All new mini cribs meet strict . That includes a ban on drop sides, improved slat strength, and stronger hardware and mattress supports. Portable cribs and travel cribs are subject to a different set of standards . As with any baby product, parents should be vigilant about checking for recalls, particularly when using older, secondhand products. About 10,000 Dream on Me Incredible Play Yard units because their rails were prone to collapse. And about 200,000 popular tent-like travel cribs, the KidCo PeaPod and the PeaPod Plus, after the suffocation death of a baby.
Whether you’re taking your little one out camping in the wilderness, to an overnight hotel stay, or just over to a friend’s house for a mommy play-date, these portable cribs and baby beds are a must. Keeping your child safe, contained, and happily napping away will help everyone have a great time.
Edwards also directs Healthy Start, which educates Medicaid and other moms about child abuse, breast feeding, putting babies to sleep on their backs, and not co-sleeping. “We also raise money for portable cribs,” Edwards said. The parents of some new babies can’t afford a crib.
The main downside of travel cribs is that they can be quite pricey, especially if you won't often use them. The best models top $200 -- as much as many parents pay for a traditional crib -- and that doesn't include special sheets made to fit their mattresses or sleeping pads. And, as with all portable cribs, parents sometimes grouse that their kids may outgrow travel cribs quickly or that the mattress doesn't seem comfortable.