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What should I look for when buying a travel cot?

A travel cot, also known as a ‘camp cot’ is a great piece of equipment for families that like to travel. This type of cot folds up, usually into a carry bag, that is easily transported from place to place, giving your baby a safe, secure and comfortable sleeping area, no matter where in the world you go. They also make great portable play pens, particularly if you’re visiting a home that’s not baby proof.

When shopping for a travel cot, there are a few factors that you want to look for, whether you choose a budget friendly version, or a more complex and costly option. These include:

Ease of use. A travel cot should be easy to unfold, and fold up. Check this when you’re in the shop. Have someone demonstrate how the mechanism works. Ideally, you want something that you could fold or unfold on your own, without any assistance.  Also, consider weight and bulkiness. If you are flying, the cot will count as a piece of luggage and could be chargeable.

Look for a sturdy bag, that’s roomy but not bulky, and that’s easy to carry. Some even have wheels, so you can move it around easier. A bassinet and changing station are nice additions to a travel cot, although they’re not strictly essential.

You want to look for a travel cot that has a machine washable cover, and that has mesh windows on one or both sides, so you can see what your baby is up to. Sometimes, you can buy good quality second hand travel cots, but there are economical options out there, so if you can afford to buy a new one, it’s worth making the investment.

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