When travelling with a baby one of the main questions every parent will ask themself is how are they going to sleep. Whether your worry is will they sleep, how will they deal with the jet lag or should I be taking a travel cot; I am hoping this post will help you to answer most of those worries.
Why might you need a travel cot?
Firstly it isn't a necessity that you travel with your travel cot as many hotels will offer you one, HOWEVER (and I say this from many experiences) sometimes the convenience of having your own is a lifesaver. We have had many occasions where we have emailed before departing requesting one on arrival as we are getting there late and turned up to no cot in the room, a very sketchy looking contraption, having to wait a long time for someone to bring one or they have run out. I would judge your individual holiday or travel plans at the time and make that decision.
What to look for in a travel cot
Weight - This is one of the first things I look at, we like to keep luggage to a minimum and a travel cot can add unnecessary weight. Many airlines will allow you to travel with a cot free of charge with your child ticket which is great but you also need to take into account your journey after the flight; are you staying in 1 hotel or are you hopping around?
Age Range - A great way to get the most out of your cot is to get one that will progress with you your child as they grow. most cots will go from newborn up to 3/4 however some may not and you will also need to check the minimum age on them.
Portability - Will you be wanting it to fit into a suitcase or is it for travelling in the car? different cots offer you a multitude of sizes and compactness from pop up to collapsible. bear this in mind when selecting your cot.
Added Extras - Look out for what else the cot may be able to offer you, some come with bassinets included or an attachable changing table whilst others may offer you to double it up as a sun protection tent for the beach.
I have picked out 5 cots that I have either personally used and brought myself or have been personally recommended by friends and family. The list is by no means in order of preference and each one is a great buy they just each offer something different.
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Graco Contour Electra Travel Cot
This was my first ever travel cot purchase when Roman was around 2 months old. We took this on a road trip to the Lake District and it came in extremely handy.
Bassinet attachment for newborn baby and can be adapted to be used for a few years
Changing table on top for dressing and changing baby
Easily goes up and down, can be done alone no faffing.
Is quite heavy; maybe not the best if travelling around by plane
Koo-Di Sun and Sleep pop up travel cot
This style of cot is great for families that are looking for something more compact and adaptable. We used one of these whilst travelling around Thailand when Roman was just over a year old.
Very compact, we travelled with one in our backpack
Great for beach days as it can be used as a sun protection tent
Built-in mosquito net; great for more humid countries
Very lightweight pops up and down for quick assembly
Not great for longterm due to size
Bits sold separate - Mattress etc.
BABYBJORN Travel Cot Light
This was always my dream travel cot, I never got round to getting one with Roman but maybe with our second baby, I will take the plunge to invest. It is a one-stop-shop and comes highly recommended by everyone I know who has used one.
A full-size cot for newborns - 3 years that is very compact for travel
Extremely easy to assemble
Can double up as a playpen
Well made and of great quality, it's made to last.
The price tag is quite expensive
Mounts onto the floor so no insulation if the floor is cold
Venture Airpod Travel Cot
Very similar to the BABYBJORN but with a lower price tag, if you are looking for a light and compact travel cot and not too worried about the brand then this is a great purchase. It has great reviews and sells out quickly.
Lightweight, weighing only 6kg
Comes in its own travel bag making it very convenient
Great price tag and cheaper than very similar designs
Thin mattress included (can be replaced)
Covers cant be removed for cleaning
Red Kite Dreamer Bedside Crib
Very similar to my first ever travel cot the Graco however this one also offers you the option to use it as a bedside crib. The side on the cot can dip down allowing you to have your baby right next to your bed. Great if your baby is used to sleeping in something like the next to me at home.
Bedside option great for babies who are used to co-sleeping
Vary padded to help avoid any accidents
Easy to assemble and put back down
Great price for a cot that can go from birth up to 3
Bulkier - better for car travel
Not the lightest on the market
Do let us know if you go ahead and purchase any of these cots or if you have your own recommendation. We love to hear about your adventures so feel free to pop us a message over on social media so we can connect with you!