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WHAT IS IT? A travel cot that folds down. Mine is neutral cream and beige because I bought it before I knew whether I was having a baby girl or boy. The same travel cot is available in navy blue and that is also unisex. WHAT DO YOU NEED IT FOR? It is suitable for as soon as your baby is born and is not for everyday use but for if you are spending nights away from home with a young baby. I have taken mine to hotels because I would rather not have my daughter sleep on a mattress that has been slept on by lots of other babies. I have transported it to my mother and mother in laws homes when they have taken their granddaughter for the night. WHAT I THINK I like how easy the cot is to open and close because it slots together smoothly and creates a strong join straightaway. The frame is completely covered with this fabric and the white mesh is strongly attached and does not bulge out when my daughter kicks against it. The fabric does not come off for washing and because it is a light colour it is very hard to keep clean. My daughter is four months old so she does not touch the sides of the cot but when she gets bigger and can stand in the cot I think it won't stay clean for very long. The cot fits into the bag easily because it collapses down into short pieces that are all joined together. The bag has got a drawstring that can be pulled and locked tight and on the side there is a canvas handle for easy carrying. It does not come with a mattress but the base is pulled taut so you do not need one, I purchased a separate mattress because my daughter did not settle on the cot base. 5 Dooyoo Stars.
When we had our daughter she was spoilt rotten by her grandparents. One day, soon after the birth my father in law came to the house with a huge parcel. When looking inside I was suprised to find a graco travel cot. Personally, I wasn't ungrateful but I was wondering what use I would have for this cot as I already had a cot and a crib for baby to sleep in. How wrong I was. Little did I know that this cot would prove to be worth it's wieght in gold. Firstly, this cot folded quite easily. It was not particularly difficult to dismantle and erect. Although I always relied on my husband to carry out this task as I am not technical at all. The cot itself was sturdy and very well made. It certainly made me feel confident in it's safety. The base of the cot was quite padded which I felt was a good idea as it softened baby's bottom if they tumbled over in the cot. The sides were made from a fine perferated material. Which was very strong and soft. Again providing baby with a very safe environment. At first this cot was not used at all. It was only when baby began to grow that we found this travel cot really useful. Firstly, this cot was easy to transport in the car when baby slept out. This wasn't very often, but the cot would store away into a storage bag which is included with this product. The bag is quite heavy but is easy to fit in the boot of the car. I felt much more at ease when I knew baby was sleeping in this travel cot. I knew that she was used to this cot and therefore she would be much more settled while I was away from her. I felt much more confident in baby sleeping out when using this travel cot as I knew it was a safe and hazard free. So she couldnt roll and fall off. Which looking back was totally nurotic as she was guarded with her grandparents lives. But for a new mother, knowing that she was sleeping in a safe travel cot just made me feel better. As baby grew, the sides were so high that she found she was unable to climb out. I found this very helpful as she was a bit of a monkey and so I could put her in this cot with her toys and know she was safe whilst I carried on with some chores. I truly believe that these short periods where she would play alone in this cot, made her much more patient and able to be content in her own company. It also helped me maintain a slight amount of freedom to do a little bit of hoovering or ironing whilst she played. We bought a caravan when baby was one and travelled to Cornwall. We were really lucky with the weather as it was glorius. We took this travel cot with us and set it up outside the caravan underneath the shade of our gazebo. Baby totally loved playing in this travel cot for short periods of time with her toys surrounding her. I must admit, I found this travel cot very precious during that holiday. I have a couple of issues with this cot in that it is a bit of a strain on the back when leaning in to lift baby out. I think it would be a much better idea to have a side area which will lower down. I found as baby was growing into a toddler, I found it really awkward to try and get baby out. My baby was really petite so I wouldn't like to think of the strain a bouncing baby would put on it's parents back. The second thing is that the graco travel cot does take up quite a lot of room when erected. It does get in the way quite a bit when in the living room particularly in a smallish house. Other than this though, I do think that this cot is a very valuable help when baby is young. I found it very useful right up to when baby was eighteen months. I really used this cot alot, but it was most certainly used more as a playpen than a cot. I would certainly recommend the purchase of a graco travel cot. It is a very useful and well made piece of furniture. It is easy to store away in a cupboard until needed. I know that my father in law paid a lot for this travel cot. Although, I am not entirely sure how much. I believe in the region of £50. I do think that that I had value for money on this cot. I used it so much and it proved to be a very valuable aid in rearing baby.
We never had a nursery set up for our niece Summer until she was 4 months old. Before she was 4 months, Summer was made to sleep in my room because we hadn't yet bought baby monitors for her. This is when the travel cot came in handy. In all honesty, I had never heard of a travel cot, and when I was informed that Summer would be spending the weekends with me and whatever weekdays I liked, I assumed I would have to buy a cot immediately and set it up in my room. The idea of this frightened me as I took the smallest room in my house in order to keep the other rooms as rooms for my 'babies'. Therefore, my room didn't have much space. It was then my mum told me that I should buy a travel cot. It came folded up in a long-ish box. Our travel cot is the contour electrica travel cot. It was cream and gray-brown coloured. This travel cot was supposed to be for all ages. When trying to set it up, it came without the little play area, and the inner area clipped on. We imaged that the inner-cot area that clipped on and off was for younger babies, and Summer was too big for it and we felt uncomfortable using it. Therefore, we removed this little inner-cot area when we set it up. It is a bit of a struggle to set up, you need at least two people. We set it up by my fiancé pulling one end, and me pulling the other. It opens in the similar way a pram opens. So the middle of the travel cot sticks up a bit. I had to put my foot on this (yes, whilst still pulling the other end) and pressed my foot down. I then had to stick my hand down once we had opened it up again and the bottom of the cot "clicks". That is then the basics of the cot set up. There is also a dangly toy area that comes with it. This just "clicks in". As I said the little inner area is just laying in a cupboard now. The bottom of the cot is a little bit had. We were able to buy a mattress to put in the bottom, we then followed by some covers. I loved the fact there was a toy area as I wanted the cot to be as comfortable as possible. We only used it until Summer was 9 months, and she was able to stand up. At the moment, she has her own cot in her nursery that she shares with her cousins. Now, I would be uncertain if she was able to climb out of it, however it has no bars so I highly doubt it. It also has a clip-on changing area, and a set of wheels which don't go to much use either. The bottom of the cot is quite hard in my opinion, we were able to buy a mattress, and we put down a load of blankets to make it a little more comfortable. I don't like the fact the cot is so low, I feel as if when I put her down, I had to strain which results in a bit of a "drop" when I popped her in her cot. However, this isn't a fault of Graco as all travel cots are like that. I find the cot is a bit big for a travel cot, and also it is horribly heavy. This is what defeats the point of it being a travel cot. It is also a pain to set it up, especially with all the additional clip-onns. I think it is more suitable for people like me, those who have children in their house on a regular basis. Once we finished using it as a cot, we bought some plastic balls (like you see in public play areas) and it did the children who ranged up to 6 years old. What is it doing now? We realised our little dog Peppa quite liked it, so she now uses it as her bed. I never had any problems with it, and I would recommend it. You can buy it from Argos or Toys'r'us for about £80.
Ever since our son was a baby we have had always travelled with him to various places like America and Malta and we are constantly back and forward to Ireland due to relatives. We bought the Graco Travel Cot for around £50 a couple of years back and it's invaluable to us and we wouldn't be without it. I'ts handy in addition if visiting family for a day as he can use it to go to sleep. Why did we choose Graco in the first place? Not sure really but I know when we were looking around this was a manufacturer we had heard of and had been recommended to us on more one occasion. We also owned a highchair made by Graco and this was great so thought we'd go for that brand. One of the things that has always frustrated me is if I buy something that's hard to assemble of fold down when you don't need. After all this is a travel cot so you will want to put it down and up regularly without any real hassle and this is certainly okay for all that. It's pretty easy to assemble I thought and folds down so it's completely flat and fits snugly into it's own bag which is easy to carry. Another advantage is that it's a pretty good size when it's up so I would say that you could have your child possibly in it until about 3 years which isn't bad. There's probably nothing worse for babies and toddlers when they feel trapped in and claustrophobic in a small confined space. In addition the travel cot we own has mesh sides so your child can easily look out at the outside world when they wake up from their sleep. I have no complaints about the matress or at least my son doesn't seem to have any complaints and sleeps well enough in the travel cot. Above all this is very sturdy and you don't the feeling when you put it up that it's going to collapse. It's realatively easy to clean the surfaces as well. For anyone who does a lot of travelling then you can't go far wrong with this travel cot which I think is great. Highly recommended.
For the next few months I will be reviewing lots of nursery furniture because my youngest daughter is pregnant and we are currently buying things for the nursery. I am going to be the childminder as I am self employed and work from home so when my daughter goes back to work after her maternity leave I will be looking after baby and am also buying nursery equipment for when the baby is here with me. The first thing I bought was this Graco Travel Cot which cost me £39 at an online shop on Ebay with free delivery and it arrived yesterday. I am a firm believer of saving money by comparing prices online as they are a great deal cheaper than buying from shops and you can pay by paypal and get the same brand of product for around 25% cheaper than the shop on the high street. I was keen to buy this travel cot because it was nice and brightly coloured with the primary colours children like as they are eye catching. Other travel cots I have looked at are the same one colour so this was a little bit different, which I liked, my daughter liked it too as she has to be consulted on everything before I buy but it is her baby after all. The whole thing is easy to assemble as the sides click into place and then push the central piece into place to secure the cot and make it sturdy. Once this is done you can then put the floor of the cot into place and attach with the velvro straps, its as easy as that then you have a sturdy looking cot that can be placed wherever you like. My daughter is going to put it in the living room and she is having a wooden cradle cot in the nursery. This travel cot can be folded down and brought to my house once she has used up her maternity leave and it's my turn to look after the baby, which I am really looking forward to. I like the travel cot as its simply designed and easy to assemble, you can see through the mesh sides and so don't have to keep leaning over the cot to see that the baby is alright, its a handy cot that can be used anywhere in the house or nursery for them to play in when they are older. It's a safe environment for a young baby to sleep during the day and play in and it looks sturdy enough to hold toys and be able to handle a small tot standing up and holding onto the sides of it. I'm quite impressed with my purchase and know that it is money well spent as this travel cot will get it's fair share of use between my daughter's home and mine. It's also light enough to pull into another room without pulling it apart so it's easy to move around the house, but we will have to fold it down when I am childminder for it to fit in the car when the baby comes to mine. I think eventually we will buy another one then this one can stay at mine and my daughter can have one at her house, but they aren't that expensive so I don't mind paying for another one. I can see this new baby getting rather spoiled . Have fun x
When our grandson was born, after a few months, our daughter wanted to go out for the evening and the first time she went out, we went to her home to take care of our grandson but the second time, she and her hubby wanted to stay out a little bit later and they thought it would be a little late for us to stay awake that long but since we did not have a cot at our home, he could not stay with us for the evening and so my hubby bought this nice little travel cot to use for when he came to stay overnight in the future. We bought it from Argos for £29.99 as it was in a sale at the time and I think the usual price is around £50, so we got a good bargain and have used it many times since. It is quite a big size for a travel cot, and I would say it is almost the same size as a full sized cot and it can be folded into a carrying bag to be transported for those grandparent visits or even on holidays, wherever you need a cot, it can be used in the same way. It has a good steel frame and nylon mesh sides for you and the child to see through, and it comes with a mattress, which is nice and light and can easily be placed at the bottom and covered with cot sheets. The mesh sides are very good as I had to peep through them to see if he was awake and he was lol but he did not wake crying so I was not sure if he was still sleeping. I do think it is a very good quality too, as I thought when I first saw it that it would be quite flimsy but it is very strong and sturdy. I myself do find it a little low to pick up our grandson, as I am disabled and find bending quite hard at times but my hubby has no problem with it at all and my daughter has used it twice to take on holiday and she has found no problem with the size. I have seen this product on offers before at an even cheaper price than I paid for it and so it is best to buy one at the lower price and keep for when you need it, and also grandparents or godparents to buy as a gift for parents to be as it is an item that is needed but some parents cannot afford and I think they would really appreciate it as a gift. I do recommend this item for parents to buy for their travelling and also for grandparents stop over's. I give it 5 stars.
The Graco travel cot is the ideal piece of kit if you are of need of a cot whilst away from home but it is equally adept in our case at providing a play pen in the home. The cot comes folded up in a travel bag that is difficult to get the cot back into once you have taken it out. Having said that it is possible. The colours I believe can vary although our cot is the same deisgn as the one in the picture here. The cot is easy to assemble although we have experienced some trouble with aking the side bars rigid as it is an unsual movement that is required to help the cot keep its shape. Once done though it is easy to do in future. The cot has a sturdy base which from first hand experience can withstand a lot of bouncing up and down from a child. The cot is also big enough (roughly 4ft by 3ft) to contain various toys for your child to play with. The whole cot is raised onto 4 legs to keep the cot off the floor. The mesh around each side of the cot is good for 2 reasons: you can see your child through the side of the cot and also, if your child falls the mesh acts as a kind of safety net. All in all a very good product
When our little man was smaller we used to cart his moses basket around everywhere as it was guaranteed that as soon as we arrived at my mum's he'd be ready for a nap. He's just under 6 months old now and in his "big boy" cot but still needs his naps when we're visiting people. He no longer fits in his teeny little moses basket so we needed to look for something that could replace it. Graco is a brand I trust for making good quality baby items, and we have a few of their products, including a highchair, so when we saw this travel cot we knew it would be of goof quality. We bought our Graco Travel Cot from Argos for just less than £50. They do make one that has a bassinette on the top for newborns but ours is just your bog standard average one. It's relatively easy to assemble and it folds down flat into it's own little bag which makes it easy to carry and great for if you're travelling. The boot on my car is tiny but it fits in easily when folded away and is lightweight enough for me to carry it on my own. It is a decent size when assembled, big enough so they don't feel trapped and have enough room to play, without being so big it takes over the whole living room. Ours is turquoise and has mesh sides so he can still see the outside world. The mattress is thin but soft, but it is a bit lumpy and doesn't look the comfiest thing in the world to sleep on. Having said this, it doesn't seem to bother our little man. As I said earlier, our "little" one is now approaching 6 months and has just learnt to shuffle backwards and is trying his hardest to crawl forward. Even though he hasn't mastered this yet he can get around the room quite easily going backwards, meaning that I can't leave him alone for a second. That's why this travel cot is so great, it can also double up as a play pen. I don't like to leave him in there too long as I prefer just to get on the floor with him to entertain him but that's not always possible when I need to nip out of the room or do housework. I was always told not to just pop him in their cot as their cot should always be associated with sleep and not play so I've always avoided doing it. it's obviously worked as he sleeps 12 hours a night! Like I say, I don't leave him in there for long but he seems quite happy in there as long as he's got something in there to entertain him. It's always wipe clean which is a godsend as he seems to have a great knack of making everything look grubby! Safety-wise there's no sharp edges on the travel cot for them to catch themselves on, nor is there a way they can escape (believe me, if there was my son would find it!) It also complies with all the recommended safety standards. All in all it's a good little travel cot / play pen, for a decent price. Advantages - - Sturdy - Wipe clean - Safe - Folds away for easy storage and travel Disadvantages - mattress doesn't look overly comfy
My son is 8 months old and it has just been over the last month that i have needed to use this as a playpen - it is a fantastic product as it doubles up as travel cot or playpen. It has meant for me, now that he is rolling everywhere, that i have somewhere safe away from sharp corners etc when i just cant be in the room with him eg if the doorbell goes etc. He has taken to it quite well as he can still see out - and even watch the TV through the mesh!! so he doesnt feel like he is in a "mini prison" too much. There is plenty room to put lots of toys in and for him to turn fully around and move. The bottom part wipes down very easily for any vomit accidents too - very important! I have it up permanently in my living room but it is really easy to put up and down and stores away in a bag very neatly shopuld you wish to do so. Overall it gives me protection of mind that he is somewhere safe if i just cant be there and as we all know you only need to turn your back for a second at this stage and they are away exploring or putting things in their mouth ...
====The Item==== I bought the Graco Travel Cot, Contour Electra for about £90 from Babies R Us when my son was 9 months old. It is suitable from birth to about 3 years old, as it has a bassinette too, which is suitable for baby until they can sit up or when they reach 7 kg. It has a changing station which clips on and off the main frame, and a hood to keep out draught and light. The bassinette features a gentle vibrating matress, and the cot has a nightlight and music box with lullabies. The cot is made of plastic and metal parts, covered with thick fabric, and mesh sides so you can see your baby. It also has a fold-up mattress. To put it up you need to push down in the centre of the cot and then straighten the sides; to disassemble it, you just need to press the buttons on each side to collapse the sides, then pull up the middle with the cord attached. The whole thing is put compactly into its own small bag, and weighs about 12 kg. The bag also has a handle for ease of use. The dimensions when open are as follows: (L)104 x (W)73 x (H)92 cm. ====My Experience==== I bought this travel cot to use for a holiday we were due to go on, and also for a playpen if we needed it. The whole thing was very well made and sturdy, I found, although the buttons to collapse it were very stiff, and it took a while to get used to this at first. The cot has wheels which I found to be a good feature, and also the hood was a great feature which was necessary to keep all the light out when I put my son down to sleep - you can also take this off to suit which end of the bed your baby's head is. The other features I didn't use much were the music box or the vibrating mattress, as these did not soothe my baby to sleep. The only thing which I found was not very good was the mattress; I thought it was slightly to hard, so I put extra cushioning over the mattress and under the bed sheet, which seemed to do the trick. All in all I found it easy to put up and down (after a few times getting used to it!) and actually not very heavy to carry in its bag, plus comfortable for my baby to sleep and play in, and was so good that my daughter now uses it to play in when I need a minute to do something in the kitchen; it is very spacious to use as a playpen. ====My Verdict==== A value for money travel cot, that once you have got used to the workings is easy to put up and down, is very sturdy and well made, made of soft material for the child, has wheels for easy portability, and can be used as a playpen.
While i was pregnant i knew that we would need a travel cot for when someone was looking after her for the night. But i knew that wouldnt be happening for a while after she was born so i decided to put off getting a travel cot until she was too big for her moses basket as if she was going to stay anywhere we could use that. When we decided it was time to get a travel cot for her it was really close to christmas so her grandad said that he would buy her a travel cot for her christmas. Which was great as i knew that they could be expensive! So christmas day came and she got the pack n play compact travel cot. It was so easy to put up! HOW TO PUT UP THE TRAVEL COT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ * On the side bars of the travel cot there are brackets which if you pull them up it snaps the bars into place * Once you have done that to all four sides you are able to push the bottom down. * To put the base down you simly push the middle down and it clicks into place. * The padded insert for the base then will slide itno the travel cot Its so colourful as well! My daughter loves it! We have it up in our living room all the time and put her toys in it to use it as a playpen. I dont know what i would do without it! As now she is nearly 11mnths old she is to big to leave in a bouncy chair. Being in her travel cot also lets her be able to move around and teach herself how to stand up etc and be able to fall down without hurting herself as it is well padded and if she falls against one of the sides the netting softens the blow and she jus slides down onto the base and gets straight back up! It is so easy to pack it back up as well and it fits into a carry bag which makes it easy to transport and wont take up your whole boot space! HOW TO PACK THE TRAVEL COT AWAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ * First you need to remove the padded base insert and place it to the side * Then you will see a canvas handle attached to the middle of the base * Pull it up and it will release the base * You are then free to fold the sides down by pushing the button in that is on the brackets in the middle of the side arms * You can then fold it up and put the padded base around it securing it with the velcro straps * It then slides easily into the bag ready to go just like that! To both set up and dismantle the cot it takes not even 5 mins! Which compared most other travel cots is very quick! It can also be used as a ball pool! As the other day i was in the early learning centre and i seen the balls for a ball pool were half price so i bought 2 bags and put them in. She loves it so much! She laughs away to herself while throwing the balls around and standing up holding onto the side then falling back into the balls! I would recomend that any parent/parent to be should have one of these for their child as even though you might not need it straught away for going to stay overnight somewhere it is a great place for you to put your baby to play with the reassurane that they are going to be safe while you go off and do something aroundthe house or even have a sit down and a cup of tea! Cause kets face it being a parent is hard work and we all need a break sometimes! This travel cot is available from most baby retailers for around £39.99. I hope this reveiw is of some use to all you mum and dads out there. Thanx for reading.x
I got this travel cot when my little one was born. My partners family are all in scotland , so we needed something to take up with us for the baby to sleep in. We found it quite hard to find this cot. We searched every where, but it was either out of stock, or not sold at that store. Mothercare had it in there cataloge, so we went along to our local store, only to find that they only sold it in their main stores, and the closest 1 is miles away. In the end we got the last one in index, which has sadly now shut down. When we got it home, we set out to put it together. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The instructions ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ had me baffeled!! maybe I'm thick, or maybe my hormones were still playing up. But they were starting to really annoy me!!! Putting all the right poles in the right places and plugging the wire in correctly wasn't easy. It was quite fiddley. But my boyfriend who was blessed with brains, managed to get it set up. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ features ~~~~~~~~~~~~ This cot has lots of great feature. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ BASSINET ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This attaches nicely to the top of the cot. It is the perfect crib for a newborn. It sits at the right height for next to the bed. The baby is at eye level for you to see the baby. Which is great when they are tiny. I wouldn't suggest you use this feature once your little one satarts to sit it self up though. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ VIBRATION ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Under the mattress on the bassinet, you can attach a viration box. I was a bit concerned that this would hurt the babies back. but i don't think they can feel it. You have to join the wires to the end where the buttons are. Hmm thet didn't make much sense , i know, but wuth th instructions you would understand. it is quite fiddley though. Anyway, this is then controlled buy a button. You press the button and off it goes. you can control the amount of vibration, and put a timmer on it, so that it turns it self off after so long. My little one found this very soothing. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ MUSIC ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The buttons on the end also control the music. This has quite a varitey of music on. from ' you are my sunshine' to 'elvis'. You can also control the volume and set the timer for this. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ LIGHT ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The light is located on the end with the buttons. This is not to bright. It gives off just enough light to see the baby. It is perfect for night time feeds, as you can see what you are doing, without disturbing you partner. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ CHANGING MAT ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The changing mat clips on to the cot, going across. it is very sturdy, and has a safety strap attached, so that your little one cannot roll off. It has a mat attached, so it won't be to cold. When removed, the mat folds in half for storrage. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ TOYS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This has a toy bar which goes across the top. This is very fiddley to put together, and isn't very clourful for your little one. I ended up putting some of his other toys on it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bad points ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The features on here are mainly for when you baby is tiny. You can only use the bassinet until they are able to sit them selves up. Which means you can only use the vibrate until that point. so unless you use this as the main cot, you won't get your moneys worth out of these features. It takes a while to get use to putting it up and down. but once you've got the nack, your laughing. ~~~~~~~~~~ Price ~~~~~~~~~~ The RRP on this is £99.99 But if you shop around online, you can get it for less. I found it in kiddicare for £89.99 Great cot though. julie xxx
I purchased my Graco Travel cot for £55 from a local independent nursery store. I was looking for a travel cot that would be suitable for use as a play pen too. I bought it about a year ago when my daughter was 6 months. I had just moved into a new flat and was trying to make it into a home for me and my daughter. She was just beginning to shuffle on her bottom and I needed somewhere to keep her safe and let her play while I got up with other jobs. My daughter had a indoor swing and whilst this kept her entertained I wanted her to be able to play with her toys safely while I got up with other jobs. I chose the Graco travel cot as I wanted something light weight that I would be able to move around easily and I also needed one that I would be able to open and close with little trouble. The man in the shop demonstrated how to put the cot up and down a couple of times for me to show me how easy it was. I was very impressed so I handed over my £55 and took it home. As I have no car the cot had to fold up small as I had to stick half of it under the buggy and balance my way home. The size of the cot folded is (L)26, (W)26, (H)67cm. It is light weight too coming in at 8.1Kg. The cot is stored in a thin, royal blue fabric bag, with the brand name Graco on it in bold white letter. So I managed to survive my 30 minute trip home and decided to have a go at opening it myself. The fabric bag luckily has a zip that goes from one end to the other so you don?t need to struggle to get it out. The mattress for the cot is wrapped around the metal structure when you fold it into the bag. So you put the mattress to one side, make a large clutter free space and open the sides of the cot. Each sides clicks into position. You then need to flatten the bottom of the cot by pushing the middle leg down, then just put the mattress down on the Velcro and all done. It was fairly simple to do myself. The cot looks quite impressive and inviting when opened. It ha s brightly coloured sides, red, yellow, green and blue and a checked mattresses of these colours. Not only did it look fun but I liked the idea that it was suitable for both sexes. When opened up the cot is a decent size at (L)102, (W)73, (H)75cm, the same size as her bedtime cot. I eagerly put lots of my daughter?s toys in it and placed my daughter inside. I could see her through the mess sides which were as good as see through. My daughter didn?t like it though so I had to take her out after a few minutes. I left the cot out to try again the next day but she still wasn?t happy. I decided to put the cot away and try it again a few weeks later. To fold down the cot was not quite as easy as opening it. You need to take out the mattress out which just takes a tug to pull it from the Velcro. You then need to pull up the middle cord, using the loop which is fairly easy to do. Then in the middle of each of the top sides of the cot there are little clips under the fabric which you press in to collapse each side. It took me a while to get the hang of this as it can be stiff and awkward at first.. You then wrap the mattress back around and put in the bag. I tried the travel cot as a play pen again a few weeks later and many times since. My daughter could not stand the thought of being caged up in the lounge like this and it did not work for us. I was better of putting her in her own room in her cot then putting her in this. She just screamed and screamed and screamed. Luckily I have found this great as a cot when we went on holiday and when we have stayed at other places. It is easy to carry and take around with you and went on holiday with us last year. It now stays at my mums, who has started having my daughter to stay once a month and will have her for my honeymoon. I have found the cot very hard wearing and strong. The mattress, though thin, was soft and you could not feel any of the mechanics of the cot through it. It i s pol yester so very easy to wipe clean and keep nice. The mesh sides, are strong and hard wearing. I have been very happy with it as a travel cot but not as a play pen as my daughter does not like being closed in. Unlike with many wooden cots though you can not adjust the height of the cot or lower one side to help you get your child out. I have found it a great temporary bed and shall use it for a few months more until my daughter sleeps in a ?big? bed. Although I do not recommend that you try this out, I have had an older child sleep in it and climb in and out of it without the cot toppling, it is very tough and due to its support in the middle base it does not topple over easily. It is suitable from birth until about 2 years. I am going to give it 3/5. I think it is great as a bed but I found it did not work well as a playpen for us and I found it a little difficult to fold down. So basically it is great as a temporary cot for bedtime, fairly light weight (considering what it is) and easy to store but does not suit all babies as a play pen. If you wanted to buy it for use as both a cot and a play pen I suggest you try and borrow one from another family for a few days to see if it suits both you and your child. At £39.99 from Argos, it is one of the cheapest travel cots on the market and offers great value for money. Just make sure it is exactly what you are looking for before you make your purchase. It is only a bargain if you need it! AKA Emilyo on ciao XX
Since my son, Craig started crawling and getting into everything, I find it hard to keep an eye on him all the time. Contrary to belief, us mum?s don?t have eyes in the back of our heads, but have to rely on our instinct that if it suddenly goes eerily quiet, our adorable child has found something to play with. Last week my son had managed to pull over my large houseplant and was eating the soil and leaves. I decided then that for my peace of mind it would be necessary to invest in a playpen. I found the Graco Compact Travel Cot/Playpen advertised in Argos costing £48.99. When I phoned our nearest store to check availability I was told that they were currently out of stock, but was on order for the next fortnight. I decided to try elsewhere and looked in Mothercare?s catalogue. The same cot was priced at £40 so already a £9 saving. I ordered it on the Internet and was told to expect delivery within 4 days. My delivery charge was a mere £3.95 which I was happy to part with as our nearest store is over 30 miles away so it would have cost more in fuel for me to collect it. After placing the order on the Friday I was amazed that first thing Monday morning my postman knocked on the door and handed me a heavy parcel. Very impressive. I opened the box and discovered the brightly coloured cot. I thought I would have an arduous task of setting up the cot, but it couldn?t have been easier. The bed was folded and to keep it together the floor panel was secured around it. To set the cot up remove the floor and unfold the bed. Lift up the sides until you hear them click into position. Once all sides are secure push the central leg down which sticks up from the bottom of the cot. If the leg is pushed down first, the sides will not click into position, so remember sides need to be secured first. Once bed is fully erected, put the floor panel in the bottom of the cot. The floor can be secured to the travel cot by feeding the Velcro fas tenings through two slits in the base of the cot. There is only one height position for the floor. The cot is very strong and sturdy and can withstand whatever?s thrown at it, be it juice, chocolate, tantrums, or biting. Made from polyester, the travel cot is very easy to clean. Simply wipe down with a soapy sponge and all marks can be removed. Dismantling the cot is just as easy. Simply detach the flooring and lift the middle leg by pulling the loop of material in the base of the cot. On the side panels there are push buttons, which need to be squeezed to enable you to collapse the cot. Pull all sides of the cot together and wrap the floor around the sides and secure again with the Velcro fastenings. Place in the carry-bag making sure the handle is aligned with the slit in the bag. Voila ? ready to go! All four sides of the cot are brightly coloured ? red, blue, yellow and green. The floor panel is equally bright with its chequered pattern made up of these colours. The sides of the cot have a see-through mesh, which allows your child to see what?s going on round about him. With our holidays just around the corner, this travel cot will come in handy while we?re in our caravan. Because of the lack of space in our van, we can put the playpen in the awning allowing Craig to play in peace without us tripping over him while we?re trying to get organised. The travel cot is also ideal for visiting family and friends, as it is so easy to set up should they need a nap or if they have expensive ornaments low down that you don?t want them to grab. Although I don?t like to see babies or young toddlers caged up in playpens all day as they need the freedom to play and explore without restriction, used sensibly, however they are a godsend, especially for me when I?m preparing the evening meal or when I?m doing the housework. I would be lost without my playpen now as my son?s safety is paramount. It only takes a second for an accident to happen so placing him in here for a short time puts my mind at rest and lets me get on. Weighing in at 8.1kg the travel cot can be heavy to carry, but the handy carry-bag makes transporting it easier. Because the cot folds up, it takes up very little room and can be easily stored. Our doorways are just wide enough for me to drag the travelcot through if I want to move it from room to room so I don't have to keep unfolding it to move, but it doesn't fit through my friends door which is a bit of a pain. When not in use the playpen makes a great dumping ground for toys keeping your room tidy when your child is not playing with them. This travel cot is suitable from birth to 2 years once your child has the ability to pole-vault over the sides. I have seen many playpens priced for as much as £100, but this one from Graco is an excellent choice in my opinion. As my pram is also made by Graco I knew I was buying something of good quality and for £40 I have not broken the bank much to my hubby?s relief.
I am lucky enough to have a mother who lives in the same house as me and is willing to look after my daughter from six in the morning until twelve noon so that I get proper sleep every day. This means that we like to move my daughter from one room to another when we swop over. This is fine while she is still small enough to fit in her carry cot as we just keep her on the wheels and move her that way. No fuss. As she is getting bigger we needed to find something else to move her in and thought that a travel cot with wheels would be the answer. I first ordered a Graco Contair Travel Cot from Littlewoods Extra for £69.99 but when it arrived realised that it wouldn't work as it didn't fit through the doors. Oops. That was sent back sharpish and I spotted a Graco Travel Cot/Care Centre. It boasted to be 66cm wide when upright and we thought hurray as it would fit. It also comes with a basinette and a care centre which comprises of four different sized compartments that can be clipped into the travel cot next to the basinette to hold nappies, wipes and other paraphinalia that a baby needs. The basinette is only half sized so it will not last very lng before she is too big to fit and the canopy is ok but it can make it very difficult to get her in and out. This can be unclipped though and pushed out of the way. Also the basinette mattress is the playpen mattress which has been folded. The care centre is excellent and I find that I have to clear it out often as it is so handy to put things in. I haven't tried the main playpen yet as she is still too little but it won't be long. The travel cot is very easy to assemble and disassemble and comes with a carry bag for easy travelling. It isn't very heavy but it doesn't weigh nothing either. My main problem with this travel cot is that it still doesn't fit though the doors but it was still a very good buy. I got mine bra nd new off ebay for £55.00. As she seems to like it, it will be a godsend for travelling and as a playpen.