BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light 2 in Black
- Weighs only 11 pounds/5 kg including carrying case
- In one simple movement the travel crib is set up and ready for use
- The sturdy mattress keeps the travel crib firmly on the floor
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Lightweight and portable, the newly re-designed Travel Crib Light 2 - Black by Baby Bjorn provides your baby a safe, comfortable space for sleep or play at home or on the road. Especially convenient for busy parents, the Travel Crib Light 2 sets up in just seconds and features a plush, cozy mattress and a sturdy base that does not wobble.
- Sets up and is ready to use in one simple movement.
- Compact and lightweight design (11 pounds) makes it easy to take with you.
- Insulated mattress keeps baby warm and comfortable.
- Waterproof, breathable mattress cover is machine washable.
- Net fabric side panels make it easy to keep an eye on baby.
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I know many of us travel alone with infants, and it sucks.
Initially when my son was born, I had a Graco Travel Lite Crib, Winslet, which worked perfectly at the bedside until we transitioned him to his larger crib. We live overseas and travel a lot, and thus begun the daunting task of transporting his much larger Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Travel Playard, Go Green . It wasn't until one of my airlines told me that infants in arms were entitled to 20lbs of weight - to include stroller, car seat and any other accruement, that I started to panic. I knew my pack n play was heavy. I estimated about 10lbs... Well surprise surprise, it was 22 lbs. I also knew that I could no longer travel without a bed for baby - and I couldn't continue buying a new, cheap pack n play where ever we went and disposing of it when we left(something we had made a habit out of). Thus, I was lead to the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib.
I ended up buying the Travel Crib II and two other "lightweight" pack n plays with the intention of returning two. These were:
The Lotus Crib (Guava Family) Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard
The Phil and Ted's "Traveller". phil&teds Traveller Crib, Silver
Firstly, the phil and ted's traveller: I'm pretty sure you need an engineering degree to put this thing together. It's ridiculous! It took me 25 minutes to set it up and another 15 to take it down. However: It's VERY lightweight and it folds up really, really, small: You could easily put it in your carry on bag. However, because I'm buying this to travel alone, I had to pass on this one and send it back. It was just too much work to put together.
The Lotus Crib is the one I thought I would keep. I really liked that it had backpack straps, it was fairly light and fairly small. FYI for those of you familiar, it folds up about as small as aGraco Travel Lite Crib with Stages, Peyton. So, while its smaller than your conventional pack n play, and definitely lighter, it is still the basic shape of a pack n play when folded. If you're like me and feel like you play tetris with luggage carts every time you have to load one up: especially nowadays when you're paying 5 bucks per cart at the airport! I also had trouble with the fold, and all the velcro and buckles you have to do up. I kept it for about a week while awaiting the Baby Bjorn to make my decision. I liked how long the Lotus was, because I have a long baby, I could see alot of use out of it. It will also shortly be able to convert to a bassinet with a new product the Guava family is putting out. I liked the zipper entrance, too. It works well.
Well, finally the baby bjorn came and I am soooooo sooooo happy. Immediately I knew that I would be keeping it. The long, flat shape is stellar, for packing and stacking: I could either put it in my suitcase, or leave it out, its about the height of a standard carry on bag, but wider. I dont think you could carry it on most airlines. However, it's so flat, It will easily stack. It felt lighter than the Lotus Crib, even though its only about 1lb lighter. I thought it would be smaller than the lotus crib, but its almost the exact same size. The only thing it doesn't offer is the zipper entrance. The fold, for me, anyway, was easier. AND I can get it back into the bag no problem (Am I the only person who can never get these things back in the bag?).
I really like the mattress on the bjorn, it's "Squishy" and reminscient of Memory Foam. I found a regular crib sheet worked fine for my 11 month old. Although not the tightest fit, it's certainly not loose, and I would use a regular crib sheet with any child over 3 months (who can roll, etc). I used a Gerber 2 Pack Cotton Knit Fitted Crib Sheets Yellow/White Jungle Design sheet, and I left the sheet on the mattress when folded. It did make zipping the bag back up a little tighter, but saves me time and effort when I'm trying to get it set up.
The only negative, for me anyway, is the price. Yup, it's expensive. It's one of those things you have to toss up. I love quality baby items - and I tend to spend a lot on them. If you are at a lower price point, I would recommend the new Valco Baby Zephyr Travel Crib, Storm, which is priced lower (or was when I was looking). It's a similar design with a few more steps involved and a little more weight, but still miles lighter than your traditional pack and play.
So if you are travelling alone this summer, I highly recommend the Bjorn. It's fantastic!
You will be thankful you have this everytime you visit some place. Very easy to use, compact and easy to clean; even mom can use it when she's watching the kids.
Also, I find this version better than the new one with ALL netting. Notice that the bottom portion is nylon. The newer versions have all net. This means your baby's face will be so close to the ground and more accessible to dust!
This version I think is the better version. Babies will adjust when they bury their faces in the sides. Besides, you always watch your baby anyway.
Don't think about it. Just get it!
Most importantly, my daughter slept very comfortably in this travel crib. We started putting her to sleep in it for about a week before our vacation so she could get used to it, and she slept peacefully in it from Day 1. Plus, the mesh around the sides made it easy for us to keep an eye on her, even through a video baby monitor at night. She was already a toddler by the time we first used the BabyBjorn travel crib, so we weren't concerned that the material around the lower edges of the crib wasn't made of breathable mesh. (The non-mesh material seemed pretty thin to me, anyway). Finally, although this travel crib is very sturdy, it's designed to make it very difficult for even an active, curious toddler to climb out of. (There's no place for a toddler to get a foothold to boost him/herself out of the travel crib). Therefore, I can see the BabyBjorn crib being usable by little-ones up to 3 years old, as the manufacturer recommends.
All in all, though the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light 2 is one of the more expensive travel cribs on the market, it is also one of the best. And to date, it is the only one I could find that's completely free of chemical flame retardants. I highly recommend it.