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I originally purchased this travel cot for my son when he was 6 months old. I had just returned to work and he was spending the days at his Grandmas house and I wanted something for my son to nap in. I couldn't afford much at the time, and was extremely happy to find this travel cot for only £27 on special offer at Sainsburys. The cot is made by Hauck and is from their Dream n Play collection in a fun Winnie the Pooh Design.
My son is now 22 months, and I must confess that we have hardly used the product as an actual bed, instead choosing to use it as a play pen. The main reason for this decision was the mattress which comes with the travel cot is very thin and hard feeling. However, this could be easily solved with an extra travel mattress which can be purchased seperately. However, we chose to purchase a Mothercare travel cot from a friend which was much more comfortable.
The plus sides to this travel cot are that it is very compact when folded. It can easily fit into the smallest of car boots for portability. It also features fun pictures of winnie the pooh and bright colours for babies comfort and entertainment. The sides of the cot are in a see through mesh fabric which means it is easy to see baby and what he is up to when sleeping or using as a play pen. The travel cot comes with a carry bag as well, and is lightweight, another bonus for travel.
The downsides to this cot are that we found the assembly of the product fiddly. It was not always easy to click the sides into place and you could feel that the overall structure was not of the highest quality. However, this is clearly reflected in the price as it is regularly on special offer at £30 or less brand new, which is a bargain compared with many other brands. I feel this really is a case of you get what you pay for.
If you are looking for a travel cot to use for occassional weekend travel or over night stays, this would come highly recommended by myself. I also recommend it for use as a play pen, up to approx age 18-24 months as after this time baby is too boistorous and will no doubt be capable of toppling the product over or damaging it in some other form which could cause harm to themselves.
I would not recommend the product as a travel cot if you are planning on using it on a very regular basis as we were, as unless you purchase an additional mattress, it will not be comfortable for baby.
We wanted to buy my daughter a travel cot for when she was to stay at her Grandparents or for if we went away. As my other half works nights I wanted a travel cot I could also use for her daytime naps so as not to wake him by keep going up and downstairs. I also wanted a travel cot that could double up as a play pen. After researching I decided to buy the Hauck Winne the Pooh travel cot.
This travel cot is very compact and comes supplied in a carry case folded down. It weighs around 12kg and once made up is roughly the size of a standard cot at 78 x 23.8 x 22 cm. It is very easy to make up and comes complete with full and clear instructions.
There is a toy bag on the end which I find really useful as I have this set up both for use as a travel cot and play pen so its very handy for packing toys away. It also comes with a toy bar which is very easy to fit and remove. The toy bar has Tigger, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.
The travel cot itself is extremely well made and durable and very stylish in design. Its is teal and navy with see through net panels on the side- one side having a picture of Winnie the Pooh. I like the clear panels as I can clearly see and interact with my daughter when she is using it.
It comes supplied with a mattress which is held in place by magnetic strip. It looks to be quite comfortable and my daughter is very happy using it either as a cot or play pen. The only thing I have found is due to the way the mattress is secured it can be little tricky to secure sheets, however once you have done this a few times it gets much easier. The mattress cover is also very easy to wipe clean if my daughter sicks and it soaks through the sheet.
It can be brought for around £50 from a number of retailers including Argos and Amazon. In my opinion it is well worth the money and I would highly recommend it. It is extremely compact so easy to take with you when you are going away, it is well made and durable and will last. It works extremely well both as a cot and a play pen so you do not need separate products. Highly recommend.
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Before our son was born and I was doing my baby shopping I knew I wanted to make sure we had a travel cot, we barely ever go away but I just thought I needed it! I chose this particular one by Hauck because it was well priced and it was also advertised as a travel cot/playpen.
When I bought it I was suprised at how heavy it was, it is about 10kg all packed up, but it does pack up quite neatly. It has its own zip up bag with handles, it is quite long once packed up.
Now this is one of those things that is hard to get up and collapse back down until you 'get the knack' and that it is impossible to explain to someone how to do it unless they are watching you. It starts off quite easily and sort of opens out like an umbrella, there are clips in the centre of every side and you have to click all of these in to place so that the cot stays rigid. The mattress then sits in the bottom and is held still with velcro.
There is a toy bag that has poppers on which attaches to one end of the cot which is great if you are away as you can store toys in it. One side also has a large Winnie the Pooh motif on it. There is a toy bar with Winnie the Pooh characters that clips on either side of the cot and hangs overhead but I have never understood this at all - The cot is quite deep - like a normal cot when the base is set at its lowest point, so obviously a baby cannot bat or play with the toys as they are 2ft away from them. And once your child is old enough to stand they don't really have any interest in 3 small soft toys hanging on a bar!
We have used this cot quite a few times, when visiting family and going away, but we have always had to pad the mattress out. It is quite thin and you can feel the metal bars that support the base of the cot through it. As well as this the material is quite slippery and noisy, and on the odd occasion when my son slept on it he often woke himself up when he moved as it was so noisy. We usually found that a large bath towel wrapped around it did the job well, and when we went on holiday last year we actually took his cot mattress with us to make it more comfortable! For our holiday this year though I have discovered that you can buy folding travel mattresses for cots so I think I will get one of these as our baby will be in it for a week.
We have also used this as a playpen quite alot when we were moving house, as it is big enough to have a good few toys in and spacious enough for your child not to feel to enclosed. Collapsing it back down again is easy once you have done it a few times, you have to unclip the centre clasps again so it all folds back up again. It is easily folded up and then the mattress wraps back around it and it slips back inside the bag.
We paid around £35 for this from Argos while it was on sale. I think this is a good price, and I did not want to pay too much for one as I knew it wouldn't get used that much. It will last a long time as it can be used for children up to 15kg. It is heavy but then in reality we have never had to carry it further than a hotel car park to a hotel etc, and it is neat when packed away and happily sits at the back of the boot and you would hardly notice.
Overall it is a great travel cot/playpen. It is sturdy, good quality, big and well priced. It looks good and will last a good couple of years. It could be easier to put up and down but once you have done it a few times it becomes simple enough.
~ Hauck Dream N Play Travel Cot in Winnie the Pooh ~
When I had my previous 3 children I had found travel cots an invaluable piece of equipment to have so I knew that when I had my fourth I would eventually want to get a travel cot.
I wasn't that bothered at first as I was using his moses basket but he didn't really seems to like his basket and would prefer to sleep in his pram so when I saw this Hauck Winnie the Pooh travel cot on ebay I popped it in my watch list ready to place a bid nearer the ending time. I managed to snap it up for £10 which I saw as a bargain. I was even more pleased when the seller said she would pop it up to me as she was off shopping and coming my way. Brilliant!
So from the pictures on the ebay ad I knew what to expect and I wasn't dissapointed at all. It is a very attractive and cute travel cot. The top sides of the cot are coloured in a nice bright turquoise as is the 'mattress' part. The rest of the material is in a navy blue. One end of the cot features a pop on bag which attaches to the cot with four silver popper buttons, it's quite a large bag which is navy in colour with a cute Winnie the Pooh design on one side, I just keep nappies, wipes and cream in here. The other side features a zip opening half circle, which I have to admit in not having a clue as to why it is there!!
One side of the netting is plain and the other features a jolly looking Winnie the Pooh face in the corner.
Overall I think it's a rather cute looking travel cot. Oh, not to forget, it also has a detachable toy bar which simply clips onto either side of the cot, it has three hanging toys dangling from it - Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Piglet.
So yes, I do find it rather cute.
Like our previous travel cot, I had difficulty in putting this up alone, but I think that it's me thats the problem here and not the cots!
It all clicks up together to form a sturdy frame which I am more than happy with. The whole cot feels very firm and nothing about it worries me. The 'mattress' part is quite thin but no thinner than the previous one we had (which was a Graco model) and my sons seems quite happy to sleep in it.
It folds down to a neat small size. To fold it you have to push in one the middle of each of the four top bars and then pull the string in the middle of the cot, this will then allow it to collapse quite easily. The 'mattress' then folds around the cot and then this all fits in the travel bag supplied with the cot.
We have used it both at home and whilst on holidays and I am very happy with it. I certainly have no complaints at all. It fitted neatly in the boot of the car, taking up very little room, and in the caravan we stayed in my hubby took one of the bed frames out of the bedroom to make room for this, and it fitted in neatly alongside the remaining single bed.
At home I generally keep it up as I find it's somewhere safe for my little one to sleep. It takes up hardly any room but it isn't uncomfortably small for him to sleep in. I think it's not that far off a wooden cot anyway.
For the price I paid for this I know I got a bargain. It's sturdy and safe aswell as being very cute.
We purchased the Hauck Dream N Play Travel Cot when my daughter turned about 6-7 months old and it followed on to my theme of Winnie The Pooh for her (though at this stage I think it was more Mummy forcing it than daughter actually liking it much!). She was much too big to sleep in the moses basket on wheels we had for her at this point so we needed something she could nap in during the day in the living room. This was a little God send. It did set us back around £50 back in early 2007 and having a look around now it is likely to set you back about £65.
To look at, it was a nice travel cot though I do think the colour is slightly boyish being navy and light blue. I do wish Winnie The Pooh had been in more neutral colours when my daughter was smaller. It had a design which consisted of being mostly block colours with Winnie The Pooh on the mesh with a little arch from one side to the other with the soft Winnie The Pooh characters on. In this instance they were Piglet, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (I seriously think there is not enough Eeyore love out there!). These cannot be removed though which is a shame as my daughter wanted them in the travel cot with her when she was sleeping. In the end I took them off of her play mat. At one end of the travel cot is like a little storage area which button clipped with a picture of Winnie The Pooh on it.
This is a really easy to store travel cot and it arrives in the box the same was as you store it. It folds down into an umbrella style. It has a mechanism which makes the travel cot collapse or lock together when it is up. You have to find the clips somewhere along the long sides which you press to make the travel cot collapse and then underneath the mattress part of the travel cot which comes up is a pull type of thing which you pull up towards you and you have the umbrella style for storage. To make it stand up again, you simply push the pull back down and it will start to lock into place. It is quite complicated on the first couple of goes and to be honest, I never really got the hang of it and always left my husband to do it as I just used to get frustrated with it. But the safety lock mechanisms for when it is set up again do really lock in well. We never had the travel cot collapse on us (luckily). When the travel cot was up, it was very sturdy and barely moved when there was movement inside it. There is hardly any chance of this ever toppling over.
When you do get the travel cot out of the box, you will see that it comes with a cover to put it in. This is okay but it is not great. Our cover ripped down the seam after a month or so which was annoying to say the least. It is a really thin cover though and considering the cost of the travel cot itself, I was a bit annoyed that a better quality cover was not put in with it.
Your baby will easily be able to see out of the travel cot should they be playing in it or just waking up as the mesh at the sides (it is on both sides) is very easy to see through. Our daughter did manage to tear it in one corner though after much pushing and shoving. It did take a while for her to do it though. I think it happened about a year after we first purchased it.
The travel cot also comes with a mattress for the bottom of the travel cot. Ours was the plain navy blue which is on the actual travel cot. I don't know if this has changed or not. It is quite a solid mattress and it secures to the bottom of the travel coat with little Velcro tabs which are at every corner so you don't have to worry about your baby wriggling about. I do think the mattress is a little too thin though. I am guessing it is for ease of travel but my daughter did find it uncomfortable to sleep on at first so we had to put a doubled up duvet over the top of it with a blanket of hers over that and tucked in so that she was more comfy. I think we made her a little bit too comfy to be honest! There is no way to be able to put a sheet on top of this mattress as you cannot tuck anything in due to the Velcro tabs. This is why we had to place the doubled up duvet on top of it. The mattress does need to be made a little thicker because to be honest, I wouldn't want to sleep on it. The laminate flooring in my dining room looks more comfortable than the mattress to this cot ever did.
The travel cot itself is quite spacious. There was plenty of room for my daughter to nap as well as play if she was in the travel cot to play.
The material of the mattress is a little odd. It reminds me of that sort of pencil case or baby changing bag material you get.
It is a decent travel cot. It does what it says it will do and my daughter used to be able to play quite happily in it when I used to put her in it for safety whilst cooking or making up bottles. I am what you would call slightly overprotective! The problem with this travel cot is comfort. It does need bulking up a bit for comfort.
We bought the Hauck Dream'n'Play Winnie The Pooh travel cot over the internet, for our first sprog for about £30-40 back in 2005. It was marketed as a combined cot / play pen, but while it worked reasonably well as a cot but the small size (about 120 x 60cm when erected) and rather dingy colour scheme of the one we got (dark blues and blue-greys) made it not really suitable for everyday use as a play pen.
The travel cot has a folding frame mechanism which we found somewhat difficult to operate at first. The whole thing collapses for storing in a cross between a concertina / 'umbrella fold' pattern; you remove the 'mattress' (more about that later) and then 'pick up' the frame from the middle of the flat bottome of the bed - and it all sort of collapses in around this central point. As the cot unfolds from its packed state, the frame gets locked into its open position - there is a safety locking mechanism on each of the four sides at the top of the frame but these have to be locked in the correct sequence (it's either 'long arms first' or 'short arms first' - I haven't used the cot for a couple of years now & can't remember which way round it goes). If you don't do this in the right order, the frame won't stay up / in place - we found that feature pretty perplexing till we'd worked out what was going wrong.
When folded the cot stands in an upright compact 'package' about a metre high and 20 cm square, weighing approx. 11kg. It came with a drawstring cover made out of EXTREMELY flimsy synthetic material; I don't think that lasted more than a couple of trips before it ripped irrepairably. The 'mattress' of the cot, however, is designed to fold tight around the folded frame to keep it in place (it secures with long velcro tabs) so the frame unfolding during travel was never a problem because of that. That said, the flimsiness of the exterior bag means that the 'mattress' part of the cot gets in contact with the ground and the interior of every car / bus bootspace / aircraft hold etc. that you put the travel cot into during your travels, which doesn't seem ideal, hygiene-wise.
The 'mattress' itself is a heavy-duty, slightly padded, fold-out affair that secures to the top and bottom of the bed with velcro strips. This has clearly been done as a safety feature, but the positioning of the strips means that it's nigh-impossible to properly fit a sheet over the mattress, as a sheet can't be tucked in at the edges because the velcro's in the way. Given that the 'mattress' pad is made of thick synthetic material - something like the outside of a 'Karrimor' rucksack - you really want to be able to put something between it and the skin of the little one who's going to be sleeping in it. I thought this was a really poor design feature.
At the back of the cot is a largse pouch with Winnie the Pooh painted on it, for storing bedding in. The other three sides are made of thin, stretchy stockinette-like synthetic mesh (made from much the same stuff as you get those 'carry nets' for toys that are designed to go in kids' bedrooms). These are flimsy-looking but flexible enough not to readily tear.
The cot can be moved about using the wheels at one end (these have good, easily-operable locks on them so the cot can be fixed in place). The much-vaunted 'toy bar' that comes with the cots I thought was really cheap rubbish; the attachment clips are tiny and bendy bar so floppy that it won't stay up in place. The toys are all permanenetly sewn to the fabric-covered bar - so it's not even much use as a standalone item.
If I'd seen what this was like before I got it I have been unlikely to have purchased it. It worked OK for what it was, but it wasn't exactly a 'cosy' environment for the sprog; I was always amazed when she went to sleep in it (which, to be fair, she consistently did during a number of family holidays).
This travel cot was a present for our second daughter from her grandparents, and we're very pleased with the product. At first it looked surprisingly long and thin for a travel cot, but this has its advantages as it seems to take up less space in the room.
There's a very handy bag attached to one end of the cot, decorated with Winnie the Pooh's face. This is great for storing clothes or toys when you're away - particularly dirty washing!
The mattress seems softer and more comfortable than the mattress in our other travel cot, and certainly our daughter has no problems settling in it.
There's also a toy bar that clips onto both sides of the cot, but this is more of a gimmick than anything else. It's just something nice for our daughter to gaze at, but she can't reach it and you can't remove the animals from it.
The product is reasonably priced compared to other, ridiculously expensive travel cots. It's bright and fun, and I would recommend it to friends.
I bought this travel cot about a year ago from a catalogue for about £45 without actually checking out any reviews on it or going to the shop and looking at it. It turned out to be a really bad decision the mattress is so thin that when your baby lies in it there is a big bump in the middle where the middle leg is, so when we use it we have to put a blanket or thin quilt underneath the mattress to make it more comfortable otherwise my little boy won't sleep.
The travel cot is blue with winnie the pooh design, it has mesh sides and a bag at one end where you can put your babies toys whilst your away. It comes with a winnie the pooh toy bar with soft toys on, which you clip onto either side of the travel cot. The travel cot comes in its own carry bag and once it is down it hardly takes up any room. I do not recommend getting this travel cot if you would like your child to have a comfortable nights sleep.
I recently purchased this travel cot from argos for £39.99, having my grandson to stay over and not having any space thought this would do the job.
The cot itself is 70cm by120cm,with opening dimensions of 77x60x120cm (HxWxL) it includes a travel mattress, the cot folds up neatly into its own little travel bag. It includes a matching winnie the pooh toy bar that clips to the top of the cot with 3 plush little toys.
The cot is blue in colour, the pattern is winnie the pooh melon design, the side panels are white mesh, so you can see baby through it. The weight of the cot is10.8kg, I find this quite heavy to lift.
To use the cot once removed from the carry bag, simply snap the latches into place, there are four of these. Then push the base into position and place the mattress into the cot and its ready to use.
To put the cot down is quite easy pull up a release button from the base then un snap the levers , it neatly folds up and the mattress slips around it, The mattress has Velcro attached to it to help pull it into shape and fit into the travel bag.
I was ever so pleased with the travel cot, I found it very easy to use and once it was down it was compact to store away. Folded down dimensions 25x24x83cm(HxWxL)
Disney Dream'N'Play Travel cot is suitable from birth to 15kgs, or when your child can stand unaided. Complete with Toybar with 3 Disney plush toys to help keep your child amused. Wheels at one end for easy movement and removable toybag. Zipped play entry