Best travel cots for babies and toddlers
We put the UK’s best travel cots through their paces and, after weeks of exhaustive testing (and snoozing), have narrowed them down to five top picks. Here we name our top five travel cots of 2018.
Best Travel Cot 2018
Joie Commuter Change
Travel cots can be useful if you and your baby are planning to stay with family or friends regularly. You'll be able to bring everything you need for a good night's sleep with you, and once your baby gets used it to it, travel cots can feel and smell familiar to your little one where ever they rest their head.
Lots of parents also find that a good travel cot can double up as a play pen or a portable cot that can be used for daytime naps at home.
In our search for the best one on the market, we spent 20 hours researching travel cots. We scoured the Mumsnet Talk forums, listened to parents and analysed bestseller lists to understand which products were getting it right. Based on this research we shortlisted 11 travel cots to be tested by one parent.
After three months of folding, moving and most importantly snoozing, the Joie Commuter Change (£79.99 from Uber Kids) came out on top.
The Commuter Change travel cot can be used from birth until your child is 15kg (around three years old) and has everything you could want when travelling with a baby. It comes with a full-size bassinet as standard and a very handy portable changing table that clips on top of the travel cot.
Assembly couldn't be easier, the main body of the cot comes in one piece, you simply lift the arms of the cot up and push the base down.
We love the generous size of the Joie Commuter, and the wheels on the base make it easy to move once set up. With its host of extra features, the Joie Commuter is a great piece of kit with a long lifespan and that's why we've awarded it Mumsnet Best Travel Cot 2018.
- Easy assembly
- Changing table and bassinet included in the price
- Changing table and bassinet don't fit into the carry bag
Price: £79.99 from Uber Kids
All prices on this page correct at the time of writing
How we tested travel cots
Each travel cot was tested using a range of ‘real world’ and standardised testing by one parent. By using one tester to test all of the products we were able to get a much clear idea of how the products compared to each other.
We made sure to use every cot for at least three nights, each time testing how easy they were to fold and unfold. We also put them through their paces for ease of lifting up and down stairs and into a car boot. Read more about how we tested travel cots.
The Joie Commuter Travel scored highly across all our key categories and that's why we think it's the best travel cot for most families.Read full review » Buy now
Best Compact Travel Cot 2018
Littlelife Arc 2
Littlelife's lightweight travel cot (£109.99 from John Lewis) is predominantly aimed at campers, but we think anyone can take advantage of this handy littleweight cot.
Designed like a tent, with two crossed poles, the Arc2 folds down into a backpack, which is light and easy to carry.
A mesh covering, means babies can easily look out on their surroundings and a zip down side, make it a great option for an outdoor play pen
- Only weighs 2.5kg
- Mesh net
- Easy to assemble
Best Luxury Travel Cot 2018
BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light
If you know you’re going to use your travel cot a lot, and you’re willing to splash out, the BabyBjorn Travel Cot light (£184.95 from Amazon) is a worthy investment.
Lightweight and extremely well built, this cot comes in a handy suitcase that is easy to carry.
We love the easy to clean zip off fabric cover and the soft mattress inside. Out of all the travel cots we tested, this one was the easiest to assemble, making it our pick for best luxury travel cot.
- Stylish design
- Machine washable fabric cover
- Easy to assemble
Best Midrange Travel Cot 2018
Phil & Teds Traveller
Weighing in at only 2.8kg, this is one of the lightest travel cots we tested. We love the generous size of the Traveller (£159.99 from Amazon), and the inflatable mattress, which although thin, seemed pretty comfortable to our mini tester.
It also fits into a handy bag which can be slung over the shoulder. Assembling this travel cot does take a little practice, but once you’ve mastered that, this spacious and well-designed cot bed will become a firm favourite.
- Self inflating mattress
- Zip down side
- Lightweight (2.8kg)
Best Budget Travel Cot 2018
Baby Dan Travel Cot
This sturdy and spacious travel cot has four fold-out walls and can double as a large playpen.
At 11.2kg it's a little heavier than some of the more expensive options, but the two wheels on the cot base make the Baby Dan (£74.95 from Amazon) easy to move around once set up.
The cot is also very simple to assemble and comes with a handy travel bag for easy transportation.
- Same size as a standard cot bed
- Very easy to assemble
How we test
Each of the travel cots was thoroughly tested, using a range of ‘real world’ and standardised testing. We made sure to use the each of the cots for at least three nights, each time testing how easy they were to fold and unfold. We also put them th...Read more »