* this post originally appeared on Green Scene Mom
Guava Family's Lotus Everywhere Crib is a portable sleeping space for babies and toddlers. Its innovative design and compact size makes it very easy to take it anywhere on the go — perfect for car and airline travel, for use at the park, and for everyday use at home.
The Lotus Everywhere Crib features a sturdy "pop up" design with a zipper side opening and mesh sides. The crib's structure offers a child a safe, clean sleeping environment while providing maximum airflow and breathability.
The crib also has a firm, wipeable mattress pad that can be fitted with a standard crib sheet or mattress cover for added coverage. The pad is covered with a waterproof material that doesn't absorb liquid and resists stains. The pad can be easily cleaned by simple wiping or scrubbing with warm soapy water and drying with a towel.
The crib's zipper side unzips to provide easy access to the bottom of the crib to create a play and sleep area for toddlers. The size also zips up to create an all-encompassing sleep space for infants. When unzipped, the mesh side rolls up and easily tucks in between the bottom of the crib and the mattress.
One big advantage of the Lotus Everywhere Crib is that it's a great universal bed for kids of various ages. I use the Lotus interchangeably for our infant and our two-and-a-half-year-old as a portable bed at a friend's house or a hotel. It's especially convenient for nap times since the Lotus allows our family to successfully give our kids naps outside of our home.
The Lotus Everywhere Crib is very easy to set up and fold down. Simply unfold the legs, pull it out of the bag, open it up, and place the mattress into the base. The top rail locks automatically.To pack it, simply squeeze the rails where indicated by the arrows to fold the top rail. The folded crib creates a "Z" shape and a strap clips together to secure the sides. The legs fold in by tugging in downward on each leg and the mattress wraps around the crib structure to create a compact rectangle cube, which fits into the small carrying case. The packed crib size measures 24" long by 7" wide by 11" tall.
Our toddler enjoys playing in the Lotus Everywhere Crib and having quiet time and reading time with her stuffed animals. Throw a blanket over the top and it becomes a simple fort that can be taken out into the backyard or down to the basement. When set up, the Lotus Crib measures 45" long by 32" wide by 25" tall.
Safe - The Lotus Crib doesn't contain any flame retardants, PVC or Phthalates. It features completely breathable ClearView Mesh all the way down to the mattress on each side to allow for full airflow and an unobstructed view of your child.
Machine-Washable Cover - The Lotus cover is removable by unzipping each of the four sides, clipping the feet and throwing it in the wash. Since it's machine washable, it's easy to have a consistently clean environment for your little one, free of spit up, slobber, and drool.
Fun Design - Kids can have lots of fun playing in the Lotus Crib, and it's a cozy place to sleep when playtime is over. My toddler loves customizing her sleep space with her favorite blankets, stuffed animals, and dolls. Everyone has a special space in the Lotus Crib.
Sleek & Modern - The Lotus has a simple and practical design with lots of intricate details. It features clean lines, art-inspired graphics and logos, soft textured fabrics, and modern colors.
Light & Portable - The Lotus is easy to use and easy to take with you to places you would not otherwise consider taking a traditional portable crib. It's also perfect for outdoor use at the park or beach. When packed the Lotus Crib is not much bigger than a diaper bag.
Easy to Use - The Lotus is amazingly simple to set up or pack up in under 15 seconds. The packed case also has backpack carrying straps for easy carrying.
Guava Family makes it easy to use the Lotus Crib everywhere by making it effortless to take with you. Guava Family is the only company in the world that makes cribs that pack into a backpack. This leaves both hands available for everything else, including the baby and diaper bag.
The Lotus Everywhere Crib also easily fits into the car or trunk, and it's small enough for an airplane carry-on. I love the versatility of this crib and our family uses it almost every day, whether for a play space, toddler nap space, or portable infant bed.
Guava Family is a dedicated family-oriented company made up of parents and adventurers who design products that are simple and easy to use. Guava Family was born in 2008 to recreate the portable crib into a light and compact design that is ultra-portable, hands-free, safe, protective and sturdy.