When you go on a trip with young kids, there is already so. much. stuff. We completely get not wanting to pack anything else in the car—or on the plane—with you. But when it comes to the crib, it’s totally worth it. Just hear us out! We’re not saying you have to lug a giant bed with you. Quite the opposite, really. Most travel-specific cribs are lightweight, easy-to-carry, simple to set up and comfy to sleep in. Plus, some airlines will let you check them for free (and pro tip: you can usually shove extra diapers, wipes and stuffies inside!).
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If you ask us, knowing that your baby (or toddler!) has a safe, cozy place to sleep wherever they go is seriously priceless. Try one of these best-selling styles—we promise they won’t weigh you down… or keep you up at night.
BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light
At only 11 pounds, this BabyBjorn crib ($299 on Amazon) is guaranteed to be one of the lightest things you check on your next trip. It comes in a compact bag that is perfect for stashing more stuff, can be put together in seconds and is just big enough to be a cozy snooze spot for both babies and toddlers alike. It’s also breathable and comes with a waterproof, machine washable cover already on its slim, yet comfy mattress.
Lotus Travel Crib
If ease of transport is your biggest concern, then look no further than the Lotus Travel Crib ($209 on Amazon). This lightweight (only 13 pounds) bed fits into a cool backpack that you can carry with you anywhere, while still leaving your hands free for your other bags (and kids!). It’s also breathable, comfortable and has a convenient zippered door on its side so you don’t have to do the awkward lean over the crib to put them down. Designed to be safe for newborns up to 3 year olds.
MiClassic 2in1 Stationary & Rock Bassinet
For smaller, younger babies who are still in bassinets at home, the MiClassic ($84.99 on Amazon) is a great option to consider when you’re on the go. It’s breathable, folds easily into a compact bag, and weighs less than 16 pounds. It also has a rocking feature that comes in handy if/when you need a little extra help getting your little one to sleep.
Mamibaby Nest Lounger
For parents who are co-sleeping with their newborn, the Mamibaby Nest ($69.99 on Amazon) is an incredibly popular, portable lounger. It’s made with organic cotton, breathable, hypoallergenic and only weighs about 2.5 pounds. It’s also machine washable and comes in a variety of fun, reversible patterns.
4moms Breeze GO Portable Travel Playard
When you need something that doubles as both a play space AND a sleep spot, then the sturdy Breeze GO Playard ($249.99 on Amazon) is perfect. It’s a bit heftier than the others, weighing about 23 pounds, but it is just as comfy, and just as simple to open and close—you can do it in one step!
Freelance writer/editor and contributor at MamasUncut. West Coast-based, East Coast-raised. Doubled down on the parenting gig last year, with two kids under the age of 3—plus a 2-year-old black shepherd/lab mix who thinks they’re actually his babies. A good day: run, bake, eat, repeat.