To say that we have gotten a lot of use out of Darah’s portable crib would be a big understatement. She slept in the bassinet portion of it for the first 3 months of her life. And every single time we have traveled anywhere overnight, it has come with us. In fact, it still comes with us, even though Darah is 2.
Our portable crib came with its own carrying case. But here’s the thing about it…you have to be Houdini to get everything to fit in there. I swear it’s like folding up a big map; get one elements just slightly wrong, and you won’t be successful. Tim seems to have it down, but I still, after 2 years, cannot figure out how to do it. It’s very frustrating.
The other thing that is frustrating about the carrier it comes with is that it only has short handles. So if you are carrying the portable crib, you can’t really be carrying much else. This might be ok for trips in the car, but it totally stinks at the airport (trust me, I know).
I’m not the only one who has picked up on these problems. A fellow mom named Erica who was also frustrated by this inadequate carrier came up with a solution. They are called Bover Bags, and they are a much better way to carry portable cribs. Here are the things I really like about Bover Bags.
1. They are roomier. While your crib is still kept secure, there’s a bit more room so that people like me who might not have the crib 100% exactly right when packing it won’t find themselves stressed out because they can’t fit the crib in the bag.This is HUGE for me. Previously I just relied on Tim to take care of packing the crib. I can now take care of it myself.
2. The bag has a strap! Yes! Both hands are totally free now to carry other things when loading or unloading your car, or when navigating the airport.
3. The bags stand out. They have some cute patterns, and just look so much nicer than the dark brown case we had before.
The inside lining of the bag is a lovely soft satin and the bag is washable. I do wish that there was a bit more variety in the fabric choices, but perhaps that is in the works for down the road. Bover Bags retail for $75, which I know sounds a bit steep, but I can tell you from experience that these bags are built to last, and they can hold quite a bit of weight in them. This will be a bag that will literally take your child from crib to college. I highly recommend it!
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