As your baby grows and possibly outgrows the bouncer seat, you may find that she will enjoy spending time in a play yard with a few toys. Using a play yard (or travel crib) will provide you with another option for hands-free baby time. (Do you also have a good baby carrier?) It provides a safe space for your baby to play while you can’t hold them. Or you may use a travel crib for occasional naps. Either way, I recommend investing in a travel crib made with safer materials than mainstream alternatives. Here are my favorite non-toxic play yards and travel cribs for you to consider.
Non-Toxic Play Yards and Travel Cribs:
Guava Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard: Made without flame retardants, PVC, BPA, lead, and phthalates, the Guava Lotus Crib is a lightweight travel crib that folds down very easily. With generous breathable mesh sides, the Guava also has a unique zip-down side door that can be fun for you and your little one as they begin crawling and standing. This makes it convenient to play with your little one as they get older.
As far as portability goes, the Guava is super lightweight and folds down to a backpack. It can be checked on a plane or brought on as a carry-on item. The fabrics used are GREENGUARD certified, and the crib itself is low-VOC. The only downside I can list to this travel crib would be that I felt the base was a little less sturdy than other play yards; though to be fair, other play yards often have overly rigid surfaces.
Guava also introduced a bassinet conversion kit that converts the Lotus crib to a bassinet, giving you a truly non-toxic bassinet (related: check out my complete guide to non-toxic bassinets). Overall the Guava Lotus is an amazing, non-toxic travel crib!
- breathable mesh sides with a zip-down side door
- super lightweight and portable
- folds down to a backpack
- non-toxic, Greenguard certified and low-VOC
- optional bassinet conversion kit
- beautiful and elegant design
- mattress base touches the ground
Nuna Sena Aire Play Yard and Nuna Sena Mini Aire Play Yard: The Nuna Sena Play Yards are also a fantastic choice for non-toxic play yards – possibly even the best on this list. Versatile and lightweight enough to be used as play yard or travel crib, the Sena Aire cots fold down easily with one hand and come with a travel bag and GOTS-certified organic cotton sheet. The full size version also offers a bassinet option that folds down with the crib (that’ll come in handy!).
Newly redesigned, the Sena Aire play yards feature a soft, plush cushion for your little one, with padded edges and a skid-proof bottom. I like that the base doesn’t hit the ground, offering a firmer sleep and play surface than the Guava (which I still love and rave about).
The Senas now offer 360° of ventilation, providing your baby breathable sides for safer sleep. If you buy the full size Sena Aire, you can add on a changer accessory to make diaper changes more convenient. Not only that, but the cover can be removed and is machine washable. Trust me, this will be very useful!
Nuna makes an effort to use safe fabrics and materials in all of their products, and confirmed that the Sena has “no harmful chemicals or additives” and no longer contains MDF (yay!). It’s a great choice for a non-toxic play yard. And last, I have to mention that this is a good-looking play yard that will look great in your home.
- cover zips off and is machine washable
- folds down easily with one hand
- fold-down bassinet included
- travel bag and organic sheet included
- breathable sides
- beautiful and elegant design
- the priciest play yard on this list
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light: Lightweight and easy to fold up, the BABYBJORN Travel Crib weighs in at 13 pounds. This is a great choice for a travel crib, or even just a portable crib for use around the home. It comes with a comfortable mattress and features generous breathable mesh sides for maximum air ventilation. One thing to note is that the mattress does sit on the floor, which you may or may not like. But otherwise, this is a great play yard – especially for travel purposes – and is definitely worth considering. The fabrics are machine washable and Oeko-Tex certified. Again – this is a top choice for a lightweight non-toxic travel crib!
- Folds up easily
- Great for travel
- Breathable mesh sides
- Machine washable fabric
- Oeko-Tex certified fabric
- Mattress rests on the floor
Which play yard did you choose? Be sure not to miss my guide to non-toxic bouncers, which are a must-have, especially for the newborn phase.