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We picked up our Babydan travel cot at a nearly new sale for £15 and it was an absolute bargain!
The cot is a bit tricky to assemble as there is a certain order to doing it, but once you have mastered this, it is perfectly possible to do so on your own and quickly.
There is a useful external pocket on one end for storing soft toys or extra bedding when baby is asleep. The Babydan travel cot is slightly larger than other manufacturers' similar products and is recommended for use up to the age of 3.
It folds down into a rectangular shape, the mattress wraps around and then the whole thing is popped into a handy carry bag with handle. I liked the lockable wheels, a good safety feature.
Our son slept in this when we went away from the age of 9 months up to 2 years (when he could climb out and moved into a big boys bed).
The only down side is that the mattress is not fantastic as it is rather thin and firm. We used a spare cot mattress on top, which seemed to remedy the problem but does slightly reduce the portability and compactness in the car.
We have also lent the cot to our childminder who has found it performs well when compared to other travel cots.
Overall, I would recommend this product, especially if picked up second hand!
I bought one of these about six months ago as a second cot for when my daughter wanted to sleep whilst visiting my mum. Sadly, it has already anoyed me so much, that I often just put her to sleep on the floor now!
This cot is a nightmare to get set up. It has a mechanism where you are supposed to have the middle collapsed whilst building the sides, and then try to click the middle down to make it fully "locked". Unfortunately, you need an army of people to hold the sides in place just to get it up, and now the middle doesn't click in to place...after only six months!!!
When the cot was set up, it was useful and sturdy, and it was good that it could be wheeled in to place when built. The sales pitch does however say that it could be used as a play pen too. I really doubt that many kids would want to play in it as the sides are very high, and the mesh netting keeps making them fall over when they land on or lean on the sides as it is very slippery. The mattress is okay, but doesn't look very comfortable for regular use. Also, as it is often folded, it becomes quite difficult to straighten out for use.
This cot costs approximately £60 from most baby suppliers. In my opinion, it is not worth the money as ours broke easily after not much use.
The Babydan Travel cot is a deluxe full-sized travel cot, with an easy assembly, pull-up action and click sides. Comes complete with a carry case and has lockable wheels for easy movement. At one end of the BabyDan cot there is a large pocket, handy for s