Last updated: 16/10/2022

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How we pick our products

23Products analysed

40Hours spent

36Evaluated articles

138User reviews

Welcome to our big travel cot test 2022. Here we present all the children’s travel beds 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 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 definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a travel cot.




Summary

  • A travel cot is particularly suitable for children between 0 and 3 years of age on trips of any kind.
  • Depending on the age of the child and the intended use, you can choose between a classic travel cot, a luxury travel cot with high-quality equipment or a very light and quick to assemble and disassemble pop-up travel cot.
  • An additional travel cot mattress, which provides a healthy sleeping surface, should definitely be purchased as well.

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Guide: Questions you should deal with before buying a baby travel cot.

Why do I need a travel cot and how does it work?

Whether it’s a beach holiday, camping or visiting relatives – on trips of any kind, it’s important that your child finds a safe and restful sleep even in a foreign environment.

If you as parents travel moderately to frequently and your child is always on board, the purchase of a baby travel cot is recommended.

A baby travel cot offers babies and toddlers from 0-3 years a comfortable and restful sleep even when travelling. They can be set up and taken down within minutes and are easy to store and transport due to their compactness. (Image source: pixabay.com / emrah özaras)

For a safe and secure sleep for the child, it is important that the walls are unpadded and ideally made of a mesh fabric. This significantly reduces the risk of suffocation.

A travel cot also needs a thin and foldable mattress, which can be stored in a carrying bag together with the bed frame if possible. A height-adjustable bed or a harness is also a must-have, especially for those who want to protect their backs.

For whom and especially for what age is a travel cot suitable?

As the name children’s or baby travel bed suggests, the bed is particularly suitable for children between 0-3 years of age when travelling. However, the age is only a guideline.

How long a child can sleep in a travel cot depends more on the size and weight of the child.

The various manufacturers give corresponding specifications that must be observed. The decisive factor is that your child has enough space while sleeping and can move freely.

What is the maximum weight of a children’s travel cot and how many kilograms can the child weigh?

If you want to travel with your child and luggage and often travel by train or plane, you know that a lightweight travel cot can be very advantageous. Here it depends on the respective model and the type of travel cot.

Baby travel cots that are not equipped with particularly high-quality features and accessories weigh about 8 kg to 10 kg. As a rule, however, the weight of common travel cots is around 10 kg to 15 kg.

The maximum body weight of the child also depends on the manufacturer’s specifications. In most cases it is between 10 kg and 15 kg.

Other models, such as the pop-up travel cot or the baby tent, are much lighter than classic travel cots. They weigh between 2 kg and 4 kg.

Various models are also permitted up to 25 kg. If the cot has an additional curtain, the maximum weight is between 5 kg and 10 kg.

How much does a travel cot cost?

There is a very wide price range between the different children’s travel beds. Depending on the manufacturer/brand and type of travel cot, the cost varies greatly. For example, the range can go from about 15 euros to 250 euros in some cases.

For classic children’s travel cots, a price of about 30 euros to 60 euros can be expected. If you are looking for a very high-quality “luxury travel cot”, you will end up in the higher price category and can even get rid of up to 250 euros.

Travel cot type price range
Classic travel cot for children approx. 25-50 euros
Luxury travel cot for children approx. 50-250 euros
Pop-up travel cot approx. 15-100 euros

Due to their sometimes very simple design, pop-up travel beds are available for as little as approx.15 euros, although there are also models that can cost up to 100 euros.

It is also possible to buy well-preserved children’s travel beds second-hand, for example, on ebay Kleinanzeigen, so that the price is much lower.

Is there a travel cot without harmful substances?

According to Ökotest 2014, various models contain toxic compounds, allergenic colourants and even hydrocarbons suspected of causing cancer. Antimony, a substance that can irritate the skin and mucous membranes, was found in three models.

Those who do not want to come into contact with these substances in the first place can, for example, resort to the alternative of wooden travel beds. An untreated wooden bed that is easy to assemble and disassemble is, for example, the height-adjustable folding bed from Sämann Kindermöbel.

The BabyBjörn travel cot Light, silver also meets the requirements of Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1 for baby products and is free of substances that are hazardous to health. However, it is also by far the most expensive travel cot.

What are alternatives to a travel cot if my child is too big, too heavy or too old?

There are various alternatives that can be considered for larger, heavier or older children from around 4 years of age.

  • Inflatable travel cot: An inflatable travel cot can be a good alternative to the classic children’s travel cot. Because the lying surface rests completely on the floor, this bed is much more resilient. In addition, it does not take up much space when uninflated and is therefore very transportable.
  • Foldable guest bed: A foldable or collapsible guest bed would also be conceivable. On the one hand, the advantage is that it is usually the same height as a “normal” bed and you therefore have optimal visual contact with your child. On the other hand, you can also use the guest bed for other adult guests. Nevertheless, it is rather bulky and unwieldy for travelling, even when folded.
  • Folding mattress: A simple folding mattress is also a useful alternative for travelling with children. Combined with a sleeping bag, your child will be very well taken care of. A practical feature is that the mattress is foldable and therefore takes up little space when not in use.
  • Air mattress: A fourth alternative to the classic travel cot can be an air mattress. However, it is important to make sure that your child does not sleep on it for too many nights in a row, as it rocks and sways. Unfortunately, it is not very comfortable.

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

If you want to buy a travel cot, you can basically choose between three types of baby travel cots:

  • Classic travel cot
  • Luxury travel cot
  • Pop-up travel cot

All three travel cots are designed to guarantee your baby or toddler a safe place to sleep when travelling.

However, each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the area of application and personal preferences or requirements, one or the other travel cot is suitable for you and your child.

In the following section, we would like to make your purchase decision easier.

What are the characteristics of a classic travel cot and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The classic travel cot is usually a bed with a thin mattress. Often a carrycot is also included. Other accessories, such as a crib or changing mat, are usually not included and must be ordered separately.

The frame of almost all classic travel cots is made of aluminium, which ensures a relatively high level of stability. Visually and in terms of shape, these beds are kept very simple and plain.

These beds are either plugged together or can be assembled and disassembled using a folding mechanism.

Advantages
  • High stability
  • visual contact with the child
  • good price-performance ratio
Disadvantages
  • No to few accessories
  • assembly and disassembly often more complex

The latter seems to be somewhat easier to handle, although some practice is required here as well. In addition, many models can be adjusted in height so that there is visual contact with the child.

Manufacturers include Hauck, Tectake, Fillikid and many more.

Overall, classic children’s travel beds offer quality, performance and features at a good and fair price and are suitable for those parents who only occasionally travel with their offspring.

What distinguishes a luxury travel cot and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

As can be seen from the name “luxury travel cot”, these beds have a very high quality finish compared to the other types and are characterised by an additional very extensive range of features.

Advantages
  • High-quality workmanship
  • Extensive accessories
Disadvantages
  • High price
  • Not worth it for the average consumer

The design is also more striking here. Accordingly, they are also more expensive.

Such models are mainly recommended for parents who like to travel frequently. But even if your child regularly stays overnight with grandma and grandpa, for example, a luxury travel cot can be the right choice for you.

What are the features of a pop-up travel cot and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Pop-up travel cots, which in most cases also include baby travel tents, are extremely lightweight travel cots that weigh only 2 to 4 kilograms.

This makes them especially suitable for journeys by train or plane, where not much additional luggage should be taken along. Such lightweight cots are especially recommended for single parents.

But these models can also be advantageous for the beach or for outdoor camping, as they usually have UV protection and a canopy with mosquito net. This way your child can also sleep peacefully outside.

Advantages
  • Very light transport weight
  • Easy and quick assembly and disassembly
  • Especially recommended for single parents
  • Ideal for outdoors
Disadvantages
  • No height-adjustable construction
  • Limited visual contact
  • No mattress included
  • Low construction height

But it’s not just the light weight and tent shape, but also the very easy assembly and disassembly that speak in favour of choosing a pop-up travel bed. These beds literally pop up by themselves and offer your child a comfortable place to sleep within seconds.

However, the disadvantage of this model is that your child lies low (on the floor) and thus the visual contact is limited compared to a classic travel cot. There is usually no mattress included, so the surface is too hard for a comfortable sleep.

In addition, the height is often too low due to the canopy, so that your child, if it is already older, can only stand up to a limited extent.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate children’s travel cots

In the following, you will find out which aspects you can use to evaluate and compare travel cots. This will make it easier for you to decide between the many possible models.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Maximum weight load
  • Dimensions
  • Product weight
  • Mattress
  • Features and accessories
  • Handling
  • Design

In the following paragraphs we will explain what the individual criteria are and how you can classify them.

Maximum weight load

The maximum weight load for most travel cots is around 15 kg, for a few models up to 25 kg.

The limit of 15 kg is reached for most children at the age of about 3 years. This also reflects the manufacturer’s age recommendation of 0 to 3 years already mentioned. If a harness is also chosen, the maximum weight is about 5 kg.

If your child weighs more than 25 kg, it should sleep in a conventional travel cot, as most children’s travel cots can no longer withstand a weight of more than 25 kg. (Image source: unsplash.com / Allen Taylor)

If it is foreseeable that your child will soon reach the 15 kg limit, it is questionable whether the investment in a travel cot is still worthwhile.

This is where the alternatives mentioned in the guide come into play, such as an air or folding mattress.

Dimensions

The lying surface of most travel cots has a standard size of 120 x 60 cm. This simplifies the additional purchase of a mattress with this standard size.

However, when the cot is assembled, the dimensions may vary and therefore exceed the dimensions of the lying surface. This specification can be relevant if the space in the room is limited.

The folding dimensions of the cot are also very important, especially for transport. A small folding size is suitable, for example, if you have a small car boot or little storage space at home.

Product weight

The weight of the travel cot plays a decisive role for transport on journeys and is therefore an important purchase criterion.

The lighter the travel cot is, the easier it is to transport it from A to B. If you decide on a classic travel cot, your cot will weigh between 10 and 15 kg, as already described in the guide.

The much lighter version, the pop-up travel cot, weighs about 2 kg to 4 kg and is therefore suitable for travellers who value easy transport.

Mattress

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

Sleep is extremely important, especially for newborns, as they still have to get used to the day-night rhythm in the first year of life. (Image source: pixabay.com / peridotmaize)

Therefore, when buying a travel cot for children, the mattress is also a very decisive criterion, especially for the still very small offspring.

Most models come with a very thin mattress of about 2 cm thickness. However, this is often very hard, so that it is not healthy for your baby’s back in the long term.

Therefore, you should definitely buy an additional travel cot mattress to provide your child with the best sleeping comfort. Such mattresses are softer, thicker and usually also foldable, which makes transport easier. You can find out exactly which mattress is suitable in the “Trivia” section.

Equipment and accessories

The following criteria belong to the accessories or equipment

  • Changing mat
  • Cradle
  • Carrycot
  • Play arch
  • Castors
  • Entry and exit
  • Mosquito net

Good equipment and appropriate accessories can make everyday life easier when travelling.

  • Changing mat: A padded and fabric-covered changing mat that clips easily to the sides of the travel cot is very popular with parents. It is handy and also makes it comfortable when travelling.
  • Cradle: The cradle raises the travel cot and allows the child to be lifted out of the travel cot, which is easy on the back. This is particularly suitable for very young children under the age of one. This way, they can see much more of their surroundings.
  • Carrycot: A carrycot is usually part of the equipment and makes transport on journeys much easier.
  • Play bow: The play bow provides the necessary occupation for a baby in the travel cot. Its calming effect means your child can lie relaxed in the cot. A nice side effect: you as parents can also take a deep breath.
  • Castors: A travel cot with castors usually has two wheels attached to the side of the base. This makes it easy to move the bed around the room.
  • Entry and exit: The entry and exit is usually on the side of the bed and is ideal for children who can already crawl. The baby can crawl in and out under observation. If you prefer to avoid crawling out, the exit can be closed from the outside.
  • Mosquito net: If you want to protect your baby from annoying insects, there is the possibility of attaching a mosquito net (usually in the form of a bow) above the bed. This accessory is especially practical in the summer months.

Handling

Another important criterion is the handling of the travel cot.

Here it is mainly a matter of being as easy as possible to assemble and disassemble. How is the travel cot designed? Can I put it together, fold it up and fold it down, or is it a pop-up travel cot that virtually pops up by itself?

Depending on the frequency of use and personal preferences, one or the other model is suitable, as described in the decision section.

Design

Most classic travel cots are very simple in design. Luxury travel cots or pop-up travel cots are a little more elaborate in terms of design.

Nevertheless, you can choose between different colours and child-friendly designs for most models. So you can either orientate yourself on “girls’ or boys’ colours” or adapt the colour to your interior design.

However, this is a travel cot that you will probably only use in other rooms outside your home. Therefore, the design should not be the main criterion.

Facts worth knowing on the subject of children’s travel cots

How do I assemble and disassemble a travel cot?

How exactly you assemble the bed depends, of course, on the design of the bed. Most children’s travel beds are designed so that they can be assembled in a few minutes.

If you still have problems setting up the bed, it may help to take another look at the instructions that are hopefully included.

With the classic travel cots, it is often a case of plugging the parts together. Here, the mistake is usually in the correct order.

According to customer reviews, you should first put the head and foot sections together before you put the side sections together, otherwise there is too much tension and it won’t work.

Which additional mattress should I buy for the baby travel cot?

When buying an additional travel cot mattress, you should make sure that the mattress is not too soft. As soon as your child can stand or walk, a mattress that is too soft will not provide enough support and the little feet will sink too deeply into the mattress.

In terms of size, the decision is easy because almost all beds and therefore also the mattresses have the standard size of 60 x 120 x 6 cm. In addition, they are usually foldable or rollable and are therefore easy to store and transport.

Standard additional mattress

The standard additional mattress offers a soft base, is usually removable and therefore also washable.

Often a carrying bag is also included. The cost is about 20 Euros.

Premium mattress (with additional circulation)

The Premium mattress with additional circulation is especially suitable for smaller babies, as they provide better air circulation. They are breathable and prevent heat build-up, which reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

In addition, they are usually tested for harmful substances and are allergy-friendly. The spine of your child is also relieved by the better lying properties. Such mattresses with integrated ventilation systems cost between 30 and 40 euros.

How do I clean the travel cot?

With babies and toddlers, it is of course not surprising that things sometimes go down the drain or food remains stick to the mattress.

There are four areas that you should clean regularly on your travel cot:

  • Bed linen
  • Cover and frame
  • Travel cot mattress
  • Bed linen

Therefore, a travel cot should be cleaned every now and then for reasons of hygiene and health. But don’t worry. Most baby travel cots are very easy and uncomplicated to clean.

Bed linen

Depending on how often you use the travel cot or if your little darling has a mishap, you should wash all the cot bedding thoroughly in the washing machine at least once a week.

When washing your child’s bedding, make sure that you wash it hot enough to kill as many bacteria as possible.

Cover and frame

Since the cover of the mattress is usually removable, you can easily put it in the washing machine about once a week or wipe it down with a damp cloth. The bed frame of most beds can also be easily washed with lukewarm water and a little washing-up liquid.

Be careful when choosing the cleaning agent and only use agents whose ingredients are compatible with small children.

Alternatively, you can also use children’s shampoo. This way, everyday dirt can be easily removed.

Travel cot mattress

The travel cot mattress should also be cleaned thoroughly every four to six weeks. To do this, you can put the mattress, which is usually made of foam, in a lukewarm bathtub with some commercially available detergent and let it soak for one to two hours.

Then wash it by hand, rinse it thoroughly, squeeze it out and hang it out to dry in the fresh air.

We also recommend airing and turning the mattress at regular intervals. This has a positive effect on hygiene and the shape of the mattress is maintained.

How do I get my child used to its travel cot?

To make sure that your baby feels comfortable in a foreign environment and even more so in its new travel cot, you can get it used to it with a few tricks.

The baby’s sleeping environment is essential for healthy sleep. According to research, it is said to be a decisive factor in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

It is important that the sleeping situation on the road does not differ too much from the one at home. So the favourite cuddly toy, cuddly blanket or even the duvet cover from home should not be missing in the travel cot.

The familiar cuddle cloth or the smell of the duvet cover give him a familiar and secure feeling.

One might think that it would also make sense to acclimatise the child to the new travel cot, e.g. during a nap at home.

However, babies then very often start crying and thus associate negative memories with the bed, so that they probably won’t want to sleep in it on the next holiday either.

With their favourite cuddly toy in their arms, a restful sleep is guaranteed even in the new, unfamiliar travel cot. (Image source: pixabay.com / FotoRieth)

Consequently, it is better if your child sleeps in its baby travel cot for the first time on the trip. Together with the already new environment, it will then certainly find its sleep in the new travel cot.

Picture source: 123rf.com / 85439

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