Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard Review
Most pack and plays currently on the market are designed for occasional use. After all, not many parents are constantly on the move.
The playards which are robust enough for regular use are often large, heavy and bulky i.e. not suited for travel. Therefore, a parent who travels regularly often has to choose between the weak, portable ones and the robust, bulky ones.
Such a choice is not an easy one to make. Fortunately, there is one pack and play which is designed to meet the specific needs of regular travelers. It is the Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard.
The Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard are some of the best products any traveling parent can wish for. This is because it is designed to meet their most important needs.
On the one hand, it is an elegant, cozy crib. On the other hand, it is a spacious playard. Therefore, a baby can not only crawl but also roll, play and laugh; when she gets tired, she can enjoy a sweet, relaxing nap. For a parent, this dual-purpose provides unrivaled convenience.
In fact, the Lotus Travel Crib is designed to meet not only the needs of the baby but those of the parent too. It has a sleek, classy design that makes it distinct from both cribs and playards.
It has a unique folding mechanism which makes it extremely easy to set up and set down. According to the manufacturer, Guava Family, this product can be set up in 15 seconds.
The Lotus Travel Crib is built to provide the baby with maximum safety and comfort. It is surrounded by a Breathable Clear View Mesh which gives it maximum ventilation.
Its floor is padded with a 42 by the 24-inch mattress. This is both spacious enough for a baby to play around and soft enough for them to sleep on. On the side is a zip-operated fun door that can give the baby access to the environment.
This product is also designed for portability. It has a total weight of 13 pounds, which makes it one of the lightest on the market.
It has a sleek, well-designed bag for packing, storage, and easy movement. Despite being lightweight, it is made out of materials that are strong, robust and durable.
It is basically built to withstanding the battering of frequent travel. Beyond strength, the materials are some of the safest on the market.
In a nutshell, the Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard is everything a parent would desire in a pack and play. It is sleek, portable, easy-to-setup, spacious, durable and extremely safe. No wonder it is extremely popular with parents.
My Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard Review & Experience
There are two major reasons why we decided to check out the Lotus Travel Crib. The first is its comparatively costly price. At $198, it is one of the most expensive pack and plays on the market.
We thought that a product of this price, in a market where most products are between $50 and $150 has to be special. The second was the raving reviews around the web.
On Amazon, for instance, this product has an average user rating of 4.8 out of 5. Basically, we thought: “high price, high ratings, what is it about this product?” So we decided to take it for a test run.
The first aspect we tested was the setup time. Both on the Guava Family website and on Amazon, the claim was that this pack and play can be set up in 15 seconds. Honestly, we thought that the claim was a hoax.
So we decided to check it out. Our approach was simple: we got a mom who had never used the product before. We gave her the instructional manual to read. After that, we told her to set it up.
Meanwhile, we had a stopwatch to time her performance. What we found out was truly shocking: On her first attempt, it took her 45 seconds to set it up. On subsequent attempts, the time reduced. By her 4th attempt, she had hit the 15-second mark.
So, the Guava Family is absolutely spot on. The Lotus Travel Crib can be set up in 15 seconds. It may not happen on the first attempt, but as you become more familiar with the product, you will be able to able to average 15 seconds.
This is amazing! There is no single pack and play, playard or baby crib which match this setup time. The nearest is the Graco TotBloc which averages 60 seconds.
This product’s secret is that it has a seamless design with a unique folding mechanism. One or two touches are enough to unfold or fold it. As such, it is by far the easiest pack and plays on the market to operate.
The bag can actually be carried as a backpack, making it easy to move around with. The next aspect we tested was portability. Basically, we were interested in finding out how easy the pack and play is to move around.
On both the Guava Family Website and Amazon, the stated total weight was 13 pounds. We weighed it and found that it weighs exactly that.
This puts the Lotus Travel Crib among the lightest pack and plays on the market. Most playards average 25 pounds which is almost twice the weight of this product.
Beyond making it easy to carry, this lightweight has an advantage during air travel. The 13 pounds is well under the weight limit on US airlines.
This means that you can travel with this product without any extra hustles. This product also comes with a well-designed bag for easy packing, storage, and transport.
The bag can actually be carried as a backpack, making it easy to move around with. The next aspect we focused on was the fusion of a playard and baby crib. The Guava Family took an approach that is rather unique.
Most pack and plays which want to add sleeping options tend to attach a bassinet as an accessory. A good example of this is the Graco Silhouette.
The main problem with bassinets is they can cause two types of accidents. First, the straps used for attaching them can dangle downwards causing strangulation risks.
Secondly, most bassinets are small and have no side railings. As such, babies who move in their sleep can fall off, and end up with bruises, cuts or fractures. The Lotus Travel Crib doesn’t have a bassinet and therefore doesn’t have any of the associated risks.
The Lotus Travel Crib has a 42 by 24-inch mattress which doubles a play and sleeping area. It is wide enough for the baby to play around, but also soft enough to sleep on. This dual approach has one major advantage. If the baby falls asleep while playing (which often happens), there is no need to move them.
Most playards (both those with bassinets and those which don’t) require moving the baby as soon as they fall asleep. This is because their floors are usually not suited for a baby to sleep on. This movement is not only inconveniencing to the parent, it can also end up waking the baby.
In terms of general build, the Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard truly impressed. We absolutely loved its sleek and classy monochromatic design scheme.
Although it doesn’t have the playful vibrancy of the Graco TotBloc, it has a certain aura of elegance and style about it. The 42 by 24 inch play area is certainly slightly smaller than most playards.
However, the fact that it doesn’t have extras like a bassinet or changing table means that there is plenty of room for the baby to play. The presence of a breathable clear view mesh provides maximum ventilation for the baby. It also means that a parent can keep an eye on their baby.
When it is fully zipped up, it looks just like any side. But when it is unzipped, it adds a new, exciting dimension to this product. The side door provides an opportunity for the child to explore the environment.
This makes the Lotus Travel Crib unique among other playards. One of the most interesting aspects of the Lotus Travel Crib is its fun side door. This is a zip operated opening on one side of the pack and play.
No other product on the market provides this opportunity. The side door can also provide an alternative route through which a parent can interact with a child. If, for instance, you want to breastfeed or play with the child, you can simply open it up, and have easy access to the child. This makes this pack and plays very convenient.
On the whole, we could hardly find anything to criticize about this product. The only criticism that can possibly be raised is the fact that it doesn’t have wheels.
This means that once it is set up, it is difficult to move. The easiest way to move it is by first folding it up. However, given the fact that it can be set up in 15 seconds, this isn’t much of a problem.
Basically, Lotus Travel Crib is impressive in all aspects. It is sleek, lightweight, easy-to-use, safe and spacious. The best part is that it is made out of materials that are certified to be absolutely safe. All its materials are safe from harmful chemical agents such as PVC, lead, flame retardants and phthalates. Basically, it is one of the safest pack and plays on the market. Therefore, anyone who is looking for a top-quality pack and play will not find a better product anywhere on the market.
Key Features of the Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard
- It can be fully set up in less than 15 seconds. This makes it by far the easiest pack and plays on the market to set up and set down.
- It has a total weight of only 13 pounds. This makes it not only makes it extremely easy to carry, but it also puts it within the carry-on allowance of most commercial airlines.
- It has a fun side door that can provide the baby with access to their environment. The side door can also provide a parent with an alternative access route to the baby.
- It comes with a well-designed bag that is perfect for packing, storage, and easy movement. The bag can be carried either as a carry-on or as a backpack, making it very user-friendly
- It is strong, robust and built out of materials that are free from toxic chemicals like PVC, lead, flame retardants and lead.
- It comes with a Breathable Clear View Mesh designed to provide maximum airflow and a clear view of the child from the outside
- It comes with a 42 by 24-inch mattress which not only provides a spacious play area but is also comfy enough to provide a child with a nice, restful sleep
My Final Conclusion for the Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard
Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard is a perfect choice, especially for frequent travelers. It is simple, lightweight, easy-to-setup and spacious.
The fact that it is both a crib and a playard makes it an absolute convenience for the traveling parent. Its unique design which uses a cushioned mattress rather than a bassinet makes it much safer than playards which have bassinets.
Its fun side door gives it accessibility options which other pack and plays cannot even dream about. The fact that it is made out of materials that are certified to be chemical-free gives it a level of safety which not many pack and plays can guarantee. And, of course, there is its unbeatable 15 seconds setup time.
In a nutshell, this pack and play are in a class of its own. It is no wonder its price tag is on the high end of the market.
Therefore, if you are looking for the perfect pack and play, it won’t come better than this. It’s listing price of $198 may seem a little high, but it is absolutely worth it.
This product is priceless! We had an absolutely fantastic time with the Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard and we would give it an unmatched 5 out of 5 ratings!