Portable Cribs: Ratings of Sources
Total of 18 Sources
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Gear Test, Portable Cribs
by Sarah Tuff
Our AssessmentDavid and Erin Hughes of Durango, Colorado, outdoors enthusiasts with four children between the ages of 6 months and 7 years, test five portable cribs on a camping trip. They discuss setup, features and ease of use for each model tested. No formal ratings are provided, and while there's no clear winner, the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light, Sunshine Kids Pogy and KidCo PeaPod Plus earn the most favorable feedback. The downside to this review? The results are limited to only one family's feedback and the review is more than two years old.
Crib Brand Ratings
by Denise and Alan Fields
Our AssessmentThe excellent baby-gear book "Baby Bargains" includes a detailed section on cribs, including comparative reviews and ratings of most popular brands. Top brand recommendations are based on product evaluation, user feedback and manufacturer history, rather than independent testing. Specific model recommendations in three price categories are offered at the end of the chapter, although only one portable crib is listed.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmong travel cribs, the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is the highest-rated at Amazon.com, maintaining a perfect 5-star average rating based on nearly 135 owner-written reviews. Also favorably reviewed is the KidCo PeaPod Portable Self-Inflating Travel Bed, which has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on nearly 40 reviews. A similar version, the KidCo PeaPod Portable Travel Bed with Air Pump, also has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on nearly 50 reviews.
Best Baby Travel Cribs
by Eunice Nichols
Our AssessmentThis thorough review covers two portable cribs and one play yard in detail. The reviews are well-balanced, offering both positives and negatives for each recommended model. The author selects the KidCo PeaPod Indoor/Outdoor Travel Bed for its affordability and multiple functions: it can perform double duty as a play yard and when your child has outgrown it for sleeping or napping, it makes a fun play tent or fort. The phil&teds Traveller is considerably more expensive and more difficult to set up, but it does fold down compactly and is constructed of windproof, washable, waterproof fabric. It's worth noting that the specific KidCo PeaPod Indoor/Outdoor Travel Bed referred to in this review has been discontinued, but several similar models are currently available.
5 Safe and Stylish Travel Cribs
by Jessica Hartshorn and Colleen Dowd
Our AssessmentFive travel cribs are recommended in this brief roundup, although no formal testing appears to have been conducted. Instead, the authors recommend each model based on features, style and usability. Reviews are brief and highlight the key positives of each model.
Equipment for New Grandparents -- Baby Crib Choices
by Susan Adcox
Our AssessmentSusan Adcox, About.com's guide to grandparents, lists 10 baby crib choices for new grandparents. Among her selections are a few play yards, but several portable cribs make the list. Recommended travel cribs include the Dream on Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Crib, BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light, PeaPod Plus by KidCo, phil&teds Traveller and Foundations HideAway Full-Size Folding Crib. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Best Travel Crib Review 2010
Our AssessmentThe BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is selected as the best travel crib for 2010 in this buyer's guide to portable cribs. The BabyBjorn is reviewed in detail, although three runners-up are also noted and discussed briefly. The KidCo PeaPod Portable Self-Inflating Travel Bed is included in the runners-up, along with two play yards.
Ten Best: Cribs
by Danielle Friedland
Our AssessmentPeople.com selects the top 10 baby cribs based on features and style. One travel crib is also selected, the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Lite. Reviews are not very detailed and include only a short blurb about each product. The authors also don't include their selection criteria.
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org's roundup focuses on play yards rather than portable cribs, but some models, such as the Graco Travel Lite Crib included in this roundup, can serve double duty. Play yards are rated on safety, ease of use, portability and whether each product includes a bassinet (a feature not typically found on most true portable cribs).
by Editors of Consumer magazine
Our AssessmentNew Zealand's Consumer magazine conducted a roundup of six travel cribs in 2007. Of the six models tested, only one is available in the U.S., and it didn't earn a recommendation from the editors. Portable cribs were tested in Australian-based Choice magazine's laboratory and given a grade of pass, minor fail, or major fail in terms of safety and design, and a very good, good, etc. for ease of use.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a newer site to the consumer review scene offering several useful features: a review snapshot highlighting common pros and cons mentioned by reviewers and a breakdown of the number of reviewers who give the product a given rating. On the downside, many of the results are play yards rather than portable cribs. The Graco Travel Crib Lite is the highest-rated portable crib here, with an average rating of nearly 4.5 stars out of 5, based on more than 25 owner-written reviews.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentMost portable cribs available at Target.com have just a handful of reviews, but the site is easy to navigate, clearly displaying the number of available reviews for each product next to its average rating. The Delta Fold-a-Way Portable Crib has a perfect 5-star average rating, based on just under 10 owner-written reviews.
by Contributors to ToysRUs.com
Our AssessmentA search for portable cribs on ToysRUs.com brings up about 100 results consisting of portable cribs, play yards, portable crib mattresses and linens, and even crib mobiles. The number of available reviews for an item is only visible by clicking through to the individual product page. To further complicate matters, reviews for the same product are split among different finishes, so it's difficult to get a feel for overall opinions on a given model. Most portable cribs have just a handful of reviews.
by Contributors to Diapers.com
Our AssessmentJust over half a dozen travel cribs are available on Diapers.com, but most have received just one review at the time of our visit. One exception is the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light, which maintains a perfect 5-star average rating based on more than 15 owner-written reviews.
The BabyBjorn Travel Crib
by Jeremiah McNichols
Our AssessmentThe editor of ZRecommends.com offers a thorough review, including a demonstration video, of the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light. More than 25 readers also weigh in with comments below the article. The review is also well-balanced; the author says that while the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is easy to assemble and tear down, the carrying case could benefit from a shoulder strap for traveling.
Choosing the Best Portable Crib for Your Baby
by Amber Bobnar
Our AssessmentThis individual product review covers the BabyBjorn Travel Crib. The review is detailed, covering all the features and advantages to the product, including a photo of the crib in its travel case. The crib is not compared to any other products, however, and the author does not say whether she has used any other travel crib models in the past.
Graco Travel Crib Lite Review
by Editors of BobbysBest.com
Our AssessmentThe Graco Travel Lite Crib is more like a crossover between a travel crib and a play yard than most other portable cribs included in this report. Editors of BobbysBest.com agree, noting that while this travel crib is about half the size of a regular Pack n' Play, it can be used as a bed, play pen or changing table, and it can be used with infants up to 30 pounds. The author says he simply upgraded to a traditional Pack n' Play after his infant outgrew the Graco Travel Lite Crib.
Portable Cribs and Play Yards Reviews and Prices
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentThis buyer's guide to portable cribs and play yards includes primarily play yards, with a few baby gates thrown in the mix. Nearly 600 portable cribs and play yards are included in the results, but among the few portable cribs included, none have received a full review.