Yes, the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib is an expensive cot, but it’s worth it. This is probably my top rated piece of baby kit… EVER!. We were so lucky to have been gifted this for our second child from her very generous godfather – I’m not sure I would have handed over that much myself for a travel cot to be honest. But having recently passed it on to a friend expecting her first child, still in great condition and looking remarkably fresh after baby No. 2 and 3 used it to death, I have to say that yes, I would totally hand over the big bucks for this top notch cot.
Five star baby
The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib really is the Rolls Royce of pop up cots and is the most consistently highly rated travel cot on Amazon. All the things I don’t like about the cheaper pop ups – the mattress is too thin, they wobble, some of them feel kinda cheap and nasty – doesn’t apply to the Baby Bjorn.
First up the mattress. If you’ve been through many, many travel cots like I have you’ll have grown accustomed to that familiar guilty feeling when you’re setting it up as you lay down the disappointingly limp mattress at the bottom of the cot. What a joy when I first unpacked our Baby Bjorn – the insulated mattress is good and thick and the zip-off cover is properly breathable. Our little one loved it from the start and always slept like a dream.
I am very much in to how things smell. The Baby Bjorn smells ‘organic’ i.e. it doesn’t smell, as opposed to some of the cheaper cots where you really struggle to lose that chemical whiff no matter what you do. All of the fabric and materials are Öeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 certified, which means they are guaranteed to be safe and free of any allergens or harmful substances. The cotton mattress cover and fabric on the exterior of the crib feel nice against baby’s skin and can be zipped off and thrown in the machine.
Sturdy and safe
The Baby Bjorn is Swedish designed and you can see it – it’s totally simple but it works. It’s extremely sturdy and doesn’t wobble, even when little ones are standing up leaning over the edge or another child is leaning against it from the outside. I think it’s to do with the way the sides all taper slightly towards the centre plus the solid mattress with built-in base that keeps it firmly planted on the floor. What I also liked about this cot is that the whole top part is mesh so you really get a good view of your baby – there’s no corners to hide out in.
Easy to set up
This cot is super easy to ‘erect’ – you literally don’t have to do anything you just take it out of the bag, the spring loaded poles start to pop in to place, insert the mattress in the bottom and you’re set. This is a godsend if you’re arriving somewhere after a long day of travel with a tired baby who’s impatient for his bed.
Here’s a short video that shows how easy it is to set up:
The Baby Bjorn lasted both of our youngest two children until they were three years old!! The mattress is that bit longer than others – it’s 41 inches so that’s 4 inches longer than a Pack ‘N Play. May not sound like much but it can make all the difference if your toddler isn’t quite ready to move to his first bed and you want to get an extra few months out of your travel cot.
You may have to get non-standard sheets to fit this mattress. The Baby Bjorn fitted sheets I’m sure are lovely, 100% organic, but at $25 a pop pretty expensive. I got the American Baby Company 100% Cotton value fitted sheet – it fits the mattress perfectly and is a fraction of the price.
Also there is no weight restriction for this cot. I checked this out on the Baby Bjorn web site. They’re pretty confident about it, this is what they say: “The unique design even makes it possible for you to stand inside the crib while picking up your child.” Like I said, this cot is sturdy!
The Swedish design also accounts for its good looks. This cot looks stylish and minimalist, with clean lines, no fussy bits hanging off the sides and it comes in cool colours like silver and black. We had the silver one set up as a secondary cot/play pen in our pale orange living room with wooden floors and it blended in perfectly.
The only downer I can think of with the Baby Bjorn travel crib is that it’s quite big folded up – a good bit more than the Phil & Ted’s for example. So if you wanted to take it on a plane, it would most likely be too big to carry on and would have to be checked. You could pack it in a suitcase – it’s going to take up a good bit of space, but at only 11lb won’t add to the weight too much. Or check it as a separate piece – it folds up in to a suitcase type bag with practical canvas handles so it’s very easy to carry.
Weight: 11 lbs / 5 kg
Assembled: 32 x 44 x 24in (82x 112 x 64cm)
Folded in bag: 19 x 24 x 6in (49 x 60 x 14 cm)
Mattress: 24 x 41 x 1.2in (60 x 105 x 3cm)
Colour options: Blue, silver, black
Longevity: Newborn – 3 years
Really comfy cot for traveling light. A lightweight cot that’s a cinch to assemble, pack up and carry with you without skimping on baby’s comfort.
Alternatively, other cribs I recommend
|That packs up smaller, more suitable for air travel…Phil & Teds Traveller Crib$150||That’s cheaper and lighter…Samsonite Koo-Di cot$91.99||That has a bassinet, napper and changer, a complete care station…Graco Pack ‘n Play with Napper$170|