Best Portable Bassinets for Airplane Travel
1. Safefit® Bassinet:
The Safefit® bassinet is a high quality product designed with safety in mind. It is made from durable materials such as polycarbonate and features a sturdy frame that will not break under normal use. Its design allows it to fold flat when not needed, making it easy to store or carry around on your next trip.
It comes with two large compartments, one for your baby’s clothes and another for your own items. There are three straps that allow you to attach it securely to the wall of the plane aisle. You can even add a third strap if you wish. It also features a removable mattress cover so it doesn’t get dirty during flights.
High quality materials and construction. It is very durable. The frame is strong enough to support the weight of a baby weighing up to 3 pounds (1 kilogram).
Easy to assemble and disassemble. No tools are required.
Folds flat when not in use, making it easy to transport or store on board a plane.
Removable mattress cover makes cleaning easier than most other models on the market today. Cons: None!
2. Guider LX Bassinet:
The Guider LX bassinet is a high quality product made from durable materials and reinforced with extra metal rods for added support. Its simple but elegant design features a breathable mesh fabric on the sides and a large zippered opening at the head so you can easily reach inside to pick up or put down your precious bundle of joy. It also has a padded mattress cover that is machine washable for easy cleaning.
The Guider LX bassinet has a weight limit of 15 pounds (7 kilograms) and it folds flat for easy storage or transport. Like the Safefit bassinet, it comes with three straps that you can use to attach it to an airplane seat.
Very high quality materials and strong enough to support a baby up to 15 pounds (7 kilograms).
Sturdy frame is made from durable metals rods.
Zippered opening and breathable mesh fabric make it easy to access the baby inside.
Comes with a machine washable padded mattress cover.
The metal frame may cause interference with some airline seats if you are unlucky enough to have this problem. There is a possibility of scratching the back of the seat in front of you, so you may want to use a blanket or something soft to protect it.
3. Dream on Me Ashton Bassinet:
The Dream on Me Ashton bassinet is a good quality product with an affordable price tag. It is made from durable plastic and has a removable mattress cover that is machine washable for easy cleaning. The frame is reinforced with steel rods for extra support, and it folds flat for easy storage and transport. The fabric on the sides and top can be rolled up and fastened with buttons so you can increase the amount of ventilation inside.
The bassinet can be secured to an airplane seat with the help of three safety straps.
The Dream on Me Ashton bassinet has a weight limit of 11 pounds (5 kilograms) and it is not large enough for older babies or toddlers.
Inexpensive. For less than $50 you can buy this useful travel accessory.
Good quality for the price. The plastic and fabric are durable enough to support a child up to 5 or 6 kilograms.
Removable and machine washable mattress cover keeps the bassinet fresh and clean between uses.
The weight limit of less than 5 kilograms is a bit low for some parents. A baby that is too big for this model will have to ride on your lap, which is not only unsafe but can be uncomfortable for you as well.
The fabric on the sides and top are designed to roll up for increased ventilation, but they look a bit flimsy and may not provide enough protection if you are seated next to an open window.
What you should know:
Manufacturers place the weight limits on these products based on their own testing, which may differ slightly from reality. The bassinets themselves are usually quite sturdy and will support a baby of up to 5 or 6 kilograms just fine. The problem is the seat backs in airplane seats, which are not always stable enough to securely hold a big baby inside a bassinet. This can lead to an accident if the seat in front of you moves backward during take-off or landing.
Placing your baby inside such a bassinet during these times is not advised.
4. Kelty Child’s Play Pack N’ Play:
The Kelty Child’s Play Pack N’ Play is a large and very sturdy play yard that can be used as a travel crib. It has a mesh fabric roof to improve ventilation, and the floor is made from a soft and breathable material to ensure that the baby doesn’t overheat. The whole thing packs up into a handy carry bag for easy transport.
Kelty’s Child’s Play Pack N’ Play can be used on the floor of the hotel room.
The pack ‘n play has four mesh panels that can be rolled up or folded down for improved air flow.
The play yard comes with a zippered mattress cover and three additional mesh panels of different sizes that you can use to divide the play yard into two or three separate play areas. There is also a detachable toy bar with two hanging toys and a mirror to keep your baby entertained.
There are two ways to fold up the play yard, each one smaller than the last.
The Kelty Child’s Play Pack N’ Play comes with a convenient carry bag for easy transport.
What We Like:
No assembly required – you can use this anywhere right out of the box.
Very sturdy construction thanks to its steel frame and durable fabric materials.
The bassinet feature allows you to safely place your baby down for a nap anywhere.
It comes with several play yard add-ons that let you change up the layout to keep your baby from getting bored.
What We Don’t Like:
The extremely tall and narrow design may not fit in all airplane overhead compartments.
The mattress is thin and lacking in padding, which may make it uncomfortable for your baby.
The bassinet portion is supported by thin metal rods that go up through the center of the mattress. This design increases the risk of your baby rolling and getting their head caught between the rods.
Shoulder straps on the carry bag are poorly designed. If you fill up the bag completely, the straps can dig into your shoulders and cause blisters.
The bottom line:
The Kelty Child’s Play Pack N’ Play is a great concept, but its execution leaves a little to be desired. The extremely tall and narrow design makes it hard to fit in airplane overhead compartments, so you may have to check it at the gate and haul it with you through the airport. The cloth fabric is easy to clean, but will get dirty easily. The thin metal bars that support the bassinet are a serious hazard, and the poorly designed carry bag will only make things worse.
On top of all this, you’re paying almost $200 for it. It might be worth it if you’ll be using it every day, but if you’ll only be using it occasionally on vacations or business trips, there are better and cheaper options out there.
Overal l Rating: 3/5
A bulky travel crib that requires a great deal of effort to set up and take down.
3. Motorola MBP36S Wireless Video Baby Monitor:
There’s no such thing as too much sleep when you’ve got a new baby, so why not invest in a video baby monitor to let you get more rest?
The Motorola MBP36S lets you keep an eye on your little one from anywhere in your home with its wireless connection. The digital signal ensures a clear picture and the two-way intercom allows you to soothe your child from another room. The remote pan, tilt, and zoom features let you get a close-up view of your baby wherever they are in the house.
The camera has an ergonomic design with smooth edges and no hard corners or flashing lights to keep your baby from getting distracted during sleep. The night vision feature lets you see your little one in the dark up to 16 feet away.
The system comes with a camera, a monitor, and a power adapter. It runs off of AC power and batteries for added versatility.
What We Like:
The Motorola MBP36S is easy to set up and use.
Its digital signal ensures that you’ll always have a clear picture.
The remote pan, tilt, and zoom features let you get the best view of your baby at all times.
What We Don’t Like:
The power and link lights on the monitor can be distracting for your sleeping baby.
It has a bulky design.
The batteries don’t last nearly as long as you would hope.
The bottom line:
All in all, the Motorola is a reliable video baby monitor that’s easy to set up and use. It has one or two flaws, but it does the job well.
Sources & references used in this article:
Rocking collapsible bassinet by DC Shepler, AJ Petrie – US Patent 5,694,655, 1997 – Google Patents
motor driven oscillating bassinet support by US Patent 3,125,767, 1964 – Google Patents
Bassinet arrangement by BM Hsia – US Patent 6,539,563, 2003 – Google Patents
Storage unit and canopy for a folding play yard with a bassinet by RJ Warner Jr, LM Faa – US Patent 6,192,535, 2001 – Google Patents
Baby playpen-bassinet combination by SM Kujawski, JE Slowe – US Patent 4,967,432, 1990 – Google Patents