Nothing can be more exciting than bringing your baby to visit family and friends. But, of course, that means lugging around a few things to make sure your baby’s stay is comfortable and so that your hosts wouldn’t be busy doing makeshifts. One of the travel essentials is a crib where you can safely put your little angel as he/she sleeps. For this, the Chicco LullaGo Bassinet is a travel crib worth considering.
Features of the Chicco LullaGo Bassinet
- a simple and sleek design
- three colors to choose from for the top or basket: chestnut, lavender, and sky blue
- a one-piece top that measures 36” x 27” x 22” and with mesh side panels
- a large padded mattress
- removable fabric parts
- snap-on metal legs with anti-slip feet
- a maximum 20-lbs weight capacity
- a 14-pound item weight
And, it comes with a tote-bag that fits in all the pieces.
- It is stylish and modern.
- It can be easily put together and taken apart because of the snap-on feature of the metal legs. Assembly may take around under 1 minute to 3 minutes.
- The mesh side panels provide added ventilation. The see-through mesh also allows easy monitoring for your sleeping baby.
- The sleeping pad is soft yet firm.
- Because its fabric parts are removable, they can be washed when soiled.
- Smaller than pack-and-play types but bigger than most bassinets. Very roomy.
- At 20-lbs weight limit, it has greater capacity than most bassinets.
- It’s compact and lightweight. Moving it around the house or lugging it along is easy.
- The mattress has a groove in the middle where it folds. The baby may or may not find this uncomfortable.
- Because the bassinet is larger than standard bassinets, it’s difficult to find a replacement mattress or liners that fit just right.
- The mattress needs to be hand-washed and line-dried.
- The top or the basket is not stationary. It sways like a hammock when the baby moves inside. Can be a problem for active sleepers.
- It has no canopy to block the light through.
- The tote-bag has no zipper to keep everything in, especially when you need to travel by plane.
The overall look of the product is great. Its sleek design and the colors are sure to appeal to stylish and modern parents. Its large size is also one thing to like about it although that also poses a challenge in itself since it makes it challenging to find replacement pads and to look for waterproof liners it doesn’t come with.
A major design flaw though is the lack of base support for the basket, which swings like a hammock when the baby moves. Perhaps, it could use a movable base support like those in MiClassic 2in1 Baby Bassinet which allows for rock mode and stationary mode options. Or, having it rock up and down like, instead of side to side, might have made the swaying motion a less point of concern.
And, if you’re looking for features other than the basic ones Chicco LullaGo Bassinet provides, check out the bassinets below. If you need a canopy to filter the light and to dangle toys on, there’s the Chicco LullaGo Deluxe Bassinet Fisher-Price Stow ‘n Go Bassinet Bassinet. Then there’s Evenflo Loft Portable Bassinet with a Bluetooth speaker to play nature sounds or music and a built-in room temperature monitor and night light.
In terms of price, it’s a tad pricey than the average bassinet. Compared to the ones mentioned, it is more expensive than all except for two, which are the Chicco LullaGo Deluxe Bassinet Green Frog Bassinet/Cradle.
The Chicco LullaGo Bassinet ticks off a lot of features that most people are looking for in a portable crib. It’s portable, easy to assemble or disassemble, and reasonably-priced. It is even good for everyday use. An important area for consideration though is the freely-moving, side-to-side motion of the top. Extra care has to be taken, especially if you have smaller kids around who might tinker with the bassinet. Overall, for infants who are not yet able to turn over to their sides or pull up, the is a good choice. But if you’re looking for something that will last you longer, you might need to keep looking.