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The Top 10 Best Portable Cribs of 2017—Your Complete Guide

The Top 10 Best Portable Cribs of 2017—Your Complete Guide

Have you ever seen those giant, solid wood cribs with sleigh headboards and hand carved details on the sales floor at Babies R’ Us and stuff? You know, the ones that are about $2,000 and look like they’re out of an 1900s nursery?

Yea, that’s probably the only place I’ve ever seen one.

These days, most people want cribs that are multipurpose and easy to move, because hot damn if that baby sleeps anywhere that you aren’t (at least initially).

I’ve been through the ringer with finding the best portable cribs (like most baby products), and I’ve learned through some expensive trial and error what to look for, and what to run like hell from. One thing’s for sure, if it folds up and is super lightweight, it has my name written allll over it.

Already convinced you need a portable crib? Then check out our top picks now…

But Do You Really Need A Portable Crib?

The suckers are great for people on the go. You can use em’ at home, on the road, or at the beach. Plus, most can double as a pack and play too. That’s to say, your baby can sleep in them AND play in them—A win-win for minimalist parents like us.

What To Look For In A Portable Crib

Whether you’re planning on bouncing between your pad and your mother-in-law’s, or taking the kiddo to Chiang Mai, portable cribs are a SWEET way to travel without disrupting a good sleeping arrangement.

There are just a few things you really need to pay attention to so you don’t get a dud:

Function
Is it easy to put together? Is the mattress decent? Does it have a weight limit and is it reasonable?

Portability
Can you lug it through an airport comfortably? Does it fold down and come with a carry bag? How heavy is it?

Style
Because you gotta look at it every damn night. Ha!

Price
Because nobody likes getting gouged. So, we’re here to help you figure out if the product worth it’s price tag. Or if it’s just a dud.

Oh, and notice we didn’t rate safety. Well the thing is, all of these cribs meet all required safety standards (e.g. materials and construction standards). So we didn’t really have any reason to give any one of them a less than 5-star rating. And that’s not helpful when comparing products, so we left the safety category out this time.

And the results are in…

The 10 Best Portable Cribs of 2017


phil&teds Portable Traveller Crib

Function: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Portability: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Style: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Average:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Topping the list is definitely this portable travel crib by phil&ted. Like most of their products, it’s coveted by the parenting community for being practical and portable, and built like a boss.

Pros

  • SUPER lightweight at only 7 lbs.
  • Sturdy enough to double as a playard.
  • Cool self-inflating mattress.
  • No weight limit (because it sits on the floor).

Cons

  • At almost $200, it’s a bit pricey.
  • Not super quick to setup.
  • Only the sheet is Oeko-Tex certified.
Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

Function: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Portability: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Style: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Average:4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

The coveted Lotus crib comes in just a hair below the other two contenders, but it’s still a BIG favorite of parents on the go. Pricey, but man is it pretty.

Pros

  • Ultra fast and easy to setup.
  • No weight limit.
  • Sturdy enough to double as a playard.

Cons

  • Mattress is thin (like a Pack ‘n Play).
  • Spendy at almost $200.
  • Almost twice as heavy as the phil&teds (at 13 lbs compared to 7 lbs).
Babybjorn Travel Crib

Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Portability: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Style: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Average:3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)

Another heart throb of the parenting community, the Babybjorn Travel Crib is one of the swankiest options on the market, and is thoroughly loved for its portability and big squishy mattress.

Pros

  • Thick foam mattress.
  • Weighs 13 lbs.
  • Sturdy enough to double as a playard.
  • Meets Oeko-Tex standards.
  • No weight limit.

Cons

  • One of the most expensive models on the market.
  • Setup not quite as fast as the Lotus.
Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages

Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Portability: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Style: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Price:4 Stars (4 / 5)
Average:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Not quite a Pack ‘n Play, and not quite a crib, this portable crib is lightweight, easy to set up, and great for families on a budget that want something like a Lotus.

Pros

  • Very affordable.
  • Works as crib, bassinet, and playard.
  • Easy to put together.

Cons

  • Weight limit of 20 lbs.
  • Bulky when folded up and heavy at 20 lbs.
  • Mattress pad is thin.
Giantex Portable Baby Crib

Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Portability: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Style: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Price: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Average:3.3 Stars (3.3 / 5)

This little-known gem gets some major love on Amazon, and I get why. It’s super cute, multipurpose, and freaking CHEAP!

Pros

  • Built in diaper-changing area and diaper storage.
  • 1” foam pad mattress.
  • Under $60.

Cons

  • Not always easy to put together (issues with latching).
  • Not sturdy enough to use as a playard.
  • Not a ton of information available.
Delta Children Portable Mini Crib

Function: 3.5 Stars ( 3.5 / 5)
Portability: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:3.1 Stars (3.1 / 5)

Another not-so-portable portable crib, the Delta is still perfect for people that shuffle baby from room to room a lot, thanks to its wheels and small, fitting-through-a-door friendly design.

Pros

  • Solid wood construction.
  • JPMA certified.
  • Easy to fold and unfold.
  • Cheaper than a conventional crib.

Cons

  • Heavy.
  • Not travel-friendly.
  • Really thin mattress.
  • Doesn’t double as a playard.
Dream on Me Portable Crib

Function: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Portability: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:3 Stars (3 / 5)

Another not-so-portable portable crib, the Delta is still perfect for people that shuffle baby from room to room a lot, thanks to its wheels and small, fitting-through-a-door friendly design.

Pros

  • Solid wood construction.
  • Free of phthalates, latex, lead and BPA
  • Folds flat (ish).
  • Suitable for babies up to 44 lbs.

Cons

  • Heavy.
  • Not travel-friendly.
  • Really thin mattress.
  • Doesn’t double as a playard.
ElanBambino Portable Crib

Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Portability: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Style: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Price: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Average:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

Though it’s not quite as sturdy as some of the other mesh-style portable cribs, this one by ElanBambino is only 11 lbs. and a bit more affordable.

Pros

  • No weight limit.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Cheaper than similar models.
  • 1” foam pad mattress.

Cons

  • Not sturdy enough for babies to pull up on.
  • Very little information on material safety.
  • Seems like a bit of a knock-off.

Whether you travel a lot, or just want something small and portable until your baby moves up to a toddler bed, portable cribs are a great mobile sleeping option. Plus most can double as a pack and play too (so I’d only buy one or the other if you’re using it for travel).

Most come together pretty easily, but keep an eye out for reviews that point to faulty mechanics that make teardown a total pain, and be wary of overseas sellers without much information on what kinds of materials they use in their products.

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