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BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light ReviewPrice: $300.00 List | $210.99 at Amazon - 30% off
Pros: Ease to use, eco-healthy, portable, comfy
Bottom line: Nice, cozy crib that is easy to transport and very eco-healthy
The BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is an easy to use travel crib/play yard that is comfy and eco-healthy. This crib is the third lightest option in the review with a folded size that is easy to carry. The carry bag has comfortable handles and the crib fits inside without any hassle. The mattress is soft yet firm and made with materials that meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 criteria making it a healthy option for baby free of harmful chemicals. We like how easy this crib is to set up and close and it feels stable when open with a sturdy frame. This crib has the highest price in the group, making it a poor choice for families on a strict budget. But if your budget allows, we think most families will love what the BabyBjorn has to offer.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
BabyBjörn is headquartered in Stockholm and is a Swedish family-owned business. Björn and Lillemor Jakobson started the company in 1961, and it is now located in 50 countries. BabyBjörn strives to develop safe and functional products for little ones that help families in their everyday routines.They are constantly looking for solutions and improvements based on safety and quality. BabyBjörn products have a simple, classic and modern design that lacks unnecessary details. They design for function and believe products should be timeless and appeal to mothers, fathers, and babies. They create products for newborn up to three years old.
This chart includes the overall scores for the travel cribs purchased and tested in this review. The BabyBjörn earned an impressive high score 11 points higher than its closest competitor, which makes it easy to see why it won an Editors' Choice award.
The sections below detail how the BabyBjörn performed compared to the other cribs we tested. The overall score is based on the individual test results with an emphasis on ease of use and portability.
Ease of Use
The BabyBjorn earned a 9 of 10 for ease of use, which makes this product the easiest to use.
Setting up the crib is very easy with the mattress attachment taking the most time. The BabyBjorn crib legs lock in place when you unfold it without much effort. The mattress clips in place instead of the more common Velcro found on the competition. The fold is also intuitive and easy, and the entire package fits in the bag with ease not found in the other products we tested.
This crib fabric and mattress cover are machine washable, and the legs are smooth with no crevices for gunk to hide.
The BabyBjorn earned an 8 of 10 for portability.
This crib weighs 12.3 lbs which is the third smallest crib in this review. It measures 19.5"H x 23.6"L x 6.6"W with a shape that isn't awkward to carry. While this option isn't the lightest or even the smallest in the group, it is light and small enough with comfortable carry handles, so you can carry it as far as you need to go.
The BabyBjorn earned a 7 of 10 for comfort. This is the high score for the group with no other mattress scoring higher.
This mattress feels like the thickest in the group though they are all around one inch. The mattress. It is soft but firm, and the cover fabric is the softest in the review.
During a side-by-side inspection, you can feel the difference between the products that is evident. The bottom of the mattress is 100% polyester, and the top is 50% polyester and 50% polyurethane.
The crib did not perform as well in our tests for the comfort of the caregiver putting the baby into the crib. With the narrow opening and taller frame, it means bending all the way over to get your baby safely on the mattress.
The BabyBjorn earned an 8 of 10 for quality by using higher-end materials.
The fabric and mesh are soft and feel resilient. The stitching is consistent, and there were no loose or errant threads on our product. The frame is sturdy, and while it shakes somewhat, it doesn't feel flimsy. Overall, the product feels nice, and the materials come together well.
The BabyBjorn earned a 10 of 10 for eco-health. This crib is one of only three options we tested that earned a score for eco-health over 1.
BabyBjorn uses materials that have achieved Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. The materials are free from harmful substances and approved by Oeko-Tex as Class 1 for baby products. The materials do not contain harmful or potentially allergenic substances.
There aren't many accessories for this travel crib, but BabyBjorn has a fitted sheet for the crib that is easy to use and machine washable.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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