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Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $300.00 List | $239.99 at Amazon - 20% off
Pros:  Lightweight, compact, easy assembly, washable, chemical free materials, stable
Cons:  No bassinet
Bottom line:  A high-end, ultralight travel crib with excellent design and chemical-free materials.
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Manufacturer:   Baby Bjorn

The Skinny

The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is a high quality travel crib, and the winner of our Editors' Choice Award. It stands out from it's competitors with an incredibly simple design and an easy, intuitive setup that will leave you wondering why one would make a travel crib any other way. Baby Bjorn is very conscious of using the best materials possible, with OEKO-TEX certified textiles and flame retardant free foam. The entire cover of the crib is easily removable and machine washable making spot cleaning a thing of the past. As one of the lightest travel cribs we tested, you do sacrifice features such as a bassinet. However, what you get is one of the most portable travel cribs on the market, with a footprint so small that it can be used almost anywhere; one that you would not only hesitate to bring for a few nights of tent camping, but due to its light weight and small size could also handle a 10-day trip to Europe if need be. If travel is a big part of your life, and you place a premium on size, weight, and materials safety, than we'd say this could be the ideal travel crib for your family.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Curtis Smith & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
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November 4, 2014

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Baby Bjorn is a Swedish company, established in 1961. They produce a range of highly regarded products for children between the ages of 0-3 years, including baby carriers, bouncers, cradles, travel cribs and high chairs. Baby Bjorn is an industry leader when it comes to product safety, adhering to the most stringent materials standards in the form of OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification. All of their products are flame retardant-free. The company prides itself on design collaboration with pediatricians and medical professionals, resulting in products that are a cut above many competitors. The Baby Bjorn Light stands out from the competitors by combining these two important factors, leaving it with an amazingly simple design plus the use of top-notch materials. Add to that a compact design and fast, intuitive set up, and we were left with very little to criticize about this fantastic product. See our detailed assessment below, and for more Baby Bjorn product reviews see our Best Baby Carrier Review.

Performance Comparison


Baby Ever having fun in the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light.
Baby Ever having fun in the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light.

Weight and Size


The Baby Bjorn Light is a top scoring product with a 9 of 10 rating, a score equal to the Lotus Travel Crib. Both products are in a league of their own as compared to the other travel cribs in our review. We found weight and size to be extremely important considerations when selecting a travel crib. You'll likely be packing and carrying your travel crib on all kinds of trips, and the lighter it is, the easier it is to transport. We found the size and shape of the packaged product to be equally important, especially when you are tight on space. The Baby Bjorn and the Lotus both score equally in this category, but each has a unique shape that will appeal to different users depending on the primary type of travel it will be used for.

Weighing in at 13lbs 2oz, the Baby Bjorn is nearly equal in weight to the Lotus Travel Crib, and about a pound heavier than the Angel Care Journey Bee Portable Crib. This crib packs up into a suitcase shaped bag, and is one of the most compact travel cribs we tested. Although it is air travel carry-on legal, the dimensions are outside some airline carry-on limits so be sure to check before you go. We found this "suitcase" shape to be easier when packing into a car as it fit in places that other travel cribs would not.
The Baby Bjorn takes up very little space.
The Baby Bjorn takes up very little space.

Ease of Use


The mesh fabric sides of the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light are held in place with plugs that insert into the crib legs.
The mesh fabric sides of the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light are held in place with plugs that insert into the crib legs.
This is an area where this crib truly shines. It is our top scoring product in this category earning a 9 of 10. Setup is so simple and intuitive we could have done it the first time without even glancing at the directions. The design incorporates tent pole like legs that easily lock into place when folded out. Disassembly is a breeze as well, and takes less than two minutes once you have the system down. The whole package then slides easily into the storage bag once broken down. When it comes to set up and take down, the only other travel crib that came close was again, the Lotus Travel Crib, but our testers found the Lotus to be slightly more cumbersome to fold up and put away due to the complex folding leg design.

As far as keeping this bed clean, we were again pleasantly surprised. Accidents happen, and when it comes to infants and toddlers, they happen a lot. The ability to easily wash your travel crib is critical, and trying to "spot clean" by scrubbing stains out with a wet cloth can be frustrating and ineffective. The Bjorn has a removable cover that easily zips off and can be thrown in the washing machine. The cover on the mattress is also machine washable, making clean-up simple and easy, helping to ensure that your little one always has a clean place to sleep and play.
The cover of the Baby Bjorn is removable and machine washable  a feature that we loved.
The cover of the Baby Bjorn is removable and machine washable, a feature that we loved.

Comfort


As parents, we want our children to feel safe, secure, and comfortable both at home and away. This crib, has a plush, yet firm feeling mattress that provides a comfortable sleeping environment, especially when paired with their Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light Fitted Sheet (sold separately). The mattress is 1.25" thick and made of 100% polyether foam. We also took the parents comfort into account, when using the product. Bending over multiple times a night to put your child in the crib can be tough. Our testers, particularly those who were shorter in stature, preferred the lower overall height of the Baby Bjorn, as compared to taller travel cribs such as the 4moms Breeze Playard.

Quality


The quality stitching you will find on the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light.
The quality stitching you will find on the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light.
When it comes to quality, the Baby Bjorn is top notch. All textile materials are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 approved, and the sewing and attention to detail is superb. We expected that the mesh fabric sides would be prone to abrasion and stretching, but despite lots of abuse, and attempted escapes, the sidewalls still look like new. All of the stitching held up well during testing, even after repeated washing. The frame of the crib is durable, and has proven to be up to the abuse a young toddler can dish out. The mattress still feels as plush as it did on day one, even after months of use. We also appreciate the tough carrying bag. The fabric is thicker than the other travel crib bags we tested, and we it should stand up to all the travel abuse you can throw at it.

Safety


Full length breathable mesh fabric sides on the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light.
Full length breathable mesh fabric sides on the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light.
You will be hard pressed to find a travel crib that offers a safer environment for your baby than this. With a strong 9 of 10 score, you can expect a no-compromise experience when it comes to safety. All of the materials are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 approved, and free of chemicals, and toxic flame-retardants. The mesh sidewalls run the full length of the crib, reducing asphyxiation risk should your child roll into the corner while sleeping. Safety straps secure the mattress, preventing it from folding up or being pulled up by the occupant. The overall stability is top notch, even with a rowdy 2 year old testing the limits, it never came close to tipping over. The top rails are strong enough for babies to pull themselves up on, without worry of the crib folding up on itself.

Best Applications


Portable cribs like the Baby Bjorn Light make hotel stays more comfortable for parents and children.
Portable cribs like the Baby Bjorn Light make hotel stays more comfortable for parents and children.
The Baby Bjorn is best suited to those who plan to travel a lot. Families that are on the move, with limited space, will appreciate its compact design. We feel that the low weight, easy set up, and small footprint are more critical in a travel crib than features such as a bassinet. If you are looking for a truly portable travel crib, you just cannot go wrong here. If you are looking for a unit that includes more accessories, such as a bassinet, and you don't mind the extra weight and size, then we suggest you see our review of the 4moms Breeze Playard.

Value


At $299 the Bjorn is not cheap. However, as with many products, we think you'll find you get what you pay for. If travel is a big part of your life, and you are not looking to curtail the trips when baby arrives, then the BabyBjorn is worth every penny. We feel that the excellent design and top-notch materials warrant the high price.

Conclusion


Winner of our Editors' Choice Award, this is a highly refined, top-quality travel crib. A simple design, intuitive set up, and materials free of chemicals and flame retardants set this crib apart from its competitors. With features like a completely removable, washable cover and full length mesh sidewalls, it is hard to find fault with this product. Our testers immediately fell in love with the easy set up and compact design. This is the travel crib we'd choose to use with our own children in order to give them a safe, comfortable sleeping area when we're away from home.

Other Versions and Accessories


The previous version of this product is called the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light 2. We did not test this product, but the main difference appears to be that the mesh fabric does not run the full length of the walls. We prefer the full-length mesh of the current product for safety reasons. Sold separately is the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light Fitted Sheet made of organic cotton and which we used during testing. The fit was excellent and we recommend you consider purchasing the sheet to go along with the travel crib.

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