There are several big advantages to the on-floor design. The most obvious is the side door.
This is a wonderful feature that allows you to place the child into the side of the crib rather than bending over from above. This is especially nice if you have a sore back or are recovering from a c-section.
There are many other advantages:
#1 - Soothing / Nursing
Many of our customers use the side door to lay inside and soothe or nurse their little ones to sleep. This has never before been possible with a traditional portable cribs nor full-size cribs.
#2 - Familiarity
Once your little one becomes aware of their surroundings, and even more so when they are mobile, giving them an easy way to get in and out on their own will help them think of the Lotus as their fun play area rather an a place you put the to contain them. This becomes especially helpful when you are traveling and in an unfamiliar hotel room.
#3 - Play
Many of our customers also leave the Lotus setup at home full time with the side door down, and use it as a play area and toy storage. The Lotus with an open side provides a great mostly-contained safe play area (do not use the Lotus with the door open in any areas where hazards may exist, and always provide proper supervision of your child). And, once it’s time to clean up, it’s so simple to just toss the toys into the Lotus and zip it up.