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Baby and Toddler Travel Cots Are Essential for Travelling Overnight

Updated on January 9, 2014

Travelling with a Baby or Toddler Can Make You Anxious

It does not matter if you are travelling overnight or for longer periods, you will need a travel cot for your baby to ensure his (or her) nights sleep is as comfortable and as un-interrupted as you can possibly make it. The more comfortable you make your babies trip or vacation, will mean your journey or vacation will as enjoyable as intend it to be.

Travelling overnight with your baby, let alone for a few days or more can sometimes be a daunting thought, if he is not a 'sleeper'. And even more so if you are a new parent. I know when I first took my daughter away overnight, I was uncomfortable to the point of being anxious and distraught. She was about 18 months old at the time, and was just toddling about. Although she slept like an angel in her travel cot, neither myself or my partner DID NOT. For no other reason than we kept checking that she was sleeping ok.

So you are really not alone if you are nervous at the thought of taking your baby on holidays or away to visit grandparents for a few nights. It comes with being a good parent.

That being said, careful planning of your journey, will make for a smoother travelling experience, less stress, less anxiety and more sleep for you - I promise you.

Choosing a Baby Travel Cot

The thought of choosing between the many types of baby travel cots can be a challenging task on its own. There are dozens of brands to choose from, and between them hundreds of travel cots available - from a bassinette travel cot, a pop up travel cot or an inflatable cot and folding cribs.

Which one you choose is ultimately up to you, but its important you get one that baby will not notice too much difference from her nursery cot back home. Comfort and air circulation is very important while she rests.

Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Baby Travel Cot

The most important thing to consider is that the travel cot you choose, fits right in with your travel requirements and where you are going. On the travel cot mattress page, I briefly discussed this topic. One thing which you may have overlooked is that where your are travelling or vacationing to, could actually supply you with a travel bed with collapsible sides or even a travel cot itself. The best thing to do is to check with your destination. Whether that is friends or family, or a hotel. But remember, if that is the case you should really consider taking your own travel cot mattress along with you for hygiene reasons.

Bassinette travel cots are designed for new babies, suitable from birth up to when they are around 4 months old. They are small in size, so that your baby will find it safe and comfortable. And we all know what that means. He is going to sleep so much better in a comfortable travel cot, than if he felt totally unfamiliar with his surroundings. The one which we chose was the Samsonite pop-up bubble travel cot. It is a lightweight travel cot at around three kilos and although there are several others on the market which are lighter to carry, this pop-up travel cot felt just right. It has a fold flat frame which is padded, trim and has four mesh sides so that air circulates freely.

The travel bubble cot is definitely the one to choose if you are perhaps travelling to many locations in the same journey. However, the inflatable travel cot is even lighter! But in my opinion and although these inflating mattress travel cots (because that’s what they are really) are guaranteed to be safe, the thought of putting my daughter in one just doesn’t appeal to me for safety reasons. But that is just my opinion.

Graco Travel Cot :: It's a Travel Playground

Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go Playard, Go Green
Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go Playard, Go Green

The most impressive travel cot is the Graco Pack 'N Play Travel Playard. Compact, Foldable, Full-sized, highly convenient and push button (safe) fold mechanism - Previous buyers say they love it for its 'ease of use' and how well their babies sleep while they are on the road.

 

The Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard
Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard

The Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard is a little more expensive than the Graco, but it is the second most popular and review baby travel cot on Amazon's Baby section. Previous users say its the safest travel cot they've seen, light-weight, compact, folds easy and simple to set up and close down.

 

Tips for Buying a Travel Cot

Before you buy a travel cot, there a few things you should consider.

First of all, do you really need one? Before you go ahead and spend any money, do you actually need a complete travel cot, or just a mattress perhaps? If you are travelling a lot and staying in hotels, the chances are, you will not need one. Normally all you have to do is just phone ahead to make sure that the hotel can provide you with a suitable travel cot. In this case, you should consider taking your own mattress.

But if you are visiting relatives who don’t have somewhere for your little tyke to sleep, then you need to take a travel cot with you. In this case it is definitely worth buying a quality bed, or if you have friends who have young children, you may be able to borrow it, thus saving you money.

IMPORTANT: Remember for hygiene reasons, if you do borrow a travel cot, please go out and buy a new mattress to go with it.

This is important because flu viruses and other types of bacteria will remain hidden in the materials and under no circumstances, do you want your baby to sleep on an ‘unclean’ surface. Even though it may look sparkly clean to the eye, it may be riddled with unseen bacteria.

Also, a used mattress will become dipped in the middle just from normal use of the previous child, and your baby should have a firm mattress to sleep on with no dips in the middle, which could upset her bone alignment perhaps!

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A Travel Cot Mattress is Also Essential

Having the 'perfect' travel cot mattress for your baby to sleep on, will reward you tenfold. So it's worth investing your time into finding out more about them. Some are good, some are not worth the money. When your son or daughter is comfortable and sleeping tightly during a holiday or just a couple of nights away from home, you as a parent will also get a good nights sleep (generalizing). Your baby's well-being will also be in good stead, if they sleep soundly, as if nothing has changed.

As parents, we all know the frustrations and endless tiredness we can endure when your doesn't sleep at night. Sometimes it can be never ending - when your baby is awake, so are you. No matter if you didn't sleep the previous night(s) or not. It makes no difference to your child, if they are awake - so are you! So making sure he sleeps well while you are travelling is even more important if you want to enjoy a vacation or a trip across country. So you must provide him or her with a suitable travel cot and a comfortable mattress.

I don't think there could be anything worse than being away from home, planning a holiday or a weekend break, and your little one is agitated and upset because she is not in her usual surroundings, nothing looks familiar and she is just not comfortable in her bed.

A Foam Travel Cot Mattress Can Be Folded for Easier Transportation

And if you want even more space whilst you travel, a foldable travel cot is an even better choice. Foam Travel cot mattresses are made from CMHR25 density foam. They are also manufactured with a choice of covering fabrics, mesh, polyester corovin or a combination of these. Not to be confused with a Moses basket mattress, travel cot mattresses are available in different sizes which fit any travel cot so you can be rest assured you will find one that not only fits perfectly but is also made from the best materials.

The micro climate travel cot mattress does exactly that – it provides your baby with a ‘micro climate’, for enhanced comfort while he sleeps. It has a unique system which manages moisture build up and air circulation which has been designed to reduce humidity, which keeps the mattress dry and cooler than an ordinary foam mattress. The ’softer than ever’ micro-climate mattress, guarantees top quality and comfort with an almost velvet like finish.

The Shrunks Toddler Travel Bed Portable Inflatable Air Mattress Bed for Toddlers for Travel or Home Use, White, Toddler Size 60 x 37 x 9 inches
The Shrunks Toddler Travel Bed Portable Inflatable Air Mattress Bed for Toddlers for Travel or Home Use, White, Toddler Size 60 x 37 x 9 inches

The Shrunks Indoor Toddler Inflatable Travel bed is suitable for toddlers and small children. The security rails prevent falling off and the bed is easily inflated and deflated for storing in its own bag for travelling.

 

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information, especially for those having small babies!

      Lovely pictures too. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the Follow as well! Voted up!