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BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light Review

BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light ReviewScore 89%Score 89%

BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light Review

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Travelling with infants is challenging at the best of times.  Where babies sleep is very important.  I know even if we were staying in a hotel where cribs or pack and plays are available, I prefer to pack my own crib for babies, as I know they are clean and safe.

When my first son was four months old, we traveled via plane to visit the grandparents for a week-long visit.  We needed to find a place for him to sleep that was not only safe, and portable, but also easy to use.  We bought the BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light.

Since we purchased it, we have used it many times.  I think that after two children and a little over two years of use, I can give an accurate and well-informed opinion on the travel crib.

Dimensions:

  • Mattress: 23.5x 41 x 1.2 in/60 x 105 x 4 cm.
  • Assembled: 32 x 44 x 24 in/82 x 112 x 64 cm.
  • Folded in bag: 19 x 23.5 x 5.5 in/49 x 60 x 14 cm.

Features:

The BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light weighs in at only 13 pounds (including the carrying case).  This was a huge selling feature for us, as we had to bring it with us on a flight.

It is easy to set up and fold away when not in use.  This was also one of the main selling features, as I didn’t want to be fumbling around for 30 minutes putting it together, or stressing when it came time to put it back in its carrying case.  Who are we kidding, my husband would have been the one putting it together and taking it apart.  But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t want it to be easy.

It’s super easy to clean because both the mattress cover and the crib fabric are removable and can be washed using a gentle detergent in your washer.  Do not tumble dry.

According to the manufacturer, this crib can be used for Newborn infants up to age 3.  I don’t know that I necessarily agree with that range, but more on that later.

Overall, I like this travel crib, but it does have its limitations.

Let’s start with the positive.  I think this is a well made lightweight crib, that is super simple to set up and take apart.  You can easily assemble and disassemble the crib in a minute.  This makes your nursery away from home a breeze to put together.

At only 13 pounds, it is one of the lightest travel cribs on the market.  As we knew when we purchased it that we were going to be taking it on a flight, this was a key consideration.

I am also happy that it comes with a carrying case, so I don’t have to fumble around looking for a place to store it.  The carrying case also makes it easy to take with you on the go.

The mattress is thick enough that I feel as though it would be comfortable for the child, who is essentially sleeping on the floor.  You do have to purchase the fitted crib sheet separately, as the mattress has custom dimensions.  I would not recommend using a larger crib sheet and folding it under the mattress, especially with infants, as they can easily slip off and pose a hazard to a baby.  I am not aware of any generic crib sheets that would safely fit on the mattress.

The fact that I can machine wash any baby mess that finds its way into the crib is key for me.  The mesh panels surrounding the crib make it easy to see the child as they are sleeping, but also make it airy and breathable for baby.

The frame feels sturdy, and the overall quality of the crib is excellent.  I like the minimalistic, sleek design.  It comes in an array of colors from black, to silver, brown, blue, and pink.

It has been well used between two children over two and a half years.  We have taken it with us on a flight to see the grandparents, as well as taken it to visit friends when we knew we would stay late.  Friends of ours have also used it for their children if they were visiting us, so their children could sleep.  We have taken it to the cottage and other over night destinations.  Both my children had no problems sleeping in the crib.

Our family have also used the crib as a play yard when we were at the cottage.  I set up the crib on the deck, and put baby in with a few toys.  The mesh allowed me to keep an eye on baby from any angle.  He happily played, and I didn’t have to worry about him crawling into a dangerous situation, or having to chase him every minute.

There are a few drawbacks to the crib.  I should preface this section by saying my children are on the larger side of weight and height. The manufacturer says that the crib can be used until the child is 3, or until they can climb out of the crib.  As the crib when assembled is 32”, and not difficult for a one-and-a-half-year-old to climb out of.  This is a consideration if you are looking for the potential longevity of the crib.  If your child is not a climber, this isn’t huge concern.    My older son outgrew the crib by the time he was just past two years old. He isn’t a climber, but he is tall, and couldn’t stretch out while he was sleeping.

The price is certainly on the higher side.  The regular price for the crib is $299.95.  While it does regularly go on sale, it is still super expensive.

While I like how easily the crib folds up into its carrier case, it is still large.  It looks like a very large briefcase.  It didn’t appear as large in the store when we purchased it, but easily took up 3/4 of our suitcase.  As it is too large to fit in the overhead compartment of a plane, you may need to check it on its own if you plan to use it for air travel. With the new trend for airlines to charge per bag, this could add up quickly.  If you plan on using a travel crib and do a lot of air travel, this may not be the best choice for you.

Overall, I am happy with the purchase.  I feel as though I had a lot of use out of it.  I would not recommend it for those who are anyone who is not planning on using it regularly in conjunction with air travel.  However, if you are going to be driving to your destination (or willing to suck it up for one flight), I highly recommend this travel crib.

I was not compensated for this review.  I am simply a mom who found a great travel product and wanted to share this amazing find with others.

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BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light Review

89%

Breakdown Overall a convenient easy to use travel crib for those times you are on the go. Portable, lightweight and quality crib that is easy to use. The crib is on the larger side even when folded down, which can be a problem for air travel. Larger children and climbers may outgrow the crib long before their third birthday.

Price
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Ease of Use
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Weight and Size
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Safety
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