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A Great Travel Crib for Baby to Sleep Safely on the Move

Baby is triumphant atop his travel crib!

Baby is triumphant atop his travel crib!

As a solo traveler, I prided myself on never checking a bag when flying. But then came baby, and– oof!– he magically made bags and bags of STUFF appear, which his loving parents must now schlepp to all travel destinations. Thankfully, I’ve finally found a way to cut down on baby luggage bulk: we now own the lightest travel crib on the market!

The crib folds into a compact 7 pound bag.

Our new crib folds into a compact 7 pound bag.

The phil&teds traveller crib (yes, that is the correct spelling and punctuation, much as it jars this English teacher to type) weighs a mere seven pounds: far lighter than our baby’s 17-pound bulk. The crib sets up in less than ten minutes, providing a safe, comfy sleep space. I emphasize “safe” because during travel, we previously slept the baby in a nest made of rolled up towels, which is a suffocation hazard. I emphasize “comfy” because a certain friend has been known to insist, “You don’t need a travel crib– just sleep the baby in a dresser drawer!” Ahem. The “traveller” is the superior option indeed.

The baby was very happy sleeping in his crib!

Our baby was highly content sleeping in his crib (despite his mother’s foolish fashion choices).

Deconstructing the “traveller” crib takes a jiffy, and the whole apparatus packs into a jaunty shoulder bag that slips smoothly into a suitcase or overhead bin on a plane. Why, our baby’s chipmunk cheeks take up more space than this crib! (Those cheeks may even have their own celestial orbit.) What’s great is that the “traveller” can be used for children up to three years old, so we plan to get ample use out of it. The side panel even zips down so that we can insert a child who is too large to lower easily from above.

Whoa, baby-- can you believe your whole bed folds into this bag?

Whoa, baby– can you believe your whole bed folds into this bag?

My husband and I used the “traveller” crib on our recent Martha’s Vineyard vacation, and cracked up at how fast Devi fell asleep on the cushy inflatable mattress, arms and legs splayed out like a cross between a frog and a snow angel, at peace with the world. (This, despite the fact that his pants were loud enough to wake the neighbors. Sorry, baby– Mommy is a writer, not a fashionista!)

The travel crib in action in Martha's Vineyard.

The travel crib in action in Martha’s Vineyard, unperturbed by the neon pants.

Rest assured (pun!) we shall be taking this phil&teds travel crib with us on our upcoming adventure to Puerto Rico. Until then, the crib will stay set up in my parents’ house so our lad can have a place to snooze when I visit each Sunday to eat three helpings of dinner and devour all the ice cream. Once Devi is crawling (yipes!) we will use the “traveller” to contain his exploits, and during the summer, we’ll pop on the sun shade feature. What a handy new acquisition this crib is!

Happy times in the travel crib.

Happy times in the travel crib.

So what about you? Which baby travel products have proven essential for YOU to cut down on luggage bulk as a parent, and to keep your baby safe and comfortable? Do share.

We were provided with the “traveller” from phil&teds, but all opinions and garish baby fashions are my own.

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Monday 12th of May 2014

Don't have a baby but I've had some experience setting up pack and plays for friends' babies. Most of the time it takes take about 3-4 people to figure out how to correctly set it up and a good 15 minutes because the sides keep on collapsing and refuse to cooperate! Glad to know there are easier (and lighter!) options out there should I ever decide to spawn my own offspring.

Terry at Overnight New York

Sunday 11th of May 2014

We could have used this when my daughter -- now 18 -- was little!

Mary @Green Global Travel

Sunday 11th of May 2014

The crib looks like a good fit for young family travelers. Thanks for sharing.


Saturday 10th of May 2014

Very cute, and much smaller than the huge monstrosity that we used to travel around with!

Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

Saturday 10th of May 2014

Not a mommy yet, but when it does happen, it's nice to know that my little can travel comfortably. If s/he's anything like mommy and daddy, s/he'll love to sleep!


Saturday 10th of May 2014

As do I. :) Good taste in activities!

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