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Parent-Approved: The 6 Best Portable Beds And Travel Cribs for Toddlers (2020 Guide)

Traveling with a toddler for months on end meant we seriously researched portable beds and travel cribs to keep Aarav safe and sound as he slept in various hotels and Airbnbs. Our choice was the Lotus Guava, which you can read all about in our best travel crib recommendation, but there were some runner ups that may be the right fit for you. All of the following travel cribs are lightweight, pack up and travel well, and are relatively easy to set up. Most, however, are not made for babies under a year old; for that, you’ll want to review our list of best travel bassinets and baby beds.

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Here’s how we rate the cribs on our list

  • Crib weight: A travel crib needs to be light. We give a 5 to the lightest of the cribs to carry and the heavier they become, the lower the rating.
  • Child height/weight limit: The cribs here are mostly for ages 1 to 3 years. Those listed that accommodate 36 month olds with ease 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 crib. The easier the crib is to set up, the higher the rating.
  • Durability: We looked for the safest cribs, so all are pretty aligned. The slight differences in ranking are based on sturdiness.
  • 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. Lotus Guava Travel Crib

Our favorite crib for travel went along with us for our 9-month around-the-world journey — and is still holding up well! Not only does it pack up into a backpack carrying case that weighs just 11 pounds — saving us on extra baggage fees — the mesh-lined crib has a zipper side that allows you to snuggle or nurse your child in bed. The set includes a mattress and is so easy you won’t need to follow the instructions to figure it out. We love the height, knowing Aarav couldn’t climb out if he awoke in the night.

Parents rave about it, as well: 84 percent of Amazon reviewers give it a 5-star rating, noting it is great for traveling and is versatile, durable, easy to assemble and is made of good quality. All of which add up to the $210 price tag.

The only complaint? The mattress is all the way to the floor and is difficult to bend into place or lift a sleeping child. “The height is awkward. Laying her in from above, like I would usually do, is virtually impossible at this height as compared with a Pack ‘N Play, which is above the ground,” said one parent.

Our ratings:

Crib weight: 5 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 4 out of 5
Ease of setup: 4 out of 5
Durability: 4 out of 5
Value for money: 5 out of 5

2. Milliard Portable Toddler Bumper Bed

This toddler-sized bed is the easiest to set up: Just unfold and you have a bed. We love that it can be carried with its handle and weighs less than 11 pounds, but it can be a bit bulky to carry with other suitcases and gear. Then again, there is room within the folded bed to serve as a suitcase, holding your child’s bedtime books, stuffed animals and PJs, along with bedding. Milliard provides sheets with purchase, and the bed is easy to clean. However, if you have a young toddler who crawls a lot and likes to get out of bed, this bumper bed won’t contain him or her. We like it best for older toddlers and young children — the mattress is 48 inches long, so can easily accommodate them. Another plus? The $99 price.

Seventy-nine percent of reviewers give this bumper bed a 5-star review. One mother wrote, “We love this bed! IF I could give it an extra star to make it 6 STARS, I would! The bed itself takes a little room to store, but we can contain the toddler sized pillow and his blankets/stuffed animals inside of it when it closes. It really doesn’t take up much more room than a Pack ‘N Play.”

Our ratings:

Crib weight: 5 out of 5
Child height/weight limit:5 out of 5
Ease of setup: 5 out of 5
Durability: 3 out of 5
Value for money: 5 out of 5

3. Dream On Me Travel Light PlayYard

Very airy with a full mesh enclosure, the Dream On Me folds up easily into a Bjorn-like carrying case (see below), but at far less the price. Selling for $90, the crib weighs less than 13 pounds, offers a thick mattress which locks into place, and is nearly 4 feet long for kids. It’s also easy to set up. There are hardly any negatives about this crib, although one mom’s 18 month old could tip it over.

Still, another parent took the crib on a 3-month trip through Europe. “It takes less about 45 seconds to set up; it’s comfy for the baby; it’s extremely durable (ours still looks brand new); and it’s essentially the same dimensions and weight as the Bjorn, but a quarter of the price.”

Our ratings:

Crib weight: 4 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 4 out of 5
Ease of setup: 4 out of 5
Durability: 3 out of 5
Value for money: 4 out of 5

4. BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light

BABYBJORN knows how to create kid-friendly products that are easy to use, comfortable to carry and looks stylish. This portable bed is no exception. When folded into its carrying case, this crib is sleek and slim, and weighs just 13 pounds. The name and the fashionable design means this is the priciest of cribs on our list, at nearly $300. Similar to the Lotus Guava in appearance, ease of setup and even the negative of having to bend down deep to reach your child (it’s just not an easy thing for many parents), this crib best accommodates toddlers up to age 3.

The Lotus has a higher 5-star rating than this crib, which this crib has 79 percent of reviewers loving. One mom couldn’t decide between the two cribs, but ultimately chose the Bjorn, saying: “The Bjorn is the clear winner for you if: 1. Your baby will be doing a lot of sleeping in the crib, as the mattress is definitely thicker and more plush than the Guava.”

Our ratings:

Crib weight: 4 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 4 out of 5
Ease of setup: 4 out of 5
Durability: 4 out of 5
Value for money: 3 out of 5

5. BABY JOY Baby Playpen

For something a little smaller than many of the cribs on this list, and better suited for younger toddlers, the Baby Joy is also smaller on the price: $95. The mesh sides and aluminum sides made this crib weighs in at just 10 pounds You have to attach the legs, which makes setup just a little tougher. The mattress doesn’t lock down and isn’t wetness resistant.

Still 78 percent of those who have reviewed it give it top marks. “This is a great travel crib. We needed something smaller and lighter than our work-horse Pack n Play for an upcoming international trip but I was so hesitant to drop $200+ on a Baby Bjorn or Guava Lotus. This crib seems solid, is easy to assemble, and I was pleasantly surprised by how thick the mattress pad is. Very happy with this purchase!”

Our ratings:

Crib weight: 5 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 2 out of 5
Ease of setup: 2 out of 5
Durability: 3 out of 5
Value for money: 3 out of 5

6. 4moms breeze GO portable travel playard

Super-easy to set up in one step, this uber-sturdy playpen may be a better option for those having trouble getting children in and out of the other options. Priced at $250, the crib doesn’t include a thick mattress, is a bit bulkier and only holds children up to 30 pounds. It is also the heaviest on our list, weighing 23 pounds, making this our least likely to recommend, yet still worth a look, as parents give it a strong rating.

Of the 82 percent of parents loving this breeze GO, it’s the ease of set up they love the most. “It is truly a breeze! One-handed operation!” and “This one was excellent to set up and put away no hassle at all.”

Our ratings:

Crib weight: 1 out of 5
Child height/weight limit: 3 out of 5
Ease of setup: 5 out of 5
Durability: 3 out of 5
Value for money: 2 out of 5

The 2 Idiots Travel Blog Quick Reference Travel Crib Guide

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

Crib Name Crib Weight Child height/weight limit Ease of Set-up Durability Value for Money
Lotus Guava Travel Crib 5/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 5/5
Milliard Portable Toddler Bumper Bed 5/5   5/5 5/5 3/5 5/5  
Dream On Me Travel Light PlayYard 4/5   4/5 4/5   3/5 4/5
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5
BABY JOY Baby Playpen 5/5   2/5   2/5 3/5  3/5  
4moms breeze GO portable travel playard 1/5 3/5 5/5 3/5 2/5

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thank you for the advice

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It is a good idea to buy something like this for kids. Playing in the playpen can give kids good time. I will check for my kids later.

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