I am a mum of two, and I tested the Chicco LullaGo travel cot with my one-year-old daughter. My sister, who has a 9-month-old baby, also tested the cot with her son at her small flat.
What were your first impressions of the Chicco LullaGo Zip travel cot?
My initial thought was how compact it looked, and how attractive it is. It seemed to be really good quality, a great colour, and didn’t seem too heavy.
How was it to assemble?
It was ludicrously easy to assemble. Simply click four legs in and it’s done. A really simple click-and-release action that made it incredibly user-friendly, and felt secure.
How many parts does it have?
Six parts in total: four legs, one base and a mattress
What is the mattress like?
Lovely, thick and deep, which is quite amazing considering it folds in half for easy storage. Straighten it out and it becomes a very comfortable mattress again. It’s much better quality than any of the other travel cot mattresses I’ve encountered. Both baby and toddlers have slept very well in it with no signs of discomfort at all.
How portable is it?
In theory it is portable, but only with the provided carry-bag. Unfortunately there wasn’t one included in the box, so I can’t vouch for this. The base only folds in half, which means although it’s thin and easy to store, it is an awkward shape to actually carry about.
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What is the weight of the travel cot?
It’s not super light at 8.8kg. The base itself is the heaviest part, but it’s not impossible for one person to move it on their own, and it’s certainly much lighter than other travel cots on the market.
Would you use it from newborn?
I would be very happy to use it for a newborn. It’s small enough to comfortably fit in a compact space, but secure enough to keep a newborn snug. It’s also got mesh surrounds, which means no overheating and no limbs getting stuck in any gaps. The higher zip setting makes it very easy to lower a sleeping newborn into it without waking them up or injuring your back. And, the solid panels at the head and foot of the cot means light from opening doors and windows won’t wake up sleeping babies when checking on them.
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Will it last to 18 months?
It will last to 18 months in terms of quality, but may be on the small side for some larger toddlers. It’s not particularly long. It’s also a little wobbly, and a strong toddler could easily rock it about the room, although probably not tip it over.
Tell us about how it transforms from cot to bed – is this a useful feature?
It doesn’t transform into a bed, but it does have two heights – a higher setting for newborns, and then a lower setting for children who can stand up in the cot. The lower setting still doesn’t touch the floor though, which is another positive design feature. One of the best things about this cot is the ease with which you can change between the two settings – a simple zip that goes all the way around the cot, much like a suitcase design when unzipping extra width.
How easy is it to clean?
The mattress is super-easy to take out and clean, and probably fine to be hand-washed. The rest of the cot is light in colour and mesh material, so not the easiest to keep clean, but the material is rather durable and you can wipe off superficial stains.
What’s in the box?
- four legs
- the cot base
- a folded mattress
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What was it like setting up the product?
No instructions were included, but it was very easy to assemble – in a matter of seconds. It takes a little longer to disassemble, simply because collapsing the cot base in half requires a particular method, but the more you practise, the easier it gets.
Who would the product be most useful for?
The Chicco Lullago is most suitable for children up to a year old. It may prove to be a little wobbly and compact for children any older than a year.
Is it good value for money?
It’s £130, and no extras are required, which makes it great value for money.
It’s a fantastic travel cot that looks stylish in the home, and enables babies and toddlers to have a safe, comfortable and easy night’s sleep. It’s a little more expensive than some other cots on the market, but no added extras are required, and the cot, and its accessories, are of great quality. I would certainly recommend it to someone looking to invest in a decent travel cot that is compact, lightweight, and easy to store, as well as last the test of time.
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