In our hunt for the lightest weight and easiest-to-use travel gear, we thought we had found our ultimate picks with my TRAVELING LIGHTER WITH BABIES post. That is, until we found out about the GUAVA FAMILY LOTUS EVERYWHERE TRAVEL CRIB.
11 pounds of pure engineering marvel (I kid you not, my engineer husband kept ooooh-ing and ahhhhh-ing over it when we first got it), and you can carry it hands free!
The setup and take-down is super easy, and because it is so lightweight, I felt like I could do it completely by myself.
- small size when packed up
- only weighs 11 lbs
- comfortable mattress, despite the fact that it folds (can’t feel the seams)
- no weight limit for use (adults can climb in with babies if needed)
- side zipper (easily locked from outside) for easy entry when they get bigger
- sheets (sold separately) are extremely soft
- mattress is secured with strong hook-and-loop closures on both ends and in the middle
- easy to set up and pack up (unique design)
- won’t collapse on itself when being used
- carrying case has handles or comfortable backpack straps
- folds to a much smaller size than other travel cribs
- odd sized (24″ x 42″) when compared to a typical travel crib (27″ x 39″)
- need Guava Family-specific sheets
- night mode on monitor can’t “see” through the side mesh (a problem that is similar to other travel cribs)
As you can see, I really had to stretch to find some negative things to say about the Guava Family Lotus. It really is a terrific travel crib, and I think that we are going to be investing in a second one, so we can have two for easy travel. Plus, the length of the crib will make it easier for us to use it for longer than typical travel cribs (we have tall babies), and we love that in about a year, we can open up the side flap and let Audrey and David crawl into the same crib and sleep together, if they would like.
There are other accessories that you can purchase to go with the Lotus, such as the crib sheets, organic cotton sheets, quilted sheet, fun shade, and mosquito net. You may also be able to find a discount on a bundle on the Guava Family website.
We would never accept money for a product review but we were sent a Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib for testing as part of this review.