7 Great Travel Beds for Babies & Kids

By Kate |

It’s the understatement of the year to say “travel with kids requires a lot of stuff.” Heh. But, as we all know, having the right gear can make a trip go more smoothly. One thing we can’t skip or skimp on is a great travel bed for your child. Nothing can make a trip go downhill more quickly than a tired cranky baby or kid.

With your child’s rest and your sanity in mind, we’ve rounded up 7 Great Travel Beds for Babies and Kids.

Great Travel Beds for Babies and Kids

1. BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light ($300). This travel crib is making its way around Europe with us. We can’t resist its incredibly light and compact package – it weighs only 12 pounds!

2. 4Moms Breeze Playard ($300). Not the lightest bed in the bunch, the amazingly quick and simple assembly and disassembly of the Breeze make it worth travel consideration. This is a good pick if you are traveling by car to several destinations.

3. One Step Ahead Tuck-Me-In Travel Bed with Removable Mattress ($80 – 100). Available in a toddler and kid size, this travel bed provides an extra comfortable place to sleep when beds are limited. The bed and mattress inflate separately and there are bumpers for a snug and safe sleep space. Includes tote and pump.

4. GoCrib by Guava Family ($200). Designed with portability in mind, the GoCrib is super light and without metal or plastic components. It takes longer to assemble via air pump than some alternatives, but you can’t beat the ability to pack it up and wear it as a backpack when on the go.

5. phil&teds Nest ($85). For the littlest babes, the Nest provides a sweet spot for sleep at home – and everywhere. Perfect for the beach, park or a friend’s house, the Nest travel bag has a storage compartment. The bassinet weighs only 5 pounds and folds flat.

6. Joovy Foocot Portable Child Cot ($70). Big kids deserve a dedicated sleep space when you’re traveling, too. The Joovy Foocot is great for hotel rooms, cruises and other spaces where beds are at a premium. Why borrow a dirty hotel cot when you can bring your own?

7. Nuna Sena Mini Travel Crib ($150). The smaller version of the clever Sena Travel Crib is suitable for kids up to about 18 months old. It weighs just under 20 pounds and has a pop-up design for easy set up and one hand refold.



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    I think phil and teds nest looks awesome and I love how it doubles as a suitcase!

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    Janet W.

    We have the BabyBjorn and it works great! Such nice quality and my grandson is very comfortable in it!

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    Love your review, we are going to try phil and teds nest

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    Ashley Rainey

    This post is super helpful. we have a vacation coming up! Love the site!

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    Rachel N

    The Go Crib looks really nice. I love this idea, looks like it’s a lot smaller than a playpen.

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    courtney b

    these are expensive so i’m probably gonna opt for a pack n play!

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    We have the BabyBjorn and its awesome! We love love love it.

    I also have a Joovy Room as well and love it.

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    Nicole U

    I have the nest and i love that it is lightweight, folds flat and has a sheer zip cover.

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    I do like the Go Crib! I have never seen this advertised or reviewed. The blow up mattress in an interesting and lightweight innovation, but I might be scared the child would turn with face against the plastic.

    Yes, kids and travel are difficult. Thank goodness so many companies have invented such great travel gear over the years…when I was a young mom there were a very limited supply of play yards and that was it. Thanks for the great info…we have 3 tiny grandkids now, and (hopefully) many more ahead of us!

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    I love the idea and design of the Breeze, but it’s so expensive, and after reading this, maybe too heavy. The Nuna Sena Mini Travel Crib intrigues me though. I hadn’t heard of that one before.

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    we’re huge fans of the Bjorn crib, my son even prefers it over his stokke sleepi. The mesh sides also makes it harder for my climber to escape at night

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    Arlene S.

    Ive been looking at the one from One Step Ahead, since my daughter has been asking to go to Giggy and Pop Pop’s house for a sleepover. Thanks for the info.

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    Matt Stringham

    I love number two, but I think only number seven is in my price range! 🙁

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    Kimberly Bauer

    I bought an Eddie Bauer one on clearance at Target for $7.48. Perfect for naps.

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    Kimberly Bauer

    These are a great idea. Great for taking naps.

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    I like the way #2 & #7 look

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    I love that the Guava Family porta-cribs are free of flame retardants and other nasty chemicals. If the twins end up sleeping in cribs, I think I’ll get a couple of them for travel purposes. 🙂

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