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Travel cot - help!!

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laural87 Sun 01-Sep-19 21:16:09

We are going abroad soon and trying to decide on a travel cot is so confusing!! Ideally it would have a bassinet option as my LO is 4 months old.

We obviously want one that is fairly light and compact but that doesn't compromise on the mattresses!

Any suggestions? HELP!

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Laquila Sun 01-Sep-19 21:17:20

Presumably you’re driving or do you need to take it on the plane, in the hold? How long will you be away for?

laural87 Sun 01-Sep-19 21:22:57

We are driving to the airport but then it will need to go in the hold! We do also sometimes travel via train so the more compact the better. We are away for nearly 2 weeks x

hubbletelescope Sun 01-Sep-19 21:28:49

We took our daughter abroad from age 5 weeks in a red kite £25 travel cot with no bassinet she didn't mind at all.

We travel very frequently and this one is great. I wouldn't spend more, although I did buy a proper mattress for it for around £15 but only because sometimes we are away for a month or more.

ImTheCaddy Sun 01-Sep-19 21:33:23

Pop up cribs are a lot easier to travel with!

FoxtrotSkarloey Sun 01-Sep-19 21:37:20

DS is now 13 months and we must have used about five different travel cots. The first, which I bought, I spent ages researching, reading reports etc and settled on this one

https://www.mothercare.com/travel-cots/joie-commuter-travel-cot----woodland-mint-exclusive-to-mothercare/251429.html?cgid=nursery_travelcots#start=5

The bassinet feature was excellent. It wasn't that light but I remember it seemed pretty much the same as all others.

BUT having now used various others in hotels etc, they all seem about the same, and all the mattresses are a bit thin! I wouldn't spend as much again, just get a cheap one (although be careful the cheap ones Asda do seem to be long and thin compared to all others so sheets don't fit!)

laural87 Sun 01-Sep-19 21:58:45

Thank you for your replies so far!

The ones I've looked at are:

Nuna SENA Aire
Spacecot (but it seems to be sold out)
Chicco Zip and Go
Phil and ted travel cot
Koo-di pop up bassinet ( short term option I know)

Anyone got any experience with these?

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SquintEastwood Sun 01-Sep-19 22:11:09

We had the Koodi pop up travel cot - the full size one and bought an inflatable mattress to go with it to make it comfier.

It was perfect for what we needed to start with but when she started crawling it was a pain in the arse as even though the sides zip closed it tips if they roll or push against it with a bit of pressure, I didn't think this was particularly safe so would leave the side down which then meant she would escape in the night anyway which wasn't ideal!

We had a basic one for my DS and it was better for containment but it weighed a ton and was really bulky.

If o had my time again if have something like the Babylo Liteway as it looks compact and weighs less than 5kg. I wouldn't bother about the lack of bassinet as you can only use that for a short time anyway.

laural87 Sun 01-Sep-19 22:18:03

@Squinteastwood did you put the Koodi on the floor or place it on something? That's something I've been wondering... especially if the vila floor is stone as the normally are - not carpet

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SquintEastwood Sun 01-Sep-19 22:25:41

Just on the floor - if using the standard mattress on hard floors I'd probably just put a few towels or blankets down for a bit of padding but the inflatable mattress was really thick so it was fine.

gonewiththerain Sun 01-Sep-19 22:28:34

I’ve got a nuna it’s very good

laural87 Sun 01-Sep-19 22:35:49

@gonewiththerain - this is the one I'm going towards. have you taken it abroad? And how has your little one been with the mattress? U find it good enough? X

mumaw Sun 01-Sep-19 22:47:08

I have the Joie Allura, it's got a bassinet so perfect for my 4 month old xx

Nat6999 Mon 02-Sep-19 02:18:02

I had a mothercare one, bought it as a playpen mainly but it got used as cot when I had to stay at my mum's in an emergency. I bought an extra mattress which I took on holiday when we went on holiday abroad & travel cot fitted sheets.

Laquila Mon 02-Sep-19 09:19:28

I presume you’ve checked but can the villa not supply one? If so then you could take your own inflatable mattress and sheets, or get a mattress delivered there?

laural87 Mon 02-Sep-19 20:52:35

@laquila yes good idea! Thank you

gonewiththerain Tue 03-Sep-19 06:31:29

I’ve not taken it abroad, the mattress is fine, the bassinet height option is very good. Most importantly it folds easily and quickly every time.
I also have a black travel cot, the make is baby something it’s larger which is why I got it to use at work ( yes I take my child with me) and it’s a bastard to fold it can take half an hour to get it back in the bag. I thought mine was faulty until someone told me theirs was the same and they frequently resort to tying it together with string!

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