Twenty percent smaller than standard play yards, the Graco Travel Lite Crib (*Est. $80) is perfect for small spaces and for traveling. Reviewers say the small dimensions of this playpen make it convenient for use as a bassinet next to a parent's bed. After the baby is too big for the bassinet, it converts to a play yard that can be moved easily thanks to wheels on one side of the base. The Graco Travel Lite Crib comes in seven patterns and features a canopy with soft hanging toys to shield light and provide entertainment for an infant. On the downside, it sits low to the ground, and some reviewers complain of back strain from leaning in to pick up a child. Although it is designed to be small, some reviewers say the sleeping area quickly becomes too small. The Graco Pack 'n Play with Automatic Folding Feet (*Est. $70) is a standard-size crib that offers the same features, but isn't as easily portable as this smaller version.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Graco Travel Lite Crib in its latest roundup of play yards. Each of the six models tested are rated in terms of ease of use, portability and safety, while the bassinet attachment is given a separate rating for those models that have this feature. The book "Baby Bargains" also covers the Graco Travel Lite in the latest edition, which includes detailed coverage of play yards in general, as well as specific recommendations for models in various categories. One family tests and rates this play yard for Canadian Family magazine, saying it works great in their small condo. More than 215 owner-written reviews are available on Walmart.com, and owner opinions can be found on Amazon.com and BabiesRUs.com as well.
The latest play yard review conducted by ConsumerReports.org includes the Graco Travel Lite Crib. Play yards are rated in terms of the quality of the bassinet (if applicable), portability, safety and ease of use.
Review: Play Yards, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Baby Bargains
Playpens are covered in detail by authors and consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields in this most recent edition of their popular baby gear book. No formal testing is conducted, but their discussion includes recommendations for various play yards based on features and owner feedback.
Review: Baby Bargains, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition, 2009
3. Canadian Family
A family tests and reviews the Graco Travel Lite Crib. One parent says the compact Travel Lite is convenient for small homes as well as for travel, but she does note that her son outgrew this model at 11 months old.
Review: Best Tested Play Yards, Samuel Dunsinger, Oct. 2007
More than 215 owners have posted reviews of the Graco Travel Lite Crib in Betsey at the time of our visit, where it has an average rating of five stars out of five.
Review: Graco -- Travel Lite Portable Crib with Bassinet, Betsey, Contributors to Walmart.com
5. Babies 'R' Us
Forty reviews for the Travel Lite Crib in Betsey were available at the time of our visit to BabiesRUs.com. The Travel Lite Crib has an average rating of four stars out of five.
Review: Travel Lite Crib -- Betsey, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com
About 35 owner-written reviews for the Travel Lite Crib in Betsey are available on Amazon.com. This product has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of five.
Review: Graco Travel Lite Crib with Bassinet, Contributors to Amazon.com