Best High-End Travel Cot 2019
BabyBjorn Easy Go review
For those with a bigger budget, the luxury and comfort of the BabyBjorn Easy Go makes sleepovers easy no matter where you go.
Verdict in 10 seconds
- Can be set up in one swift movement
- Mattress and travel cot fabric is removable and machine-washable
- Material does not contain harmful or allergenic substances so can be chewed by little mouths
- Small travel cot so convenient to take on long or short trips
- Simple set-up
- Soft, airy mesh fabric allows baby to breathe freely even if their face gets close to the side of the cot
- Sturdy and durable construction
- Materials are kind to baby’s skin and safe to taste
- A fitted sheet for the mattress has to be bought separately
- It’s one of the more expensive travel cots around
What are the key features?
- No loose parts to attach as the legs unfold automatically and the mattress has a built-in base plate which keeps the cot standing upright
- Weighs just 6kg and folds into a carry bag
- Mattress is sturdy
- Mesh sides allow you to keep an eye on your baby and your baby to keep an eye on you
What are the specs?
- Suitable from: Birth to three years (or until your child is able to climb out)
- Dimensions: W 64 x L 112 x H 82 cm
- Folded dimensions: W 14 x L 60 x H 49 cm
- Mattress dimensions: W 60 x L 105 x H 4 cm
- Weight: 6kg (including carry bag)
- RRP: £219.99
- Complies with the EN 716 safety standard for folding cots and national fire safety requirements
- Mattress and carry bag included
- Extras to buy: Fitted sheet (£21.99)
The BabyBjorn is definitely the best travel cot we've used and was worth the extra money.
How safe is the BabyBjorn Easy Go?
BabyBjorn's Easy Go is incredibly well made. The travel cot is sleek in design and well thought out with no gaps or pieces that could put a child at risk.
The fabric and mattress are made from polyster and are also fire retardant. All the loose parts that could pose a choking hazard, such as the zips, are covered too.
The cot has netting all the way round with a folded material top which zips onto metal legs, and the mattress is made of foam and comes in a zipped-up case. A separate fitted sheet can be bought for the mattress at £21.99.
In order for the mattress to be used safely, it must be placed in the bottom of the cot and secured to the legs through holes in each corner. Don’t worry about small fingers being trapped in these holes, though, as they are beneath the mattress and impossible for a child to access.
Despite it looking flimsier than other travel cots on the market (the sides are made almost entirely of mesh), the cot is surprisingly strong and sturdy.
Our tester, Ruth's, 18-month-old son pulled on the sides and rolled around inside and it also took being knocked into by her older children from the outside.
The base of the cot is wider than the top which helps with stability, making it difficult to topple over, and the frame locks as soon as you put the cot up.
The material is also breathable and made from non-harmful substances so it is safe if your child decides to explore the cot with their mouth.
How easy is it to assemble?
It couldn’t be easier to assemble the Easy Go. There is an instruction manual attached to the bottom of the travel cot case in a clear plastic cover which means you always have a handy place to store it.
The cot can be put up and taken down without the manual, but the instructions are easy to follow nonetheless. Once you’ve done it the first time, you’re unlikely to need the instructions again.
If you lose the booklet there are also instructions on the BabyBjorn website that can be downloaded, however they don't provide any video instructions.
It took Ruth less than a minute to assemble the Easy Go as there were only two pieces to fit together (including the mattress) and the cover was already zipped on. The only part our tester found fiddly was attaching the mattress to the poles.
How does it look?
We loved the aesthetic of the BabyBjorn Easy Go and the light colours complement any home décor too. It comes in two colours – Anthracite, a dark grey, and Greige, which is slightly lighter and also the colour we tested. The legs have also been styled in a lighter tone to match the colour of the fabric.
Ruth's child loved lying in this calm environment and the advantage of all the sides being entirely made of mesh fabric meant that he could see out without having to sit or stand up. A big bonus when you are trying to get your baby to sleep.
What's the BabyBjorn Easy Go like to use day-to-day?
At 6kg, this travel cot is very light and easy to move around so can be picked up and put down as needed. It also packs down into a compact case which makes transportation easy and the crib a dream to use anywhere in the house.
You don't need to dismantle it entirely to get it through a doorway, but you do need to release the mattress from the poles so you can fold it down and move it.
The handy carry case is compact and ensures the cot will fit easily under the bed or in a cupboard when stored away. It also makes it really easy to take in the car for overnight stays or stow in an overhead cabin on a plane for holidays abroad.
Ruth took the BabyBjorn Easy Go to a friend’s house so her son could nap in it and he was more than happy to be left to sleep as he could see his surroundings through the breathable mesh sides. When it comes to lifting baby in and out, the mattress is fairly close to the floor so she had to lean in to put her son into the cot.
The Easy Go doesn’t take up much space when assembled and can be placed in any corner of the room. There are no separate attachments so it’s easy to take apart as and when and it could be used as a playpen for a younger child. Once they get past the age of two though, you would struggle to leave a child in the cot to play.
This cot is suitable to sleep in from birth up the age of three, so offers good longevity.
How easy is it to clean?
One of the great things about this cot is that all the fabric is machine-washable at 40 degrees (mattress cover at 60 degrees). You just unzip the cover – or detach the mattress from the poles – and put it in the machine.
While the fabric colours are light, the fact that it is machine-washable mean that stains and finger marks are still easy to remove.
The frame can be wiped down with a cloth, but this is easier to do once the mesh and material has been unzipped from the frame.
Ruth spilled orange juice on the cot as she packed it away but was able to unzip the covers and put it straight into the washing machine to make sure it didn’t stain. Everything was then left to dry naturally before being reassembled and then put back into the carry case.
The mattress cover unzips so the hard-backed board could also be wiped down and the foam cleaned with a sponge if necessary, although we didn't try this out during testing.
I know it's pricey, but it's so bloody good. Now on its third occupant and still as good as new.
What about value for money?
We're still debating whether the Easy Go worth its £200 price point despite its high quality, but, for those with a higher budget, it won't matter too much.
There are other cots available, like the Phil & Teds Traveller, which is similar in design and almost half the price, but if you can get your hands on a second-hand version of the BabyBjorn Easy Go then it definitely will have been money well spent.
The BabyBjorn Easy Go is the ultimate in comfort, luxury and safety. The main drawback, of course, is that the price tag will be out of reach for a lot of parents, but when it comes overall design, the BabyBjorn is a winner.
Not only is it sturdy, simple to clean and a doddle to transport, which is essential for any travel cot, it also offers a good amount of flexibility and, more importantly, a safe and comfy night's sleep for your little one.
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All prices correct at time of publication
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