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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2013
I just wanted to write a recommendation for the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib.
I know many of us travel alone with infants, and it sucks.
No, really!

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!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
I have been looking everywhere for a playpen/travel crib without flame retardants, so I was super excited to find this product. However after researching more I became concerned about the mattress.When I contacted this company they told me the mattress is ion fact 100% POLYURETHANE foam. NOT non toxic at all!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2014
This is one of the best investments i've ever made on baby stuff. We've used it on every occasion possbile and worth every penny i paid for it. Family and friends have admired it and wished for one. I ended up giving my first to my sister for her grandson and ordering another one for my baby.
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!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2013
Here's what I love about the crib. We bought the black one. It looks great, is lightweight & set-up/take-down is a breeze. But be forewarned, if you travel by air...it's a headache to actually travel with. Since the crib breaks down into a big rectangular bag that is too large to carry-on, unless you have an even larger suitcase to pack it in...I mean HUGE...the only way to bring the crib along is to check it as a separate piece of luggage. So by the time you shell out all the extra baggage fees, any convenience the crib might offer quickly evaporates. The crib would be so much better if it folded into a smaller package. As is, this crib is only really convenient during travel by car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2014
Purchased the BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light 2 for our baby's first international trip--because we didn't want to use the hotel's basic/hard crib--and it was well worth it! Have used it on three international flights since then and countless road trips, and it has held up! PROS: Easy to use, set up time is approximately 5 minutes, maybe less if it's your 2nd/3rd time using. It's convenient, lightweight, easy to carry, and the mattress is soft. CONS: Too big for carry-on, have to "check it" on a flight. The carry bag that comes with the crib lasted 3 years for us, but finally ripped at the seam the other day. This might be a pro since it has held up so well through our countless trips. We have actually seen baggage claim personnel throw it onto the plane's baggage belt (frightening)...but there were no issues when it was opened. Probably an easy fix for a seamstress.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2014
We used this for the first time when we went on a family vacation to the beach. We have a pack-n-play also but our son never slept well in it because of the bar in the middle of where he was laying. This travel crib is GREAT! We love how quick and easy it is to set up, especially compared to the pack-n-play and we also love how the mattress part of this travel crib sits right on the floor so there is no uncomfortable bar running through the middle of it. We have started keeping this crib in our car at all times now, and when we are over at grandma's or somewhere when our son is in need of a nap, we just set it up and put him right to sleep! Wish we would have purchased this sooner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
Compared to the other options out there, this is an easy to use/travel with bed. I took it with me to Australia and was bogged down with tons of travel gear. Glad that this was light. Takes just a minute to put together. My son seems happy enough in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
We purchased the BabyBjorn Travel Light Crib 2 for a weekend trip to Las Vegas with our then-16 month-old, and it was just perfect. The mattress in my daughter's crib at home is free of chemical flame retardants, and I didn't want her exposed to those toxins when in her travel crib. So we chose the BabyBjorn from among the other travel cribs on the market because it was the only one that didn't contain any chemical flame retardants. (I confirmed this in writing/email with BabyBjorn). The first thing I noticed about the BabyBjorn travel crib when I removed it from the box was that it had no chemical smell! The second thing I noticed was how easy it was to set up. It took me less than 5 minutes to get it fully set up (including the time it took to read the instructions). I recommend purchasing the BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light Fitted Sheet, Natural White to use with the travel crib. Although it's more expensive than comparable travel crib sheets, it's extremely soft, made of organic cotton, and fits the BabyBjorn travel crib mattress to a "T." Thirdly, the crib is very lightweight and easy to carry around. Folded up in its case, the travel crib fit easily into the trunk of our car with the rest of our luggage, and I can see it fitting easily into the overhead compartment of an airplane.

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.

Grade: A
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
I was a little apprehensive to purchase this because of the cost but I am so glad I did. I love everything about this travel crib. It's light weight and super easy to use. My baby sleeps so well in it. Traveling with it is a breeze and doesn't take up much space. We also got the sheet which was also expensive but I'm glad we got that too. Very happy with this purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
this crib is so easy to assemble and disassemble! the only thing that i dont like is that it's a little low for me so it's kind of a challenge getting my baby in and out when she's lying down.
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