Sleep training is one thing, but getting your baby to fall asleep on the road is a whole other ordeal. And getting a bed on the road? It can be a huge headache, but it turns out that there are more than ample options when it comes to easily transportable travel beds for babies. Clunky, complicated-to-build beds are a thing of the past. You can now have a modern, one-step setup bed that will make traveling with your little one something you can actually look forward to instead of loathing.
The type of travel-friendly bed you need depends on what you and your baby need, but we’re here to break down the best of the best in different categories. Whether you want a bassinet that can rock your baby to sleep (and then become stationery while they’re sleeping), a sturdy playpen, co-sleeper, or something that’s more of a style statement, you won’t leave without finding the perfect travel bed to make trips a lot more fun. Below, you’ll find the best travel beds for babies that are compact and easy to tote around with you wherever your travels take you and your family.
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1. Mamibaby Baby Lounger
Weighing only 3.5 pounds, this ultra portable baby lounger is basically the weight of a cloud. This cushiony bed is meant to mimic the feeling of the mother’s warm womb, and the detachable bumper is made with a knitted fabric that’s more breathable and sturdy than run-of-the-mill non-woven fabric. When you’re traveling, the carrying bag and handles will make transporting it to your in-laws’ house one less chore. As those inevitable accidents and messes happen, simply remove the cover (there’s a hidden zipper) and toss it in the washer for headache-free clean up. If you’re looking for a co-sleeper, this is one of the best travel beds for babies thanks to the side guardrail design, which creates a separate sleeping space for babies in an adult bed. If that’s not enticing enough, the whimsical print will make your little one feel like royalty.
2. 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard
This 4moms (makers of mamaRoo) portable playard is just what you’re looking for if you want a travel bed that’s sturdy and durable, especially if you have a little one that likes to move around. While it may be on the larger and heavier side (23 pounds to be exact), it’s just as easy to pack up as a much smaller bed. It opens and closes in one step so it compacts nicely, and you can store and transport it with ease. It can’t get easier than that! With features like a removable bassinet and changing station — which is for infants 18 months and under — you can fully customize this travel bed for your baby with ease.
3. BabyBjorn Travel Crib
If you’re design savvy, this newly re-designed BabyBjorn travel crib will meet your style needs. It’s not just good looking — this travel bed for babies has some of the best bells and whistles you can find. The sides are made from soft, airy fabric so you can keep an eye on your little one from a short distance, and comes with removable and machine-washable fabrics so you can clean up messes with no frustrations. This chic sleeper comes with a full mattress so your baby can get a perfect night’s sleep or nap. Setup and takedown is a breeze too: simply expand the travel bed with one move and you’ve instantly got a sleep and play space with little effort.
4. MiClassic Stationary & Rock Bassinet
Easily switch between stationary and rocking modes with this slim and modern bassinet by MiClassic. With a one-second open and fold system, you won’t need to waste time figuring out fussy instructions and can get to what you actually need to be taking care of. You can easily keep a close eye on your baby with the sheer mesh lining on the sides without having to be right next to the bassinet. This travel bed for babies comes with a convenient carrying bag, so you can take it with you wherever you go. When it’s time to soothe baby to sleep, you can instantly turn on the rock mode and switch back to stationary when he or she is fast asleep.
5. SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
This co-sleeper bed will give you peace of mind while sleeping with your little one in bed. The mesh sides of this travel bed for babies provides proper circulation so your baby doesn’t overheat in the middle of the night, and the mattress pad and fitted sheet equips your little one for a comfortable night’s sleep. If you need to reach over to soothe your little one in the middle of the night, the collapsible mesh lets you do that comfortably. With a sturdy metal frame, you’ll never need to worry about safety — and when it’s time to hit the road, the frame easily folds up to make transportation hassle-free. This side sleeper is suitable for babies up to 3 months or until they start to roll over or push up.