by Amy Venzke July 19, 2021 4 min read

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a suggestion for the ideal first bedroom for baby: yours. 

The association recommends that parents share a bedroom (but not a sleep surface) with their baby for at least the first six months—a move that can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, by as much as 50 percent.

Nuna's newest travel crib is designed specifically for this purpose. The COVE Aire GO has a slim profile that gives it a comfortable fit at your bedside, whether you're using it as your newborn's first bed or staying in a compact hotel room. 

The COVE Aire Go also shares similarities with Nuna's existing series of travel cribs or playards, the full-size SENA Aire and more compact SENA Aire Mini.

All three products can serve either as your bedside crib or as a portable option for vacations and visits to Grandma's house. Each is fully ventilated throughout the crib and mattress, folds easily, and manages to look as nice as the rest of your home decor.

But a few differences on each playard set them apart: While the COVE Aire Go is a narrow full-size crib, the full-size SENA Aire offers a changing station add-on, and the SENA Aire Mini is the most compact overall.

In this comparison, we'll look at the differences between the COVE Aire, the SENA Aire and the SENA Aire Mini playards.

Note that Nuna previously offered a full-size COVE Aire with a "topper" attachment, which was discontinued in 2020. The COVE Aire Go, which does not have a topper, launched in Summer 2021.

Nuna COVE Aire Go vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Specifications

Nuna's two full-sized travel cribs are similar in length, height and weight, but the COVE Aire Go provides an easier fit at your bedside compared with the SENA Aire, which is nearly 6 inches wider.

The SENA Aire Mini offers the same narrow width as the COVE but weighs nearly 5 pounds less, with a reduced height and length compared to its larger counterparts.

All three playards can be used from birth into toddlerhood, with the bassinet suitable for newborns up to 15 pounds. But while your child will likely outgrow the SENA Aire Mini by 18 months, the SENA Aire and COVE Aire Go can be used for roughly twice as long due to their larger size.

Product Weight

  • COVE Aire Go: 22 pounds
  • SENA Aire: 22 pounds
  • SENA Mini: 17.5 pounds

Product Dimensions

  • COVE Aire Go: 40"L x 24.5"W x 30"H
  • SENA Aire: 41.3"L x 30"W x 29"H
  • SENA Mini: 34.5"L x 24"W x 26.4"H

Folded Dimensions

  • COVE Aire Go: 14.5"L x 10"W x 34.5"H
  • SENA Aire: 11"L x 13"W x 31.5"H
  • SENA Aire Mini: 10.4"L x 10.4"W x 30.3"H

Recommended Use

  • Bassinet: Birth to 15 pounds (approximately 5 months)
  • Playard: Birth to 30 pounds or 35" (approximately 3 years) for the COVE Aire and SENA Aire; birth to 18 months for the SENA Mini Aire

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Price

Nuna's largest and most versatile playard, the SENA Aire, is also the most expensive, at $379.95. The COVE Aire Go costs $50 less, at $329.95.

The Mini version of the SENA costs $180 less than its larger counterpart but is typically used for a shorter duration: up until 18 months instead of approximately 3 years.

  • COVE Aire Go: $329.95
  • SENA Aire: $379.95
  • SENA Mini: $199.95

Nuna COVE Aire Go vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Accessories

The Nuna SENA Aire also offers a unique accessory that gives the product an additional purpose beyond the bassinet and playard.

changer that attaches to the top of the SENA Aire to create a convenient diaper station. Due to its width, the changer fits only the SENA Aire, not the SENA Aire Mini.

All three playards come with an organic cotton sheet, and extra sheets can be purchased separately.

    Changer Compatibility

    • COVE Aire Go: No
    • SENA Aire: Yes
    • SENA Mini: No

    Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

    Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Bassinet

    All three Nuna products include a bassinet positioned midway inside the crib, which is used until the baby is 15 pounds. The mattress is then relocated to the bottom of the playard for an older child.

    The bassinet on the COVE Aire offers a couple of improvements over the SENA versions: It's placed a few inches higher, providing easier access to your baby, and it can be quickly removed with a zipper.

    On the SENA versions, the bassinet can be removed by unfastening snaps, making it a bit more time-consuming to fold and adjust the playard. 

    Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

    Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Colors

    Each playard in the Nuna line comes in neutral yet chic colors that complement your decor (and maybe even match your Nuna stroller or car seat). Here are the colors available for each model.

    COVE Aire Go

    • Frost

    SENA Aire

    • Caviar
    • Champagne
    • Granite

    SENA Aire Mini

    • Champagne
    • Iron

    Nuna COVE Aire Go vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

    Questions?

    Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. If you have more questions about the Nuna COVE Go, the Nuna SENA Aire or the Nuna SENA Aire Mini, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.

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    Amy Venzke
    Amy Venzke

    Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at customercare@strolleria.com or 480-442-9433.


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