The phil&teds Traveller is a lightweight, compact choice for a travel crib. Its small carrying case can fit into a suitcase or an airplane's overhead bin. Good for use indoors and outdoors, the crib has a zip-down side and a self-expanding thermally insulating mattress. Some reviewers say it's difficult to set up and break down.
Safety certified across globe. The phil&teds Traveller is safety certified in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The 2013 version has breathable mesh sides all the way to the floor; the pre-2013 model has less mesh and more of the solid polyester fabric on the crib.
The crib is sturdy with a self-expanding mattress that fits snugly. It comes with a fitted sheet that is Okeo-tex certified, which means it is non-toxic and gentle on a baby's skin. An optional Slim Shadee Sun Mesh (*Est. $20) can be used for protection from the sun and bugs.
Light, compact for travel. At 7 pounds, the phil&teds Traveller is easy to carry whether you travel by plane or automobile. Its relatively small carrying case can fit inside a suitcase, a plane's overhead bin or an automobile's trunk. Assembly is another matter -- a number of consumer reviewers complain about how hard it is to set up and take down, especially when it comes to pressing the locking buttons on the legs. They also say securing the mattress to the bed -- which involves small parts -- is a challenge.
The fabric is highly water resistant, but zips and seams can leak, according to the manufacturer. It instructs owners to remove dry dirt with a soft brush and make sure the Traveller is thoroughly dry before storing. You cannot wash the Traveller with soap, solvents, bleach or detergents because they could harm the fabric, the manufacturer says.
Ideal for frequent travelers. For the frequent traveler, the phil&teds Traveller is ideal because it is so light and compact. Once assembled, it is the size of a full-size crib at 54 by 30 by 26 inches, but packs down to 27 by 10 by 8 inches. The crib has an aluminum frame, polyester fabric and a cotton sheet.
The zip-down side is ideal for parents who find it difficult to reach over the side of the crib to put a baby down to sleep. The mattress sits flat on the floor with no bar beneath it to hurt the baby's back, and is reported as warm and comfortable. The Traveller is designed for ages newborn to 3 years. It has a one-year warranty.
Review Credibility: Very Good The phil&teds Traveller places in fourth out of five cribs in this review, with a score of 4.25 out of 5 points. Puryear says the Traveler is a "super lightweight portable crib" that is great for traveling parents. It folds up small enough to fit into a plane's overhead compartment, includes an insulated mattress, and sets up in a matter of seconds.
Review: Best Portable Crib, Natasha Puryear, March 21, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The phil&teds Traveller is the "crème de la crème of travel cribs," according to this article on three of the reviewer's favorite travel cribs. Kayt Sukel says the phil&teds Traveller is light, easy to set up and very comfortable. Fitting all the pieces into the duffel bag can test your patience, she says, but that bag is small enough to fit into a suitcase.
Review: Best Portable Cribs for Travel, Kayt Sukel, Jan. 13, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good TravelsWithBaby.com lists phil&teds Traveller among its "travel-worthy" travel cribs, bed, co-sleepers, trundles and portable bed rails. The website by award-winning writer Shelly Rivoli does not explain how it came up with the list. She praises the lightweight Traveller's rugged waterproof fabrics and breathable mesh panels, which make it good for indoor and outdoor use.
Review: Best Baby and Toddler Travel Beds & Sleeping Solutions for Travel, Shelly Rivoli, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Consumer reviewers on Amazon.com give the phil&teds Traveller Crib an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on more than 90 reviews. Customers love the lightweight crib's compactness, saying it packs to a small size that is great for travel. Many complain of how hard it is to assemble and disassemble. They also said the dye in the material rubs off and the mattress is too thin. Customers have high praise for customer service.
Review: phil&teds Traveller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2013
Review Credibility: Good About.com lists the phil&teds Traveller as one of 10 baby crib choices for new grandparents. The list, also includes play yards and bassinets. This review is for the phil&teds Traveller Cot/Crib V2 in red, which is an earlier version of the phil&teds Traveller. The short review notes the travel crib is very light, works well indoors and outdoors, has a self-expanding mattress, and is designed to be used as a playpen or crib. The article's recommendations are based on published reviews and word-of mouth, not actual experience, Adcox notes.
Review: Equipment for New Grandparents-Baby Crib Choices, Susan Adcox, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good The phil&teds Traveller is included in a list of 10 best portable cribs, and includes travel beds, play yards and travel/portable cribs. In her brief reviews, Stanley notes the Traveller's lightweight, sturdy aluminum frame and self-inflating insulated mattress. She does not share what criteria was used to choose the 10 products.
Review: 10 Best Portable Cribs, Liz Stanley, Sept. 27, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Trekaroo includes the phil&teds Traveller in an article that features three travel cribs. Nichols, a mom of two, travels frequently and has experimented with different types of portable cribs. She says the Traveller is a spacious baby travel crib that is good for sleeping and as a play yard. Setup and take-down take about 5 to 10 minutes, and she praises its versatility in that it can be used indoors or outdoors.
Review: Best Baby Travel Cribs, Eunice Nichols, Oct. 16, 2012 (updated)