The playpen and travel crib are quintessential pieces of baby equipment for any parent.
You may only be using the baby playpen when traveling, or as a safe place where baby can play while you get things done around the house. Maybe you want one that can do both. So how do you know which is the best baby playpen or travel crib for you? Check out some of the best portable play yards and travel cribs for your family.
Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Playpen
Graco has always been one of the most trusted brand names among parents for quality, reliability, and affordability, and the Pack 'n Play On the Go Playpen checks all of these boxes. This playpen accommodates children up to 35 inches tall and can be quickly and easily stored away using the signature Graco push-button fold.
One of the most popular features of this playpen is the full-size, removable bassinet that provides the perfect spot for baby to catch a nap no matter where you are. That, along with automatic folding feet, wheels, and convenient carrying bag makes this one of the best playpens for traveling with a newborn.
The Lotus Travel Crib
If you’re looking for a lightweight travel crib that’s perfect for flying, the Lotus Travel Crib is the best choice. It weighs only 13 pounds when packed, and the backpack carrying case is a lifesaver when you have to run to catch a flight. Setup takes just 15 seconds, so it’s easy to take almost anywhere you go on a daily basis. There’s also a convenient, quiet zippered door on the side that gives you easier access to baby when putting them to sleep and during playtime!
The Lotus Travel Crib is also the only baby playpen with GreenGuard Gold non-toxic certification, so you can rest assured your little one is not exposed to any harmful BPA, lead, PVC, or heavy metals.
4moms breeze GO and breeze plus playpen
The 4moms breeze family of playpens is a favorite among both first-time and been-there-done-that moms for its easy, one-handed setup and convenience for travel.
Instead of requiring a sequence of tricky steps to open and close, the breeze GO playpen can be set up and taken down with just a quick pull-up or firm push-down. It folds compactly in its travel bag and is a great option for parents who find themselves setting up and taking down the playpen often.
The breeze plus playpen includes an additional feature that will have you prepared wherever you go: a removable bassinet and changing area. The sleeping and changing area is supportive and comfortable to protect your little one and the playpen has ample space for them to explore. The only drawback is that it’s slightly heavier than other compact ones, but the simple setup makes up for it.
HALO DreamNest Open Air Sleep System
If your little one loves to be rocked gently to sleep each night, then you should opt for a portable bed that provides babies with a soothing, rocking motion.
The Halo DreamNest Open Air Sleep System features rocking capabilities that turn on and off, as well as mesh walls and a mesh mattress to help your child sleep comfortably without overheating. This playpen may not be as easily maneuverable the others, but it’s a 3-in-1 sleep system that grows with your baby. It starts out as a rocking bassinet, then a portable crib, and finally a stand-alone travel cot.
BABYBJÖRN Travel Light Crib
BABYBJÖRN is a brand associated with quality, even if it’s at a slightly higher price tag. Though not quite as small as the Lotus, the BABYBJÖRN Travel Light Crib is extremely compact and lightweight. Opening it takes one swift, sweeping motion and folding it up is just as easy, with no extra, loose parts to attach. Even though this playpen sits directly on the floor, it only weighs 13 pounds and is super easy to take along on any type of adventure.
Whether you are concerned about the ease of setup, weight, or safety features, there are so many options for the best playpen or travel crib to fit your needs.
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