Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our big baby travel cot test 2021. Here we present all the baby travel cots that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best baby travel cot for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a baby travel cot.




Summary

  • When travelling, a travel cot is particularly suitable for children aged 0 to 3 years. This way, your child can sleep in a safe environment while travelling.
  • Travel cots have the advantage that they can be set up and taken down in no time. When folded up, you can transport the travel cot in a carry bag and store it easily thanks to its compact dimensions.
  • Depending on the age and needs of your child, you can choose a travel cot with basic or luxury features. For a healthy sleeping surface, however, an additional travel cot mattress is recommended for every cot.

The Best Baby Travel Cot: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a baby travel cot

Which mattress is best for baby travel cots?

The mattresses that come with the travel cot are about 2 cm thick, so your baby sleeps on a fairly hard surface. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to buy a suitable travel cot mattress, which is on average about 6 cm high. But which one is the right one? When buying a mattress, you should make sure that it is not too soft.

As soon as your child can walk, a soft mattress will not provide enough support for running, hopping and standing. The little feet will then sink too deeply into the soft mattress.

Baby cot mattress type Description
Standard additional mattress This type of mattress costs about 20 euros on average and ensures that your child sleeps on a soft surface. The cover is usually removable and can therefore be washed. A carrying bag for the mattress is also included.
Special mattress (with additional circulation) If your baby is still a little smaller, it is worth investing in a mattress that provides better air circulation. This prevents heat build-up and thus reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Travel cot mattresses with integrated ventilation systems cost around 30 - 40 euros.

When it comes to size, the decision is usually easy, because travel cots and therefore also mattresses almost all measure 60 × 120 cm. Most of them are foldable, some can even be rolled up. This makes them easy to transport.

The standard additional mattress costs about 20 euros on average and ensures that your child sleeps on a soft surface. The cover is usually removable and can therefore be washed.

A carrying bag for the mattress is also included. If your baby is still a little smaller, it is worth investing in a mattress that provides better air circulation. This prevents heat build-up and reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

In addition, mattresses in this price range have better lying properties and relieve the spine of your child. Travel cot mattresses with integrated ventilation systems cost around 30 - 40 euros.

Is there a travel cot without harmful substances?

According to Ökotest, toxic compounds, allergenic colourants and hydrocarbons suspected of causing cancer were found in various models. A substance that can irritate the skin and mucous membranes came out of three models.

If you want to avoid the risk of your child coming into contact with these substances, there are alternatives made of wood. A wooden bed that is easy to assemble and disassemble is, for example, the folding bed from Sämann Kindermöbel.

Another alternative is the feather cradle mentioned above. It is made of sheep's wool, which has a natural healing and anti-inflammatory effect.

In the travel cot test by Öko-Test (7/2012), the BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light, blue was chosen as the travel cot test winner. Although it is by far the most expensive bed in the test, it was the only one to pass the ingredients test with "GOOD". The testers were also impressed with the handling.

How do I assemble a travel cot?

The baby travel cots are designed so that you can set them up in a few minutes. However, if you find it a little difficult to assemble, it might help to have another look at the instructions.

Because most of the time the mistake is in the wrong order. According to customer reviews, it is important that the short sides snap into place first and then the long sides. Only then should you push the bottom through.

How heavy is a baby travel cot and what is the maximum weight of the child?

A lightweight travel cot is very advantageous when travelling. If you do without high-quality equipment and accessories, you can find travel cots that weigh about 7 kg - 10 kg. However, most travel cots weigh about 10 kg - 15 kg.

Alternatives such as the baby tent or the spring cradle are much lighter. They weigh about 3 kg to 10 kg. The maximum weight a child can weigh in a travel cot depends on the manufacturer's specifications.

The average is between 10 kg and 15 kg, and between 5 kg and 10 kg for a cradle.

From what age can a baby sleep in a travel cot?

A baby can theoretically sleep in a travel cot from the very beginning. However, it is important to choose the right equipment, such as a cot. In addition, newborns should be provided with an air-permeable wall. This prevents a build-up of heat and thus reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Up to what age can a child sleep in a travel cot?

How long a child can sleep in a travel cot depends mainly on the size and weight of the child. You should pay attention to the manufacturer's specifications. It is important that the child can move freely and stretch out while sleeping.

A baby travel cot offers toddlers between 0-3 years the possibility to sleep in a familiar atmosphere and a safe environment even when travelling. They are particularly quick and easy to set up and take down again. Due to their compactness, travel cots are easy to transport and store. (Photo: ddimitrova / pixabay.com)

Decision: What types of baby travel cots are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between four types of baby travel cots:

  • Classic travel cot
  • Luxury travel cot
  • Extra light travel cot
  • Travel cot tent

There are four categories of baby travel cots. In general, travel cots are particularly suitable for children aged 0 to 3 years, as they are quick and easy to set up and thus guarantee children a safe place to sleep when they are out and about.

The type of product you ultimately choose depends on the area of application and your personal preferences and requirements. In order to keep a clear overview and finally make the right decision, we will introduce you to the above-mentioned types and show you what their advantages and disadvantages are.

What makes a classic travel cot and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

One of the main advantages of a classic travel cot is that it is very inexpensive to buy. This makes such models particularly suitable for those parents who only occasionally travel away with their offspring.

A disadvantage is that there are usually no or only few accessories, so that additional necessities have to be bought separately.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive purchase
  • High stability
Disadvantages
  • No to few accessories

The classic travel cot usually consists of an aluminium frame. There is also a baby travel cot mattress and a baby insert. Because of their frame, such products are very stable and thus provide additional protection. These articles are offered by manufacturers such as Babyone, Hauck, Chicco and many more.

What makes a luxury travel cot and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As the name suggests, luxury travel cots have a particularly high quality finish compared to the other types and also have a very extensive range of features. However, they are also correspondingly more expensive than all other models.

Advantages
  • Extensive equipment
  • High-quality workmanship
Disadvantages
  • Expensive

Such models are especially recommended for parents who like to travel a lot. Even if your baby or toddler regularly stays with grandparents, for example, you are well advised to buy a luxury travel cot.

What makes an extra-light travel cot and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Light travel cots weigh between 2 and 4 kilograms and are therefore especially suitable for trips where not much luggage is to be taken along.

Our expert on travelling with children says "No matter what the weight of a travel cot is, all airlines will transport it for free." In addition, lightweight travel cots are also recommended for single parents, as they usually have to carry other luggage besides the travel cot when travelling. One disadvantage, however, is that your baby or toddler will sleep low (on the floor) in this model.

Advantages
  • Lightweight model
  • Easy to set up
  • Especially recommended for single parents and
Disadvantages
  • Distance between bed and floor low

This type of baby travel cot is a so-called pop-up travel cot, which is even easier to set up than the other types. These beds literally snap open and offer your baby or toddler a comfortable place to sleep after just a few seconds.

What makes a travel cot tent and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With a maximum weight of 3 kilograms, a travel cot tent is a lightweight model. Its compactness makes it particularly suitable for air travel and camping trips. One disadvantage of this product is the mattress, which is usually not included. This must be purchased separately.

Advantages
  • Lightweight model
  • Easy to store
Disadvantages
  • Mattress not included
  • Less suitable for playing

In recent years, the travel cot tent has appeared on the market. This is particularly easy to fold up, although it is again less suitable for playing.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate baby travel cots

In the following, you will find out which factors you can use to evaluate and compare travel cots. This will make it easier for you to decide which travel cot is right for you. In summary, these are:

  • Item weight
  • Maximum weight load
  • Equipment and accessories
  • Dimensions
  • Mattress
  • Colour

What the individual criteria are and how you can classify them is explained below.

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Whether just for travelling or for a longer visit to family and friends - a travel cot has many advantages. (Image source: Warrengoldswain / 123rf.com)

Item weight

The weight of the travel cot is an important criterion when deciding on a purchase. For example, if the travel cot has to be carried to the 3rd floor, a bed with a low weight is advantageous.

Often, beds without high-quality features and few accessories weigh less and are therefore suitable for travellers who value easy transport.

However, if the classic travel cots are all too heavy for you, lighter alternatives are also available. You can take a closer look at the baby tent and the inflatable travel cot in the "Decision" block.

Maximum weight load

The maximum weight load for most beds is around 15 kg. Most children reach this limit when they are about 3 years old. If you decide to use a cot, the maximum weight load is about 5 kg. If your child soon reaches the 15 kg limit, it is probably not worth investing in a classic travel cot. Most parents then switch to "adult beds" or air and folding mattresses.

Equipment and accessories

Purchase criteria in this category can be:

  • Exit
  • Rollers
  • Curtain
  • Changing mat
  • Play arch

The cradle, the changing mat and the play arch are usually also available separately. Your purchase decision should therefore rather depend on the equipment. Depending on the use and frequency, one or the other accessory can pay off.

To make your decision easier, you will find a nice overview with a description of the individual accessories in the following table.

Equipment and accessories Description
Exit A side exit for baby travel cots is particularly suitable for the "crawlers" and if the cot is used a lot. The baby can then easily crawl into the parents' bed through the small hole at the side, even in the dark. In addition, the exit can be closed from the outside to prevent crawling out.
Castors A travel cot with castors has at least two wheels attached to the side of the feet. It can be effortlessly pushed to another place in the room and is therefore well suited as an extra bed.
Enclosure A travel cot enclosure has the advantage that it raises the lying surface. The baby can thus be taken out of the cot very gently and carefully, which is very easy on the back.
Changing pad The baby changing pad is very popular with parents because the pad, which is covered with fabric and padding, can be attached to the travel cot very easily with plastic clips. It is very handy and practical, which also facilitates comfort on the go.
Play arch The play arch as an accessory provides the necessary occupation for a baby in the travel cot. It has a calming effect on the baby and also ensures that the parents can relax for once.

A well-equipped baby travel cot with practical accessories makes everyday life easier, especially when travelling.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the lying surface of most travel cots are 90 x 120 cm. This standard size makes it easier to buy an additional mattress. However, the dimensions of the bed when assembled can exceed the dimensions of the lying surface. This is relevant if there is only little space available for the bed.

The folding dimensions can be relevant for transport. For example, if you only have a small car boot or little storage space at home, a bed with small folding dimensions is suitable.

Mattress

A mattress is included with most models. However, this is usually only about 2 cm thick and is not healthy for your child's back in the long term.

Did you know that babies sleep an average of 16-18 hours in the first 3 months? In the first few months of life, babies have to develop their rhythm and learn to adjust to the day-night cycle.

Therefore, you should buy an additional travel cot mattress that provides a soft sleeping surface. Such mattresses are usually foldable and therefore easy to transport. If you want to know which folding mattress is the right one for you, you can read about this in the "Guide" section.

Designs

Most models are available in different colours and designs. There are many plain designs, but also colourful and ornate designs. When making your decision, you can either go by "girl or boy colours" or make the colour dependent on the design of your living space.

Facts worth knowing about baby travel cots

How do you get a baby used to a travel cot?

The first night in a new bed is unfamiliar, even for us adults. But to make sure your baby sleeps deeply and soundly in its new travel cot, there are a few things you can do to make it easier. Of course, there's one thing you can't do without in the new travel cot: your favourite cuddly toy!

Your baby is sleeping in a new environment and the familiar cuddly toy gives him security. Things like a breastfeeding pillow or a duvet cover from home also give him a familiar feeling. All in all, the cot should not differ too much from home.

Did you know that children need an optimal sleeping environment? A proper environment can be an important factor in preventing sudden infant death syndrome. It is important that the sleeping place is safe and has enough space for adequate air circulation. It is generally not advisable to let infants sleep permanently in a pram or carrycot.

It is often recommended to get the baby used to the bed at home. For example, you could put your baby in the travel cot for a nap so that he or she can get used to it. However, many mothers report that the baby starts to cry when it has to sleep in a new bed at home.

As a result, the baby then associates negative memories with the bed and may not want to sleep in it on the next trip. It would be better if the baby slept in it for the first time on holiday. Since the environment will be completely new anyway, the bed will not be a problem.

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