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Gear Girl: Best Travel Beds

Flights are booked. Hotel reservations made. Summer travel - here we come! Now comes the packing. Whether you're driving to grandma's house for the weekend or flying overseas for a month, traveling with little ones in tow can mean a lot of stuff to pack. Luckily for you, we've got you covered for where your little one will sleep. Here are some of my favorite travel bassinets, cribs and beds for kids of all ages.

Best Travel Bassinets for Infants:

If you're traveling with a newborn, I love these compact travel bassinets that save space and weight from a traditional portable crib. The Brica Fold N Go Travel Bassinet (1) weighs less than 3 lbs., folds in half for easy transport and costs under $40. I flew from Los Angeles to Seattle by myself with my 2-month-old and the QuickSmart 3-in-1 Travel Bassinet (2). I was able to use it to have my infant sleep on the plane (I did have two empty seats to myself) and at my destination, change diapers in the airport and carry all my son's clothes, diapers and necessities in the side storage pockets. I've also traveled with the philandteds Nest (3) which is a combination bassinet and suitcase ideal for longer trips. It doesn't fold in half like the other two, but it does allow you to pack more stuff in the suitcase portion.

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Once your baby gets older, you'll need something a little sturdier that will provide support for rockers, rollers and standers. I love traveling with Bjorn's Travel Light 2 (1) that weighs just 11 lbs. and sets up in one quick motion. At 26 lbs., the 4moms Breeze (2) doesn't win an award for being the lightest, but it is one of the easiest to open and close - a true one-handed task - which is ideal for quick transfers from car to crib. The Nuna Sena Mini (3) is just 19 lbs. and has a raised bassinet feature. The bonus? It can fold one-handed even with the bassinet attached. I'm also a fan of the Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib (4) that is lightweight (11 lbs.), has backpack straps built into the carry bag for hands-free transport and a unique zip-down side.

Best Travel Beds for Toddlers

Once your child hits the toddler years, they may be big enough for a bed. But if grandma's house or your hotel room doesn't offer enough bedding options, consider one of these toddler-friendly travel beds. My two favorites are The Shrunks Indoor Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed (1) that inflates in 30 seconds, is free of BPA, lead and phthalates, and can be used with any standard crib sheet. I also like the Regalo My Cot Deluxe (2) which folds up compactly, weighs only 6 lbs. and has a built-in sleeping bag - all for under $40. Win!

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Have a favorite travel bed I've missed? Tell me in the comments below. And happy travels!

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