Best Budget Travel Cot 2018
Baby Dan Travel Cot review
The Baby Dan Travel Cot is a traditional-style travel cot, with four fold-out walls, which can double as a large playpen
There are wheels on two of the feet, making it easy to move once unfolded, and the whole structure feels sturdy and safe. If you’re on a budget, but still likely to use a travel cot a lot, this could be a good option.
The mattress feels quite thin and is covered in a wipe-downable nylon cover. However, neither of these things bothered the baby, who slept like a dream in this cot. Another selling point is that it comes with a bag, which you can loop over the end of the cot to hold toys, which is a nice touch.
In terms of space, this cot was the biggest we tested; it’s almost the same size as a standard cot bed. This was especially useful when it was used as a playpen, as there was plenty of room for a toddler to crawl around. It looks great, too, with a simple black-and-white design that will look classy for years to come. Unfortunately, the maximum weight limit is only 13.9 kg (around 18 months), less than many competitors, which may have an impact on your decision if you’re looking for something with longevity.
We love our BabyDan. It's very easy to assemble and once up feels sturdy. It's a bit longer than some travel cots, which is perfect if you have a tall child like us. One thing to note - it is a little heavier than some other travel cots but can be pulled along on its wheels when you're on the move.
And speaking of weight, this travel cot weighs in at a hefty 11.2kg, meaning you would need to be travelling by car as we can’t really see anyone lugging this on and off a train. However, what you lose in portability you gain in structure; the Baby Dan cot felt very sturdy. We also loved how it folds in one piece, no assembly required – just pull the sides up and into place – which might go some way to convincing the more flatpack-averse parents.
Overall, this is a basic travel cot that does just what it says on the tin. Despite the downsides, we really liked it; it looks great, is easy to assemble, and was a big favourite with our tester’s baby. For less than £60, you really couldn’t ask for more.
Suitable from: Birth to 13.6 kg
Weight: 11.2 kg
Dimensions when folded: H85 x W24 x L25 cm
Resale value: £22.14
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