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What you need to know about travel cots

From latest brands on the market to buying tips on travel cots

The lowdown on travel cots

Buying tips and latest travel cots on the market

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Whether you’re planning to go away with your baby for the odd night at grandma’s or taking a two-week holiday, you may want to invest in a travel cot. They range in price from 430 to over 4200. Quick to pop up, easy to keep clean, they range from simple, lightweight and basic to the all singing and dancing version with bassinette, lights and music.

What to look for

There are two main types of travel cots.

The first looks like a traditional cot, with a plastic or metal frame, mesh sides and can collapse down to a rectangular box shape for transporting about. This type tend to have lots of added features, like bassinettes, mobiles and integral changing mats and can sometimes have castors to make moving them around easier. They’re a good buy if you’re away from home frequently and you can also use them as a playpen.

The second type are pop-up, so tend to be lighter and easier to carry about and more suited if you’re going to be travelling on public transport. Some have UV protection and can be used on beach holidays as a sun protection tent.

Look for a model that has a generous sleeping area and is simple to put up and collapse with easy-to-follow instructions.

Need to know

It can be strange for your baby to try and sleep in a different cot, particularly when away from home, so familiar sounds and smells can help, for example a favourite toy, mobile or sleeping bag.

A mosquito net is a handy addition for holidays abroad, some models have these included.

Make sure you double-check how long your chosen cot lasts for; some styles are only suitable for the first year, while others can be used up to around age two.

Checklist

  • Decide whether you want a traditional or pop-up style tent
  • Test out how easy it is to put up, collapse and store
  • Check the sleeping space, and how long you’ll need the cot for!

Latest products on the market:

Mothercare Jewel travel cot

Mothercare Jewel Travel Cot RRP £29.99

  • A great value travel cot suitable from birth
  • Easy to assemble and fold away into its own carrying bag
  • Mesh sides for easy viewing
  • It comes with a fold up mattress base.

We love this purse-friendly model that might be light on features, but is ideal for the odd night away.

Dimensions:
(unfolded) L104 x W74 x H74cm

Mamas and papas classic travel cot

Mamas & Papas Classic travel cot RRP £49.00

  • Ideal for babies from birth and includes a soft padded mattress
  • It’s an ideal choice for families with less space as it folds compactly for easy storage
  • Includes a secure multi-locking mechanism that can give parents a better peace of mind that baby is safe
  • Has a handy travel bag making it easy to transport

We love this classic and reasonably-priced travel cot that represents a solid no-nonsense option for baby.

Dimensions:
(unfolded) L106 x W75 x H77.5cm Approx

NSA Travel Center Deluxe

NSA UV Deluxe Travel Cot RRP £89.50

  • Made from SPF35 protective material so, doubles as a beach tent
  • Includes a quilted sleep mat and self-inflating mattress
  • Quick and easy to assemble and lightweight
  • Folds into a carry bag and can be taken as hand luggage on a plane

We love that you can use this as a beach shelter as well as a light and compact travel cot.

Dimensions:
(unfolded) L130 x W75 x H65cm

Chicco lullago travel cot

Chicco Lullago RRP £99.99

  • Designed for baby to sleep in whether at home, on holiday or at grandparents
  • Has an aluminium frame which is light yet stable and includes slip feet legs
  • Made of soft fabric with mesh inserts for ventilation and includes its own mattress
  • The fabric and mattress are fully removable and washable

We love that this travel cot is so easy to assemble and disassemble in seconds with its easy to use intuitive buttons.

Dimensions:
(unfolded) L 92 x W56 x H69cm

What you need to know about travel cots