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Parent-Approved: The 6 Best Travel Bassinets

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Our favorite thing about traveling with an infant is we could go practically anywhere with our son and he’d sleep. Dining out? A piece of cake as he would fall asleep in his car seat en route and then could sleep through the noise of a restaurant with the greatest of ease. And, when it comes to staying in a hotel, there is no need for an extra bed. All you need is a bassinet.

Before companies catered to babies, older travelers, so we have been told, would remove a drawer from the hotel dresser, pad it with a blanket and use it as a bassinet. Today, we have lots of travel bassinets that are safe, comfortable, and easy to carry.

All of the following bassinets are extremely lightweight — none over 10 pounds — and can travel well. Most, however, are not made for babies who have reached crawling age; for that, you’ll want to review our list of parent-approved travel cribs.

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Here’s how we rate the bassinets on our list:

  • Bassinet weight: A travel bassinet needs to be light. We give a 5 to the lightest of the bassinets and the heavier they become, the lower the rating.
  • Child height/weight limit: The bassinets here are for infants, generally up to 12 months. Those listed that accommodate the 12-month infants with higher weights receive a higher score.
  • Ease of setup: The last thing you want to do when you arrive at a hotel with a tired child is spend time setting up a bassinet. The easier the bassinet is to set up, the higher the rating.
  • Optionality: Some bassinets on our list double as changing pads, diaper bags and backpacks. For their versatility, we rate them higher than others. Top marks mean the bassinet can be used in the most ways possible.
  • Value for money: When we add up all of our criteria and combine it with the price, we give higher ratings to those who offer the most, for the least.

1. Scuddles 3-1 Portable Bassinet for Baby

This awesome travel bassinet is easy to carry, serving as a diaper bag before opening into a bassinet. Setting up in just 30 seconds, its small enough to take everywhere, allowing your child to sleep while you’re waiting for a layover at the airport as well as safely sleep at your hotel. As a diaper bag, it keeps bottles warm and the mattress pad becomes a changing pad. Even better? It weighs just 1 pound and costs less than $50!

One mom wrote of her bassinet, “This was a lifesaver. My baby slept with ease in it at the airport, while visiting family, going from one house to the other and in hotels. I can’t wait to try it at the beach because the material looks like you can just shake out the sand. Let me start with some European cities are not baby friendly, there was no baby changing areas like in the U.S. so unfortunately I had to use the floor but with this it was much more comfortable than just laying a regular baby changing pad on the floor. This alone makes this all worth it!”

The negative? One parent with an active sleeper found it wasn’t sturdy enough to withstand her 8-month-old daughter

Our ratings:

Bassinet weight: 5 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 3 out of 5
Ease of setup: 5 out of 5
Optionality: 5 out of 5
Value for money: 5 out of 5

2. Koalaty 3-in-1 Universal Baby Travel Bag: Portable Bassinet Crib, Changing Station, and Diaper Bag for Newborns or Infants

A super-stylish diaper bag with ample pockets for holding gear converts in one easy unzipping step into a portable bassinet to sleep infants up to 29 inches. Better yet? It weighs less than 4 pounds! The fold-down option also makes it perfect as a portable changing table — even if you have to change a child on a chair, they won’t roll out of this amazing travel bassinet. Of course, crawling babies will be able to get out of this crib option, so it works best for younger children, but at $60, this bag is an amazing deal.

“This is a parents dream come true. After two other traditional diaper bags, this one was a keeper. I love that it unfolds into a changing table or safe place for baby to nap. Plenty of good sized storage for diapers, wipes, bottles, clothes. It keeps me organized so I can find things fast. It’s great looking, durable, convenient, and good looking! Highly recommend, don’t even bother with other diaper bags”

Our ratings:

Bassinet weight: 4 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 5 out of 5
Ease of setup: 5 out of 5
Optionality: 5 out of 5
Value for money: 5 out of 5

3. Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet

Just fold this Brica bassinet in half and go — it’s that easy to use this baby sleeper. Weighing 3 pounds and costing $50, the bassinet allows baby to sleep practically anywhere while you travel. The breathable fabric stays cool in the heat, allowing breezes in, but some parents do feel the material isn’t all that durable or made to last.

Still, one mom found the bassinet works well on airplanes: “If you sit in bulkhead seats this will fit perfectly at your feet! I had flight attendants say what a great idea it was! I have 4 month old twins and traveled with one in the car seat next to me and the other slept soundly in this bassinet- actually both babies preferred the bassinet to the car seat. It’s super lightweight and the airline didn’t count it as a carry on since it was for a baby.”

Our ratings:

Bassinet weight: 4 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 3 out of 5
Ease of setup: 5 out of 5
Optionality: 2 out of 5
Value for money: 4 out of 5

4. Primo Cocoon Folding Indoor & Outdoor Travel Bassinet with Bag

With its easy fold design and carrying case, this bassinet opens in seconds and offers a mesh cover to keep your baby safely inside, as well as safe from insects should you take the sleeper to the beach or on the deck of your rental cabin. Holding infants up to 20 pounds, the 9-pound bassinet is just $65.

One parent wrote, “Couldn’t be happier with this purchase! We are very on the go people and needed something universal for traveling. This works perfect. The cover was super easy to install. It came with a travel bag which will be convenient for on the road. Best of all, the baby loves the dock-a-tot deluxe + and it fits PERFECTLY! Will be using this all the time!”

Some parents find assembly of this bassinet to be tricky, or as one parent proclaimed: “Getting the legs on it was a huge pain and there is no way they are coming off now, which makes it impossible to fit in its carrying case.”

Our ratings:

Bassinet weight: 2 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 4 out of 5
Ease of setup: 3 out of 5
Optionality: 2 out of 5
Value for money: 3 out of 5

5. hiccapop Day Dreamer Sleeper Baby Lounger Seat for Infants — Great for infants with reflux!

The most expensive sleeper on our list at $99, this lounger will give your baby a better night sleep because of the slight tilt, especially if your child suffers from reflux. Safely securing your bundle of joy with a seat belt and weighing just 6 pounds, our only issue with this option is it can be big and bulky. It doesn’t fold for easy travel — the top complaint of reviewers — but works well if taking on a road trip by car.

Nearly 400 people have found this lounger to be 4.5 stars, with this parent describing it as brilliant. “Traveled abroad with it, it fit well in a large suitcase and was very lightweight and easy to take everywhere with us. My girl has reflux so it’s perfect. The highest degree incline I could find as well and still perfectly comfortable for her. Wonderful that it’s safe for night time sleep which you don’t find many inclined products that are made for that. Lovely soft fabric too. My only small issue would be that there’s no way to hold the straps out the way when you place baby down. But all in all 5 stars! If your baby has reflux, do yourself a favor and buy this.”

Our ratings:

Bassinet weight: 3 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 5 out of 5
Ease of setup: 5 out of 5
Optionality: 2 out of 5
Value for money: 3 out of 5 (5 out of 5 if you baby has reflux!)

6. Lulyboo Bassinet To-Go-Metro

It’s not the most attractive of the folding bassinets — it doesn’t become a diaper bag or zip up — but it does strap on as a backpack for easy carrying as you travel. The Lulyboo has padded siding, and is the only sleeper on our list with a bit of shade, making it a better choice for the beach. (It helps the bottom is waterproof, as well.) We’re surprised the price is higher than some of the more convenient traveling bassinets at $75, but parents do rave about this sleeper, which weighs 3 pounds.

Although parents find the sleeper too big to use on an airplane, they do find it works while traveling.

“My daughter is absolutely Love her you LulyBoo!!! I was looking for a comfortable and easy to carry bed style to travel with. I love that idea that she has the same place to sleep no matter where we go and the most important is that don’t need to worry about here rolling off The bed. Definitely recommended the best solution I found for traveling with babies,” said one mom.

But some parents have complained that the bassinet measurements aren’t accurate and their 24-inch-long babies are already too tight in the space.

Our ratings:

Bassinet weight: 4 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 3 out of 5
Ease of setup: 4 out of 5
Optionality: 1 out of 5
Value for money: 2 out of 5

The 2 Idiots Travel Blog Quick Reference Bassinet Guide

Which of these travel bassinets are lightest, easy to set up and safe? The higher the rating (out of 5) you see, the better the bassinet it is.

Bassinet Name Bassinet Weight Child Height/Weight Limit Easeof Setup Optionality Value for Money
Scuddles 3-1 Portable Bassinet for Baby 5/5 3/5 5/5 5/5 5/5
Koalaty 3-in-1 Universal Baby Travel Bag 4/5 5/5 5/5 5/5 5/5
Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet 4/5 3/5 5/5 2/5 4/5
Primo Cocoon Folding Indoor & Outdoor Travel Bassinet 2/5   4/5 3/5   2/5 3/5  
hiccapop Day Dreamer Sleeper Baby Lounger Seat for Infants 3/5   5/5 5/5   2/5 3/5
Lulyboo Bassinet To-Go-Metro 4/5   3/5 4/5   1/5 2/5

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