5 Best Portable Cribs For 2019 ReviewedYou are taking your first overnight trip with the new baby! It’s time to meet the rest of the family.
But wait, you don’t have a bed for the baby. You can’t take the full-size bassinet and the portable play-pen just is not comfortable enough.
It’s time to go shopping for a portable bassinet. Before you start looking, there are some key features to look for:
- Lightweight – You have enough to carry in so you want something easy to carry.
- Washable – If it has not happened yet, It will. There is always the potential for that diaper blowout or the toddler who takes their diaper off while you are sleeping. Washable is a must!
- Easy To Assemble – At the end of a long day of travel, you don’t want to engage in an MMA wrestling match with a portable travel crib.
- Breathable – It is very important, for safety reasons, for a portable crib to have proper venting and breathable fabric.
- Travel Bag – This is purely for convenience, but so much easier than trying to find a duffle bag or garbage bag your travel crib will fit into.
Best Portable Cribs
There are a lot of different travel cribs available, but not all of them are created equal. In this article, we will review five portable baby cribs and what other users had to say about them.
The ComfyBumpy Bedside portable crib comes with everything you need: carry case, mattress, urine pad, and sheet cover. It is fully portable while providing the features that ensure your, the parent, confidence. It can be secured next to the bed and the let-down side panel will enable your infant to co-sleep. There is no need to get out of bed to check on your baby or to feed them. It also works as a standalone crib for the older child. It can be placed in stable or rocking mode if your infant prefers a little motion to fall asleep and the head of the crib can be inclined to prevent reflux. This portable bassinet weighs just under 20 pounds.
New parents are loving the ComfyBumpy Portable Crib! Assembly takes about five minutes and it is just as easy to take down. It stores easily under the bed when not being used. It easily transported or moved from room to room. The zip-up feature on the side panel makes this crib useable as a stand-alone as well as a co-sleeper. Mamas are noting that their new baby is sleeping several hours straight in this bassinet. They find it very easy and convenient to nurse the baby comfortably as the bassinet is adjustable to fit the height of almost any bed. The storage under the bassinet is large enough to fit diapers, wipes, and blankets keeping them close to hand. The tilt feature is praised by those parents whose babies have reflux issues. It is providing them with a sense of security that their baby is just that much safer. Others are thrilled with the rocking mode since their little ones need motion to fall asleep quickly. The overwhelming majority of reviewers, state that this is just what they were looking for in a bedside bassinet: easy to assemble, safety features, light and portable, easy to store, and it looks good.
There were some critical comments. Some parents are concerned by the solid vinyl that comes up on all four sides, attaching to the mesh netting. They are concerned that it could be a breathing hazard. Others commented that the bed would lean to one side when attached to the parents’ bed causing the infant to roll over. When reported to the manufacturer, it was replaced at no cost to the customer. Also, commented on was that the crib comes with one sheet, but the only way to get extra sheets is through the manufacturer.
ComfyBumpy Bedside Portable Crib Summary
The ComfyBumpy Portable Baby Bed is rated highly by the majority of parents. It met, and even, in some instances, exceeded expectations. Parents stated that they have and would continue to recommend this portable baby bed to new parents. It is portable, lightweight, comes with a travel bag, easy to clean and assemble, most parents were also satisfied with the breathability of the mesh.
The Dream on Me Karley Bassinet is a portable bassinet that can be used outdoor as well as indoor. It has a double canopy which will protect your little one from insects. It has a quick folding mechanism and is suitable for infants up to 25 pounds. It comes in a variety of colors to fit any nursery color scheme. Underneath the bassinet is a mesh storage for baby essentials.
A majority of the parents give rave reviews for this travel bassinet. Many reported that assembly was super easy and took less than a minute to set up. This feature is a big plus for the parents who move it from room to room, keeping their infant near them. The zip up mesh cover is a significant selling point for those who either have cats in the home or spend a lot of time outdoors. Those parents that own cats point out that the cover is sturdy enough for their fur babies to lay on top of, even jump on, with out the frame bending. The parents also state the bassinet is very easy to clean and can be wiped down quickly with a wet cloth.
Out of the critical reviews, there were some of the same complaints expressed by numerous parents. One of the most repeated was the the thinness of the mattress. While acknowledging that a thinner, firmer mattress was safer, parents claim that this particular mattress was extremely uncomfortable for their baby. Even the parents who rated the Dream on Me Bassinet highly, were disappointed with the mattress. They also stated that finding proper sized sheets was nearly impossible and tended to buckle in the middle when using a sheet. Another criticism expressed over and over was that the hood was too tight to zip and unzip easily. Parents whose infants had health problems, expressed their concern that they would not be able to unzip quickly enough in an emergency situation. Also, the zipper tends to get stuck at the bottom requiring a string to be attached. Several customers expressed a desire for the hood to be removable (it is not) since it is in the way when not being used.
Dream on Me Karley Bassinet Summary
Overall, this is a sturdy, portable bassinet, easy to set up and take down. It is lightweight and can be moved easily from room to room. It does not come with a travel bag. While there were concerns regarding the mattress, many parents found solutions and shared them in the reviews.
- LIGHT & VERSATILE: The Karley Bassinet is designed with a lightweight aluminum frame that allows you to move it easily from room to room. Easy to assemble, it features a quick-folding mechanism. Use it indoors and carry it outdoors without any hassle!
- ROOMY INTERIORS: With dimensions of 35.50Lx18.3Wx27H inches, the Karley Bassinet is as spacious as they come! The roomy, airy bassinet features an adjustable double canopy and there is also a large storage bag to hold your babie's essentials
- STYLISH LOOK: The Karley is made out of a soft, safe and comfortable polyester foam fabric, which is easy to clean. It is available in nine beautiful finishes, allowing it to blend in beautifully with the nursery of your dreams!
- MATTRESS INCLUDED: The Karley comes with a 1″ thick mattress pad as recommended by the ASTM & CPSC. Mattress pad dimensions are 32Lx16Wx1H inches
- OTHER SPECS: The Karley Bassinet weighs 16 lbs and is recommended for newborns up to 25 lbs. The height with the canopy is 36 inches, height without is 27. The folded up dimensions are 23.5 L x 6.5 W x 32 H inches
The MiClassic 2in1 Stationary & Rock Mode Bassinet is a lightweight, portable travel bassinet that can be used for travel only and stored in the included carry bag when not in use. It can also be used long-term as a stationary bassinet for your infant up to 35 pounds. It has breathable mesh on all sides making it easy for you to see and communicate with your little one.
An overwhelming majority of parent loved this baby travel bassinet. One of the favorite features is the fact that this model is larger than most travel bassinets or travel cribs and is also one of the lightest and easiest to assemble. Customers where very pleased with the ability to assemble this bassinet and set up in less than a minute. While this bassinet is quite a bit larger than other portable bassinets (can be used up to 35 pounds vs. 25 for others), parents state that it has a smaller “footprint”, taking up less room. This makes it a great option for those living in a small apartment or for travel and use in a hotel. It is lightweight making it easy to move from room to room and folds up neatly and compactly for travel. Parents loved the mesh sides as it gives them comfort and peace of mind, being able to see their infant and knowing there is less of a suffocation hazard. Parents also appreciated the stationary/rock mode. They state that it is easy to switch back and forth and provides a soothing motion for their newborn.
There are some parents who are very dissatisfied with the MiClassic. Some of their complaints were actually addressed by satisfied customers and solutions given. One concern that came up several times, and was not addressed by others, was the vinyl at the bottom of the mesh material. They are concerned that it comes up too high and will prove to be a suffocation issue. There were three issues addressed several times and solutions provided. The first is the mattress. One concern was that it bunched up in the middle. Other customers stated that this was resolved with proper fitting sheets. The next issue was that the mattress was not fully removable and therefore could not be cleaned properly. Resolution: there is a clip at the hinge point that needs to be released. Another concern was that the parent could not stop the bassinet from rocking. Resolution: another customer explained how to use the mechanism to switch from rock mode to stationary mode.
MiClassic 2in1 Stationary & Rock Mode Bassinet Summary
Overall, the MiClassic stationary/rock mode travel bassinet received high praise from the overwhelming majority of reviewers. Customers loved the size, the weight, the ease of assembly/set-up, and the breathability. Most concerns that were raised, solutions were offered by parents. This portable baby crib appears to meet all the criteria.
- Bassinet can be STATIONARY! Rock modeis only used to soothe baby.
- One-second open&fold system makes bassinet easy to transport or store. Please have a "QUICK PULL UP" to fold it!
- Surrounded by breathable mesh and easy for parents to communicate with your baby.
- Folds compactly into included carry bag.
The Swaddleme By Your Side Sleeper is a portable bassinet intended for co-sleeping. It’s steel frame design allows your infant to sleep safely in your bed with you, eliminating the fear of the parent rolling over onto the baby or the baby shifting and possibly suffocating. It also has “push-down” mesh sides making it easier to remove the baby for those night-time feedings and cuddles, or just so mom and dad can reach in and touch their little one, comforting him or her. You can purchase this travel bassinet with or without the vibration/comforting sounds module. It is collapsible, folding up flat so that it can fit into a suitcase for travel or under the bed for storage.
The vast majority of parents who have purchased this model, have nothing but rave reviews for the SwaddleMe Bassinet. Many reviewers are moms who have had a c-section and claim that this was a life-saver for them. They did not have to bend over, reaching to place their little one in a crib or traditional bassinet. They also felt very secure that even in a deep sleep, they would not roll over onto the baby. The bassinet is small enough that two parents could sleep comfortably with it in a queen-sized bed. Several of the parents had tried multiple styles of sleeping arrangements before getting the SwaddleMe. They absolutely loved the fact that the sides can just be pushed down, allowing them to reach in and comfort a restless infant without having to get out of bed. The baby was not awakened by the parent having to bend over and place them in a pack and play or crib. The comfort and security of having their new baby where they could see him, touch him, and hear him is priceless.
The critical reviews of other parents centered around four primary complaints: mattress too soft and is the only support for the bottom, not easy to clean, metal frame seemed to pose a danger, and uncomfortable to sleep next to. Customers were very dissatisfied with the soft mattress/bottom. If the bassinet was picked up with the baby in it, there is no support and the bottom sags. Parents felt that the mattress needed to be firmer so that the baby could not roll over as easy or fall to the side when the bed shifts. On the other hand, they felt that the rigidity of the steel frame was a danger when the infant began moving around, fearing that they would bump their heads on the lightly padded steel. Also, the fact that the firmness of the bassinet frame made it difficult to get in and out of bed without shifting, causing the baby to roll to the side. With infants, it is so important to be able to clean quickly and easily yet parents reported that the mesh and as well as the mattress cover were difficult to clean and in some cases, caused the metal to rust, staining the soft surfaces. The fourth criticism was the uncomfortably hard frame making it very difficult for the parents to sleep even if the baby was. It did not leave much room even on a queen or king bed and if placed in the middle, parents could not share a blanket. This is a big deal for several who wrote critical reviews.
SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper Summary
Overall, the majority of parents found the SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper to be a godsend, allowing them to be close to their sleeping baby. It is easy to set-up, durable, safe, and portable. For those who had issues with this model, SwaddleMe was quick to respond to their reviews, offering assistance and noting that their concerns were being taken into consideration for future designs.
- Mesh sides provide a clear view of baby and help air circulate to protect baby from overheating
- Sturdy metal frame fold flat for travel. The dimensions are 15.7 x 6.1 x 17.2 inches
- Soft, comfortable fabrics.Use non-chlorine bleach only if needed
- Includes mattress pad and fitted sheet. Interior measurement is 29.5 x 13.5 inches
- Age Range: Birth until baby begins to push up or roll over
The Lulyboo Bassinet To-Go is truly portable and multi-functional. It has plush, breathable sides, a waterproof bottom for outdoor use, removable padding and waterproof liner, as well as an adjustable, removable canopy. It also comes with two plush shapes that dangle from the canopy. This portable bassinet can be folded into a c-shape and carried like a backpack. It is perfect for co-sleeping, travel, and outdoor use.
Parents love the multi-functionality of the Lulyboo bassinet. Nearly every review stated the same thing, “This was a lifesaver!” Parents commented that they had been looking for something their little one would sleep in and the Lulyboo worked! Parents are able to sleep comfortably in the bed with their babies. There are not any hard edges or framing to make it uncomfortable. Set up is very easy. It is just a matter of removing bed from the packaging, unfolding it, and shaping it. Its portability is amazing according to many new parents. When folded up, it can be placed into a small back-pack or carried by the built-in straps. It is a comfort to parents to know that their infant will be able to sleep in the same bed wherever they travel.
There really were not many criticisms to write about. For some it was just too small. Others felt that the plush side would not be sturdy enough. Other than that, it was all positive.
Lulyboo Bassinet To-Go Metro Summary
Overall, the Lullyboo Bassinet To-Go is a portable baby bassinet that will meet the needs of most parents of infants. It is portable, multi-functional, safe, and washable.
- Transforms into a backpack in one motion with outer storage pocket for baby essentials
- Super-lightweight construction at less than four pounds
- Includes removable activity bar and canopy
- Award winning design, safety tested & certified
- Waterproof base, machine washable cover
Preparing and shopping for a new baby is a very personal experience. Only you, as the parent, have an idea of what you are looking for. You are the one that will need to decide whether to co-sleep or not. You know how big of a a space you have, how much traveling, and what kind of traveling, you will be doing.
If you are looking for a portable crib with netting, this YouTube video demonstrates one option:
When you began looking into a portable crib or travel bassinet, take all of those factors into consideration. Look at what other parents are saying, read the reviews (and those for related items, like crib mattresses), know what your budget is (or add it to your registry). Above all, love that baby! Happy shopping.
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