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, you should check a few things like age suitability, weight, size, mattress type, stability, among other things, but we explain everything you need to know about travel cots here...

  • 1. Chicco LullaGo Zip, £130, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    This standout crib scooped the gold award in the travel cot category for its smart design and comfort.

    The clever Lullago Zip features an expandable section, which allows it to act as a crib from newborn to 6 months and then a first baby bed from 6-18 months.

    Breathable mesh side windows keep your little one cool and comfortable all night long and it’s super compact and folds away quickly and easily, while the extra padded mattress is foldable too.

    A practical carry bag means it is the perfect travel companion for holidays and overnight stays. 

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Chicco LullaGo Zip:

    “The look and design of this travel cot is very chic, and the material covering feels lovely to the touch. The mattress that comes with it is impressively thick, as well as folding in two, and it is far superior and more comfortable to sleep on than any of the other mattresses I've seen on the market. I love that the design allows for a 0-6 month crib that is mid-height, and then a 6-18 month cot that is full height just by undoing a zip. The assembly is so easy, I had the cot ready in seconds - each of the four legs simply click on, and can be removed again by the push of a button. The cot is slightly smaller than other ones I've tried in the past, which means it is more adaptable when away from home. On the whole, however, I give this travel cot a huge thumbs up, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a travel cot within this price range.” Mum of 2, Julia

    “Love this - especially the higher level for younger baby. Much easier to take apart and put up than you'd think. Lovely thick mattress.” Mum of 3, Helen

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  • 2. Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot, £30, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

    This silver award-winning travel cot combines great quality with affordability, and our judges loved its ease of use.

    Suitable for using from newborn, the Red Kite Sleeptight travel cot can be used up to 15kg, making it perfect for older children too.

    Easy to assemble and fold down, it comes with a travel bag and has breathable mesh sides and fully padded top rails.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Red Kite Sleeptight travel cot:

    “Easy to use and great value for money.” MFM celebrity judge and mum of 1, Katie Piper

    “Great value for money, easy to use and a good size sleeping area, so can double up as a play pen.” MFM celebrity judge and dad of 3, Neil Sinclair AKA Commando Dad

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  • 3. Graco Nimble Nook, £109.99, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

    The bronze award-winning Nimble Nook’s compact size makes this travel cot easy to move, even in the smallest of spaces, without having to disassemble it.

    Use it from birth with the newborn bassinet, which is easily removed as your little one grows, and it’s suitable for up to 9kg.

    The 2-speed vibration unit built into the travel cot helps baby to relax, while the toy bar provides entertainment when you’re in unfamiliar territory.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Graco Nimble Nook travel cot:

    “I love the look and design and the mattress seemed much more comfy than other brands I have used. The assembly was quick and painless and I can appreciate the transition from room to room aspect. Very easy to use overall.” Mum of 1, Leonna (Kettle)

    “Looks nice. Vibration effect a nice touch.” Mum of 3, Helen

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  • BabyStart 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.

    You can buy the BabyStart Deluxe from Argos

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  • Baby Dan Travel Cot, £74.99

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

    You can buy the Baby Dan Travel Cot from John Lewis, Argos, Tesco, and on Amazon

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  • Phil & Teds Traveller, £159

    The Phil & 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. 

    Read the full Phil & Teds Traveller review

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    You can also buy the Phil and Teds Traveller from Kiddicare and Kiddies Kingdom.

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  • 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 or find it at Mothercare.

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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, or from Tesco, or Kiddicare.

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  • Phil & Teds Nest, £79

    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 the Phil & Teds website or at Direct2Mum.

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  • 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 2016 Prima Baby Awards.

    Read the full BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light review

    Click here to buy the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light on Amazon, or from John Lewis, or Tesco.

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  • What you should think about when looking for a travel cot...

    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.

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Last updated on 20 October 2016

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