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The Best Travel Cribs for Stress-Free Trips

Working Mother logo Working Mother 6/29/2020 Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Leaving home doesn't mean your little one’s sleep has to suffer.

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No more squeezing the whole family into the hotel bed.

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The most stressful part of traveling with an infant is wondering where your baby will sleep once you arrive at your final destination. Hotels aren’t always equipped with the latest—and safest—cribs, and well-meaning relatives might not have a comfortable spot either. Enter a travel crib. It ensures peace of mind and, not to fear, is usually light to carry and easy to open and close. Here’s what to look for and how to get the most out of them.

Quick to Open and Close

a close up of a tent: BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light - Silver © Provided by Working Mother BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light - Silver

The crib textiles are both removable and machine washable.

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Look for lightness, fuss-free setup and breakdown, a soft, machine-washable fabric, such as cotton, and a room in the carrying case, so the crib glides in and there’s still space for extra sheets.

A Variety of Functions

Graco Pack and Play On the Go Playard | Includes Full-Size Infant Bassinet © Provided by Working Mother Graco Pack and Play On the Go Playard | Includes Full-Size Infant Bassinet

This playard includes airy mesh on all sides for maximum ventilation, plus wheels for added mobility.

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Extras such as a changing area and a mobile help the travel crib transform into whatever you need while you’re away—or a multifunctional corral when you need a minute alone when you’re home.

Basic and Reliable

a piece of luggage sitting on top of a suitcase: Dream On Me Travel Light Playard, Black © Provided by Working Mother Dream On Me Travel Light Playard, Black

Available in four colors—black, blue, pink and white.

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A no-frills travel crib offers ample play space. Set it up in your living room—or even backyard—and toss in toys for your tot. They can sneak in a snooze in the same spot (just clear out the toys).

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