Before our son was born we got a regular pack and play that we planned to use in our room as a bassinet and for travel. We never could get the thing set up in our room and knew there was no way that we would ever travel with something so heavy and hard to assemble, so we returned it. Luckily we were given a bassinet but we still needed something for travel. I learned about the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib and have to admit I almost didn't buy it due to the price, but after watching an online video showing how easy it is to assemble, I decided to take a chance. I am so glad that I did. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib is so easy to assemble and take back down; it only takes a few minutes. When folded back down it fits easily into the included travel case. The case with the crib inside is fairly small and lightweight and fits easily behind the back seat of the car so we can save trunk space since I tend to pack heavy for road trips. I feel so much better putting my baby in his own travel crib instead of one from a hotel that has been slept in by multiple babies and hasn't necessarily been cleaned well in between. Most importantly, our son sleeps very well in the travel crib. The mattress is thicker than the pad that comes with the typical pack and play. Once our son outgrew the bassinet and began sleeping in a crib in his room, we set up the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib in our bedroom to use as a playpen for him to hang out in while we got dressed in the morning. It was plenty big enough for him to play in but didn't have as big of a footprint as a regular pack and play or playpen. Even though the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib doesn't take up much space, you do need to be careful when you walk around it because the legs stick out from the corners of the crib. I've walked into the legs a couple of times while fumbling through the dark in an unfamiliar hotel room and it really hurts my toes. Also, the mattress basically sits on the ground; it's not elevated like in a pack and play and there is no way to raise it up for an infant, so it can be a little hard on my back to reach in and pick my son up if he's lying down. I think the crib is really better for a child who can at least sit up. Our son now won't spend much time in a playpen so we no longer use the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib on a daily basis but we still take it with us on vacation. Despite the high price, it was one of the best baby gear purchases we made.