travel crib for newborns

Whether you are a hardcore family traveler or someone who needs a weekend get-away every now and then, you’ll need a place for your little one to sleep.

One option is bedsharing, which might be the most hassle-free way. However, there are a ton of reasons why you don’t want or can’t share a bed with your child. In that case, you’ll want a baby bed.

You can ask for a crib at your hotel, but sometimes they won’t have any. Or it won’t be in the state you’d want them to.

Therefore, a lot of parents opt for a travel crib instead. It’s great for you because you’ll know exactly what kind of sleeping arrangements you’ll have to make. And it’s great for your baby as well, because it’s a bed they’re familiar with.

In this article, we’ll help you determine what the best travel crib for newborns is. If you’re more interested in travel beds for toddlers and bigger babies, take a look at this review list.

If you would like to know what other travel gear you need to bring for your baby, take a look at this baby packing checklist!

Further along in this article, we will help you decide what is the best travel crib for newborns for your family. As you can see in the comparison chart, our main focus points are weight, folded dimensions, and the price. All the things we consider important when traveling. However we provide a review for each travel crib for newborns, so scroll down and start reading!

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NAMEIMAGEAGE RANGEWEIGHTFOLDED DIMENSIONSPRICE
Scuddles 3-in-1 portable bassinet0 - 6/8 months1 lbs (0.5 kg)8" x 3" x 8" (20.3 x 7.6 x 20.3 cm)$$
Lulyboo Baby Lounger to go0 - 6 months2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)15" x 16" x 3" (38 x 40.6 x 7.6 cm)$$
Baby Delight Snuggle Nest0 - 6 months3.4 lbs (1.5 kg)16" x 17" (40.6 x 43.2 cm)$$
Chicco Lullago Travel Crib0 - 6/8 months17 lbs (7.7 kg)23" x 20" x 8" (58.4 x 50.8 x 20.3 cm)$$$
Brica Fold 'n Go Travel Bassinet0 - 4 months2.5 lbs (1 kg)22" x 17" x 3" (55.9 x 43.2 x 7.6 cm)$

DO I NEED A PORTABLE CRIB OR A TRAVEL CRIB FOR NEWBORNS?

Whether you need a travel crib or not depends on your willingness to share a bed. Bedsharing with a newborn can be wonderful, but you should always keep the safety rules in mind. The most important ones are:

  • you have to be breastfeeding
  • there are no cushions and heavy blankets allowed
  • you can never ever use alcohol, sleeping pills or drugs when sharing a bed with your little one

If you would like to know more about bedsharing and safety, you can read all about it here.

Who doesn't want their baby to sleep like this?

If you are not interested in this kind of thing, you are going to need a baby crib for your little one.

The thing with newborns is that they are really really tiny (obviously) and thus only require a small bed. Which is very convenient when traveling with as little baggage as possible. And what caregiver wants to haul a whole bunch of heavy stuff on top of a baby?

Portable cribs are baby cribs that can be folded to take them wherever you want to go. They are safe and comfortable for your baby. However, they tend to remain quite large and usually heavy. A travel crib features the same assets but focusses on the weight and the dimensions as well. Therefore they tend to be more convenient when traveling.

THE BEST TRAVEL COT FOR BABIES

Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard


The Lotus portable playard is actually a travel crib turned into a play paradise! It has a side door that can be zipped down so your baby can crawl in and out and you can join your little one as well. The mesh fabric allows for very good visibility and goes all the way down to the mattress, making it a safe sleep environment. It’s divine for parents as well. The travel playard sets up in 15 seconds and it only weighs 11 pounds (5 kg), which makes it the most lightweight portable playard we found. The Lotus Everywhere Crib is made out of safe materials and has been made in an enviromental friendly way. But the most noteworthy is that it folds into a backpack! This way you still have your hands free for your baby and a diaper bag. The Lotus travel playard comes with a mattress which measures 42″x 24″ (106.7 x 61 cm) and is 25″ (63.5 cm) deep. Folded down that makes only 23″x 12″x 8″ (58.4 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm). You can easily take this travel item around the world! Just keep in mind that you need special sheets because of the mattress size and the cut-outs you need. You can buy them here!



Scuddles 3-in-1 portable bassinet  

The Scuddles portable bassinet is a real feature when traveling. It’s not only a travel crib for newborns, but the bassinet can double as a diaper bag and a portable baby changing station as well. The fabric consists of 60% cotton and 40% polyester and the mattress pad is machine washable. We always like travel gear that combines features, so we consider the 5 zip compartments (including an insulated pocket to keep bottles hot or cold) a real treat. No need to drag along a heavy backpack on top! The portable crib is easy to set up taking only about 30 seconds to do so. Thanks to special sticks, the outer walls do not collapse, making it safe for your baby to sleep in. When folded as a diaper bag with shoulder strap, the dimensions are 8″ x 3″ x 8″ (20.3 x 7.6 x 20.3 cm), but the bassinet measures 24″x 12″x 6″ (70 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm) when in use. It only weighs about 1 pound (0.5 kg).

The Scuddles 3-in-1 portable bassinet is suitable for babies from birth until 6-8 months (when they start crawling). Click here for more reviews!

Lulyboo Baby Lounger To Go


This foldable travel bassinet is perfect for newborns. It is safe and cozy and makes sure your bundle of joy is sleeping heavenly all night. The bassinet measures 31″ x 18″ x 6″ (78.7 x 45.7 x 15.2 cm) but folds into a backpack of 15″ x 16″ x 3″ (38 x 40.6 x 7.6 cm). It weighs 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg), making it a very lightweight travel companion. The cover and pad are made out of 100% cotton, the backing is 100% nylon while the padding is 100% polyester. The cover is machine washable, which is always convenient and because of the waterproof bottom, you can use the travel crib outside as well. The bassinet comes with detachable toys as well, to entertain your baby. You can’t pick it up while your baby is sleeping inside

The Lulyboo Baby Lounger is suitable for babies from birth to about 6 months (more or less 27″ (70 cm) ) and is available in blue, pink and beige. Pick your favorite one here!

Baby Delight Snuggle Nest XL


The Baby Delight Snuggle Nest provides a safe and enclosed sleeping area for your baby while sleeping in your own bed. If you are wary of cosleeping with your newborn, this travel crib for newborns provides an excellent alternative. Especially when traveling, your baby might crave your closeness or you may not have the space to put a larger travel crib in your room. The travel bassinet consists of 2 vented and sturdy mesh walls. This way the snuggle nest gets ventilated and you don’t have to risk rollovers. The dimensions are perfect for traveling: 28.5″ x 14″ (72.4 x 35.6 cm) when unfolded which packs into a bag with handle of 16″ x 17″ (40.6 x 43.2 cm). The crib only weighs 3.4 pounds (1.5 kg). The foam mattress is waterproof and comes with a fitted, wraparound sheet. The travel crib comes with a sound & light unit that offers soft light and womb sounds or music. Another feature is the gentle incline wedge.

The Baby Delight Snuggle Nest is suitable for babies from birth to 28 inches (about 6 months) and is available in 8 colors and patterns. Read more reviews here!

This travel bassinet comes in a traveler version as well, with a more sturdy outdoor fabric and which folds into a backpack. Click here for more information.

Chicco Lullago Travel Crib


The Chicco Lullago travel crib for newborns is a very convenient way of putting your baby to sleep. You can set it up in seconds because of the metal snap-on legs. It only takes about a minute to complete the legs and put the bassinet on top of them! The mesh windows and the padded mattress make sure your little one sleeps in a comfortable way. Furthermore, all fabrics are machine washable. Always a plus when it comes to babies. The dimensions of the travel crib are 36″ x 27″ x 22″ (91.4 x 68.6 x 55.9 cm). When traveling it folds down to 23″ x 20″ x 8″ (58.4 x 50.8 x 20.3 cm) in a carry bag with handle and weighs about 17 pounds (7.7 kg).

The Chicco Lullago travel bassinet can be used for babies from birth up until 20 pounds (9 kg)/6-8 months. It is available in chestnut, lavender, and skyblue. Pick your favorite one here!

Brica Fold ‘n Go travel bassinet


The Brica Fold ‘n Go travel crib for newborns provides your baby with a secure sleeping place, no matter where you are. It consists of mesh panels and breathable fabric and the steel frame makes it super sturdy. It takes only a couple of seconds to pop open or fold down. When closed you can easily transport it because it is lightweight (2.5 pounds/1 kg) and comes with a carrying handle. The 4 points safe T-lock system provides safety and gives you audible clicks so you know when it has opened completely. The water-resistant mattress pad is removable and machine washable. When in use the dimensions are 29.5″ x 21″ x 12.5″ (75 x 53.3 x 31.8 cm) but the portable bassinet folds flat to 22″ x 17″ x 3″ (55.9 x 43.2 x 7.6 cm).

The Brica Fold ‘n Go can be used for babies from birth to about 4 months/13-15 pounds (6-6.8 kg). Read more reviews here!