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Best Travel Cot

So, you love camping and you've got a young baby/child. Does that mean you can't continue to go on your camping trips? Just because you've got a little one in tow, it doesn't mean that you can't go camping. You don't need to wait until they get old enough to be able to sleep in their own sleeping bag.

We have been taking our children away camping since they were very young, it wasn't always easy, but with a little careful planning it was well worth it. They now have a pure love of the great outdoors and will happily camp in all weathers!

Obviously, care should be taken when considering camping with very young children and babies. Sleep is probably one of the most discussed topics among new parents - so it makes sense to consider that aspect before you go camping. Have you ever considered a travel cot to cover the sleeping issue? Travel cots are designed to give you the option to be able to take kids with you and make the trip a little easier.

So what shoud you look for in a travel cot?

Size - the size of the child using the travel cot is the first main consideration so it needs to be able to sleep the child comfortably.

Comfort - How comfortable is the mattress / sleeping surface going to be for the child?

Strength - If you have a young baby then the travel cot does not have to be strong enough to withstand them standing up in them. However, if it is for a toddler then the cot needs to be robust enough to stop them being able to climb out or tip it over.

Portability - As with anything that you take camping it needs to be portable, space saving but functional. So the weight and foldability of the travel cot is a very important consideration.

Construction - How easy is it to assemble and put down? Also the safety factor of the cot should be considered to make sure it won't collapse whilst in use.

Our Top Picks

Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot (Black)

Stand Out Features:

Fully safety tested

Foldable

Comes with mattress and carry bag

Pros:

Padded top rails

Easy to assembe

Size = H76 x W103 x D73 cm when set up, and folded size = H76  x W20 x D20 cm

Weight = 8.5kg​

6 months guarantee

​Suitable from birth upwards to a maximum of 15kg in weight or who are unable to climb out

Easy view mesh

Sturdy

Affordable price

Cons:

Mattress is quite thin so may have to consider purchasing an additional mattress.

The folded cot is still a bit bulky.

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BABYBJÖRN Travel Cot Light Mesh

Stand Out Features:

Easy and quick to set up

Lightweight only 6 kg

Soft mattress and carrying case

Pros:

Washable mattress cover and cot fabric.

From birth to 3 years.

​No upper weight limit. Can be used until the child can climb out unaided

Very easy to set up. Just take it out of the carrycase and open in one swift movement.

Has built in base to help keep the cot sturdy on the floor.

Size = H64 x W112 x D82cm​ and H49 x L60 x W14 cm when folded.

The sides are made from soft mesh fabric that the baby can breathe through if sleeping pressed up to it.

Cons:

Expensive.

The mattress rests on the floor and so would be more prone to drafts.​

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Babyway BTC Travel Cot

Stand Out Features:

Very reasonable price

Thin base mattress included

Comes with mattress and carry bag with handle.

Pros:

Suitable for newborns to 3 year olds.

Sturdy frame.

Foldable

Size = ​H78 x W119 x D60 cm and H81 x W22 x D25 cm when folded

​Weight = 9kg​

​Can double as a enclosed play area

Complies with: BS EN716-1:2008

Cons:

Mattress is quite thin so may have to consider purchasing an additional one.

Can be a little tricky fold up to start with.

The folded cot is still a bit bulky.

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Koo Di Travel Bubble

Stand Out Features:

Quick and easy to set up.

Light weight only 1.4 Kg

Folds into a handbag sized carry bag.

Inbuilt mosquito net.

Pros:

Ages 6 to 18 months.

Size = L100 x W60 x H58 cm and when 'folded in bag' = L61 x W35 x D15 cm

Can be used as a playhouse

Comes with a padded mattress

Made from Polycotton

Affordable price

Cons:

Due to the pop up nature of the cot it is not sturdy. Not suitable for active children.

The cot rests on the floor and so would be more prone to drafts.​

The mattress might need bit of extra padding.

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Koo Di Travel Bassinette

Stand Out Features:

Quick and easy to set up.

Light weight less than 1kg

Folds into a handbag sized carry bag.

Inbuilt mosquito net.

Size = L80 x W50 x H58 cm and when 'folded in bag' only 28 cm wide

Pros:

Made from Polycotton.

For babies up to 6 months or when they are able to sit up by themselves.

Comes with a padded mattress.

Integrated zip-up mosquito net.

Very reasonable price

Cons:

Must be placed on the floor as a rolling child might tip it over.

Cannot be moved with baby in as not sturdy enough.

The cot rests on the floor and so would be more prone to drafts.​

The mattress might need bit of extra padding.

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Conclusion

The Red Kite Sleeptight is probably the best all round choice here. It can cover newborns up to active 15kg children. If you have a very young child and are pushed for packing space then the Koo-di Travel Bubble would be a good alternative. 

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