Hauck Dream ‘n’ Care
Dream ‘n’ Care
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Smaller than average but luxuriously padded, the Hauck Dream ‘n’ Care is more travel crib than travel cot, a cosy cocoon for very little ones, but not suitable for toddlers.
Compared with standard size travel cots, this is obviously much more compact when packed, but it’s not really much lighter. It opens out in much the way you’d expect, with the sides that snap into place as you pull them and the base that pushes down and clicks open. The mechanisms seem to work well, and collapsing it after use is easy too – just make sure the frame is well tucked in or the mattress won’t fasten around it. It comes in a subtle, unisex beige colour with a not-too-obtrusive zoo design on one side.
What we love
There are two pockets at each end of the cot, plus another on one side, not to mention a zip-open section in the void under the mattress, so there’s no lack of storage space on this cot.
There are wheels at one end of the cot, making it easy to move around the room. Also with manoeuvrability in mind, there’s a handle at one end of the base as well as in the centre, which makes it easier to lift or pull out of awkward corners.
The plush fabric covering the edges of the cot and the mattress is softer than the average cuddly toy, so your baby will feel comfy and cocooned.
What to watch out for
The smaller size of this cot may offer many advantages – cosier for a small baby, easier to fit into small spaces – but these are outweighed by the fact that it can only be used up to about 6 months of age. This is also down to the fact that the mattress sits in a raised position, similar to a bassinette on a larger travel cot, but without the benefit of being able to lower it when your baby is strong enough to pull herself up. In fact, this raised position is the only tangible advantage this cot has over the more compact, pop-up travel cots or carrycots you could use instead, as it will be a godsend to anyone with a bad back.
If you’re looking for a travel cot that will last into the toddler years, this isn’t it, and it seems a lot of money for something that will last just six months, and may not be used that often.
That plush fabric may be soft, but as it’s cream, it won’t stay looking pristine forever – and you’d use a sheet to cover the mattress anyway.
The mattress itself seems a little short for the cot: there are small gaps at either end, and it doesn’t fasten in place.
The corners are quite harsh, and with visible screws on the outside, they cheapen the look of this otherwise attractive cot.
Who is the Hauck Dream ‘n’ Care best for?
Families short on space looking for a crib-like travel cot.
A nice-looking travel cot that’s quite compact, with a few luxury touches. However, as your baby will outgrow it within just six months, you’d want to be keen travellers to get the most use out of this for your money.