The BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is a hands-down favorite among both professional and consumer review sources. While it's expensive, reviewers consistently agree that it's worth the price. At just 11 pounds and with its included carrying case with handles, this portable crib is convenient for plane and car travel. It assembles and folds down compactly in a cinch, according to reviewers, and it can perform double duty as a safe place for your baby to play during outdoor excursions. The mattress cover and bed fabric are machine-washable. Special BabyBjorn travel crib sheets are available (*Est. $40), but most reviewers say any portable crib sheet will fit and others are less expensive. On the downside, several owners say they wish the carrying case had a shoulder strap instead of just handles, and the size of the carrying case won't officially qualify as an air travel carry-on bag. A less-expensive alternative is the Graco Travel Lite Crib (*Est. $90), a model that's a lot heavier (20 pounds) and not as fancy looking.
The best comparative review of the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light appears in The New York Times, in which an outdoors-enthusiast family tests five travel cribs on a camping trip. The downside to this review is that it includes the opinions of just one family, so we found owner-written reviews at Amazon.com equally as useful. Parents.com and About.com each feature brief reviews of the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light and one detailed individual product review on ZRecommends.com offers a useful demo video. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
1. The New York Times
An outdoor-enthusiast family with four children between the ages of 6 months and 7 years test out five travel cribs on a camping trip. Formal ratings are not provided, but feedback in terms of safety, stability and ease of use are offered. We wish this review included the opinions of more testers, however.
Review: Physical Culture: Gear Test, Portable Cribs, Sarah Tuff, April 10, 2008
About 135 owners have weighed in with opinions on the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light on Amazon.com, where it maintains a perfect 5-star average rating. Parents appreciate how easy the BabyBjorn is to set up and take down, but a few mention they wish the carrying case had a shoulder strap in addition to handles.
Review: BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light, Contributors to Amazon.com
3. Z Recommends
ZRecommends.com is a blog that reviews a variety of baby, parenting and family-oriented products. This 2008 individual product review highlights the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light, including a useful demonstration video of the author setting up the crib.
Review: The BabyBjorn Travel Crib, Jeremiah McNichols, Dec. 31, 2008
This simple review recommends five travel cribs based on style and safety. Reviews are brief and mostly positive, and no formal ratings or selection criteria are provided.
Review: 5 Safe and Stylish Travel Cribs, Jessica Hartshorn and Colleen Dowd
About.com's guide to grandparents lists the best baby crib choices for new grandparents. The BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light earns a spot on the list for its easy setup and Susan Adcox notes that BabyBjorn works with pediatricians to develop its products. She says that "recommendations are based on published reviews and word-of-mouth rather than actual experience." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Equipment for New Grandparents -- Baby Crib Choices, Susan Adcox