Guava Family Lotus Portable Travel Playard Crib & Backpack

Last updated date: September 17, 2020

DWYM Score
9.3

Guava Family Lotus Portable Travel Playard Crib & Backpack

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Overall Take

This playard is both lightweight and durable, with a design that surrounds your baby. You can set it up and take it down in seconds, and guides on the crib will walk you through setting it up until you get used to it. It's lightweight, but one of the best things about it is how small it is when folded down, making it easy to pack up and squeeze into your car. In our analysis of 59 expert reviews, the Guava Family Guava Family Lotus Portable Travel Playard Crib & Backpack placed 4th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
10.0
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
1,061 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
With its quick setup, small footprint, and convenient carry bag, the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib is a must-have for globetrotting families.
- Verywell Family
You can easily set it up within 15 seconds. This ensures that you are able to fold it and set it up whenever required.
- CTOP Reviews
This play yard features a unique design resembling the camping tent.
- Top 10 The Best Reviews
First, this playard is the lightest available at only 13 pounds. Even better, it packs up quickly into a carrying case with shoulder straps. How convenient!
- Experienced Mommy
Setup and breakdown are stupid easy and only takes a minute or two each. There are even icons guides on the crib itself, making it easy to pack this crib away even after you inevitably misplace the manual.
- Also Mom
15 second set up
- Baby Advisor
I would say one of the biggest takeaways of the Lotus Travel Crib is the the compact size when it’s folded up. Not only does it take up a small footprint to begin with, it also offers both a shoulder strap AND a backpack strap option.
- The Brunette One
What experts didn't like
Mattress is thin and made of cold plastic
- Verywell Family
A bit expensive
- Top 10 The Best Reviews
The zipper can stick for some customers.
- Experienced Mommy
The Lotus isn’t known for its super comfortable mattress, but it gets the job done reasonably well.
- Also Mom
Lots of Velcro tabs used for setup – confusing at first
- Baby Advisor

From The Manufacturer

WORRY-FREE AIRPORT TRAVEL - Designed to be easy to fly with the compact, light backpack carrying case. Set up is simple in 15 seconds and only weighs 13 lbs packed. CERTIFIED SAFE & NON-TOXIC - The only playard with GreenGuard Gold non-toxic certification (low voc & no lead, phthalates, pvc, heavy metals, etc). Full-height mesh guarantees best, breathable airflow. QUIET SIDE ZIPPER DOOR - Nurse or cuddle your little one to sleep, then just zip the lockable access door. Easier on your back, and when it’s time to play & crawl, more fun! COMFORTABLE MATTRESS - Perfect for sleep and play, our updated pad’s thick, soft foam is approved for newborns & infants for overnight sleep (0-3 years old). WHAT’S INCLUDED - You get a complete travel crib with the compact backpack carrying case. Two Year Warranty and great customer service. Sheets not included. Setup Crib Length: 42”, Width: 32”, Height: 25”. Folded (in Backpack) Length: 24”, Width: 7”, Height: 11”

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An Overview On Playards

You can’t keep eyes on your baby 24 hours a day. Infants and toddlers need room to play and move around and doing so can easily get them into trouble. Even if you’ve baby-proofed your house, things can happen.

That’s where a playard comes in. Earlier generations called them playpens, but a brand called Pack ‘N’ Play, manufactured by Graco, transformed the concept of a playpen. Instead of being confined to your home, Pack ‘N’ Plays allowed parents to fold up their playpens and take them on the go. But today, Graco isn’t the only manufacturer making this type of product, so to get a true picture of the market, you’ll need to use the product name “playard.”

Like a playpen, a playard gives babies a small, safe space for them to play freely. Think of it as a gated area, only the gate is a soft, safe mesh, and instead of crawling around on the floor, babies get a soft flooring to crawl around on. But perhaps the best thing about playards is they don’t limit you to one small area of your home. They’re built to easily fold up so that you can take them on the go with you.

You aren’t limited to inside play areas with playards, either. You can find some that can be used either outdoors or inside, making them much more versatile than the playpens your grandparents and their parents used. The mesh walls of playards also ensure airflow gets through, which keeps your little ones from being confined between walls that restrict the oxygen they breathe.

But as with almost every other baby product, playards come in a wide variety, with each offering its own unique features. You may find you love the ease of cleaning one playard, only to discover that a competitor has a more comfortable mattress or better safety features. That’s why it’s important to shop around until you find the playard that has everything you need.

DWYM Fun Fact

Playpens have a long history. In fact, they’re believed to have gotten their beginnings when primitive moms realized they could confine babies to a corner of the cave using a barrier, effectively keeping them safe. But as a commercial product, playpens weren’t popularized until the late 1800s, when they were referred to as a “baby cage.” These cages more closely resembled a walker than a playpen, though. That version could double as a cot. A later version was an adjustable cot that could double as a playpen and a go-cart. The first known use of the term playpen was seen in a 1931 ad in the Daily Express, which referred to “play-pens in best hardwood.”

The Playard Buying Guide

  • One thing many playards offer that playpens didn’t is portability. You’ll find most fold down, with some even coming with storage bags that you can use for carrying. Look at the folding mechanism. The best ones make it easy to set up and break down, taking mere seconds. Some even let you do the setup and breakdown work through the use of a foot pedal, which comes in handy if you’re holding a baby.
  • If you opt for a playard with a storage bag, make sure it has a storage strap that makes it easy to tote around.
  • Some playards have something called a “bassinet feature,” which simply means you can lower and raise the sleeping area by adjusting it. This can make it easier to pick up and put down your baby.
  • If you plan to regularly take your playard on the go with you, look for one that has a changing area built in.
  • Safety features are important with any product geared toward children. Check to make sure the mattress will be secure and that all parts of the frame are sufficiently padded to reduce the risk of injury.
  • As useful as playards can be, it’s still important to keep an eye on an infant or toddler, even when in a confined area.
  • Durability is important, too. The frame needs to be built to last. If you plan to use your playard outside, make sure you buy one that can weather sun, humidity and even a surprise rainstorm.
  • You’ll need to clean the playard. In fact, you’ll probably find cleanup is necessary on a fairly regular basis. Having one with a cover for the mattress area can be valuable since you can simply remove the cover and wash it as needed. But it can also be nice to have one made of material like nylon that can simply be wiped down with a damp, slightly soapy washcloth when needed.