10 of the best travel cots

Top travel cot and travel cot bassinette options to provide your baby or toddler with a portable sleeping space

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  • Bedtime away from home

    Getting the right travel cot will certainly aid a good night’s sleep for your baby. It can also cut down on what you’ve got to pack! Before buying a travel cot, there are a few things you should check:

    1. Age suitability – this varies from model to model, and it’s important you follow the manufacturer’s recommendation.

    2. Weight – if you’re going to carry your luggage far, you’ll want a travel cot that’s as light as possible. If you’re travelling by car and got a bit of boot space, the added features of a heavier cot option may be worth the extra weight.

    3. Size – once folded down, is the cot really travel-friendly? Again, this will depend on your mode of transport.

    4. Mattress – do you need to buy one? If one’s included, is it thick enough? Our buyer's guide to baby mattresses is the place to head if you need to purchase one.

    5. Stability – once erected, does the travel cot feel like it can cope with the various midnight movements of your baby?

    6. Ease of assembly – if you’re a family that’s barely in one place long enough to sit down, a more involved assembly process will drive you mad. This also goes for those of you who tend to arrive at your destination past bedtime, needing a sleeping spot for your baby rapidly.

    7. Cost – the more often you travel, the easier it is to get your money’s worth out of an expensive travel cot. If you’re a homebody who ventures out rarely, don’t go spending the earth on a travel cot that’ll see the light of day just once.

    Click through to see 10 of the best travel cots on the market, and don't miss our essential travel cot buyer's guide and secondhand travel cot buying advice...

  • Little Life Arc 2, £99.99

    Weighing just 2.5kg, the Little Life Arc 2 travel cot is one of the lightest and most portable cots on the market. It even comes packed in an easy-to-carry rucksack for added convenience. The pop-up construction makes set-up super simple but not as quick as other travel cots, although our MFM reviewer had it assembled in four minutes. The fabric’s built-in, see-through mesh sides give parents good visibility when their child is inside and keep bugs at bay. This travel cot can also double as an outdoor tent or play pen.

    Read the full Little Life Arc 2 review

    Click here to buy the Little Life Arc 2 on Amazon

  • Hauck Dream'n Play, £39.99

    A cheaper option for parents who may not want to spend a lot on a travel cot but still want comfort. The Hauck Dream'n Play is not the lightest cot on the marekt, but it can be assembled in a matter of seconds with a few simple manoeuvres. The mesh sides make it easy to keep an eye on your baby and the mattress is foldable for easier portability. 

    Read our mums' guide to buying travel cots

    Click here to buy the Hauck Dream'n Play on Amazon

  • Samsonite Pop-Up Bubble, £49.99

    The Samsonite Pop-Up Bubble Cot weighs a mere 3kg and offers a very quick assembly – we’re talking seconds! The cot takes up very little space once unfolded, yet can accommodate toddlers up to 18 months.

    Read the full Samsonite Pop-Up Bubble Cot review.

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  • BabyStart (Argos) Deluxe, £99.99

    If you are looking for luxury for your baby while travelling, then Babystart Deluxe Travel Cot may be right up your street. At the higher-end of the market, the cot comes with a bassinet level for smaller babies, changing unit and toy bar.  The BabyStart Deluxe also comes with two wheels at the front of the crib for added manoeuvrability, which is a good thing because it weighs a hefty 15kg. 

    Check out our buyer's guide to travel cots.

  • Baby Dan Travel Cot, £55

    Proving to be a hit amongst parents with taller babies, the Baby Dan travel cot has been designed to accommodate kids up to 34 inches tall.  Aside from being linger than the average cot, the Baby Dan also boasts a few other features, such as two front wheels for portability and a break for extra control.  

    Thinking about buying a secondhand travel cot?  Our guide to buying secondhand cots will help.

    Click here to buy the Baby Dan Travel Cot on Amazon

  • Phil and Teds traveller, £160

    The Phil and Teds traveller weighs an amazingly light 3.2kg and is super portable. But don’t be misled – it’s as big as a cot once erected! The cot also has a self-inflating mattress to make things really easy. This travel cot’s performance makes the price tag worthwhile, which is portably why it was voted the Best Travel Cot in the 2014 Prima Baby Awards.

    Read the full Phil and Teds traveller review

    Click here to buy the Phil and Teds traveller on Amazon

  • Graco Contour Electra, £129.99

    This sturdy full-sized cot is easy to set-up and can double as playpen. You’ll need muscle to transport this travel cot (it weighs 10kg) and space to store and use, but it does boast a bassinette, change table, vibrating mattress, night-light, toy bar and music centre!

    Read the full Graco Contour Electra travel cot review

    Click here to buy the Graco Contour Electra on Amazon

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  • Koo-di Travel Bassinette, £33.99

    This pop-up travel cot bassinette is simple to erect, very light (1kg) and easy to transport. The Koo-di Travel Bassinette is compact when folded and when assembled, offering a neat travel cot solution for babies from birth to 6 months.

    Read the full Koo-di Travel Bassinette review

    Click here to buy the Koo-di Travel Bassinette on Amazon

  • Phil & Teds Nest, £79.95

    The Nest travel cot is a fast and simple to set-up travel bassinette for your newborn or young baby. It weighs a mere 2kg and the travel bag lets you cram some baby kit into it, too. The zip-on mesh cover means it’d be a useful travel cot for trips to the park/back garden.

    Read the full Phil & Teds Nest review

    Click here to buy the Phil & Teds Nest on Amazon

  • BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light, £199.99

    Lightweight, compact and easy to use and fold out, this cot offers comfort and convenience, so much so it scooped the Silver at the 2015 Prima Baby Awards.

    Read the full BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light review

    Click here to buy the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light on Amazon

Last updated on 9 December 2012


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