My ParentLab journeyBee arrived late one afternoon, after my husband had already left for the night shift at the hospital. Usually I give the job of assembling items like this to him, but I was too excited to wait. The manual itself was very easy to understand and the assembly could not have been simpler. No tools required! All I had to do was release the strap and the crib popped open! Then I inserted the mattress and attached the fleece sheet with Velcro (reducing the risk of suffocation) to the bottom of the crib. It literally took less than a minute! Disassembly was just as easy. It all folds flat to fit in a bag with a handle and a shoulder strap for easy toting. The crib seems very stable/safe and I did not hesitate to try it out with my 4-month-old daughter. (The manual recommends use from 0 to 2 years).
One of the best features of this travel crib is that it weighs less than 12 pounds, much lighter than most other travel cribs on the market. It also folds down flat for easy storage under the bed or on the floor of the car trunk. I recently brought my journeyBee on a day trip to a friend’s beach house. There were lots of other moms and kids there to examine and test out the new crib. With its stylish design, it held up to the “cool mom” standard. The mesh side panels allow you to see your baby and allow your baby to see you. At the time, this seemed particularly important to my daughter! This crib would not only be great for travel, but I could see setting it up in my living room or bringing it to the grandparents’ house. Once it’s popped open, it has a very spacious interior for the child. That being said, it does have a relatively large footprint, so make sure you have plenty of room to set it up.
Babies are messy at this age! My daughter spits up two to three times after every feeding, so it’s important that anything I put her in is easy to clean. The journeyBee seems to fit the bill. The removable fleece sheet is machine washable and the crib itself can be wiped down with a wet cloth. It has one large zippered pouch, which is where I stored the bag for the crib (but it could also be used for toys or a blanket). It also has a handy small pocket to place a phone/iPod, allowing you to play music for your little one.
The crib comes in five stylish designs. I chose the sage green, which I love for my daughter, but would also be great for a boy. I really like its simplicity and lack of babyish decals … it’s refreshing! The journeyBee offers simplicity, safety, and style at a reasonable price point. I’m looking forward to many more years of use.
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