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a modern portable crib {journeyBee} Giveaway

Spring with a newborn can be difficult to figure out.  The rest of the family wants to be outside all day, including full-sun high noon.  The pool, the park, the beach… we’re always outside, but my 2 month old baby needs a couple luxuries the outdoors can’t afford — such as a crib.  In love with the journeyBee, a portable crib with innovative design and style, we journeyed outside and gave it a test.

journeyBee portable crib review

Setting up the journeyBee is a breeze.  It comes inside a convenient travel bag with handle.  Inside you will find two pieces, the crib and the mattress.  The crib just springs out into shape, reminding of pop-up tents or those big 5-in-1 reflectors.  Take note: no tools or assembly required!  Next, you will slide the mattress into the bottom pocket and affix a soft fleece sheet on the interior.  That’s pretty much it.  For whatever extras you may need, there are storage pockets on the crib and on the travel bag.

journeyBee review

My two month old son absolutely loves it inside the journeyBee, content enough to sleep soundly.  The mesh gives this awesome breezeway that keeps him cool and happy.  Living in warm climates, this is just so key.  Competing brands with travel cots just don’t allow for the same kind of airflow.

breezy baby

journeyBee portable crib play yard

For a crib weighing under 12 lbs, the journeyBee has a very study construction.  I feel comfortable saying this product will last you awhile, which is key because you can really get a lot of use out it.  From newborn to toddler, this is a grow with me product.  The materials are waterproof and easy to clean as well, which is why you see mine out at the park!  I’m loving this product for the park, pool, beach and camping, but it is completely perfect for for naps at home as well.  So compact, it would be great for trips to grandma’s house as well.

The dimensions are 42″x 24″x 60″ – really roomy.  Notice my 2 month old (a huge 24 1/2 inches long) fits fine across the width.  It’s amazing how spacious the journeyBee is yet, when collapsed, so easy to tuck away.

journeyBee review

Fold up.  Collapsing this travel crib back into its stowaway form is tricky — if you don’t first read the instructions, or, better yet, watch the video below.  We made the mistake of setting up the journeyBee away from home first without figuring out how to collapse it (typical!!).  It is really simple and after you do it once, you’re good, but you have to watch the video.  Instructions can be found on the bottom of the product as well in case you forget!

collapsed, in travel bag

journeyBee portable crib review

My ONLY con is that the top is open.  My baby’s newborn skin is too sensitive to be exposed to the sun and his eyes are incredibly sensitive.  One beam of straight sun on his face and he loses it!  So this product only worked for us in the shade of trees (the sun is still damaging in overcast weather) or with a blanket/towel draped over the top.  But, from what I hear, a sunshade is already in the works and should be available really soon.  Also coming soon is a smaller version of the journeyBee, the miniBee, which is really quite adorable. I cannot wait to see what else ParentLab has in store for us!

The journeyBee you see above is the sleek black and silver, but there are four other fun color schemes available.  These retail for $150 but we have a special $10 off coupon for you!  Enter ITKM10 at checkout to receive your savings!

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Product was provided to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.

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  2. April 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm — Reply

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    I would love to win this for baby!

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    This is exactly what we need for our baby since we’re moving to Sri Lanka soon and will be spending weekends at the beach.

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