Graco Travel Lite Crib

Easily two of the most lucrative segments of the market are weddings and babies. While they are certainly tough industries to crack with an overwhelming level of competition, many people are willing to spend a lot of money. With weddings, vendors keep talking about how it’s going to be your “special day” and how this is a (knock on wood) “once in a lifetime” experience that you’ll never want to forget. And when it comes to babies, we all want the absolute best for our young ones.

Just Pack It and Go

With the expected arrival of Baby Kwan right around the corner, Susanne and I have been doing a lot of shopping. We also don’t want to be suckered into buying things that are unnecessary (or unnecessarily expensive). One of our first bigger baby purchases is the Graco Travel Lite Crib. This isn’t meant to replace the traditional crib in the nursery; rather, it’s a supplemental product that you can use around the home and on the road.

As its name indicates, the Graco Travel Lite is geared toward travel. You can completely collapse it down like how you would a folding chair or stroller, toss it in the trunk of your car, and go on baby’s first road trip. Once you arrive at your destination, you can unravel this portable crib for your young one to sleep. Collapsing the crib only takes a few quick steps, aided by push-button fold mechanism.

The Multifunctional Bassinet and Playard

There are two main “modes” to this product. The removable bassinet can support babies up to 15 pounds who are unable to push up on their hands and knees, whereas the playard (playpen) function is suitable for kids up to 35″ in height who are unable to climb out. This idea of having multiple “modes” played into our experience shopping for a baby travel system and I’m sure it’ll enter the conversation again for other baby and toddler products moving forward. Versatility is definitely a good thing.

In the video overview below, I go over some of the key features and walk through the process of both collapsing and setting up the travel crib. The plan is to do more video reviews and walkthroughs for other baby products in the future, along with my usual selection of hotel room tours and more techie-related goodness. The Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages can be had for less than $100 on Amazon, which is cheaper than we’ve been able to find anywhere else.