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Top 7 Best Travel cots of 2021

Anna Lavfors

Updated June 17, 2021

In need of a cozy and safe place for your baby to sleep when away from home? We've tested travel cots from brands such as Babybjorn, Aeromoov and Bugaboo. For a travel cot to become best in test, it needs to be comfortable for the baby, easy and quick to fold up and down and preferably be able to accommodate children of different ages.

Top 6 Best Travel cots of 2021

How we did the test

Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.

We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our test of travel cots, we asked normal families with small children from newborn up to preschool age to test different models of cot. They were used in summer homes, taken on car trips to visit relatives, travelled by train to ski resorts and went on holidays in the sun. The families and children then evaluated the travel cot – what it’s like to use both from the child and adult’s perspective. We also asked an expert in children’s products to provide their opinion on each travel cot.

  • Use: Is the cot comfortable for the child to sleep in, can the height of the sleeping surface be adjusted and is it easy for the parent to put the child into or remove them from the cot?

  • Transport and storage: How much space does the cot take up when unfolded and how neat is it when folded. Does it include a storage bag and is the cot light to carry?

  • Assembly: Is it easy to assemble the cot, how long does it take to unfold and are any instructions easy to understand?

As well as these aspects, each travel cot’s design and price have been taken into account. The final opinion has then formed the basis for giving the product a score and has determined which travel cot was named as best in test.

1. AeroMoov Pop-Up – BEST CHOICE TRAVEL COT 2021

Travel cot with adjustable height sleeping surface that’s so easy to unfold a child can do it

Price class: Medium Size, folded: 71 x 72 x 12 cm Size, unfolded: 130 x 92 x 63 cm Weight with storage bag: 5 kg Mattress: Included Mattress dimensions: 80 x 60 cm/110 x 60 cm Adjustable bottom: Yes Maximum weight: 15 kg Storage bag: Included Washable: Can only be wiped with a damp cloth, warm water and mild detergent

AeroMoov Instant Travel Cot

The AeroMoov Pop-Up is incredibly easy to unfold. You can literally have it done in five seconds, which means that it doesn’t feel at all fiddly to pack the cot away every day if you're staying in a cramped holiday cottage or in a small hotel room. Folding it up again is pretty much as easy too – you simply twist the cot into a flat package again and pack it into the storage case that’s included. One major plus with the AeroMoov Pop-Up is that the bed has two different heights. A higher, and in terms of bed area smaller, sleeping position is intended for the smallest babies who can’t get up in bed. The higher position is 30 cm up from the ground, which makes a bigger difference than you'd think to the parent’s back when it comes to putting your baby in the cot. The lower position is spacious and a normal sized three-year-old can sleep comfortably in it. You can easily adapt the mattress to the different bed levels. You can simply remove the lower third of the mattress using a zip.

This is a well-designed travel cot. That’s clear from the details. As well as the different height positions, the AeroMoov allows for better ergonomics for the parent by having space in the bed frame for the parent to put their feet when they stand beside it. This means you can get closer to the cot and don’t need to bend your back as unnaturally. Comfort levels for the sleeping child are good. The only thing one of the larger test children asked for was an opening so they could get in and out themselves. On the other hand, parents may be reassured by knowing that the child can’t leave the cot on their own during the night. The mattress is relatively thin but none of the children complained that the cot wasn’t comfortable. AeroMoov also offer several accessories, such as mosquito net for the cot, a sun hood, tailor-made sheets and a mattress protector. Out of the new crop of travel cots, the AeroMoov Pop-Up definitely feels like the model that gives most function for your money.

Astonishingly simple to unfoldhas two different height positionsspace for your feet when you’re putting your child in or taking them out
Rather thin mattress

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2. Inovi Cocoon – BEST FOR BABIES

Perfect cosy travel cot for the small baby, small when folded with practical built-in mosquito net

Price class: Medium Size, folded: 46 x 41 x 13 cm Size, unfolded: 85 x 47 x 59 cm Weight with storage bag: 4.3 kg Mattress: Yes Mattress dimensions: 78 x 41 cm Adjustable bottom: No Maximum weight: 10 kg Storage bag: Yes Wash: Can only be wiped with a damp cloth, warm water and mild detergent

Inovi Cocoon

At first glance, the Inovi Cocoon with its relatively short period of use perhaps looks like a typical unnecessary purchase. But if you have even the smallest need for an extra sleeping space for your baby, this is an incredibly practical product. This small travel cot or extra bed requires a good bit of assembly before you first use it. For instance, you have to screw on the plastic feet with a screwdriver. But after that, you can easily click the cot together in just a couple of minutes when you need it. The manufacturer gets extra points for not requiring you to use your nails to fiddle with the small metal catches you have to undo when you’re packing away the travel cot. Instead there’s a built in plastic cover you can use to dismantle the construction.

Our test families were totally floored by both the design and function in the Cocoon. The cot is really beautifully designed with quilted details. It feels very cosy for a small child, with a soft mattress in the bottom. The bed area holds a baby nest, so even an infant can sleep securely there. The folding mosquito net with a built-in stand works exactly as well as promised, with the bonus effect that it can also give the baby a bit of peace and quiet from inquisitive bigger siblings. The cot is well ventilated with mesh in the sides and in every way pretty much a perfect sleeping place in the summer or on a holiday in the sun. It’s also so small that packed in the storage bag it can travel as hand baggage. The only thing that isn’t brilliant about it is the zip on the storage bag, which sometimes sticks. But this is a minor issue in this context, and the Inovi Cocoon quickly becomes an essential aspect of the first six months with your child.

Easy to move aroundvery cosy for the babyvery small when folded
Fabric not machine washable

3. Baby Björn Light – TOP RESULT

Airy and spacious travel cot that’s easy to fold and unfold

Price class: Premium Size, folded: 49 x 60 x 14 cm Size, unfolded: 82 x 112 x 64 cm Weight with storage bag: 6 kg Mattress: Included Mattress dimensions: 60 x 105 cm Adjustable bottom: No Maximum weight: No maximum weight Storage bag: Included Washable: Cot fabric: Machine wash 40 degrees Mattress cover: Machine wash 60 degrees

BabyBjörn BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light

Baby Björn’s Light travel cot is one of the more expensive models on the market but it’s quickly clear that this is a quality product. The travel cot comes in a storage bag with simple carrying handles. The Baby Björn Light is small enough when folded to make the travel cot easy to handle, and easy to get in the car even with other baggage. As the name implies, it’s also light, weighing just 6 kg. The travel cot includes a mattress that you fasten in the bottom so it can’t slide about. You can buy special fitted sheets, but you can also use normal sheets. It’s pretty much impossible to fail at unfolding the cot, and folding it is easy too provided you’ve read the exhaustive instructions that come with it.

There’s nothing negative to say about comfort levels for the sleeping child. The mattress isn’t particularly thick, but it’s perfectly sufficient for a child to sleep on and the bed area is very spacious. Because the bottom is on the floor, there’s no upper weight limit. So as long as the child has space to sleep comfortably, you can use the Baby Björn Light as a travel cot or extra bed. The construction is so stable that even a child of around one year can lean against the edges for support while standing without there being any risk that the cot will tip over. It’s quite deep down to the bottom, which is a minus when you need to lay a small child or a sleeping child in the cot. But the Baby Björn Light is convenient in every other way, and in many ways this is the essence of the modern travel cot.

Very straightforward to unfoldlong period of usehigh quality materials
A long way down to the bottom if you’re laying down a sleeping child

4. Bugaboo Stardust

High quality travel cot for young children in families that travel a lot

Price class: Premium Size, folded: 85 x 63 x 15 cm Size, unfolded: 98 x 63 x 85 cm Weight with storage bag: 8.5 kg Mattress: Included Mattress dimensions: 90 x 52 cm Adjustable bottom: Yes Maximum weight: Infant position: 9 kg Lower position: 15 kg or max. 89 cm long child Storage case: Included Washable: 30 degrees machine wash for all fabrics

Bugaboo Stardust Travel Cot

The classic, simple model of travel cot – as many parents already know – means a tough wrestling match every time you need to set it up or dismantle it. And it’s rare that you feel like a winner afterwards. So it’s nice that the characteristic that most stands out with the Bugaboo Stardust is that the cot is amazingly easy to handle.

Quick and easy folding

To unfold the travel cot, you undo two press studs on each side and pull apart. The cot is ready for your child to sleep in it in seconds. To fold the Stardust again, you press in the white buttons on the long sides of the cot and push the cot bottom upwards with your foot. The cot folds up square and flat, making it easy to pack into your car.

The Bugaboo Stardust’s cot bottom can be adjusted to two different heights. The higher, newborn, position places the baby at a very comfortable height from the parent's perspective. It’s a bit fiddly to get the bottom into newborn position, as the zip is in a corner where it’s difficult to reach. When you’re folding the cot in newborn position, the mattress must first be removed. In the lower height position, the mattress can stay in place when the Stardust is folded.

Maximum length reduces use time

The main disadvantage with the Bugaboo Stardust is the short period of use. The maximum weight of 15 kg is standard. However, the maximum length of the cot is 89 cm, which means your child will grow out of it at about two years of age. But much else about this travel cot is good. The mattress is soft and comfortable. All of the covers can be removed and washed in a washing machine. And the included storage case is sturdy and keeps the cot clean during trips.

When it comes to children, there’s never any guarantee of a good night's sleep. But the adjustable sleeping area height, together with good sleeping comfort and extremely convenient folding provide the best possible conditions. Although the cot is expensive, the Bugaboo Stardust can be considered as worth its price if you plan to spend many nights away from home during the first year with your baby.

Easy to foldadjustable cot bottom heightcomfortable mattresscompact when folded
Rather short period of usea bit fiddly to set up newborn position

5. BabyTrold

Classic travel cot with a twist in the form of a clever hatch for the child to crawl into the cot through

Price class: Budget Size, folded: 78 x 21 x 20 cm Size, unfolded: 125 x 65 x 77 cm Weight with storage bag: 9.1 kg Mattress: Yes Mattress dimensions: 118 x 58 cm Adjustable bottom: No Maximum weight: 15 kg Storage bag: Yes Wash: No information

BabyTrold Weekendbed

BabyTrold’s travel cot is a classic model that many parents will recognise, with a little twist in the form of a practical opening at the foot end of the cot. With a zip you can open up a hatch large enough for the child to be able to crawl in and out of the cot on their own. This is a function that was very popular with the children testing the cot. The BabyTrold travel cot comes in a storage bag that you can carry with you. But this isn’t a bag that you pop on your shoulder when you’re going to cycle over to a friend and want to put your baby down to sleep once you’re there, because it's relatively large when folded and above all rather heavy. This is more of an exemplary extra bed to have at home for visitors, or for a longer stay in a holiday home you get to by car.

The cot has two lockable wheels, so it’s easy to roll around indoors. On the outside of the head end is a storage pocket, which is the right size for an extra set of bedclothes. The mattress is quite thin but does have a layer of padding. You attach it to the bottom of the cot with Velcro straps to keep it in place. There are instructions for how to unfold the cot on the bottom of the cot, which is very useful. It isn’t difficult to unfold the BabyTrold travel cot, but it takes a few attempts before you understand the technique and do the steps in the right order. Folding it up is just the same. To get everything into the storage bag again you have to wind the mattress around the folded cot frame and fasten everything together with Velcro straps. This isn’t difficult but you have to pull on it so the joints come together in the right place. For use as a more long-term travel cot in a single place, the BabyTrold delivers exactly what you’d expect given the reasonable price tag.

Clever opening so an older child can climb in and out themselvesspacious sleeping area
Large when foldedheavy to carry

6. BabyDan

Price class: Budget Size, folded: 80 x 21 x 20 cm Size, unfolded: 125 x 65 x 78 cm Weight with storage bag: 7.9 kg Mattress: Yes Mattress dimensions: 115 x 58 cm Adjustable bottom: No Maximum weight: 15 kg Storage bag: Yes Wash: No information

BabyDan Guard Me Travel Cot

BabyDan’s travel cot is a classic model that’s been available under many different names. This type of travel cot is a very good alternative for anyone who wants a stable and spacious cot for as small a price tag as possible. Folding and unfolding work well when you’ve understood the order in which you should carry out the steps involved. The travel cot comes with clear instructions, and it’s a good idea to really get to know these as it’s easy to lose them over time. The travel cot has wheels on one end, which means you can lift it by the other and then easily roll it around. The wheels can be locked when the cot is in the right position. On the outside of the head end of the travel cot is a large storage pocket with an elasticated opening. This is useful for essentials or to put bedclothes in if you want to use the travel cot as a playpen during the day.

The long sides of the cot are made from mesh fabric, which lets in plenty of air to the sleeping child. The bed surface is comparable in size with a normal cot, and this together with the maximum weight of 15 kg means that BabyDan’s travel cot can usually be used up for children up to three years of age. The included mattress has thin padding but worked fine for our test children to sleep on Even though there are many similar models, BabyDan have been successful at getting the cot frame and mattress to fit together when the cot has to be packed in its storage case. The mattress has to be wound around the frame and fastened together with Velcro, and this works really well. The cot is manageable in size when it’s folded up. It weighs quite a bit, but you can carry it. Even though this travel cot doesn’t fold up really small or weigh as little as possible, you’ll undoubtedly be happy with the BabyDan travel cot.

Good valuespacious bed areaeasy to fold up to put in the storage bag
Quite large when foldedit takes a while to learn how to unfold and fold it

7. Skip Hop Play To Night Travel Cot

Compact travel cot with everything included, which can easily be reconfigured into a playpen

Price class: Premium Size, folded: 62 x 52 x 22 cm Size, unfolded: Cot mode - 61 x 97 x 74 cm Playpen mode - 97 x 97 x 74 cm Weight with storage bag: 9 kg Mattress: 2 mattresses included Mattress dimensions: Bed mode - 95 x 61 cm/94 x 96 cm Adjustable bottom: No Maximum height: Up to 90 cm Storage bag: Included Washable: The sheet, cover and case can be machine washed, the rest can be wiped over by hand

Skip Hop Play to Night

The Skip Hop Play To Night travel cot is intended to offer something more than just peaceful nights. Because as the name implies, Play To Night can be converted from a cot into a playpen. A playpen is a safe place to put the child to play, which can be very handy when you’re cooking food or when you need to have a shower.

Play To Night includes everything you need to get started – even the sheets come with the cot. Unfortunately, getting started is the biggest downside of this travel cot. Assembling the cot requires more time, energy and thinking than is reasonable. Instructions are included but they leave a good bit to be desired. It’s only after getting help from video manuals on YouTube that our testers understand how the cot should go together.

Skip-Hop-Play-to-Night

And then trying to get the mattress properly attached to the bottom of the cot by wedging the four corners in their attachments is very nearly the straw that breaks the camel’s back. But that said, you only assemble the cot from scratch once. And folding Play To Night is unexpectedly straightforward. It’s also easy to pack the cot into the storage bag included.

Play To Night comes with two different mattresses – one for playpen mode and one in just the right size for cot mode. Everything fits in the same bag, so you can always adapt Play To Night to your current needs. As a cot, Play To Night is easy to use, even though it isn’t entirely convenient to lay a small baby down on a bed base that's on floor level. To pull it out into playpen mode, you open up zips in the cover and extend the sides.

As a travel cot, the Skip Hop Play To Night doesn’t stand out much. You get most out of the cot after your baby is about six months old, when the playpen function really comes into its own. The price is high. But if you’re often on the move, the Skip Hop Play To Night travel cot is a clever product with multiple functions.

Can be converted to a playpeneverything required is includedpractical travel bag
Difficult to assembleunclear manualhigh price

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All about Travel cots

A travel cot is a place for your child to sleep that’s easy to transport with you on your travels. If you choose between a cot or travel cot for everyday use, a cot is the most common choice. Traditional wooden cots are often more stable and have a design that fits better into the bedroom decor. But they are also both heavy and bulky, while a travel cot can more easily be folded into a compact package. There are a wide range of travel cots in many different models. Some of these are specially designed for infants, in that they're height adjustable so your baby is higher up. With others you can attach a changing table to the travel cot to get a good working height for changing nappies. And other travel cots for babies are about the same size as a cradle and have their own stand. These smaller travel cots designed with babies in mind have a shorter period of use and lower maximum weight. Many parents also wonder whether to use a buggy or travel cot on holiday. The advantage of a travel cot is that the child gets a larger area to move around in their sleep. And many carrycots aren’t approved for use as an overnight sleeping place. If the child is using a stroller seat unit, you also need to make sure they are wearing a harness for safety reasons, and a travel cot with a soft mattress can offer much better comfort for sleeping.

For larger children it’s important that the travel cot has a high maximum weight and plenty of space. It can also be useful if the travel cot has an opening or a removable side so you don’t always have to lift your child in and out of it. The length of time you can use a travel cot varies, but many of the classic models work up to at least three or four years of age. If you have twins, while the children are small you can let them share the same travel cot, either lying side-by-side or top and tail with a blanket each. Most travel cots include a mattress. But these are often quite thin. If you want to make the bed softer, mattresses for normal cots often work just as well in the larger model travel cots.

Folding and unfolding a travel cot isn’t always very easy, so you need to check that this is a straightforward process before buying. Some of them fold in several different stages, while other, pop-up travel cots can be unfolded in no time at all. There are two factors that are particularly important from a transport viewpoint. The travel cot must be light enough for you to be able to carry it with you. And it should take up as little space as possible when folded so that you can fit it into the car or on the train as baggage. There are even travel cots that fold up so small that you can take them on board a plane as hand baggage. If you’re going to be travelling with your own travel cot, as well as the size of the cot it’s also important to ensure that there’s a good storage case to pack it in.

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