Sleep is one of the most important functions of the human body, as short-term memory in the hippocampus is converted into long-term memory in the frontal cortex while we are all busy getting our beauty sleep.
We also know how important it is for babies and toddlers to get enough restful sleep as they grow, so now, consider the following situations of people who didn’t own one of the highest-reviewed best travel cribs for toddlers:
We’ve all been there.
Or maybe we haven’t been at all, and you’re thanking your lucky stars for never having experienced any of the above scenarios!
Whatever the case, the underlying denominator here is still the necessity to consider children’s sleep, either when traveling for leisure, traveling for business, traveling for emergency, or traveling to a new place to call home. And what each set of parents in the above scenario could have used was a travel crib.
Some questions and considerations to think about when in the market for a travel crib can include:
Each one of the travel baby beds reviewed below have been used by other parents as permanent beds for their babies.
Not something you’d automatically think about is the convenience of access your child will have to their own travel play crib.
Some cribs we cover below have feet that raise them above the floor. Things to consider here are the obvious separation from the floor itself, which could be slightly cleaner, but that there is an implied weight maximum to the crib before the bottom begins to warp and sag downward. This also means that your child will not have easy access in/out of the crib which, depending on your situation, might be exactly what you want.
Travel cribs that are flush to the ground do not have an implied weight maximum; however, the mattress and play crib are touching the ground. Some cribs that are flush to the ground also zip open on the sides to allow crawlers easier access into their own play spaces.
This might take some consideration of your child’s temperament.
Travel cots that don’t zip open on the side will keep the child inside... until and unless he figures out how to climb, or how to push the sides over to get out through the only opening up at the top.
Is your child a pretty passive player? Then you’ve got nothing to worry about.
Some parents report that travel cribs helped their kids’ transition from their parents’ room back to their own rooms after some weeks with nightmares, nighttime accidents, or other sleep problems.
Some parents reported the ease and convenience of a portable crib to set up around the house as they were working from home, cooking, and entertaining.
And some families described dynamics that required lots of travel, moving, or long-distance trips. Think military families, families with older grandparents who were sick, parents who worked as consultants, or families who were divorced.
For a quick overview of your best bets, check out the table below.
Features we love
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Lotus Travel Crib and
- ClearView mesh lets you see child,
Graco Pack 'n Play
- Has two wheels and can
- Assembly is a cinch
Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day
- Weighs just 15 lbs.
4moms, Breeze, Play Yard
- Opens and closes with one push
Still not sure if you and your child need a travel baby bed? Read (and relax), we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for the nitty gritty.
The only travel bed for toddlers that has a fully zip-down mesh panel side, this portable baby play yard is perfect for the adventurous, exploring little ones in your life.
The play yard folds into a backpack—also the only travel crib to do so—which allows for maximum productivity as you keep your hands free.
The zip-around side allows your child to access the crib whenever he likes, opening up this travel baby bed as a play space too. You can also crawl inside with them. The design keeps them secure and safe when necessary.
This model has a removable, reach-through bassinet that closes with the play yard. This allows the travel crib to grow with baby—as a bassinet, travel baby cot, and then exclusively as a toddler travel play yard! Talk about bang for your buck!
There are two wheels on the base, which makes it slightly moveable, and it’s raised off the ground, so you will want to be careful if you have a more active, jumping bundle of joy.
The wheels make this play yard even more portable by allowing an easy, rollaway feature. Take this toddler baby bed down the hall without even having to fold it up (which, if you must, is certainly simple enough)!
Parents love the minimalist design of this sleek and modern travel crib.
Coming in at half the weight of other travel cribs that have double the accessories, this has soft, organic cloths and crib covers that provide your baby with a simple, safe space to sleep and play.
The lightweight, sturdy frame folds up and out easily, so it's quick to assemble and put away. This is perfect for the minimalist parent who needs a quick, pop-up space to keep baby while he’s zipping around the house or jetting around the world.
Play yard, diaper changer, and inclined sleeper included in this travel baby bed that’s the ultimate multi-tasker for... wait for it... half the weight! Are we dreaming??
We also love how easily this folds up into a travel bag, which you can conveniently carry over your shoulder. And at just 15 pounds, it certainly won't be weighing you down.
This is a great option as it's not only a crib, it also serves as a play yard.
Play yard, diaper changer, and inclined sleeper, all in one! We love multi-tasking, and this is the perfect multi-tasker’s cot. An all-inclusive travel baby bed that’s ready to grow with baby!
Sleek, modern, sturdy, clean, safe, and easy are all words that have been used to describe this puppy!
Four stable legs that form two square frames, at the top and bottom, keep this toddler travel bed safe and secure for hours of sleep or play.
The best part is the one-step setup. No really, just one hand, one step, boom!
We also love how the play yard and bassinet mattresses are a cinch to clean. All you need is a damp cloth, and voila!
The easy, one-step setup requires ONE push to open, ONE pull to close. Did we mention the easy set-up?
A travel baby bed has a few advantages, depending on your situation.
Say you’re just not willing to bite the bullet and buy a super swanky bassinet. For every travel baby bed reviewed above, parents have said that they were more than happy and willing (and their babies were more than content) using them as their permanent bassinets, permanent beds, and for some, permanent play spaces and forts.
For parents who want something to take with them when they travel, then these TRAVEL baby beds are, to state the obvious, perfect for you.
Most children crave some form of comfort when faced with unfamiliar surroundings and situations. This is where "crutches" come into play, such as baby blankets, pacifiers, and stuffed animals. We all know what happens if, heaven forbid, those crutches get lost on a trip!
But those crutches all serve to anchor the child to a familiar experience, a familiar stimulus, that can provide a cognitive base for exploring unfamiliar territory. A pacifier is called a “pacifier” because it pacifies, by stimulating the sucking reflex of a baby and mimicking the stimulating texture and feel of a mother’s nipple.
These anchors help ground a child to the familiar so that she may then resist the impulse to reject new surroundings that might come with a business trip, a family vacation, or a trip to a grandparent’s house. And that sense of security helps to form a secure and well-adjusted child who isn’t afraid of new stimuli and surroundings, who understands that excitement and novelty come to enrich her familiar world, not to tear it out from underneath her.
That sounds like a lot of pressure to place on a simple little travel bed for babies.
But then again, think of your own bed, your own rest, your own comfort. Give them a chance to sleep securely and, perchance, they’ll dream.
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