Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard – Reviews, Questions & Answers – Best Playpen For Babies

Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard
Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard features

  • 15 Second set-up, backpack portability, fits as a carry-on, use it EVERYWHERE
  • GREENGUARD GOLD certified! No Flame Retardants. No PVC, Phthalates, or Lead. 16 CFR 1221 + ASTM F406-13 certified.
  • Breathable ClearView Mesh allows for full airflow and an unobstructed view of the child, even when the side is zipped up. The mesh sides go all the way down to the mattress to create a safe, breathable sleep environment.
  • 42″x24″ mattress, 25″ deep. 13 lbs. total
  • Fun side door makes it much more than a crib…it’s a perfect, fun, comfortable play area for your little one.

Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

check-price-on-amazonWe believe life should be spent together. So we designed a crib to make it easier to do just that.

The Lotus is more than a travel crib. It’s an EVERYWHERE crib. So light. So portable. It sets up in 15 seconds. Use it everywhere, everyday. At Home. At friends’ for dinner. At a playgroup. Across town. In the airport. Across the world.

And the Lotus travel crib is beautiful. It has clean lines, art-inspired graphics and logos, soft textured fabrics, and modern colors.

Easy for You:
Since it’s effortless to take the Lotus portable crib with you and super fast to setup, you’ll go more places and see more friends & family. Not just on overnight trips, but all the time at home and across town. And since it’s a lightweight backpack, both hands are available for everything else, including the baby and diaper bag. Guava Family is the only company in the world that makes cribs that pack into backpacks.

Fun for them:
Nothing makes us happier than to see how much fun the little ones have in the Lotus travel crib. Give them their own way in and out, and they think of it as their world, not a prison. The side door, which can be zipped and secured closed turns the crib into a secure space where they’ll love to play, laugh, sleep. We won’t blame you for climbing in with them either….

Safe For Everyone:
No Phthalates. No Lead. No PBE or PBDE Flame Retardants. Full-side breathable mesh. ASTM F406-11B Approved. Also, the Lotus Crib cover is removable and machine washable. Spit up. Slobber. Drool. It’s only a matter of time…

What You Get:
The Lotus Crib comes with the crib, mattress, and bag (with convertible backpack straps), and instruction manual, and our heartfelt thanks for joining the Guava Family!

Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

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Q:Does anyone know the dimensions of this crib when it’s folded up for travel?
A:23(L) x 12(H) x 8(W). As a reference, it’s about 2 inches bigger and thicker than your typical knee-high boots box. Hope that was helpful….

Q:Lotus vs Babybjorn light 2

A:We went with the Lotus for the following reasons:1. Mesh all around the bottom. The BB has one solid panel on the bottom.2. The zip option. Love that baby can come in and out and I can crawl in as well.…

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We went with the Lotus for the following reasons:1. Mesh all around the bottom. The BB has one solid panel on the bottom.2. The zip option. Love that baby can come in and out and I can crawl in as well.3. Portability. Everything neatly packs up into a carry on sized back pack that makes it easy to lug around and also bring on plane. Not possible with BB.4. Price. More affordable than BB. The Guava family site has offers not available through amazon which make it a even better deal.5. Frame. I felt the frame was better quality than the BB but that could just be me.

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Q:Do I need to buy the sheets from Guava Family to make sure they fit the playard, or can I use any pack and play sheets?

A:You have to buy the sheets from Guava family. The mattress is NOT the standard size of pack and plays unfortunately. (I don’t understand why it’s not sold together since you are forced to buy their sheets anyways.) Also, the sheets that they sell have the cut-outs for the velcro straps that fit through and attach to…

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You have to buy the sheets from Guava family. The mattress is NOT the standard size of pack and plays unfortunately. (I don’t understand why it’s not sold together since you are forced to buy their sheets anyways.) Also, the sheets that they sell have the cut-outs for the velcro straps that fit through and attach to the crib.)

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Q:Is there only one zipper on the side panel? Is it a quiet zipper?
A:Yes, one zipper that has a clip to “lock” it on the left. I have not ever thought it was loud but bar soap rubbed on it may help make it even quieter…

Q:Can I get a thicker mattress to replace it? If so, from where?

A:Thank you for your question. As the manufacturer of the Lotus, I’d like to share why we have designed the mattress to its current thickness. The federal standard for this product specifically limits the thickness to 1 inch and we recommend and warn against adding an additional mattress. Since this is a mesh sided pro…

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Thank you for your question. As the manufacturer of the Lotus, I’d like to share why we have designed the mattress to its current thickness. The federal standard for this product specifically limits the thickness to 1 inch and we recommend and warn against adding an additional mattress. Since this is a mesh sided product, having padding thicker than 1inch would allow for a gap to open between the mesh sides and the mattress causing a potential entrapment hazard. This is the same requirement and federal standard that traditional portable cribs are designed to (such as the pack n play). However, unlike traditional portable cribs, we use a very high quality padding in our mattress that is very comfortable for your little one. If you would like to add extra softness, we offer a plush quilted sheet that adds even more comfort. But, we don’t recommend this unless your child is over 1yr. The American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep guidelines advise that you don’t add any extra padding to a mattress until your child is 1yr (a soft sleeping surface can be a suffocation hazard for newborns and infants if they end up on their tummy). Therefore we have adopted this recommendation for our plush quilted sheet.I hope that answers your question sufficiently. If you have any others, please don’t hesitate to contact Guava Family customer service directly.We look forward to you joining the Guava Family!!

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Q:Exactly what parts of this crib are washable? The mesh sides & top fabric border? the fitted sheet?
A:Looking at mine, it looks as though you can completely unzip and take off the entire top bumper and mesh bottom (sides) of crib. The base or mattress can be surfaced washed. It does not come with a crib sheet, but you could always purchase one which would then be removable and you could machine wash it. Hopefully that helps!

Q:does this have a bassinet option in it?
A:It doesn’t come with a bassinet, but you can purchase one as an add-on through the Guava website

Q:What is the dimension of the shipping material (ie. dimension of the box the crib was shipped in)?
A:Answer this question

Q:Does anyone know what the mattress is made from? It just cheap foam? Made in China (i.e., full of toxins)?

A:Hello,I emailed the company and their response is attached below: The mattress has a corrugated plastic base, polyurethane foam padding, and a pu coated polyester top fabric on it.…

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Hello,I emailed the company and their response is attached below: The mattress has a corrugated plastic base, polyurethane foam padding, and a pu coated polyester top fabric on it.Please let me know if you have any other questions.Best,ScottGuava Family Inc.”hands-down, the best portable crib/play pen/toddler fort ever. Life changing, really.” – Babble.comph. 858-429-5817fx. 858-429-5862www.guavafamily.com

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Q:I received mine today… I found that when I weighed it all with my luggage weigher (which is always right on) it came to 13lbs!! Anyone else?
A:Muy buen producto


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Q:Has anyone found a cotton/rubber/wool mattress to replace the one that comes with this crib?
A:Answer this question

Q:Is it cushioned enough to be used on wood floor? I’m worried about my baby banging his head on the mattress while he rolls around.
A:Not super cushy. However, we use it on a wood floor and baby has not had any issues! Highly recommend this product.

Q:Strong enough for toddlers?
A:We have a pretty strong 15-month old and it is holding up well so far.

Q:Is the crib on the floor level or some inches above the floor level?
A:It’s on the floor. Because of this feature there is no weight limit.

Q:Has anyone used this instead of a bassinet on an international flight with the extra legroom space?
A:No. However, I think it would be too big, even with extra space.

Q:Did any of you use the Bassinet that Lotus sells as a cosleeper for the first several months after your baby was born? Would that be safe for a baby?
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Q:does come with mattress?
A:Yes! The mattress is included.

Q:Is this durable enough to survive being checked with luggage?
A:Yep…easily. We bought ours for plane travel and although you can carry it on, we never do. It’s been on half a dozen plane trips now and we’ve had no problems.

Q:I’d like to know if anyone can compare this with the Phil & Ted model that also claims to be air ‘travel carry-on size’? Any other pro/cons? Thx
A:I’m not sure as a comparison but we have taken the Lotus travel crib as a carry-on with no problem, even on the smaller jets

Q:With the zippered opening, can you comfortably lay next to baby to nurse her to sleep?
A:I’ve tried it, it was very difficult and uncomfortable for me.


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Q:Is there a minimum age for the baby using this crib?
A:No minimum age.

Q:It concerns me that the cotton sheet doesn’t fit well. i just purchased this lotus travel crib but what should i do for a sheet?

A:We’ve never used one and have been using the travel crib since he was a newborn (he’s 16 months old now). I’ve noticed when I lay down with him on the mattress/pad, that even when it is cold in the space, the mattress is not. When he’s slept in it while we’ve travelled, he’s slept in a sleep sack. We just wipe the pad …

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We’ve never used one and have been using the travel crib since he was a newborn (he’s 16 months old now). I’ve noticed when I lay down with him on the mattress/pad, that even when it is cold in the space, the mattress is not. When he’s slept in it while we’ve travelled, he’s slept in a sleep sack. We just wipe the pad down every-so-often. This is honestly our favorite purchase of everything we have for baby.

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Q:Where is this crib made/manufactured?
A:China (Just checked the label for ya)

Q:Where is the bassinet that is shown in the video? Does it come with? Or where can we get it?
A:The bassinet is a separate purchase. My daughter bought it. It uses the same setup but just raises it to a higher level. She loves it. Great for travel too. The company website may be one place to start.

Q:where is it made and where are the components from
A:I know that the Guava Co. Is based in CA, but their products are produced in China.

Q:Is this sturdy enough for everyday use? (assemble and dissemble). We have a small place and would like to replace the pack n play.
A:Yes

Q:Is the mesh a tight enough weave to keep out bugs & mosquitoes for outdoor use ? (Assuming I put a sheet over the top to keep them out that way.)
A:The mesh is pretty tight but I wouldn’t bet on it keep bugs out. It is a really great travel crib and I have been so happy with it.

Q:Has anyone brought this as a bassinet at a bulkhead seat on an airplane?

A:I think it would be too big for a bulkhead. It’s really more the size of an actual pak n play (a little smaller) put not much. We’ve absolutely loved our and it’s super easy to put up and take down. I do suggest putting a towel under the mattress for a little extra cushion. Sorry that was way more info than what you as…

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I think it would be too big for a bulkhead. It’s really more the size of an actual pak n play (a little smaller) put not much. We’ve absolutely loved our and it’s super easy to put up and take down. I do suggest putting a towel under the mattress for a little extra cushion. Sorry that was way more info than what you asked for but we do love it!

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Q:Can this be used as an every day crib at home, or would you only recommend it for short term use during trips?
A:short term use. I do not see it as a comfortable / clean area for the baby to sleep everyday!

Q:Up to what age where you able to use the Lotus Travel Crib? My LO is 17 months old. Wondering if it’s worth getting. TIA
A:My 18 month old is tall and has plenty of room in the lotus to stretch out if she wants. My 3 year old even sometimes sleeps in there even though he’s taller than it now.


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Q:Is guava family planning on selling this product again on amazon or should i purchase directly from guava? need to know whether to take off registry.
A:Answer this question

Q:can it be unzipped from the inside?

A:Hi,The zipper can only be accessed from the outside of the crib, and it has a “sibling-proof” lock, so that only an adult should be able to unclip the zipper to open it up.Thank You,…

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Hi,The zipper can only be accessed from the outside of the crib, and it has a “sibling-proof” lock, so that only an adult should be able to unclip the zipper to open it up.Thank You,Guava Family

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Q:Is e mattress larger than pack and play? My son hates the pack and play it’s way too small for him!
A:Answer this question

Q:i need to send to australia can anyone help me
A:Answer this question

Q:Does anyone know if this would fit into a checked suitcase?
A:I packed it into a checked suitcase. I don’t remember the exact size of the suitcase – I think it was a 27″. Anyway, the crib fit nicely, and took up a little under half of the space.

Q:Is the mattress thick enough for use on a slightly uneven rock surface?
A:I would say so, it has a slim hard bottom to the mattress so that will help. We actually put our little girls quilt on top of the mattress and tucked it in/around the mattress so if you did something like that you’d be fine.

Q:lotus vs bjorn
A:Lotus, absolutely, for our needs. You can take this as carry on in-flight. Makes a difference when we travel. And, we love the opening on the front.

Q:Anyone used Angelcare motion sensor pads with these travelcots? Read that the senors require a hard surface to work properly.

A:I’m not familiar with Angel Care sensor, but we use the Lotus crib full time for our climber. The Lotus mattress is soft yet firm and the mattress rests on the ground, so it’s as firm as the surface on which you place it. I will say that as much as I adore this for our older baby, I wouldn’t feel too comfortable using …

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I’m not familiar with Angel Care sensor, but we use the Lotus crib full time for our climber. The Lotus mattress is soft yet firm and the mattress rests on the ground, so it’s as firm as the surface on which you place it. I will say that as much as I adore this for our older baby, I wouldn’t feel too comfortable using it for a baby who couldn’t yet lift his head in case he rolled on his tummy because even after continuous use, the corners are slightly elevated off the ground. Probably not a big deal unless you’re a worry-wort like me 🙂

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Q:up until what age can you use it?
A:In truth it is the size of the child. My grandson is 14 months and when they arrived I though perfect. I picked him up and realized he was almost as tall as his 4 year old brother and wearing a size 3. So it depends.

Q:Does this tip over easily as I have read that the Phil and Ted travel crib does?
A:No, it does not tip over easily. I have leaned on it and my daughter leans w all her weight…does not budge.


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Q:We have a space were working with on our boat that is approximately 27″ x42″-Would we be able to make this work for the space?
A:The external size of the Lotus crib is 45″ L x 32″ W x 25″ H, so it would not fit in your space unfortunately.

Q:My toddler is 18 months old, weighing almost 24lbs and he is 2ft 9′ long. Very active. Will this crib be suitable for him to use while traveling abr?
A:I would say yes! What’s nice about this crib is that it rests on the ground so it feels really solid and I think the sides might be a little higher than most pack n plays. Your little one might also like that one side zips open so he can crawl in as well. I have an 18 month old as well and he loves this little crib. Go for it!

Q:where is this manufactured?
A:According to an email from the company, mentioned in another Question, the item is designed in San Diego, and made in China.

Q:we are planning a trip to varios parts of the US, my kids are going to be 5 months old, would this fit in a standard suit case? I need two!
A:No, they home with their own travel cases.

Q:Does this come with the bassinet option? It is labeled that way on the heading, but not included in the item description.
A:Ours did not come with a bassinet option.

Q:Has anyone used this travel crib with a snooze shade?
A:I’m not sure what you mean by “snooze shade.” If you are asking about the “fun shade” as Guava calls it on their website, yes and it’s great. Our grandson who is now three feels like it’s his own little house or tent and loves it.

Q:Can this product be shipped via APO?
A:Answer this question

Q:Do the sides stretch at all? I’d like to use this product with a reflux wedge that is 24.5inches wide.
A:The upper part around the top doesn’t but the sides do. Hope that helps

Q:Would this be a good play yard for an active baby (currently 6 months)? I’d like to use it as a play yard at home, and crib while traveling.
A:I think it’s a little small to be considered a play yard. But it will suffice as a safe enclosure while you do something else.

Q:What are the dimensions of the crib once it’s set up? Thank you!
A:I remember that the mattress was 42″ x 24″ but the legs stick out from there about 3″ on each corner. I sold my unit, so I can’t measure it for you. Sorry!


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Q:I see many comments on its lightness and portability, is it sturdy & stable enough for a one year old to stand up in and push on the sides?
A:Yes

Q:Does anybody know the size (dimensions) of the whole package for shippment??
A:Answer this question

Q:Has anyone been able to bring the Lotus Crib onto a Delta flight ?

A:I personally haven’t brought it in-flight as a carry on item. Although it is small enough to probably fit in the overhead compartment (but probably not in the small planes that Delta has), it would just be one more thing to bring with me with the kids and our other carry-ons. I just simply pack it inside my luggage tha…

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I personally haven’t brought it in-flight as a carry on item. Although it is small enough to probably fit in the overhead compartment (but probably not in the small planes that Delta has), it would just be one more thing to bring with me with the kids and our other carry-ons. I just simply pack it inside my luggage that I check in. I must say this crib is very lightweight and very easy to use. One of the best baby items I have bought. Hope this helps.

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Q:Has anyone tried using a thicker mattress? If so, which one? I need 3″ memory foam for the right size. Thanks in advance!
A:I have only used the one that came with it since it folds up and fits in the case nicely. It is not a typical play-yard mattress size, so I would suspect you have to make your own to fit if you wanted. I’ve found that the one it comes with seems pretty comfy (my child sleeps in it well compared to typical pack n plays).

Q:Hi there, does this come with the mattress and sheet or do I need to purchase those separately? Thanks!!! 🙂
A:Comes with wipe down mattress. As far as I recall there was no sheet included

Q:What are the outside dimensions? The foot print of the crib? I have a tight space I need to fit it into.
A:Hi John, Here are the external dimensions of the Lotus: 45″ L x 32″ W x 25″ H. We hope this works for you!

Q:Are the lotus sheets waterproof?
A:The sheets are not waterproof, however the mattress cover is waterproof and wipeable as well as removable and machine washable.

Q:Am I missing the maximum age and height or weight requirements? Thanks!
A:There shouldn’t really be a maximum weight since the mattess rests directly on the floor. I think the age depends on what your child is used to sleeping in and his/her size. Here are the dimensions: 42″ x 24″ mattress, 25″ deep.

Q:Will this work for my twins? They are 8 months but I am afraid it will be too small for two?
A:I would say it’s too small

Q:Has anyone taken this crib on a plane? Can it be check in?
A:I’ve checked it with my luggage 2x and no problems so far!


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Q:What is the mattress like on this? My daughter would not sleep on the standard (kinda hard) pack n play mattress. Is this softer?
A:I would say it’s not as hard as the pack n play mattresses I’ve seen, but the difference is marginal. We also bought the quilted padded sheet just to give it some extra padding and that does help somewhat.

Q:What are the dimensions of this open including the legs? I want to know the footprint to see if it will fit in our bedroom.
A:The footprint is 45″ x 32″ and is 25″ high.

Q:What is the maximum age or size for use? I’m trying to figure out how long we will be able to use this. My son is 3 months and 13 pounds now. Thanks!
A:My son uses this with the side open so that he can crawl in and outto nap beside my bed. He can crawl over it (at a year and a half old), but he still likes to nap in it. He started being able to get over the top at a little over a year I believe.

Q:Has anyone tried the bassinet add on? They are not selling it on amazon yet, but it is available through Guava Family’s website.

A:Hi, we have the bassinet add on and love it! it has a great size so your child will not outgrow it so quickly. The height is perfect is you want to have it next to the bed, the materials are of high quality and easy to take out for cleaning purposes. It is very easy to assemble / disassemble and as portable as the cri…

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Hi, we have the bassinet add on and love it! it has a great size so your child will not outgrow it so quickly. The height is perfect is you want to have it next to the bed, the materials are of high quality and easy to take out for cleaning purposes. It is very easy to assemble / disassemble and as portable as the crib. I hope that this helps!

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Q:maximum weight
A:I don’t believe there is a “maximum weight” defined. It recommended for ages 0-3years. Right now we have a 27-lb toddler that is comfortable in it.

Q:Does it make a lot of noise when the baby moves around during sleep like a Pack N Play?
A:No it doesn’t, or at least I haven’t noticed any noise. The mattress is much higher quality than the pack and play mattress– using a good quality sheet should cut down on the noise too.

Q:Looking for a bassinet for the first few months and we already have the lotus crib. Is it convenient to convert, and is it a good bassinet option?
A:I bought this for my son and daughter-in-law. They used this as a portable bed for our young granddaughters. It’s very portable and can be used as a bassinet type crib for newborns. The mattress accessory is very firm. Its not something you need to modify, and can be used as is. Hope that is helpful.

Q:My 2 year old is 3ft tall and is outgrown her pack and play. Is this bigger than a pack and play? Can my 3ft daughter fit in this like her crib?
A:I think this would also be a bit too small. This is only about 3″ longer than her pack-n-play.

Q:Could I put this on a table next to the bed so baby would be at the same height as me?
A:No. This is not a cosleeper.

Q:I am considering buying the lotus portable crib. But im wondering about the bassinet. Does anyone know the weight limit on it ?

A:From the manufacturer’s FAQ: “The weight limit for the Lotus Bassinet is 18lbs. There is no weight limit for the Lotus Everywhere Crib. Since the mattress is supported by the ground, a child of any weight can use the Lotus Everywhere Crib. This means you or older siblings can play in it with your child as well. The…

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From the manufacturer’s FAQ: “The weight limit for the Lotus Bassinet is 18lbs. There is no weight limit for the Lotus Everywhere Crib. Since the mattress is supported by the ground, a child of any weight can use the Lotus Everywhere Crib. This means you or older siblings can play in it with your child as well. The side door makes this possible, and a heck of a lot of fun!” http://www.guavafamily.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

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Q:Will the bassinet conversion kit be available for purchase on Amazon soon?
A:Unfortunately we will not be selling the bassinet kit through Amazon.com.

Q:We would like to take this with us on vacation and wanted to know if it would be ok to check it with our luggage instead of taking it as a carry-on?
A:Hello Mary, you could check it rather than take as carry on. When we traveled with it, we brought it as carry on. This is a great pack and play! My son loved it and it’s so easy to set up. He really liked the little zip element and loved to crawl in and out of it when playing. Hope that helps!

Q:Do you think we can USE it on a plane (Boeing 747)?
A:Hi, Do you mean carry it inside the plane? or open it and use the crib inside the plane?

Q:Does it includes a bassinet?
A:No, it does not.

Q:Does it come with the bassinet conversion kit?

A:No, it does not come with a bassinet conversion kit. I did start using the crib when my son was about 2 mos. old and he was fine in it. He is now 5 mos and we just went on a 2 week vacation where he slept in the crib comfortably the entire time. It was also super easy to get through the airport with it and we were a…

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No, it does not come with a bassinet conversion kit. I did start using the crib when my son was about 2 mos. old and he was fine in it. He is now 5 mos and we just went on a 2 week vacation where he slept in the crib comfortably the entire time. It was also super easy to get through the airport with it and we were able to gate check it for free before boarding (along with a stroller and car seat). As a side note we also got the sun shade and used the crib while sitting out on the porch at the house we rented. I can’t say enough good things about this crib! .. hope this helps!

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Q:Any recommendations on a waterproof sheet Or pad to go under the standard Lotus crib sheet?
A:We picked a waterproof pad from baby’s r us. Nothing special it worked fine.

Q:Hi anyone know of a shop that will post to Australia
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Q:I’m currently sharing space with baby and she’s getting too big for her rock n play – would this be a good option for a regular sleeping arrangment?
A:Probably fine for regular naps, but I would say less than ideal for night time (>=8 hours) for more than a few nights in a row…mattress is pretty thin.

Q:Can you pack up with a sheet on?
A:I use the fitted sheet and the fitted plush sheet from Lotus, and I pack it up with both on the mattress 🙂

Q:How does this compare in size to the bjorn or the pack and play? The Bjorn seemed way too small for a play yard. Is the Lotus larger?

A:you would have to compare the size of the bjorn online (dimensions shown for both), but I would not consider the lotus crib a play yard. Sure a baby can play in it a bit, but I think it is more for sleeping. It is much easier to put up/ down then a pack and play (take less then a minute) and much lighter and easier t…

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you would have to compare the size of the bjorn online (dimensions shown for both), but I would not consider the lotus crib a play yard. Sure a baby can play in it a bit, but I think it is more for sleeping. It is much easier to put up/ down then a pack and play (take less then a minute) and much lighter and easier to transport.

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Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

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