The Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light is a compact, portable baby bed and is a breeze to put up, even one handed. However, its size means you could need to check it in as separate luggage if you’re flying off abroad.
Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light
Travel Cot Light
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The Travel Cot Light isn’t necessarily a new product for the big name in baby carriers, Baby Bjorn. It has been sold elsewhere in the world, but it wasn’t until early 2011 that it reached us in the UK, because of the different fire safety standards we have for products.
The Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light weighs only 5kg, including its carry case. It boasts an ease-to-erect design and a mattress with built-in base. It’s this mattress that keeps the Travel Cot Light on the floor once its up.
Baby Bjorn says the Travel Cot Light can be used for newborns through to children around 3 years of age. I tested it with my baby Ted, 4 months, and my toddler Jack, 30 months. The size of the cot was great for baby Ted, with plenty of wriggle room, but Jack would soon grow out of it. Jack also worked out how to climb out of it, although to be fair Baby Bjorn doesn’t recommend using the cot for a child over 35 inches tall.
What we love
The quality of this item is superb, which means it should last you through a few kids and still be available to pass on to a friend.
The mattress is well padded and baby Ted seemed very comfortable in it. That said, it was quite a stretch to get him out because it doesn’t feature a bassinet, which might be a consideration if you have a bad back.
A useful feature is the angled sides, which would make the BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light easier to cram into a small space than my current model, which is fairly bulky. The sides are mesh, which means it is easy to see what your baby is up to.
The fabric is nice and soft, so would feel nice against your baby’s skin. Also, all fabrics that come into contact with your baby’s skin are free from any harmful substances. The breathable cotton mattress cover and the fabric on the exterior of the cot are removable and machine washable.
The Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light is extremely easy to put up – important when trying to put your baby down quickly and quietly in a new place.
The carry case actually features proper handles, so unlike my current travel cot, it is extremely portable.
What to watch out for
The Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light comes in a robust carry case, which means it is easy to cart about, although the cot in its bag is fairly bulky. Because of its size it wouldn’t be possible to pack it into anything but the most enormous suitcase. The carry case is so sturdy it would survive the experience of airport baggage handling, although the extra costs of transportation on some budget airlines might put some parents off.
The price tag of this travel cot is eye watering and I’m not entirely sure what the user is paying for. This is especially important for those who want to take a travel cot abroad – it would need to be checked in as luggage and it might take quite a battering in transit, something that may not bother you with a cheaper cot but which could matter when you’ve spent this sum.
Who is the Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light best for?
Wealthy travelling parents who want a high-quality, long-lasting travel cot.
An extremely light, high-quality travel cot, the Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light is a breeze to put up and very portable in its well-designed carry bag. However, it comes at a high price.