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It lasted until DD was around 2 and packed away small as we needed it to travel by plane to the grandparents a lot (twice a year at least).
The negative points are: the mattress makes quite a noise when DD moved and we didn't find a way to stop it. Also setting up can be difficult as the poles are hard to manage and we had a rip in the fabric fairly soon. But I also have an impatient DH which could be part of the issue.
If you can get your sister to borrow one and a mosquito net than that would be a lot easier.
We're going to Thailand for 2 weeks in January to visit my sister. Our little girl will be 7 and a half months when we fly out and we were wondering whether people have any advice about travel cots. I've seen some that have mozzie nets and UV protection built in and will last for a couple of years but they're very pricey and I want to see if anyone has one of these or has a better option. We do go to visit friends from time to time and up to now have just taken her Moses basket but she's too big for that now. Whatever we get will be used again but I just want to hear from people who have used them before to make sure they are worth the money.