Travel cots are portable, safe places for babies and toddlers to sleep when away from home. They’re lightweight, have collapsible sides and fold into a portable format with a carry handle, so great for holidays, breaks and overnight stays.
We’ve analysed the travel cot market and rigorously tested a range of different models. Each of our recommended travel cots has been used regularly by a journalist with a young baby or toddler. We’ve combined these results with feedback from mums to bring you our pick of the very best travel cot available to buy now.
For each item on our list we’ve considered age suitability, weight, size, price, stability, mattress, ease of assembly and various functionalities to help you when looking to buy a travel cot.
Top 10 best travel cots in UK
Here come our 10 best travel cots. Every product has specific features to serve multiple purposes. Find out which one pleases you most!
1. Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot
The cheapest cot on our list, the Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot is a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable but sturdy option. However, you may need to spend a little extra money as many of our users have found that the mattress is not substantial enough and that they’ve needed to buy another.
Where this travel cot does excel is the ease of assembly. “Once you have pulled up the handle in the bottom and un-assembled the cot, it is very easy to fold shut and put into the carry-bag,” stated our MFM reviewer Jessica. “Hassle-free and very quick.”
Its purse-friendly price point doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality – you’ll find plenty of useful design features like a full padded top rail and mesh sides to provide visibility. Our MFM reviewer and users also found it felt robust once built. One MFM user said, “It feels secure, with the side bars locking in place, and is sturdy enough to accommodate a lively toddler.”
2. Lionelo Flower Travel Cot
Flower is a 2 in 1 travel bed that serves also as a comfortable playpen. Thanks to changing table with an organizer, hoop with interactive toys and 2 mattress levels Flower is a fully universal center of rest and fun that accompanies the child for years. In additon, side entrance with a zipper allows the child to go in and out the playpen. The airy net guarantees not only perfect air circulation, but also the view of the sleeping or playing baby. Wheels with a lock ensure easy moving of the bed.
3. Hauck Disney Dream N Play Travel Cot
This stylish Hauck Disney Dream ‘n Play Travel Cot features a fresh and eye-catching design to appeal to little ones and parents alike and coordinates with the whole Hauck Disney range. Quick and easy to assemble, the innovative travel cot has two mesh sides and a removable mattress. When in use, the frame locks for security, to prevent unwanted folding. The fold is compact and perfect for storage, so you never have to worry about finding space to stow it away.
4. Koo-di Pop Up Bubble Cot
The Koo-di Pop Up Travel Bubble Cot is an alternative solution to the old fashioned heavy and bulky travel cots. Its light weight, super quick to put up and just as easy to put away – making this the perfect solution for restful sleep where ever your little one may be.
Suitable for use inside or outside in the garden, the Pop Up Travel Bubble Cot is ideal for home or away. It has an integrated zip up mosquito net to protect baby from insects and a comfortable padded base mattress to ensure they have comfortable sleep. It neatly packs away into its own carry bag when not in use.
5. Hauck Travel Cot Set
The Hauck Travel Cot is a practical and stylish place for your little one to relax. With a fun and colourful design, the cot features two solid end panels and two mesh sides so that you can keep an eye on your child at all times. The cot can also be used as a play area so you can be reassured that wherever you go your little one will have a safe place to sleep, play and be happy – when you’re done simply fold it away! A comfortable folding mattress and a carrying bag are included.
6. TERO-3494 Deluxe Travel Cot Graphite Grey
If you want to be prepared for reservations with children, this practical and comfortable travel cot should not be missed. Stowed away in a compact carrying bag, it can be stored anywhere and is quickly assembled and disassembled as a cot or playpen. Toy finds its place in the spacious utility bag. Thanks to the 2 wheels you can easily slide the travel cot into every room. In addition, the bed also has a handy loophole.
7. Lionelo Stefi Baby Playpen Cot
Side entrance with a zipper allows older children to enter and exit independently. Moreover, the lock is located on the outside of the playpen, so we can be sure that the child inside is safe and will not open it by himself. On both the longer and one short side there are airy nets that ensure adequate air circulation and a view of the child. The cot is also equipped with a high-quality mat made of foam with increased flexibility, which acts as a base and a place to play.
8. COSTWAY Portable Infant Baby Travel Cot
Due to its folding design, you can take it to anywhere as you like by packing it in the supplied carry bag, and it just takes you a while to fold or unfold it before using. Moreover, The product’s features mesh cloth on both sides, this netted areas allow your baby to see out clearly as well as an onlooker to see in to her/him, and it also offers great ventilation for your baby. COSTWAY cot is designed in two wheels and two legs, you can move it around easily without any problems with the help of two wheels, and there is no issue to worry the stability due to the two sturdy legs.
9. COSTWAY 3 in 1 Portable Travel Cot
This is the ultimate travel bassinet for baby, combining a comfortable sleep with the convenience of a change station and the storage space of a small diaper bag. Unzip the end panels to make diaper changing easy on the go! 5 zip compartments for storing diapers, creams, and other baby necessities with 1 insulated bottle cooler included. The bassinet bag has sturdy construction with thick mattress base, so baby can have a comfortable sleep! Includes a specially made fitted sheet free from velcro fasteners to keep baby safe. The travel system measures 30” x 16” x 7” inches open, making it appropriate for babies 0-12 months old. The bed folds in half to close, making it easy to stow away. Convenient to take on vacation or just out for the day.
10. COSTWAY 4 in 1 Portable Travel Cot
Are you still worried about the baby tumbling out of bed and falling? Are you looking for a suitable crib? Our portable cradle is a great choice for moms. Our Baby Crib is a sturdy and durable accessory that will provide your baby with hours of entertainment. This convenient item has several handy features, such as the double-layer design for babies of different ages. The easy-clean changer provides a place for quick diaper changes, and it can be detached to wash. This baby playpen also features an whirligig with three toys included and it is a roomy recreational area for rest or play. Additionally, it has a storage pocket that can hold toys, feeder or diapers. This crib is easy to set up and can be moved from room to room with ease. It is also the best choice to travel with children, which not only provides a comfortable rest environment for children but also saves parents a lot of trouble. Don’t hesitate to buy it!
How to choose a travel cot?
If you’re buying a new travel cot from a high street shop, ask to see it being assembled, and try carrying the packed cot around for a few minutes to see if it’s too heavy.
Watch out for flexible sides
Pop-up, tent-style travel cots may be super easy to put up and take down again, and look pretty cool, but their sides aren’t rigid, which means they may not take your weight if you fall against them (if you accidentally stumble in the night, for example). If you’re using this type of travel cot, be extra vigilant.
Test the cot folding mechanism
Folding mechanisms can be fiddly – although practice is often all that’s needed. Try unfolding, folding and lifting a few cots in the shop before you buy. If this isn’t possible, or you’re buying online, find out whether you can return the cot if you’re not happy with the folding mechanism once you’ve practised at home.
Easy-cleaning travel cots
Look for a removable frame cover, if possible, and a removable mattress cover to make cleaning and washing much easier.
Some models have a range of extra features, such as a changing mat that fits over the top of the cot, toy storage pockets, lullabies, a light show, or even a baby bouncer attachment. Think about whether you’ll use these – if not, you may be paying extra unnecessarily, and they’ll add to the weight and bulk overall.
Can a travel cot double as a playpen?
If you want the cot to double as a playpen, then four, rather than two, mesh sides will give you and your baby a better view.
I’m hoping this guide was helpful. Choosing the best baby travel cot doesn’t have to be hard, but you need to know what you want in terms of features and what you have to take into account given your room and listening limitations.