Guava Lotus Portable Travel Cribs and PlayYard

Guava Family Lotus Portable Travel Cribs and Baby Playyard | Big Baby Small SpaceYou’ve heard of the GracoTravel Lite Crib, the BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light, and Phil & Teds Traveller Crib.

But have you seen the Guava Family’s Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby PlayYard?┬áIt’s by far the most useful, lightweight portable crib and baby playyard that I’ve come across.

Why is it different than the popular ones above? You can place baby from the top and from the side. To boot, the mesh goes all the way down the sides. Something that the Baby Bjorn and Phil & Teds does not.

KidCo PeaPod is designed in a similar fashion. I love the small, compact design of the PeaPod, but they’ve had some problems lately and had a recall.

The Lotus Everywhere Crib on the other hand is like a regular portable crib. Because of that it’s bigger than the PeaPod. So that when you child is older than an infant and is crawling or walking around, he can bring toys into it and use it as a fort, a nap space, a place to call home away from home.

One of the big worries as a mom when you travel is will you child sleep well in a new space?

Gocrib Portable Baby Travel Cribs and Play YardYou’ve paid all this money to finally have a nice vacation on some resort and your baby can’t sleep at night because he’s not used to the travel crib you just bought or rarely use or he can’t stand the hotel’s crib.

I looked into the Gocrib, from Guava family too, when I was traveling. While it has so many of the same features as the Lotus Portable Crib, you needed to inflate it. It seemed a little on the big side. While everything fit into their case, I’m one of those moms who doesn’t want extra things that might not work. “I’m in a foreign country, I can smell the salt air from my room, and suddenly I can’t pump my baby’s crib.” These are the thoughts that run through my head. So I didn’t go with the Go Crib, even though it had this fantastic feature of a sun shade, which would have been perfect for the beach. I’m so glad Guava Family came out with an even better portable crib.

Do you have a pack ‘n play in your living room or kitchen?

With the Lotus Portable Travel Crib and Baby Playyard you can use it at home as a play yard. It’s small enough to fit into small spaces. When not in use, put it in the closet.

Your child can get used to the Lotus Everywhere Crib, maybe take an nap in it. By the time you travel or visit grandma’s house, it’s not new, but familiar.

I haven’t even mentioned yet the fabulous portable features

Guava Family Portable Travel Crib Backpack | Big Baby Small SpaceLighter than a regular pack ‘n play.

Sets up in less than 15 seconds. Now you can’t say that about a Graco.

Only portable crib that fits into a backpack. The travel case is about the size of a carry-on suitcase but both narrower and deeper, less wide. So if you have a layover you can set it up right there in the terminal. To carry, if you’re petite like me, it’s doable. But for dads, it’s a total go to.

It will last longer than a bassinet insert in a regular pack ‘n play because of its narrow and deeper design. If a bassinet insert is important to you, then if you clicked on the video above, you’ll see that there is a bassinet attachment to it. It’s not out yet. The Lotus Bassinet is expected to come out in Summer 2013. I’ll be reviewing it when it does.

Recommended Accessories

You can use regular portable playyard sheets, but since the Lotus is designed a little differently, I would recommend getting their sheets. Just note the quilted one should not be used with an infant.

The Other Portable Travel Cribs

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