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BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light Review

Nice, cozy crib that is easy to transport and very eco-healthy
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Price:   $300 List | $300 at Amazon
Pros:  Ease to use, eco-healthy, portable, comfy
Cons:  Price
Manufacturer:   BabyBjorn
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Oct 3, 2017
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  • Ease of Use - 35% 9
  • Portability - 30% 8
  • Comfort - 15% 7
  • Quality - 15% 8
  • EcoHealth - 5% 10

The Skinny

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 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 newborns up to three years old.

Performance Comparison



The minimalistic BabyBjorn provides just what you need without added features that add weight and size to the carry bag.
The minimalistic BabyBjorn provides just what you need without added features that add weight and size to the carry bag.

Ease of Use


The BabyBjorn is the easiest contender in this competition 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 smaller size and shape of the folded BabyBjorn means it may fit in spaces the longer  larger options can't.
The smaller size and shape of the folded BabyBjorn means it may fit in spaces the longer, larger options can't.

Portability


The BabyBjorn is one of the most portable options in this review.


This crib weighs 12.3 lbs, which is about the middle of the road size-wise 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.

Keeping baby comfy is a big step in your baby being happy using a portable product like the BabyBjorn.
Keeping baby comfy is a big step in your baby being happy using a portable product like the BabyBjorn.

Comfort


The BabyBjorn is one of the most comfortable options for little ones with no other mattress scoring higher in this group.


This mattress feels like the thickest in the group, though they are all around one inch. The mattress is soft but firm, and the cover fabric is the softest in the review.

The BabyBjorn mattress is noticeably thicker and denser than the competition with a soft cozy cover.
The BabyBjorn mattress is noticeably thicker and denser than the competition with a soft cozy cover.

During a side-by-side inspection, you can feel the difference between the products. 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 scored well for quality with a simple yet sturdy design that uses high-end materials to create a noticeably nicer product than much of the competition.
The BabyBjorn scored well for quality with a simple yet sturdy design that uses high-end materials to create a noticeably nicer product than much of the competition.

Quality


The BabyBjorn performs well in our tests 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.

Eco-health


The BabyBjorn if tops for eco-health. This crib is one of a handful of 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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz