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Brica Fold 'n Go Travel Review

Brica Fold 'n Go Travel
Price:   $50.00 List | $39.99 at Amazon - 20% off
Pros:  Lightweight, portable, easily fits inside car or larger suitcase
Cons:  For use on floor, protective barrier lacking and presents risk if pets present
Bottom line:  Portable, inexpensive, not ideal for general use within home
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Manufacturer:   Munchkin

The Skinny

The Brica Fold 'n Go Travel Bassinet may be ideal for parents who are frequently on-the-run. It is an extremely lightweight and convenient bed to have on-hand. Although it is too wide to fit in most suitcases, it does fold and stores completely flat. However, for daily use, we think you should check out some different options that offer more versatility, quality, and safety. If you are in the market for a more substantial piece of gear to use while traveling, be sure to read our Best Travel Crib Review, which may also offer some helpful advice for your next purchase!


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
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January 25, 2015

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The youngest company in our selection, Munchkin, based in Los Angeles, was founded in 1991 by Steve Dunn. Munchkin is a brand-name that can be found in the homes of most new parents, as their lineup includes an array of bath toys, regular toys, storage solutions, and travel accessories.

The Brica Fold 'n Go Travel has some points of convenience that make it a tempting purchase, especially for a parent who takes their baby out of the house frequently. It is the lightest weight of all the products we reviewed in this category, easily held in one hand while you tote around baby-gear galore. It is definitely the most portable of the ones we rated, closing with the simple push of two buttons, folding in on itself, and then held closed with a small velcro strap. However, despite its usability during travel, for general use around the house, you may want to look elsewhere. It's important to note that it is NOT designed to be safely used anywhere but on the floor. We felt its design was a bit deceiving, making it seem as though it could be used in a bed or on a sofa, which is in fact, not a safe practice.

Performance Comparison


The Fold 'n Go is a portable option for a parent who would like to take their child different places  but it may not be the best option for general use  as it can only be safety used directly on the floor.
The Fold 'n Go is a portable option for a parent who would like to take their child different places, but it may not be the best option for general use, as it can only be safety used directly on the floor.

Health and Safety



Although the size and design of the Fold 'n Go Travel Bassinet may appear suitable at first glance for baby's bed within parent's bed, we do not feel that it is safe for this use and specifically note this in our review. We stress that it should be used on the ground solely (not on a sofa or elevated surface) and with great care if family has pets. The Brica video at the end of our review also shows the Fold 'n Go for use on the ground.

The Brica Fold 'n Go has only been approved to be used freestanding on the floor. We felt that for any family that has pets, this is automatically a poor option, since a dog or cat could easily jump right in; it even resembles a pet bed! Furthermore, if anybody other than the parent who put the baby in it is in the home, there is potential that it could go unseen and could be tripped over, since it is directly on the floor and not elevated at all. As for night-time sleeping, since it is not a co-sleeper, baby could be exposed to dust and drafts or anything else that was on the floor. We also didn't feel comfortable placing it on the floor next to the bed, for fear that baby could be stepped on when getting in and out of bed in the middle of the night, or a blanket could fall on top of it, posing a breathing hazard for your young one.

A true co-sleeper such as Best Value Arm's Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper and Top Pick HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper are designed to be used next to parent's bed safely; there is both easy access for parent to baby from the bed yet a defined separate sleeping space for baby that avoids rollover or parent's bedding suffocating baby. As such, the Fold 'n Go is not a co-sleeper, and it is not intended to be used on any elevated surface; The mesh sides, though they provide improved breathability for your little one, fold down so easily that your baby could easily roll out of it. Additionally, with the Brica was inside parent's bed, in our opinion, it could be easily rolled onto and/or bedding could find its way inside if the Brica, all scenarios which could suffocate baby.

As for the fabrics, they are sub-par at best, consisting of polyester and polyurethane foam. It meets an older flame retardant standard, TB-116, which means the foam is very likely to contain flame retardants.

Ease of Use


To open the Brica  push on the buttons on each side of the unit and simply open it up.  This was truly one of the easiest beds to use.
To open the Brica, push on the buttons on each side of the unit and simply open it up. This was truly one of the easiest beds to use.
For travel, it is certainly convenient that the Brica is so small and lightweight. We found it handy to keep it in the back seat of the car to have just-in-case, since it isn't really designed to be used for general use, but is best utilized when visiting friends or relatives. Considering this usage, it was great, and certainly easier than trying to tote around a larger piece of gear. If you are looking for something to use inside your home, we recommend other options, such as the BabyBjörn Cradle which won our Editors' Choice Award, or the Arm's Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper which is also portable, but better suited for inside the home as a freestanding bed and co-sleeper. The mattress is easily washed, however the entire lining must be spot-cleaned, and is not removable from the frame.

Portability


The Brica is lightweight and extremely compact; it will fit conveniently in your car.
The Brica is lightweight and extremely compact; it will fit conveniently in your car.
This was the most portable of the bassinets we rated. It fits easily in the backseat of your car and maybe even inside of a larger suitcase. We found that even during those classic moments of early parenthood when your arms are filled to the brim with baby and gear galore, the Fold 'n Go was the least of our worries; we did not feel deterred to bring it along on daily outings, because it was indeed, extremely portable.

Quality


The quality of this bed seemed relatively uninspired. We wished Munchkin had taken more care to use safer materials that did not contain flame retardants. We also felt that the fabric on the sides was very flimsy and seemed ineffective, as just leaning against it will cause it to collapse.

Ease of Set-Up


The Brica Fold 'n Go arrives ready for use, making it the easiest to set up of all of the units we rated.

Best Applications


Truly, the most realistic use of the Brica is for its ultra-portability. We do not feel that it is realistic to use this as baby's main sleeping area around the home. Perhaps if one's mattress were on the floor, it would make sense to use the Brica next to it, if ample care is taken to assure no loose bedding will make its way into it, but it should be stressed that it is not intended to be used in the bed.

Value


If you take a look at our Value Chart, you will see that the Brica Fold 'n Go Travel is much less expensive than the other bassinets we rated, however it also has a lower value. Unless you are looking specifically for a piece of gear to take on the road or in the air, we think you should consider one of our other options.

Conclusion


This is a great innovation in theory, especially for parents who would like to hit the ground running after their new baby arrives. If you have a flight planned or spend a lot of time on the road, then this is a valid option to consider, but in comparison to its contenders which are elevated, sturdier and have other features like rocking and co-sleeping, we felt the Brica Fold 'n Go was not the best option. It may be a nice choice for its portability, but by all means, watch out for curious pets and don't succumb to the temptation to put it in the bed with you!

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