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Best Travel Bassinet & Portable Baby Bed Options
You may be wondering if travel beds for babies are even necessary when most hotels offer cribs. But if you’re planning on doing a lot of travel, a portable crib or travel bassinet that your baby finds familiar, and feels safe and comfy in, can mean your sleep routine may survive with minimal disruption.
If your baby is older with an established sleep routine, a travel crib that can be set up elsewhere as a second bed might be the right choice. And, if your baby is older and more active, you might be better off with a more sturdy portable toddler bed instead.
But if you’re planning to travel with a newborn or young baby and/or co-sleep, a travel bassinet or portable baby bed might make the most sense and get you greater value for your money.
You can use this style of portable bassinet at home–beside your bed or as a secondary nap location. And you can travel with it, giving you much more bang for your buck. The Fisher Price Stow ‘n Go Bassinet weighs almost 11.5lbs and folds down into a tote-style travel bag. You can use it until your baby reaches 20lbs/9kg, or until they can sit up on their own.
The Fisher Price Stow ‘n Go Bassinet is one of the more affordable portable bassinet options available, and it also has vibration, music, and light features as well.
The Dream On Me Portable Bassinet is another portable baby bed that is also suitable for use as a bedside bassinet. It is very easy to fold and unfold, the cover is detachable and washable and has mesh inserts for air flow. It is very lightweight at just over 7lbs and comes with a travel bag.
The folded size of the Dream On Me Portable Bassinet is somewhat large but reviews say it’s the roomiest travel bassinet they’ve found. In its travel bag, it is certainly compact enough to check as baggage. Its suggested weight limit is 20lbs. It is also one of the more affordable travel bassinets out there.
The Dream On Me Karley Bassinet does not tout itself as a travel bassinet but it does fold easily and has an incorporated mesh cover that would work great as a mosquito net. Certainly its main use is as a bedside bassinet but it does fold (into more of a stroller size, not smaller like the other bassinets mentioned) and can be used indoors and outdoors.
It’s listed as weighing 16lbs, but the Dream On Me Karley Bassinet‘s weight limit is 25lbs, meaning it can be used longer if your baby is on the bigger size but not overly mobile. It comes in lots of fun colours!
The ComfyBumpy Travel Bassinet is the most expensive portable bassinet listed here, but it can easily and safely serve as a bedside bassinet as well as a portable baby bed for most of your baby’s first year. It comes with a mosquito net, a sheet for the mattress, as well a carry case.
At 18lbs, the ComfyBumpy Travel Bassinet is also the heaviest portable bassinet listed here. However, it’s suitable for babies up to 25lbs and is approved for both indoor and outdoor use. Also, it can easily be adapted to rocking or stationary mode, and is very easy to fold and unfold.
The Chicco LullaGo Nest Portable Bassinet is also a pricier travel bassinet, but it too is suitable for full-time use as a bedside bassinet as well as a portable baby bed for most of your baby’s first year. It has a generous cover, breathable mesh sides, and folds flat into its own travel case.
At 17lbs, the Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet is also on the heavier sides of travel bassinets.It’s approved for babies up to 20lbs, assembles and disassembles very easily, and all fabric elements can be zipped off and machine washed.
Portable Baby Beds
This style of portable baby bed is most suitable for those who co-sleep at home. It’s a safer co-sleeping solution for baby when hotel co-sleeping conditions are not ideal. The Munchkin Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet actually resembles a baby beach tent minus the canopy.
It weighs less than 3lbs and collapses into a very manageable size with a carrying handle for easy transport. The Munchkin Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet is suitable for infants up to 3-months-old or 15lbs, whichever comes first.
This is another great portable baby bed option for those who co-sleep (or do on vacation!). The Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Afterglow weighs less than three pounds and folds into itself with a handle for easy carrying. Once folded, you can store a few light items inside as well.
There is a nightlight at the head of the nest for easy access in the middle of the night. The age range for the Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Afterglow is usualy 0-4 months or until baby can push up and roll over unattended.
This is basically a traveling baby station. It serves as a diaper bag but extends into a portable baby bed with storage for baby’s travel essentials. The Scuddles 3-1 Portable Bassinet is incredibly light at only two pounds and also serves best as a co-sleeping alternative unless you feel comfortable placing baby in in on the floor.
As with the other foldable, portable baby beds, the Scuddles 3-1 Portable Bassinet is best for younger babies who are not yet mobile. Although, with the more generous size, some parents use it as a makeshift playpen for older babies and toddlers.
This is another diaper bag/portable baby bed combo that receives excellent reviews from parents. The 3-in-1 Universal Baby Travel Bag has a different configuration that still offers storage while it’s set up as a travel bassinet for co-sleeping.
It weighs less than four pounds and the sleeping surface is a generous 29 x 13 inches. The reviews indicate that parents are very satisfied with the 3-in-1 Universal Baby Travel Bag as both an actual bag and a portable baby bed.
Travel beds for babies come in all shapes and sizes (and prices!). Consider your needs and budget before deciding which type of baby travel bed you’ll get the most use out of. A portable bassinet that’s suitable for travel can get you through your baby’s first few months, and then you can see if a more traditional travel crib would work or if you should look ahead to a toddler bed for travel.
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