The hard thing about being a first-time parent-to-be and registering for baby stuff is that you really don’t have a clue what you’re going to need or want. Sure, everyone recommends all of their favorite products and has their own idea of what is “best,” but until your little one gets here you’re basically just winging it.
At least I know that I was! I registered for things that I thought all parents needed, like a traditional Pack and Play, and then quickly realized that we really had no use for that cumbersome thing. It’s all a little bit of trial and error to figure out what fits into your lifestyle.
My husband and I enjoy traveling, and of course we take our son with us now, which isn’t always easy. Relying on hotels to provide us with cribs is always a bit iffy, and then the quality is sometimes not ideal. Before we embarked on our big summer road trip, I knew I wanted to get a travel crib so that our son would be sleeping in the same “place” every night and we wouldn’t have to worry about any hotels not having a crib option available.
I scored an amazing deal from a Chicago mom’s group and was able to purchase a BabyBjörn Travel Crib for a steal of a deal and it is literally the best thing ever. If you travel with a baby, or are just ever in need of an extra place for babies to sleep, your life will be made so much easier with a lightweight and quick-to-assemble crib!
The BabyBjörn Travel Crib weighs just 11 pounds, so it is incredibly easy to transport! Setting it up takes 30 seconds (literally) and taking it back down again takes approximately 45 seconds. It takes longer to take down just because you need to line the legs up properly to get them into the bag. The crib is not particularly wide, so we were able to set it up right next to our hotel bed, and once we even put the bed in the closet! (Don’t worry, we left the door open.)
The only thing I don’t love about the BabyBjörn Travel Crib is that it doesn’t come with a shoulder strap. When you’re carrying 200 things into a hotel room, being able to throw this crib over your shoulder would be awesome. Alas.
The BabyBjörn Travel Crib is pricey – it typically costs around $300, although right now it’s on sale for $220 everywhere, which probably means a new version is about to be released. Due to the price, I would probably only recommend buying one if you plan on traveling frequently with your baby. If you are a traveling family, though, I absolutely think this crib is a must-have! I’m honestly bummed we didn’t get one sooner but am so thankful that we have it now.
Update: If you’re looking for an alternative option, my friend sent me a text letting me know that she disagrees with me and that the Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Play Yard is actually the best travel crib on the market. This travel crib folds up so small that it can be a piece of carry-on luggage on an airplane, and it also comes with straps that allow you to carry the crib like a backpack.