest expenses in retirement, making adequate health insurance coverage crucial for protecting your retirement savings. And while Medicare, which is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, can provide substantial coverage, it doesn't cover all medical expenses. 

This is where Medicare supplemental insurance , or Medigap, comes into play. Medigap policies are sold by private companies and can help pay some of the health care costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover, such as copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Some Medigap policies also offer coverage for services like medical care when you travel outside the U.S.

There are 10 standardized Medigap plans , labeled A through N. Each plan offers a different level of coverage, allowing you to choose based on your needs and budget. And, it's important to note that Medigap policies are standardized and regulated by state and federal law, meaning the benefits are the same for any given plan letter, regardless of which insurance company sells it. You can start comparing your Medicare supplemental policy options online here .

Life insurance

While life insurance is often associated with income replacement for younger families, it can play a significant role in retirement planning and protection as well. As you enter your later years, life insurance can serve multiple purposes beyond its primary death benefit. 

For example, if you have a pension that doesn't include survivor benefits, life insurance can provide ongoing income for your spouse after your death. For those with substantial assets, life insurance can be used to pay estate taxes, ensuring that your heirs receive the full value of your estate. Or, if you own a business in retirement, life insurance can fund buy-sell agreements or provide liquidity for estate taxes.

And, there are a few different types of life insurance options to consider if you're retiring. One is term life insurance, which provides coverage for a specific period, usually 10-30 years. It's generally less expensive but expires without value if you outlive the term. There's also whole life insurance, which provides lifelong coverage and often accumulates cash value over time . The cash value can be borrowed against or withdrawn from, providing a potential source of emergency funds in retirement. 

Final expense insurance, also known as burial insurance, is another option and is designed to cover end-of-life expenses, relieving your family of this financial burden.

It's worth noting that you may also be able to add a rider for long-term care coverage to certain types of life insurance policies. This can be particularly valuable if you've been denied standalone long-term care insurance due to health issues. These hybrid policies typically allow you to access a portion of the death benefit to pay for long-term care if needed. If you don't use the long-term care benefit, your beneficiaries still receive the full death benefit. Find out more about your top life insurance options now .

While not traditional insurance, annuities are insurance products that can provide a guaranteed income stream in retirement . In turn, annuities can help protect against the risk of outliving your savings, known as longevity risk. 

There are various types of annuities to consider in retirement , including:

  • Fixed annuities, which provide a guaranteed payout
  • Variable annuities, which offer the potential for growth based on investment performance
  • Indexed annuities, which provide returns based on a specific market index

Each type has its pros and cons, so it's important to carefully consider your options and consult with a financial advisor before purchasing an annuity. You can get started and compare your annuity options here .

Travel and international medical insurance

Many retirees look forward to increased travel opportunities after they stop working, but there can be numerous opportunities in which you face financial losses related to traveling. That's where travel insurance can come in handy . This type of coverage can help protect against financial losses from trip cancellations, medical emergencies abroad or lost luggage. 

For those planning extended trips or considering retiring abroad, international medical insurance might be worth considering to ensure access to quality healthcare wherever you go. These policies typically offer worldwide coverage, allowing you to seek treatment in any country, including your home country in many cases. 

And, unlike travel insurance , which is for short trips, international medical insurance can provide continuous coverage for months or years. Many insurers will also offer tiered plans, allowing you to choose the level of coverage you need. Options might include outpatient care, dental and vision coverage and alternative therapies. Find out more about the travel insurance options available now .

Identity theft insurance

As more of our financial lives move online, the risk of identity theft increases. And retirees, who are often perceived as having more assets or being more vulnerable to scams, can be prime targets for cybercriminals. But identity theft insurance can help, as it's designed to cover the costs associated with restoring your identity and repairing your credit if you become a victim of identity theft.

The bottom line

Insurance plays a vital role in protecting your retirement funds and ensuring financial security in your golden years. The right mix of insurance products can shield you from a wide range of risks that could otherwise derail your retirement plans. However, insurance needs can vary greatly depending on individual circumstances, including health status, financial situation and retirement goals. So, it's important to regularly review your insurance coverage as you approach and enter retirement, adjusting as needed to ensure you have adequate protection without overpaying for unnecessary coverage.

Angelica Leicht is senior editor for Managing Your Money, where she writes and edits articles on a range of personal finance topics. Angelica previously held editing roles at The Simple Dollar, Interest, HousingWire and other financial publications.

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TSA breaks record for most individuals screened on a single day, readies for record-breaking Independence Day weekend travel volumes

WASHINGTON — As airline passengers prepare to take to the skies this Independence Day holiday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is prepared for a sustained period of high passenger volumes. TSA expects to screen more than 32 million individuals from Thursday, June 27 through Monday, July 8, which is a 5.4% increase over 2023 Independence Day holiday travel volumes. On Sunday, June 23, TSA broke the record for most people screened on a single day, screening nearly 3 million (2.99 million) individuals . This summer’s record-breaking travel volumes reflect the role TSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have in securing the nation’s transportation systems, while ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce, which is vital to our country’s economic well-being.

TSA anticipates the peak travel day will be Friday, June 28, when the agency expects to screen more than 3 million individuals. TSA is staffed to meet its wait time standards, which are 10 minutes and under in TSA PreCheck lanes and 30 minutes and under in standard screening lanes. Seven of the top 10 busiest travel days ever have occurred over the past month.

“We expect this summer to be our busiest ever and summer travel usually peaks over the Independence Day holiday,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Compared to last year, we have cut our attrition rates by almost half and increased our recruiting as a result of the TSA Compensation Plan that was funded in the budget passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden. The traveling public is on the move, which is a sign of a healthy economy. We are ready, along with our airline and airport partners, to handle this boost in passenger volumes.”

Airline passengers should be aware that security screening technologies may vary by airport. Although TSA follows strict standardized screening protocols, it is important for passengers to arrive early and listen to the guidance provided by Transportation Security Officers (TSOs).

Below are some frequently asked questions that provide an overview of the TSA technologies and procedures individuals may encounter during screening process.

Do I need to show a boarding pass to the TSA officer?

All airline passengers must have their acceptable ID and boarding pass ready at the security checkpoint entrance.

Do I need to take off my shoes?

TSA requires individuals in standard screening lanes to remove their shoes during the screening process. However, individuals 12 and under or 75 and older are always permitted to keep their shoes on during the security screening process.

Passengers with TSA PreCheck may leave their shoes on unless they alarm during screening. Most airports have dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes during some peak hours. Some airports have blended lanes where passengers with TSA PreCheck are screened in standard lanes, but they will receive a card indicating they have TSA PreCheck to carry with them during screening, and will be screened as a TSA PreCheck passenger.

Can family members go through the TSA PreCheck lane with me?

Teenagers aged 13-17 may accompany TSA PreCheck enrolled parents or guardians through screening when traveling on the same reservation and when the TSA PreCheck indicator appears on the teen’s boarding pass. Children 12 and under may accompany an enrolled parent or guardian in the TSA PreCheck lanes without restriction. This benefit is another reason to join the nearly 20 million people who have enrolled in TSA PreCheck. For customer flexibility, there are three TSA PreCheck enrollment providers from which passengers may choose: Telos, CLEAR and IDEMIA. For more information on any of the enrollment provider options and TSA PreCheck, visit .

Other advice from TSA

With more than 430 federalized, commercial airports nationwide, 685 security checkpoints and 2,412 security screening lanes, it may be challenging to know what to expect at any airport. Here are some additional tips to help ensure an efficient screening experience:

  • Pack smart. Always start packing with a bag that is empty to ensure there are no prohibited items present during security screening. Place electronics larger than a cell phone and travel size liquids at the top of your carry-on so they can be easily accessible if they must be removed. Remember that all liquids must be 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less if they are in your carry-on bag.
  • Arrive at the airport two hours before scheduled boarding time. Allow ample time to park,  navigate to the terminal, check luggage with the airline if needed and proceed through the checkpoint. Most flights board 30-45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
  • Review guidelines for traveling with children. Airlines may request proof of age documentation during check-in for children 12 and under traveling unaccompanied. Proof of age documentation must also be provided for children two and under planning to sit on an adult passenger’s lap. A birth certificate is an acceptable proof of age.
  • Get assistance prior to traveling. Do you have a question about an item and whether or not it is allowed through security screening? Download the MyTSA app and use the “What Can I Bring?” feature to determine whether an item is allowed or prohibited in carry-on luggage. You may also snap a picture of an item and send it to @AskTSA on X (formerly Twitter) or Facebook Messenger for real-time assistance. Passengers may text their question to TSA by texting “Travel” to AskTSA (275-872). Passengers who need additional assistance through security screening may request a TSA  Passenger Support Specialist (PSS). A PSS is a TSO who has received specialized training, including how to effectively assist and communicate with individuals with disabilities, medical conditions or those who need additional screening assistance. Individuals should request passenger assistance at least 72 hours in advance by contacting  our TSA Cares passenger support line  at (855) 787-2227. Live assistance for both the TCC and TSA Cares is available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, or weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
  • Double-check your luggage tags. Many bags look alike, so passengers should tag every piece of checked luggage with their name and address. We also recommended they include additional addresses inside each bag in the event the outside tag falls off. When retrieving checked luggage at baggage claim, it is important that individuals check the tags to ensure they have picked up the correct bag.
  • Do you carry a firearm? Prepare, pack and declare. Passengers may travel with a firearm , but it must be secured as the passenger’s checked baggage; packed unloaded; locked in a hard-sided case and declared to the airline when checking in at the airline ticket counter. Firearms are prohibited at security checkpoints, in the secure area of an airport and in the passenger cabin of an aircraft, even if a passenger has a concealed carry permit or is in a constitutional carry jurisdiction. TSA does not confiscate or seize firearms. If a passenger brings a firearm to the security checkpoint on their person or in their carry-on luggage, the TSO will contact local law enforcement to safely unload and take possession of the firearm. Law enforcement may also arrest or cite the passenger, depending on local law. TSA may impose a civil penalty up to almost $15,000, and for the first offense, passengers who bring a firearm to a security checkpoint will lose TSA PreCheck® eligibility for five years. Second violations will result in permanent disqualification from the program and additional civil penalties.
  • Do you have TSA PreCheck? Make sure your Known Traveler Number (KTN) is in your airline reservation. TSA PreCheck passengers do not need to remove shoes, belts, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, food items and light jackets at the TSA checkpoint. TSA’s wait time standards for TSA PreCheck lanes are under 10 minutes whereas as standard lanes are under 30 minutes. If you are not yet enrolled in TSA PreCheck, you may enroll via one of TSA’s authorized enrollment providers starting as low as $77.95 for a five-year membership. Most new enrollees receive their KTN within three to five days. Members may renew membership online up to six months prior to expiration for another five-year term starting as low as $68.95. Visit TSA PreCheck at for more information, and to begin your enrollment.
  • Respect frontline aviation workers. Violence and unruly behavior in airports and onboard aircraft are not acceptable and will result in significant delays at security checkpoints. TSOs, along with all frontline airport and airline employees and local law enforcement, are working together to ensure safe and secure travel. Assaulting a TSA employee is a federal offense and will result in penalties and/or arrest.

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