Packs down to a lightweight and convenient parcel (comes with carrying bag virtually the same as a yoga mat travel bag). All-round zip out mesh keeps insects out and let air and light in. Have taken this multiple trips and on planes, trains, and automobiles. Very sturdy.
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We ordered this product from Canada. It is exactly as described by all of the other reviews... great product, but a little time-consuming to set up. However, it is exactly what we wanted. Just so you know, if you are ordering from Canada, there will be a customs fee. We had to pay about $37 in customs taxes. However, I wrote their customer service about this as we weren't told about it, and they immediately responded, apologized and completely refunded the customs fee. I was pretty impressed with how great they were about it. I'd recommend this seller and product for sure!
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199 of 200 people found the following review helpful
Phil & Teds vs. Baby Bjorn travel cribs - which is better?June 28 2011
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Color Name: Red
I have two Baby Bjorn travel cribs for my baby twins and a Phil & Ted travel crib for my older child. Which one is better for air travel? Which one for car travel? There is a difference.
PHIL & TEDS
The Phil & Teds travel crib is a great portable crib for air travel as it folds up very small, is super lightweight, and fits into almost any suitcase or duffle - you could probably fit two cribs in a suitcase without any problems in terms of size or weight. However, it does take about 15 minutes to set up, and an equally long time to disassemble and fit into the small bag it comes in. So plan ahead, practice at home, have your child sleep in it a night or two so they get used to it if possible, and bring along the manual, just in case (the redesigned one has the instructions printed inside the crib). Set it up as soon as you get to your destination - you don't want to do this later on with a tired crying child.
The self-inflating mattress on the P&T is long and narrow (19.7" wide x 46.9" long and 1" thick), similar to those used for camping. We put the mattress inside and used regular Gerber Printed Crib Sheet- Blue on it with elastic all around, tucking them well underneath (note: the newest model has a vinyl sleeve to put the mattress into). My oldest child slept well in it on long trips up till age he was three; it still looks new after occasional use during the last two years, with a material that is easy to clean.
Although harder to set up and dismantle, I found the Phil & Ted to be great quality, super compact and much less expensive than the Baby Bjorn travel crib.
Please note there is a huge warning that no other mattress can be used with the P&T, which can create hazardous gaps and risk of suffocation, or could reduce the side height of the crib. The age range given is 0-3 years. The material is waterproof polyester. Other info per P&T: size when packed: 24" x 7.9" x 7.9"; unpacked size, 51" x 24.8" x 31" *** NOTE: The actual height is 26", not 31". I personally would not recommend this crib for babies under 6 months as it's not clear if the sides are breathable even if the description above says it is (it's not all mesh, the other material is waterproof polyester) ***
The BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light , Blue, on the other hand, can't be beat for use at home and for car travel, as it can be set up and disassembled in about 30 seconds. We use American Baby Company 100% Cotton Value Jersey Knit Porta-Crib Sheet, Celery and they fit the mattress perfectly, at a fraction of the price of the Baby Bjorn crib sheet.
My son sleeps in the travel crib almost every night and seems comfortable, as the mattress is fairly thick and has no bars underneath like a pack n play would. However, at 31", I think he'll outgrow it in a few months as there are only a couple more inches left lengthwise (the mattress is 24" x " 41"). Also, some people have found that picking up the baby from such a low position is hard - your your feet under the crib a few inches and you'll have much better leverage.
After a year of daily use at home and short trips by car, it still looks new. The material of the crib is worth noting. We have the blue crib and it's soft and cottony, not opaque, although it's all polyester. (update 4/26/12 - It has held up extremely well and still looks new after many months).
The Baby Bjorn travel crib is also lot larger folded up than the Phil & Ted's. I wouldn't use it for air travel if you want to minimize the amount of luggage - it's bigger than a carry-on and may have to be checked. I doubt the fine zippered bag it comes in will hold up to baggage handling. It's also way too expensive - it costs almost as much as my son's Bonavita crib!
In a nutshell, both are good but with some disadvantages - the Phil & Ted crib is better for air travel and indoor/outdoor use, while the BabyBjorn one is better for home and car travel. Regardless of which you go with, it may be a good idea to put your kids in their stroller or bouncy seat while you assemble either one of these (a good option: the Go-Pod Portable Activity Seat in Pistachio by Kidco). You don't want little fingers in the way.
Finally, once your kids outgrow these travel cribs, consider getting the excellent AeroBed Sleep Tight Inflatable Bed for Kids. It works well for kids age three and over, with built-in side and end "rails", sheets, detachable electric pump and storage bag with shoulder strap. It's very comfortable, easy to clean, can be used at home for sleep-overs and great for trips.
UPDATE 3/27/12: If you are considering the Kidco PeaPod Plus Indoor/Outdoor Travel Bed - Red - beware. The sides are made of non-breathable material and it's easily malleable. A 5 month old child tragically suffocated in a PeaPod last December (see March 27, 2012 Peapod review from Christine Whelan, the mother) - see comments section for links.
Update 11/03/12 - mandatory evacuation for Hurricane Sandy to cramped quarters, three 2 year old toddlers and three travel cribs put to the test side by side: the Baby Bjorn travel crib, the original P&T tavel crib, and the redesigned P&T Traveller crib.
* No contest, the Baby Bjorn won hands down for ease of set up and take down (3 steps, 60 seconds) and comfort, even if it folded up bulkier - our 36" two-year old toddlers easily hopped out though. By far the favorite crib for kids and grown ups. Two BJ cribs fit in our minivan, one behind the drivers seat, the other in the side aisle, leaving the cargo area free.
* The original P&T took 15 minutes to set up and to take down, and over an 11 day period held up to an active 2 year old was unable to climb out easily; from a safety point of view though the mattress bunched up on one end and did not remain flat. My 36" son was able to rock it slightly back and forth but it did not tip over.
* A distant third, the redesigned P&T crib - it is fairly sturdy once set up but assembly takes 16 steps (!!), now printed on the inside. Assembly took way longer than 15 minutes as the thick bars are no longer interconnected (granted, time was critical due to the approaching storm); on the minus side, disassembly was very difficult and took more than half an hour as the long bars that snap together did not come apart easily at all (could mine have been defective?); it took two adults to finally do it, and we were grateful we didn't have a flight to catch! The mattress inserts into its own pocket which eliminates the bunching issue but also complicates things if the child soaks through his diaper. The crib was also far easier to get out of as it's unexplicably lower than the original P&T and the same height as the Baby Bjorn one - important as the manual states to discontinue use after the child hits 35" (not age 3, as advertised above). I would downgrade the redesigned P&T crib to three stars except that it's still one of the few options for air travel. This said, I much prefer the original P&T which is still going strong after five years of use.
Please see "View and share related images" under the product image for side by side comparisons of the Baby Bjorn crib and Phil & Ted Traveller (redesigned) crib, showing they are the same height (25-26"), not 31" as the P&T black version is described. A Kids Aerobed is also shown for size comparison.
Given the recent recall of the Peapod, the high price of the Baby Bjorn, and the clumsy redesign of the Phil & Ted crib, it is no surprise that the newest travel crib in the market, Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Play Yard is getting rave reviews from parents. It seems to combine the best of the P&T and the BB cribs, weighing just 11 lbs, assembly in 15 seconds, all mesh sides, and it's super portable as a carry-on backpack. If my kids were younger I'd look into this one ASAP.
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Poor quality construction for the priceSept. 6 2008
Sarah E. Berdugo
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I borrowed a Traveller from a friend for an overseas trip with my 10-month old and liked it so much that I bought my own. It's lightweight, easy to set up, packs small enough to fit into a suitcase, and definitely fills the need for a playpen/crib in a hotel room. However, we just returned from a week-long trip, and my almost-brand new Traveller exhibited some serious quality issues. The zipper broke on the stuff sack, the zipper came unstitched on the top panel, and one of the tightening pulls on a leg came off. My friend's Traveller has shown none of these problems, so maybe I just got a bum one. The Phil & Ted's warranty, though, seems much more restrictive than similar high-end producers so we'll see what they say.
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Great Product!Aug. 3 2008
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I had been researching travel cots for some time, hesitant to purchase one and acquire even more "baby stuff", especially since we already own a Pack & Play (which is great, but too bulky to travel with). A recent camping trip in rather close corners finally necessitated purchasing a travel cot, and the newly-redesigned Traveller seemed like a good bet. My daughter slept quite soundly in the bed from the first night we placed her in it, and we're so pleased with the product that we've recently taken it on a weekend trip and used it in place of a hotel crib. The greatest challenge is fitting all the pieces into the included duffle bag, but once that is accomplished, the cot easily fits into a standard suitcase. It's also very lightweight for the space that it offers our 17-month old. And although my daughter is very tall, it seems unlikely that she would be able to climb out of the Traveller Cot in the near future, due to the the curved frame. This product is great when you have the need to place your child to sleep in a smaller space, such as a hotel room or tent, yet the length of the Traveller means that we should be able to use it until my daughter is ready for a real bed. And she seems to very much enjoy waking up and peering out the mesh "windows". All in all a very good product so far. Just be sure to bring a small quilt or extra blanket to line the bottom of the cot, as there is no way to attach a sheet to the mattress.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite new toysNov. 19 2008
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Okay, so I'm a gadget guy - a lifetime of too many James Bond movies. The Phil and Teds Traveller bed is a very cool gadget - when you put it together it looks like a very small tent. Very clean look, extremely sturdy, very light, and packs up surprisingly easily into the included carrying bag (I've heard complain about that, but it is much easier than getting a real tent or air mattress back into a carrying case).
I only have three complaints, two are fairly minor. The major one is that it did take a while to figure out how to put it together - read the instructions, which aren't incredibly clear (here's the tip - put together the 4 pieces of the top of the frame, and _then_ attach to the legs). The minor ones are that the zipper is fairly loud (so you might wake up your baby when you put him into it) and because the mattress slides into a sleeve at the bottom of the travel bed, it's difficult to attach a sheet to anything.
But all three of those are fairly minor. Even the one about the instructions. After two or three times of putting the travel bed together, I can do it in minutes.
If you travel a lot, if you go camping, I would definitely recommend this travel bed.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Not so happy at first with this travel bedMarch 8 2009
J and A's Mom
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Not so happy with this travel bed at first, March 8, 2009 By J and A's Mom - See all my reviews
I have twins and decided to try ordering both a PeaPod travel bed with self-inflating mattress and this Phil and Ted's traveller travel cot for my fifteen month old twins that are very tall(outgrowing traditional pack and play/play yard). The PeaPod was much easier to assemble and over half the price, although if you want an open top similar to a crib, pick the Phil and Ted's travel bed - the PeaPod is more like a closed tent.
My kids love the PeaPod so far because I have allowed them to play in it and given them play time in our home to get them more comfortable with it. I could only find one PeaPod color (camo blue, not my favorite at first) that comes with a self-inflating mattress, but the color is nice and dark for sleepy toddlers. I have to admit that I am disappointed with the Phil and Ted traveller because I don't like that the mattress has to be zippered in a nylon sleeve and the expectation is that the baby/toddler sleeps on Nylon by this company. One of the reviews on another site recommended inserting a comforter or blanket in the bottom for the baby/toddler to sleep on. For the money that I paid for this item, shouldn't a form fitted washable child pad of some sort be a part of what I purchased? The PeaPod came with a "sleeping blanket" that is very thin, shaped to the size of the product and washable. I have no idea yet what I am going to put at the bottom of this P&T's travel bed to try to convince my toddlers that it is even close to their own crib! I will update my review if I find a way to make the bottom of the P&T travel bed comfortable and safe for one of the twins.
Update: I did not put the mattress in the sleeve of P&T travel bed as instructed. I just put it inside, and used a matress pad and crib sheets over it from their regular crib. This worked well... Cautionary note - This would probably not be an alternative for babies under 1 year. After using both types of beds for several different vacations, either one will work, but the P&T more closely resembles a smaller, more portable version of a real crib. It is more difficult to put together but it is made to be extremely sturdy. It is also more expensive, but my kids had an easier time adapting to it when we were away from home. If money is a concern, the peapod is an excellent option too (use your matress pad and crib sheets from your home), but you need to convince your kids that it is a great tent to sleep in. If money is no object, no need to convince toddlers of anything, the Phil and Teds travel crib is sturdy, and easier for a child to adapt to when away from home.