Is the BabyBjörn portable travel crib worth it?

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Pregnancy

I have this weird brown birthmark on the bottom of my right foot near my pinkie toe and my mother
always said, “That means you’ll never stay still. You’ll travel everywhere.” (She’s full of
interesting superstitions like that.) I’m not sure if it was a self-fulfilling prophecy or what but
I’ve always had a

love for travel

, and before we had a child, my husband and I traveled all over Europe, did two road trips across
different parts of the United States and even flew all the way around the world to visit my family
in the Philippines.


I had this weird idea that I had to get all my traveling in before I became a mom. Because once you
become a mom, you just become content sitting at home with the kids, right?



Eh, wrong.


The travel bug didn’t go away when my son was born. In fact, it only intensified. I found myself
wanting to show him this huge, amazing world. I wanted to see it through his eyes. Show him the
Grand Canyon in all its vastness and glory. See what happens when he feels the Pacific Ocean kiss
at his feet or explore giant Redwoods older than our entire family put together. And beyond those
big, giant trips, I love day trips. I love visiting family and close friends who scattered all over
the country after college. My husband and I were known for the sleepover—at least once a
month we’d road trip all over the Northeast to go visit friends in Massachusetts or New Jersey or
Rhode Island and we’d spend a glorious long weekend hanging out and enjoying a new locale.


So we needed a travel crib that could keep up with us. But being new parents, we also needed
something easy, light, and super portable.

Gone were the days of just stuffing a few pairs of clothes in a bag and hopping in the car. Now we
had to bring a baby and all the accessories that come with him including but not limited to:
somewhere for him to sleep, everything he needed to eat, a playmat and a bouncer, some beloved
toys, books, diapers, etc. etc. It actually feels shocking the first time you pack your car with
everything your child needs.

But anyway, back to the travel crib. I had very specific criteria: It had to be compact, easy to
assemble and disassemble and it had to be light. It also had to be a safe sleeping environment that
could hold him from the newborn stage on.


When I delved into doing my research, the whole parenting internet loudly came back with one
recommendation:


The BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light

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I wasn’t sure at first because it’s spendy (about $300 as of this writing) and a normal pack and
play can be anywhere from $60-$120, but upon doing further research I was convinced. Here’s why.

It’s light. Super light. It weighs about 13lbs (standard pack and plays can weigh up to 25lbs) and
comes with both the mattress and carrying case. The crib folds down into a compact rectangle, and
the carrying case feels just as easy as carrying around a piece of small luggage. But even though
it’s light, it’s completely sturdy. The base is solid and it held up super well over the many, many
trips we took. (In fact, it still looked close to new by the time we ended up handing it down to a
family member.)

Setting it up is super simple—it unfolds all in one shot in under 5 minutes, and then you
finish off by placing the mattress inside. The mattress is comfortable and the crib itself has an
airy mesh fabric that is both safe for baby and easy to clean if you get any spills or stains on
it. The mesh is also great for when you’re using the crib for a play space instead of a sleeping
space. It lets the baby look out at you while they’re playing but also keeps them (and any toys)
safely contained inside.

I used mine all the way up until my son started to climb out of it at 3 years old, and I was super
sad the day I realized we could no longer use it for him. We took it everywhere with us—trips
to grandmas, every single holiday we spent that required an overnight trip, and even down to the
Dominican Republic for my sister’s wedding. Don’t sleep on this—or actually, do. Because it’s
so worth it.


BabyBjörn portable travel crib

While it’s idea for travel, it’s also great to have on hand as an extra place for napping or
corralling your little one at home.


This article was originally published in October 2020. It has been updated.


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