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Travel cot mattresses-very confused

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waskywax Wed 01-Jul-09 21:22:15

Looking for some advice here,

we are thinking its time to invest in a travel cot as we have grown out of the pram basket we have been using up to now.

What I dont understand is that pretty much every review I read says the mattresses in travel cots are too thin to really sleep on and you need to invest in a mattress to put on top. So I looked at the mattresses, and they all seem to be 4 or 5 cms thick, like a normal mattress. Doesnt this mean that you then have to cart a whole mattress round with you seperately? Is there such a thing as an additional mattress that is also compact and easy to take around with you?
I hope I have psoted this in the right place, its my first time on mumsnet.

Thanks all

giantkatestacks Wed 01-Jul-09 21:25:18

Those reviews are rubbish - travel cot mattresses are fine...make sure you air it though before you use it because fresh out of the plastic the synthetic smell is awful...

onepieceofcremeegg Wed 01-Jul-09 21:27:55

I have never seen a travel cot with a 4-5 inch mattress (that's not to say they don't exist)

Ime they are only an inch or two thick. My dds have never had problems sleeping on them - possibly as they have a layer of grobag under their backs too? Some friends of ours put a folded blanket under the travel cot mattress to supposedly make it more comfy for the lo.

I've never seen an additional separate mattress, imo this would defeat the object of a "travel" cot!

wonderingwondering Wed 01-Jul-09 21:31:53

I don't take a travel cot unless we are staying where there isn't a cot - like someone's house. Just buy a travel cot mattress - they are thin sheets with a bit of padding - and put that over the hotel mattress so your baby is sleeping on their own mattress. I take a fitted sheet too, so they have their own bedding. It doesn't take much room/weight.

Mothercare sell them. Look under mattresses - travel. But they are more expensive than when I bought mine - £29. But worth if it you are using a hotel cot/mattress, I think.

waskywax Wed 01-Jul-09 21:40:30

thanks everyone...

I need it mainly for sating at other peoples houses.

this is the sort of thing I'm finding... 0001#reviewstab

(if i did that right)

It looks quite thick. The mothercare one looks great but it doesnt seem to be the same size as the cot I was looking at. Is there a "standard" size for travel cots?

waskywax Wed 01-Jul-09 21:52:41

Sorry... 01#reviewstab

I may just buy the travel cot and risk the mattress (thanks giantkatestacks), i just dont want to find out that I cant get a mattress topper the right size for the cot, I guess I should just buy a cot that will fit the mothercare travel mattress just in case. Shame they are a little more expensive, eh!

waskywax Wed 01-Jul-09 21:54:10

Blast, I'm not good at these link things.

Thanks everyne anyway.

Phoenix Wed 01-Jul-09 22:06:10

I got this travel cot mattress from kiddicare for soon to be born ds2

It feels much comfier than the mattresses that come with travel cots

Phoenix Wed 01-Jul-09 22:08:56

This is the travel cot that we have. Its out of stock on the website but Asda normally have them in store when they do those baby event things

waskywax Wed 01-Jul-09 22:09:55

phoenix, does it fold up, or do you have to transport it flat if you want to take it anywhere?

NellieTheEllie Wed 01-Jul-09 22:10:31

I think the travel cot mattresses are too thin for a baby IF they are sleeping on them regularly or using them as their main cot. For occasional use, there is no problem.

waskywax Wed 01-Jul-09 22:11:29

the mattress from kiddicare I mean

Phoenix Wed 01-Jul-09 22:17:37

It folds in the middle yes. It's not as thick as a regular cot mattress but is thicker than a normal travel cot one.

My ds1 slept on a travel cot mattress for a few weeks when he outgrew his moses basket and was fine but for this baby i found the thicker mattresses and think they are better for regular use but for occasional use i would just use the mattress that comes with your travel cot.

waskywax Wed 01-Jul-09 22:21:42


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