Traveling with babies can be a challenge depending on what destination you’re visiting. There are so many more things to pack for the journey when traveling with infants. From diaper bags and bottles to toys and additional food, traveling parents with children understand the woes of going by car or plane with a baby in tow.
One major dilemma parents face when traveling is figuring out where the baby will sleep. Co-sleeping can be dangerous but not all hotels and Airbnb properties provide cribs for infant visitors. To help you out, Travel + Leisure compiled a list of the 10 best travel cribs for 2022 to keep your little one safe and comfortable. The list is based on the safety, portability, and comfortability of each crib. With so many different choices, this list should help you find the type of travel crib you want to grab for your next trip with your new addition.
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light
Dimensions: 32 x 44 x 24 inches | Packed dimensions: 19 x 23.5 x 5.5 inches | Weight: 13 pounds (including carry bag)
The BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light is Travel + Leisures’ top choice for travel cribs this year. The crib only weighs 13 pounds so parents can easily transport it and check it at the airport. Some travelers even have successfully brought this crib as a carry-on. Travel Crib Light is easy to open and extremely portable. If you’re headed on a road trip, it’s the perfect size to fit into a crowded truck. Other perks about this crib include its comfy mattress, carry-on bag, and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 fabric, meaning it doesn’t have to be washed before use.
4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard
Dimensions: 43 x 30 x 29 inches | Packed dimensions: Not listed | Weight: 28.5 pounds with bassinet and changer, 23 pounds without.
Travel + Leisure ranked this travel crib as the best for multitasking parents. The 4moms Breeze Plus has a variety of features that make mom’s lives much easier when traveling. The crib includes a playard, bassinet, and changing station all in one. A simple one-push button opens and closes the crib so it’s ready for transport. Guests staying at Kimpton Hotels will find the Breeze Plus cribs ready for use due to a partnership between the hotel and the children’s brand.
Stokke Sleepi Mini
Dimensions: 82 x 67 x 87 inches | Packed dimensions: 32.3 x 26.4 x 34.3 inches | Weight: 15.5 pounds
Although the Stokke Sleepi Mini is only 15 pounds, it actually isn’t a travel crib at all. However, this crib is easier to assemble and lighter in weight than a lot of travel cribs on the market. Travel + Leisure recommends this crib for travelers headed on extended vacations with their babies. If you’re on your way to a summer home or visiting grandparents for a few weeks, the Stokke Sleepi Mini will be your best friend. The crib is aesthetically pleasing and has an adjustable mattress for easy baby lifting. It also can transform as your baby ages and can be used for children up to 10 years old.
Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib
Dimensions: 44 x 31.5 x 26.4 inches | Packed dimensions: 35 x 13.4 x 6.7 inches | Weight: 15.4 pounds
The Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib is Travel + Leisure’s go-to pick for style and sophistication. This is Silver Cross’ first travel crib and they created the product with practicality at the forefront. In addition to being a crib, the Slumber is also a playard, and bassinet. This travel crib blends beautifully into other furniture and settings and is perfect for stylish parents on the go.
Nuna Sena Aire
If you’re visiting a hot or humid destination, the Nuna Sena Aire is the best choice for keeping your baby cool. This crib was designed to optimize airflow so you’re baby won’t get overheated while sleeping. It also comes with skid-proof feet, a washable mattress cover, and a fitted sheet. While the Nuna Sena Aire is the best for staying cool, it is a bit heavier and more expensive than other options.
Bugaboo Stardust Playard
Dimensions: 25 x 38.8 x 33.5 inches | Packed dimensions: 25.6 x 5.5 x 33.5 inches | Weight: 17.2 pounds
The Bugaboo Stardust Playard is Travel + Leisure’s best choice for a lightweight travel crib. It weighs 17.2 pounds and can be folded without removing the mattress which saves parents lots of time and space. It also comes with a zip-in bassinet. Keep in mind this crib only fits children up to 2 years of age so you won’t be able to use it for a long time.
Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Playard
Dimensions: 124 x 28.25 x 39.5 inches | Packed dimensions: Not listed | Weight: 21.43 pounds
Travel + Leisure noted that the travel crib they see the most often in hotels is the Graco Pack ‘n Play. The crib has a very old-school design with mesh sides and a sturdy frame. However, the low price of this travel crib makes it the best option for parents on a budget.
Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib
Dimensions: 45.5 x 31.5 x 25.5 inches | Packed dimensions: 24 x 12 x 8 inches | Weight: 13 pounds
When it comes to portability, the Lotus Travel Crib is the best choice hands down. The 13-pound crib transforms into a backpack that you can take as a carry-on bag. Yes, you heard that right, the crib transforms into a backpack. It also has a waterproof mattress and side zipper access. One downside to the Lotus Travel Crib is that its mattress isn’t standard size so you’ll have to order special sheets for the crib model.
MiClassic Mesh Stationary & Rock Bassinet
Dimensions: 37.4 x 23.8 x 11.02 inches | Packed dimensions: 22.8 x 6.7 x 20.7 inches | Weight: 20 pounds
The MiClassic Mesh Stationary & Rock Bassinet is another affordable travel crib option. The mesh sides allow travelers to check in on their babies without getting up and it folds into a small bag. Traveling can be stressful for babies and throw off their routines. For those little ones who need a bit of extra comfort, the MiClassic transforms into a rocking cradle.
Joovy Gloo Childrens Indoor and Outdoor Travel Tent
Dimensions: 51.5 x 28 x 24.5 inches | Packed dimensions: 18 x 4.5 x 17 inches | Weight: 3.9 pounds
The perfect travel crib for getting the best naps, Joovy Gloo’s newest innovation is more like a mini tent than a travel crib. Simply shake out the mesh crib and it’s ready to go. It comes in two sizes and offers UPF 50 Protection in a bug-proof space. This travel crib is also on the lower price end making it a good choice for budget-friendly travelers.