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 Zip & Go Travel Crib, £130, MadeForMums Awards Gold Winner
- Suitable for age: from birth as a crib, 6-24 months as a cot
- Weight of product: 7.3kg
It is not often that a product is a category changer, but we love the Chicco Zip & Go for its innovative approach. Our Gold Award winner is super compact and offers a two-in-one crib and cot that lasts from birth to approximately 24 months.
It features an expandable section, which acts as a crib initially, which is great as it allows you easy access to your baby and means your little one is not too close to a potentially chilly floor. Once baby can sit up, you simply unzip it to make a deeper space for your growing child.
It has mesh sides for breathability, comes with a handy travel bag and a foldable padded mattress. It also has a rocking mode, which is great for a travel cot, as many parents rely on this in the early months to help baby to sleep. A fab piece of kit for those on the go or with tight space.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Chicco Zip & Go Travel Crib:
“I cannot speak highly enough of this product! It’s absolutely brilliant and super easy to put together and transform from crib to cot. Initially, I thought it was going to be tricky to put together and asked my partner to set it up, but I could have actually done it with my eyes closed.” Mum of 3, Michelle
“Great to take on the plane as it was compact and also fit well in our hotel room. My daughter found it very comfortable as she would often just sit in it playing with toys (we also used it as a play pen). She would fall asleep quite quickly. It’s also really easy to fold up when not in use. Overall a brilliant and well designed product and something I wish I’d had earlier.” Mum of 1, Lollie
Buy the Chicco Zip & Go Travel Crib from Amazon, John Lewis, and Pramworld
2. Cuggl Deluxe Travel Cot and Changer Unit, £64.99, MadeForMums Awards Joint Silver Winner
- Suitable for age: 0-24 months
- Weight of product: 11.8kg
This travel cot is a great all rounder. It easily converts from cot to playpen, has a bassinet level for younger babies, as well as a removable cot top changer, which is a very welcome bonus.
The lockable wheels are also very useful to move the cot around easily, and the fold is relatively straight-forward – all in all a good value, versatile product, which secured a well-deserved Silver Award in this year’s MFM Awards.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Cuggl Deluxe Travel Cot and Changer Unit:
“This is a great product. It seems good quality and folds down to a perfectly acceptable travel size. The changing station and bassinet options are great additions and for me is what really set this travel cot apart. We have enjoyed using this cot and would definitely purchase again or recommend to a friend.” Mum of 1, Jenn
“Quite simply amazing! This cot is so easy to put together and take down, it can be done in a matter of minutes. My little boy loved sitting in it and playing and had a few naps it in. Very easy to pop back in its storage bag, would definitely recommend and it’s not too heavy either” Mum of 1, Jo
You can buy the Cuggl Deluxe Travel Cot and Changer from Argos
3. BabyHub SleepSpace Travel Cot & Teepee Pack, £179, MadeForMums Awards Joint Silver Winner
- Suitable for age: 0-3 years
- Weight of product: 6kg
This product is a fantastic, multi-purpose travel item for the adventurous parent – or all of those that appreciate a well-designed, versatile piece of kit.
It features a safe-to-use, fitted mosquito net cover, and not only can it be used as a travel cot, it is also designed as an insect-free safe space to put little ones, as well as a great play teepee for older kids. At 6kg it is truly portable, has an extra padded mat, and mesh sides so parents and child can see each other.
This MFM Awards Silver winner is a really user-friendly product, which won our judges over with its innovative approach.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the BabyHub SleepSpace Travel Cot & Teepee Pack:
“I love the versatility of this product. A bed, a playpen, a little cocoon. It comes with its own bag making it that much more portable. The mattress is quite firm and thick.” Mum of 1, Gayle
“This is a great product, with a fun design and lots of space. It’s also light.” Mum of 3, Meena
Read our review of the SleepSpace travel cot here.
You can buy the SleepSpace Travel Cot from Amazon, and BabyHub
4. SpaceCot Travel Cot, £140, MadeForMums Awards Bronze Winner
- Suitable for age: 0-3 years
- Weight of product: 6kg
Designing children’s products does seem like it requires a degree in astrophysics occasionally, so the fact that SpaceCot uses space technologies to create its super light travel cot is not too alien a thought.
The SpaceCot folds and unfolds in 3 seconds without the need to faff or bend down. It comes with a travel case and an integrated mattress. It also includes a detachable upper level crib for younger babies, which allows you to lift and put down baby without ease.
The Bronze Award winner’s fabric is also eco-friendly, high quality, and washable, making it all-round easy to use. It’s a great option for home or on the go.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the SpaceCot Travel Cot
“It goes back in the bag! Everything else is brilliant, the fact that it is so quick and easy to set up and put away. But the best part is that it fits back in the bag, perfectly!” Mum of 1, Chloe
“This travel cot is amazing. I just wish it had been around 3 years ago when my eldest was small! It is much narrower than most travel cots I’ve used and takes up a lot less floor space whilst still providing a decent sleeping area for your little one. The added bassinet is an extra bonus and means it can be used from babies right up to toddlers. Definite must-buy in my eyes and have recommended it to friends looking to buy a travel cot.” Mum of 2, Julie
Read our full review of the SpaceCot
You can buy SpaceCot from Hippychick, John Lewis, and Amazon
5. Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot, £29.99
- Suitable for age: from birth to 15kg in weight
- Weight of product: 8.7kg
This travel cot combines great quality with affordability, and our reviewers 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.
Thinking about buying a secondhand travel cot? Our guide to buying secondhand cots will help.
Buy the Red Kite Sleeptight travel cot from Amazon, and Asda
6. Phil & Teds Traveller, £159
- Suitable for age: From birth up to 34kg
- Weight of product: 3.2kg
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
Click here to buy the Phil & Teds Traveller from Uber Kids
7. BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light, £215
- Suitable for age: 0- 3 years
- Weight of product: 5kg
Lightweight, compact and easy to use and fold out, this cot offers comfort and convenience. The handy size when folded makes it especially easy for travel, and it’s big enough to use as a safe play space during the day too.
Read the full BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light review
Click here to buy the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light on Amazon, or from John Lewis, or Uber Kids
8. Koo-di Travel Bassinette, £33.99
- Suitable for age: 0-6 months or until baby can sit unaided
- Weight of product: 798g
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 Argos
9. Hauck Sleep n Play, £64.99
- Suitable for age: 0-3 years
- Weight of product: 7.6kg
The versatile Hauck Sleep n Play comes with its own carry bag and is super easy to fold and store away. Folding down to 76cm x 21cm x 22cm, it’s compact enough to take along on trips or use for overnight guests, and comes with a spacious 120cm x 60cm mattress included.
You can buy the Hauck Sleep n Play from Uber Kids
10. Inovi Coccoon Travel Crib, £115
- Suitable for age: 0-6 months
- Weight: 4.12 kg
This is a lovely little crib for your newborn – whether at home or travelling. It has a great compact design, raised on legs, so that you have easy access to your little one.
It’s a portable alternative to the traditional moses basket, and folds so compact that it complies with international aviation standards sizes to take on a plane as hand luggage and stow in overhead lockers.
It also features mesh panels to encourage air circulation and a lovely dome to protect from sun and insects.
Buy the Inovi Cocoon from Amazon
What you should think about when looking for a travel cot…
Age suitability – this varies from model to model, and it’s important you follow the manufacturer’s recommendation.
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.
Size – once folded down, is the cot really travel-friendly? Again, this will depend on your mode of transport.
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.
Stability – once erected, does the travel cot feel like it can cope with the various midnight movements of your baby?
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.
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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