What is a travel cot?

Many models share a similar design which isn’t surprising given the stringent safety rules. The majority feature a central umbrella-style folding mechanism and collapsible sides, activated by pulling a lever and pressing four release buttons. The mattress (see mattress dimensions at the top of each review) is typically comprised of four segments padded on one side, providing protection once folded. Exceptions here are Phil & Teds – which is akin to a tent – and Baby Björn which is unique.

Do you really need one?
Many hotels provide a cot for free and friends or relatives tend to have them, too. But there’s no guarantee of the origin or cleanliness of a borrowed cot, so having your own provides peace of mind. Owning one will also enable you to cater for any visitors with babies.

How to choose one
Consider your needs. Going on planes or trains? Then portability is more crucial than features. Is it more for occasional trips or to be permanently kept at granny’s? Whatever your needs, ask to have a go at setting it up in store, or look at a friend’s, as they all differ.

Fancy features
Some cots offer extras, such as a changing table or clip-on mobile, but don’t be distracted and remember
price is not always a hallmark of quality. One feature handy for new parents is a bassinet, which is a raised sleeping platform that saves backache. Another good idea is two wheels, to easily move a sleeping baby if need be.

travel cot 1

BEST FOR...  VERSATILITY 

Graco Contour On The Go

(96 x 65cm), £79.99,
gracobaby.com

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travel cot 2

BEST FOR...  LONGETIVITY 

Baby Dan Travel Cot
(120 x 60cm), £75,
babydan.com

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travel cot 3

BEST FOR...  OUTDOORS 

Phil & Teds Traveller
(120 x 52cm), £110,
philandteds.com

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travel cot 4

BEST FOR...  SIBLINGS 

Kooltrade Hello Kitty Travel Cot
(120 x 60cm), £70,
kooltrade.co.uk

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travel cot 5

BEST FOR...  LUXURY 

Baby Björn Travel Cot Light
105 x 60cm), £200,
babybjorn.co.uk

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travel cot 6

BEST FOR...  STORAGE 

Sleep Walker
(120 x 64cm) £79.99,
mothercare.com

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travel cot 7

BEST FOR...  FASHIONISTAS 

Nuna Sena Mini
75 x 52cm), £110,
nuna.eu

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Written by Alex Pell

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