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 through their paces for ease of lifting up and down stairs and into a car boot.
We analysed the materials used for durability as well as looks, studying everything from the frame to the mattress, and we thoroughly checked out the safety features of each, looking for playpens that couldn’t be tipped over and mattresses that stayed put.
Last, but by no means least, we carried out a ‘comfort and joy’ test – asking how comfortable the children were in the travel cot? How much did they love it (or not), and how could each model make parents’ lives easier?
Having scored the travel cots on the above criteria, we then added into the equation their price, resale value and how long they would last (the maximum age or weight) to work out which model was the best of the best and which others deserved ‘honourable mentions’.
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