Travel Must-Have: BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light
Anyone traveling with a baby or toddler has faced the challenge of figuring out where your child is going to sleep while you’re away from home. Portable play yards are heavy and bulky, renting a full-size crib is expensive and takes up a ton of space, and sleeping in the same bed with your baby comes with a whole other set of issues. Thankfully, we found the perfect solution to our sleep dilemma with the BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light.
Lightweight and comfortable
The BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light is exactly what it sounds like — a very lightweight crib that’s easy to travel with. The whole thing packed up only weighs around 13 pounds (which is much lighter than the baby) and is smaller than a suitcase, so it’s easy to take on a plane or put in the trunk of a car. The crib is made with breathable mesh sides so you don’t have to worry about babies that like to snuggle into the side of a crib. The mattress pad is surprisingly thick, sturdy and comfortable — plenty of padding for a peaceful sleep that rests on the ground, so no cross-bars or support beams digging into your baby’s back (like our old play yard). The mattress cover is machine washable, but BABYBJÖRN also offers a really nice cotton fitted sheet that fits the mattress (sold separately).
Quick and easy assembly
The crib comes in two pieces: a fully-assembled frame (just unfold the legs) and the thick mattress pad. It takes less than a minute to set the whole thing up and is just as easy to disassemble when it’s time to pack up and head home. The frame and mattress fold together and fit nicely in the included travel bag. There are no pieces to assemble, no loose parts to worry about losing and no snaps, clasps or buttons to mess with. Couldn’t be easier.
Sturdy and durable
The mattress pad is thick with a built-in base plate that makes the crib very sturdy. The crib sits directly on the ground and the legs are angled outwards so it won’t tip over, even if your baby is leaning heavily on the side or your preschooler is doing headstands in the corner of it. The sides are high enough that even a tall toddler can’t climb out, which gives moms with curious kids a little extra peace of mind. It’s the perfect place for your baby to play safely during the day and is light and easy to move around the house or outside.
But the true test of any crib is whether or not your baby sleeps well in it. This one is a winner for us. Baby took three hour-long naps and slept through the night safe and soundly. Now if I could only get her to sleep like that when we’re at home! She had plenty of room to move around, which means that we’ll be getting a lot of use out of this crib over the next couple years.
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