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5 Best Portable Cribs in 2020

Best 

Overall

Lotus Travel Crib
  • Lightweight (13lbs)
  • Easy access
  • Very comfortable

Premium 

Choice

babybjorn travel crib
  • Ultra light (11lbs)
  • Highly portable
  • Easy to set up

Best 

Value

Flisko 2 in 1 Travel crib
  • Portable
  • Multi-functional
  • Comfortable

5 Best Portable Cribs

If you travel a lot, then there's no doubt that you need to invest in one of the best portable cribs. Portable cribs are made with travelers, like you, in mind. They are extremely easy to set up. And, folding them up is a breeze.

However, with so many options available, selecting the best portable baby crib is not easy. You might feel that you need to test five to ten cribs before finding the right one.

Fortunately, we've done the heavy lifting for you. Here is an in-depth review of the 5 best portable cribs in the market today. We have put in more than 72 hours of research to come up with this top 5 list of the best cribs.

Some of the porta cribs in this list have unique features such as a one-move-set-up process while others are ultra-light and super easy to carry. Want to know more?

Read on to find out which crib is best for your family. We have also included a bonus section at the end on the most important features you should look for when shopping for the best crib.

Lotus Travel Crib

Top on the list of the best porta cribs is the Lotus Travel Crib. This is a convenient travel crib that is suitable for any traveler. The crib will go from folded to set-up in 15 seconds. It is also easy to disassemble. And, when it is disassembled it fits in an easy-to-carry backpack that is included in the package.

On top of that, it is also very light and weighs just 13lbs. Thus, you can travel with it either in your RV, on a train, or flight.

That's not all. This is the only portable baby crib that has the GreenGuard non-toxic certification. It has no PVC, no lead, no heavy metals, no phthalates, or any other heavy metals. It comes with a thick, soft, and comfy mattress perfect for infants and toddlers alike.

Another feature that makes this travel crib stand out from the rest is the easily accessible side door that has a quiet zipper. Thus, you can enter the crib to nurse your baby and leave quietly without waking him or her up.

Its sides are made from a breathable mesh material that allows adequate air circulation. And, you can easily monitor your child. However, this crib doesn't come with sheets.

Why we like it

  • Lightweight
  • Machine washable crib cover
  • Easy to set up
  • GreenGuard non-toxic certification
  • Comfortable

Dimensions (Set up)

42 x 32 x 25 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

24 x 7 x 11 inches

Weight

13 lbs

Max Weight/Height/Age limit

0 to 3 years

Our Verdict

The Lotus Crib is the only baby crib with the GreenGuard non-toxic certification. What's more, it is light and easy to set up making it one of the best travel baby crib anyone can invest in.

babybjorn travel crib light

This is one of the lightest travel cribs you'll ever come across. You can literally carry it anywhere. Its sides are made from a soft mesh which allows you to monitor your baby easily as well as add breathability and ventilation to the crib. Similarly, your baby can remain at ease as they can see you carry on with your daily activities while they play or rest in the crib.

Setting up this portable baby crib is a breeze. It is the easiest to set up on this list. Additionally, it comes with a plush and comfy mattress to ensure the best sleep for your baby. The mattress is insulated with a waterproof cover to ensure that your baby stays warm all night. Any spills on the mattress can be cleaned with a simple wipe.

 All the fabrics on this crib are machine-washable and free from any toxic materials. This porta crib has been approved as baby-safe according to Oeko-Tex Standard.

Why we like it

  • Extremely light
  • Folds down to a compact size
  • Plush and sturdy mattress included
  • Easy to wash
  • Easy to carry

Dimensions (Set up)

44 x 25 x 32 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

19 x 5.5 x 23.5 inches

Weight

11 lbs

Max Weight/Height/Age limit

0 to 3 years

Our Verdict

Although this portable baby crib is a little bit more expensive than other options on this list, it is worth every coin. It is ultra-light, highly portable, and well made.

Flisko 2 in 1 Travel crib

The Flisko 2 in 1 Travel Crib is a lightweight and portable crib ideal for all kinds of trips with your kids. It has a sleek design and a clever folding mechanism for quick and easy assembling and disassembling. It folds down to a small size that fits perfectly in your car or hotel room.

Are you going on a trip and are still unsure of what travel crib to get for your kid? This crib is worth considering. It will take you less than 2 minutes to assemble the crib. This makes it the go-to-portable crib that you can use anywhere and at any time, completely hassle-free. Besides, if you want to carry the crib hands-free, you only need to convert it to a backpack in a few steps.

 That's not all. The crib mattress has a super soft and comfy material that provides the ultimate comfort to your child. It also features a breathable mesh fabric for adequate aeration. Plus, your child gets to see who is around when awake. It's also multifunctional since you can also use it as a bassinet or an impromptu baby play-yard. The zipper on the side makes it easy for you to pick your child or place him down for a nap.

Why we like it

  • Sturdy and well made
  • Sleek design
  • Easy and quick assembly
  • Super soft and comfy mattress

Dimensions (Set up)

43 x 28 x 28 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

23.4 x 21.4 x 7.2 inches

Weight

14 lbs

Max Weight/Height/Age limit

0 to 3 years

Our Verdict

This crib is ideal for parents who need a portable and lightweight crib for their everyday use. It’s easy to set up, compact, and easy to access. Additionally, the thick mattress gives your kid the perfect coziness he or she needs.

Chicco FastAsleep Go Full-Size Travel Crib

If you are looking for the best portable crib for your kid, then the Chicco FastAsleep Go Full-Size Travel Playard is a great pick. It is so easy to set up and disassemble.

It is lightweight and folds down to a small size that can be packed in the included backpack. This makes the Chicco FastAsleep play-yard one of the best portable cribs for use when traveling. You’ll be impressed by its sturdy make and its fabric quality is unbeatable.

This portable baby crib also has a topnotch mattress made from top quality foam whose quality doesn't deteriorate with time like in most other beds. Its height is also high enough, thus you can rest assured your child cannot fall out of their crib when there is no one watching him.

If you want to change your baby's diaper, then you can easily place him on the large top section.

The crib can also be folded down and packed in a bag that is easy to carry.

Why we like it

  • Easy to assemble
  • Spacious
  • Machine-washable mattress
  • Compact
  • Includes a baby changing station

Dimensions (Set up)

38 x 25 x 28.5 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

25 x 9 x 22 inches

Weight

24.7 lbs

Max Weight/Height/Age limit

0 to 3 years

Our Verdict

The Chicco FastAsleep is a top-quality portable baby crib with amazing features such as a changing station and a machine washable matress. It is easy to assemble, spacious, and can be used anywhere.

Dream On Me Travel Light PlayYard

The Dream on Me crib is the ideal traveling crib for any journey. Its sides are made of soft mesh fabric to ensure proper air ventilation for your baby. Also, the see-through mesh enables parents to monitor the baby while you go about doing other tasks.

Included is a soft and comfortable mattress pad that gives your baby the much-needed comfort and coziness as he takes his nap. It is also firm and can withstand some bit of play and jumping around from your child.

Additionally, all its fabric and mesh material are allergens-free. Therefore, there's no need to worry about skin sensitivity from the materials of this portable crib. The crib mattress has an built-in base plate which ensures the frame of the crib stands firmly on the floor.

You can set it up in minutes and it collapses quickly and fits well in the included backpack for easy portability.

This is a highly versatile portable baby crib. You can use it as a travel bed or as a playpen inside the house. This crib is also well made from a sturdy aluminum frame and extra stitching to guarantee durability for many years to come.

Why we like it

  • Breathable mesh fabric
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable and travel-ready
  • Secure
  • Highly versatile

Dimensions (Set up)

40.5 x 27 x 26 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

23.5 x 19 x 6 inches

Weight

12.7 lbs

Max Weight/Height/Age limit

0 to 3 years

Our Verdict

Dream on Me portable crib is ideal for parents who love to travel. It is lightweight, made from durable material and is extra secure. It's also portable making it ideal for parents who enjoy visiting different places with their kids.

Portable Crib Buyer's Guide - Best Portable Cribs

You and I both know that infants and toddlers are very delicate and sensitive to change. Therefore, as a parent you need to ensure the travel crib you choose for them offers the safety your little one needs and the comfort they are used to having at home.

Here is a comprehensive guide on all the necessary features when shopping for the best portable crib.

Everyday Use

The ideal portable crib for any family must be light enough and easy to carry around. Always remember to note the size of the crib when it is already set up and when it is folded for travel. Also, take note of the weight of the travel crib as it can vary a lot from one model to the next.

Choose a crib that folds down to a small size. You should also consider if it will fit in your suitcase or a backpack in case you plan on travelling with it. Additionally, the best portable crib should be large enough for your baby to comfortably fit in as well as grow into.

For instance, if you are planning on using an RV, ensure your choice of travel crib fits in the available storage space. On the other hand, if you intend to take several flights, a good idea is to go for options that fold down to fit in a carryon bag or is within airline requirements for checked luggage.

Another crucial feature to look at is the ease of use. Ensure that the portable crib is easy to operate. Additionally, accessibility should be seamless. The crib should allow you to easily and conveniently place your baby to sleep and pick him up when needed.

You do not want options that will consume so much of your time trying to assemble or pack it when you and your family are on the go.

Safety

Safety is always a top consideration for your baby gear. Ensure that your choice of portable crib meets the American safety standards for a portable baby crib.

The crib should have a wide and stable base to ensure that your baby doesn’t topple over even when he is playing and jumping in his crib. On top of that, the sides of your baby crib should be high enough to prevent your child from climbing and falling out.

Does the mattress fit well in the baby's crib? How well do the sheets fit when tucked under the mattress? Ensure that the mattress fits perfectly in the crib and the sheets also tuck in tight. All these precautions are necessary to prevent any accidents from happening. Loose sheets and/or blankets can be very dangerous to young babies so ensure the sleeping area complies with the AAP guidelines.

Additionally, you should looks for a portable baby crib that has sides made of mesh. These materials are breathable and provide optimum air circulation. Proper air circulation prevents your baby's crib from becoming too hot or too stuffy.

The mesh on the sides also allows you to monitor your child. And, your child can see you too. In addition, if they end up in a position where their face is pressed against the side, there will be no restriction to their breathing.

Setup and Assembly

How easy is it to set up your baby's travel bed? When you are on the go and sometimes spending no more than one night somewhere, you need to minimize set-up and take-down time.

Some of the options discussed above require less than 15 seconds to assemble. Other options can be set up by using a single movement while a few may require up to five minutes for assembling. Take a look at the set up instructions of each model to really get a feel for the process.

Go for a porta baby crib that is easy to assemble. The best options of baby cribs are those that can be assembled in one or two minutes, preferably less.

The process of assembling the baby crib should not be tiring and should not leave any room for error. Always ensure that your choice of travel bed can be assembled without requiring any tools. It is always easier to assemble a crib with fewer parts than one with many parts that need tools and special care.

Overall Build and Quality

It is always best to choose travel beds that are made from durable materials. All moving parts of the crib should be well joined so that the crib doesn’t fidget when the baby is playing in it.

Additionally, the bed should be made from baby safe materials that are non-hazardous to your baby. Ensure that the bed is made from top quality materials that will last the many set-ups and take-downs until your baby outgrows it.

Footprint/Size

Mini portable baby cribs come in all sizes and shapes. Some options are small and can only fit an infant while others are large enough to fit a toddler.

The ideal size of your travel bed depends on your child's needs. How old is your baby? How tall is he? If he is tall, look for a large crib size that can accommodate him. A good idea is to go a crib size that your child can grow into.

It is important to check the size of the bed when assembled to avoid buying a small bed that your baby will outgrow too quickly.

Cleaning

When you are dealing with a baby, you can never be too sure when your next blowout will be. And since babies are very delicate, you must maintain the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene around every piece of baby gear.

As a general rule of thumb, always go for travel beds whose parts and beddings are easily removable and washable. Some of the portable cribs available are fitted with a waterproof mattress cover that is easy to wipe.

The best baby crib materials are machine washable and quick drying. You'll only need to toss them in the washing machine and re-use them in the crib later.

Materials/Build

Remember that portability is a key feature to consider when choosing a portable baby crib. If the bed is too heavy, carrying it around will drain you.

Ensure you select beds made from light material. Some good examples of lightweight materials ideal for making travel beds are aluminum and mesh. Cribs whose sides are made from mesh or fabric are also highly breathable.

However, keep in mind that some lightweight materials wear out faster than sturdier materials. Do not expect your travel bed to offer you the same duration of service as a wooden baby crib.

But, do not let the lightness of the material fool you into buying a flimsy bed. Ensure that the bed you pick is well constructed using top quality materials. Stay away from cheap plastics and loose connections between mating parts.

Dad Tip


Always remember to remove all toys from your baby's portable crib before putting him to sleep. And, ensure the mattress is firm and has a fitted sheet. That way, you can rest assured your baby is safe and comfortable.

Extra Features

Some of the most hectic experiences in my life involve traveling with my son when mommy is not around. Taking over all mommy duties is not easy. Or, is it?

Luckily, some portable cribs have some additional features and accessories to make dad and son days a little less overwhelming.

Bassinet

There are a few two-in-one portable crib that can also act as a bassinet. These can come in very handy when you're traveling only to find that the hotel you checked into does not provide a bassinet for your little one.

Bassinets are also perfect for use during long flights. Some of the best portable cribs also allow you to attach a bassinet to them for your newborn to nap.

Changing Station

Other cribs come with a changing station that can be attached to the crib for diaper changes. However, you can also use place your usual changing mat on the mattress. There's no need for spending a lot of money just because a crib has a changing station.

Always remove your changing mat from the crib when not using it to prevent any risk of the loops entangling your baby in the crib.

Wheels

Most of the recently manufactured portable cribs have wheels to allow for more convenient movement. Some good crib options allow you to fold them and put them in a bag leaving the wheels exposed. This makes moving through a busy airport or train station much easier.

Also, check to ensure the wheels are lockable so that the portable mini crib doesn’t move around when the baby is playing in it.

Pack and Play/ P​laying Pads

How about a crib that can be unzipped to a play pad? Sounds good right? Luckily, some travel beds that double up as playpens.

Your baby can sleep in them at night and use them as a playpen during the day.


Did you know?


Did you know that baby cribs should be kept away from windows? A baby who is next to a window may pull and play with the blinds and cords putting them and they may end up hurting themselves with them.


In Conclusion

With so many options of portable cribs available, choosing the best one for your baby can be challenging. Using the top 5 options discussed above as your starting point should make selecting the best mini portable crib a lot easier.

If you are still uncertain of the best choice of travel crib, I highly recommend the Lotus travel crib. It is light, comfortable, easy to set up, and also made from safe and non-toxic materials. Plus, it comes with a stylish carrying case.

I hope this article helps you make the best-informed choice for your next portable baby crib. Happy shopping!