When I was building out my baby registry I came across all kinds of premium products with crazy price points.
I’ve ended up using and trying all of them, but when it comes to the Guava Lotus, I admit I bought it solely so that I could see if it was worth the hype. Would we bring it on every trip and would we truly love it? Is it that much better than a hotel crib? Let’s dig in:
Why the Guava Lotus?
Why the Guava Lotus over any other travel bed?
On our first couple of trips with Felix, starting when he was two months old up until he was five months old, we used a foldable portable bassinet. We could stuff diapers or clothes into it and easily fit it in the corner of a suitcase. But he has always been in the 97th percentile for height, so he outgrew it quickly.
So I found myself debating whether it was worth springing for the Guava Lotus, which runs over $300. I did it, also purchasing the bassinet conversion kit as well as the Slumberpod to see if the combination would get us amazing sleep on vacation.
Did it work? Here’s everything you should know:
Ease of Transporting the Guava Lotus
The whole idea behind the Guava Lotus is the portability and ease of traveling with it. It is light, breaks down small, and is simple to use. I love all of these things about it.
Although it’s hard to fit it into a suitcase, it works in our Eagle Creek checked baggage, and comes with a backpack that is small enough to be a carry-on when flying. It doesn’t take up much real estate in the back of the trunk for a road trips either. It’s also light and easy to carry, weighing 15lbs including the carrying bag, and folding down to 24″ L x 12″ W x 8″ H.
- Interior dimensions: 32 inches x 21 inches (81 cm x 53 cm)
- Mattress thickness: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
- Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
- Max Child weight: 18lbs or when they can sit up and climb out
Note that depending on how you orient the legs, you can have it in stationary or rocking mode.
- Interior dimensions: 45 inches x 32 inches (114 cm x 81 cm)
- Mattress thickness: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
- Weight: 15 lbs (6 kg)
- No max child weight as crib rests on the ground.
It also boasts being the only travel crib on the market that is GreenGuard Gold certified, which means the item is low in chemical emissions.
Ease of Setup
It took me a few tries to understand how to break the bed down and set it up, but now I can unfold and re-fold it in a matter of seconds.
It’s so quick and easy that I prefer it to asking for a hotel crib. I know that it’s safe, I know that he is familiar with it, and I also know that I washed the crib sheet in detergent that won’t make him break out.
Key Guava Lotus Features We Love
When I was using the Guava Lotus in bassinet mode, I liked it, but now that we have it in crib mode, I LOVE it!
The key feature is the unzipping front part of the crib. This has been absolutely essential to us as we navigate getting a little guy to sleep who tends to wake up when transported from a lap to the crib.
The open zip allows us to lay next to him as he falls asleep, then quietly zip up and let him finish his nap on his own. It’s been so helpful, we even use it at home on a daily basis. It has given me hours of the day back!
Although I’m using a crib sheet to block out light at home, it’s also possible to get a fun shade, which is designed to do the same thing (albeit more effectively), as well as a mosquito net, which we used on our trip to Bali.
Final Thoughts on the Guava Lotus
There are a lot of pros – it travels as well as something of its size can, it’s so easy to use, and I feel good about using it as opposed to most hotel cribs, which can vary in quality.
I miss being able to use our much smaller, folding bassinet that could fit into a suitcase, but we always knew that would be short-lived and in terms of anything comparable, the Guava Lotus is the most lightweight option I’ve found and with the easiest setup.
It is, however, pricey, especially with the bassinet conversion kit at $409 when not discounted, but it goes on sale frequently and for just about every holiday. I bought mine during Black Friday.
You can also get one secondhand. I didn’t see any options cheaper than the BF sale when I was looking, so I bought new, but I’ll sell on the secondhand market when I’m done!
Guava Lotus Alternatives
Do you have to buy the Guava Lotus if you want an easy travel crib? It depends on how important certain features are to you. Here are some alternatives:
BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light:
The BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is another popular option coming in at $279. Like the Guava Lotus, it is easy to set up and take down, and comes with a carrying case for easy transport. The BabyBjorn crib is slightly heavier than the Guava Lotus, weighing in at 13.4 pounds.
It also has a slightly smaller sleeping area, measuring 32 x 44 inches compared to the Guava Lotus’ 32 x 45 inches. However, the BabyBjorn crib has a lower weight limit of 30 pounds compared to the Guava Lotus no weight limit. Both cribs have similar safety features, including breathable mesh sides and a firm mattress, and are free from harmful chemicals and flame retardants.
The downside for me was not having a front zipper like the other options on this list.
Lumiere All-in-One Lightweight Travel Crib:
The Lumiere All-in-One Lightweight Travel Crib is another lightweight and compact option at 13 pounds – the same as the Guava Lotus.
The Lumiere also includes the bassinet conversion kit and a white noise machine, making it a more inclusive option for the price – $229. One downside is the shape and bulk make it not suitable as a carry-on, which was essential for me.
Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib:
The Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib is a high-end option at $350, or $450 with the changing table, for those who are looking for a luxurious travel crib. It has a sleek and modern design, and comes with a bassinet attachment for younger babies. The Sena Aire crib is larger than the other three options, measuring 41.3 x 29.5 inches. It has a weight limit of 30 pounds. It is also the heaviest option of the four, weighing 22 pounds. The Sena Aire crib has similar safety features to the other cribs, including breathable mesh sides and a firm mattress, and is also free from harmful chemicals and flame retardants.
Overall, each of these travel cribs looks great, but the Guava Lotus crib stood out to me out for its versatility, with the front zipper, shape, weight, and size making it a viable carry on.
Would I buy it again? I believe it’s the best one on the market for our needs, so yes, I would! You can get yours here.
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