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We Bought this travel cot with our first son (now 2 and a half). and to be honest its been well worth its money.
We bought this travel cot so we could take our son away with us. The cot itself is decently sized, especially for a newborn. It comes in two parts, the cot itself and then the base/mattress part.
The base itself does feel quite hard so I padded it out with blankets, because the base is a separate piece that attaches by Velcro you can quite easily tuck the blankets around the edges so it doesn't harm the baby during the night.
I found the travel cot quite difficult to put up and to carry as it is quite heavy but I guess in a way this could be a positive as it means its more sturdy.
The base doesn't have any removable material so its a case of wipe clean, which means its hard to get any stubborn stains off of the material.
Its lasted quite along time for us, as we know sleep our youngest son in it (currently 1 and a half). In fact we stayed away last week in a caravan and to be honest it was fine, we placed our other son in his ready bed and put the travel cot in front of the doorway so it doubled up as a baby gate,
The fact it has mesh sides is good as it allows you're baby to see you and yo to see you're baby. It also comes in a carry bag which is good, it all fold down and is quite compact. I would say it is Hard to fold up and down but once you get the knack of it then its a lot easier.
We have also used this cot as a play pen occasionally, we had it set up in the room and just popped him in it for when a bit of tidying needed doing etc.
I would recommend this travel cot as its a good price for what you get.
Nearly four years ago our first Grandchild was born - Thomas - from birth the little lad was the most wonderful baby and as new Grandparents we were lucky enough to live close enough to Thomas and his Mum & Dad and were able to have Thomas come to stay overnight with us.
At first he arrived with a large amount of pastel chaos! A moses basket and stand, along with all the other bits and pieces he needed for the night - but within no time at all we started collecting various things to keep in our house, in preparation for his visits.
The first main item we bought was a travel cot from Tesco.
The prices for Travel cots have gone down considerably, I remember buying something very similar for my little son when he was born, which was about 19 years before. I am pretty certain that I paid around £25 then, and this cot that I bought from Tesco was on a special offer at £25 - I have checked online on Tesco's web site today (April 2013 and this particular model is on a special offer still, it is £25, reduced down from £32)
I believe that this Hauck Dream n Play Travel cot is available in various colours, the one we have is mainly light blue, with navy blue contrasting edges.
The cot can be used from birth, until the child is a maximum weight of 15 kilogrammes
Once erected it is 78cm high, 76cm wide and 110cm deep and it weighs 10 kilogrammes
All the four sides have wipeable vinyl type borders and stretchy mesh centre.
The cot is very easy to put up - you pull it into shape and turn the semi circle shaped levers on the two long sides until they click firmly into place. This then holds the cot in a rigid position. Once the cot is rigid you then place the wipeable mattress into place - and that's it! It takes literally one or two minutes to put up.
To put away you do the same, you take the mattress out, turn the levers on the side to make the cot flexible again and it folds up into an oblong shape, the mattress then gets wrapped around the outside of the oblong shaped frame (with the underneath part of the mattress being on the outside) and it fastens up with strong velcro - the cot is then an oblong shape around 10 inches square and a metre high. It also comes with a bag that fits snugly around the whole cot, once totally packed away. Easy to assemble, easy to put away and takes up the minimal amount of space.
Due to the mesh sides all the way around, we have also used the cot when we have all been in the garden - instead of a play-pen. The wipeable sides and matress mean that drinks and snacks can be eaten in the cot and it is very easy to clean.
Obviously the wipeable mattress would be uncomfortable for any baby to sleep on, so I personally always put a soft blanket or something similar underneath the sheet, otherwise I think the baby would get rather hot and sticky.
We now have two more grandchildren and they have all spent plenty of time in the travel cot, they are perfectly happy to be in it and always settle to sleep very well.
Great Product, very useful and four years on, still in very good condition - plenty of sleep-overs in it yet
Before my son was born we researched various baby products to determine what was essential, what would be nice and what would be a luxury. We decided that a travel cot, whilst perhaps not essential, would definitely be handy for holidays or even at grandparents' houses. We were suprised to find that there were so many on the market (which seems to be true for most baby products!) but opted for one by Hauck as a) it had good reviews and b) it was on offer for a good price of £24.99. Ours was slightly different to the one pictured above as it had cream netting with a winnie the pooh design on the side.
The cot came folded up in a bag with two carry handles so that, whilst heavy, it is easily transportable. There are two wheels attached to the cot that poke through the bag so the cot can be wheeled along in the same manner as a suitcase. The bad unzips and pulls off the cot. This than has an outer layer wrapped around the outside - this acts as the mattress for the cot too. It is quite thin with a plastic surround and just feels like thick cardboard - not very soft at all so i can't imagine it being too comfortable as a mattress. There are also instructions, which are largely diagrams, showing how to put the cot up and collapse it down again. These look complicated and it took me a while to figure out what to do!
Even with the diagrams, it takes a while to work out the correct way to put the cot up - which goes against all logic - as you need to pull the middle of the cot sides right up before putting the corners in place. Once the sides are up and clicked into place, it feels very sturdy and it is a pretty decent size. The mattress sheet can then be placed in the bottom and is held in place by velcro. Collapsing the cot is equally challenging but once you have the hang of it it is pretty simple. By the very nature of the product, you don't use it very often so it can be a challenge every time you use it.
In use, this is ok. My son didn't really like it and made a fuss whenever I put him in it. I'm not sure if it is because it feels more confined than his usual cot as there are no bars but he is fully enclosed by netting. I suspect it was more due to the fact that it is very uncomfortable due to the very thin mattress. I tried layering this with blankets but that didn't seem to work either. In comparison with his usual mattress on his cot, it is much harder. If this was to be used regularly I would recommend in investing in a decent mattress but this rather detracts from the 'travel' nature of the cot. I know some parents that use these travel cots as a play pen for younger babies and I would say that it is more suited for that purpose, although this is not something I have used it for.
Overall, this is a good travel solution if no cots are supplied but it is not the most comfortable nor the easiest to put up and fold down. It is good quality though and the cushioned sides are safe and supportive.
*** The item ***
Hauck Dream'n Play Travel Cot
*** The story ***
I bought this travel cot/playpen from Tesco online last summer, and had it delivered directly to my in-laws' home. For numerous reasons, we intended to use it for just one week, and then store it for possible future offspring or donate it.
I chose this item over others due to its price, simple look and the description of ease of use. And of course I was able to use my Clubcard vouchers, which further reduced the price.
My aging father-in-law set the cot up prior to our arrival. Apparently he found it easy to do so.
*** Item features
This item comes in two parts plus a handy storage bag.
It is described as being suitable as an occasional cot/regular "play pen" for infants to toddlers weighing up to 14kb. I measure this cot to be 100cm x 75cm x 75cm.
There are four white mesh panels between each of the four navy blue, "support poles". The tops of the panels are padded thinly.
There is a separate padded base, without which the cot cannot be used. This base is very firm, and is one reason why this item is unsuitable for regular or long-term use as a bed.
There is an information leaflet comprising of confusing pictures as a supposed guide to the item's assembly and (quite rightly) a bunch of warnings related to using the cot safely.
*** Our experience
This navy blue cot is large enough to be functional and "roomy" but small enough to be unassuming. It looks easy enough to wipe clean if needed.
We placed a folded blanket on top of the padded base to make it a little softer.
We attempted to use this cot for three nights in the same room as us when our daughter was 28 months old. The longest period of time our daughter slept in it was three hours. It's difficult to know if this was because she preferred cuddles with us, or was uncomfortable.
The base height of the cot is very low lying, making arm-to-cot transition impossible for me and difficult for my husband.
However, our biggest problem with this cot, and its most disappointing feature, is its failure to collapse. Now, this would not be a problem if the item were to be static in the corner, but when it's a TRAVEL cot, we'd quite like to be able to collapse the cot back into its bag and place it into a cupboard or the boot of our car.
The item was ultimately broken after 10 minutes when one of the two (usually patient!!) adults became overwhelmingly frustrated and flung it halfway across the room! This action loosened one part of the frame that usually collapses (irreversibly unfortunately); less tension meant the remaining three sides could be easily folded/collapsed.
The cot has been in our cupboard since then. In the last few days I have tried on multiple occasions to erect it, but was unable to do so without resorting to youtube videos. Furthermore, I was again unable to collapse it despite now knowing how!!
Unfortunately we now have an unusable, nonreturnable item that is fit only for disposal.
(PS - our daughter was elsewhere with her grandfather - she's yet to see or hear her parents lose their cool :) )
I hope this review is helpful.
WHAT IS IT?
A travel cot from Hauck. It is for babies from birth up until they weigh 14kgs.
WHAT IS IT FOR?
This travel cot is perfect for taking on holiday and short breaks with you but not for use as a long term sleeping solution because it is not comfortable enough and does not provide enough support. There is a very thin mattress provided with it but I purchased a new one because it is quite hard and it was used when I received the cot so I thought it was safer to buy new. I use mine as a playpen as well now that my daughter can sit up on her own so that she doesn't get into mischief when I am not looking.
EASE OF USE
This has been a very good travel cot and I think it is very easy to use. You just pull the sides and ends sharply up to lock them in place. It is easy to do and when they are locked the sides do not fall or release themselves and they keep the cot stable while my daughter is lying or playing in it. When I have finished using it it is easy and fast to unlock the sides and then the cot folds up again on it's own. There is a storage bag but it's very tight so I do not use it and just secure the cot together with the velcro strips.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like the colour of the cot because it is navy blue and dark gray so it looks very old and dirty even though I keep it clean and sterilise the surfaces regular. The bar is padded so that when my daughter starts lifting herself she cannot bang her face or hurt herself. There is mesh instead of bars and that is good because it makes it very easy to fold the cot up and it is quite lightweight, the mesh is not very loose so even if my daughter pushes against it she will not be able to push the mesh and use it to grab something she shouldn't have.
She does not sleep very soundly in this travel cot and that is why I try not to use it often. I have got it open in the lounge now and only use it as a playpen because I do not think we will take our daughter away before she is too cramped in this cot. The only bad thing is that it is hard to tuck her in because the mattress is so thin that I cannot tuck her blankets properly and she kicks them off then so that is something I am not very happy about.
This travel cot costs about £25 and there are colours that are a lot brighter and better for babies now. Mine was gifted to me but I would buy the same one again if I needed to because it works as a travel cot even though it is not a very nice colour.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I bought this travel cot in Tesco during a baby event for £26 which I thought was a bargain. We live 6 hours away from our family and travel to visit them quite often. This cot means that there is no fussing about when we get there. We simply pop it up and are able to get our baby straight to bed without upsetting his routine. We also regularly go camping and have found that this cot is perfect for putting up in the tent. It keeps him up off the ground and it fits nicely in one of the bedrooms of the tent.
It packs away neatly into its own carry bag meaning that it doesn't take up too much room in the car. The cot can be assembled/put away in about 2 minutes. Once assembled the cot is quite large meaning that it will last quite a long time as my baby grows. It also means that it can be used as a play-pen if necessary.
The cot does not come with a mattress and we debated whether to buy one separately. However, we decided to give it a go without and see how we got on. It comes with a slightly padded base and then we simply threw a fleece blanket over this to ensure that the baby was lying on a comfortable surface. He slept as peacefully as ever and didn't seem bothered by the lack of a mattress so we haven't bothered.
The cot is compact and ideal for all sorts of travel requirements. We are taking it to use in a B&B next week rather than using the one they provide. It is easy to assemble and provides peace of mind as you know that your baby is as safe on the move as he would be at home.
I would definitely recommend this cot for frequent travellers or simply to leave at a grandparent's house.
I bought a travel cot for my son to sleep in when he goes to his grandmas house and i spotted this Hauck one for £40 on the internet and it looked good enough and i didn't really want to have to pay any more so i bought it. I found it really tricky to put up! The instructions were pretty rubbish but basically said that the sides of the travel cot should just snap together into place and take only seconds to do. But i could not get the sides to stay up, it certainly didn't just "snap" into place. In the end i had to wait until my partner was home from work to put it up and even he found it tricky.
It does come with a bag which you can fit the travel cot into which is handy for carrying it anywhere but it is quite heavy so i wouldn't want to be carrying it a long way. As i said this cot was for my son to sleep in at his grandmas house, but she hasn't actuallly been able to have him sleep in it when he stays over because it is too low down for her to reach in to pick him up out of. I will probably be more likely to just use this travel cot as a play pen for when my son gets a bit older, the mattress inside the cot could also make do as a comfy mat for playing on.
You can get this travel cot in different colours and designs, the one that we have has Winnie the Pooh on it and has a little toy bar which goes across it which is nice for my baby to look at. I'm hoping i'll get more use out of this later on because so far we've hardly been able to use it.
This is a low cost good quality travel cot, we purchased for our little boy when he out grew his basket at 4 months, It is not massive but was perfect to put along side of our bed in our room to keep an eye on our little one. We shopped around quite alot for a travel cot and found that the mattress and sides were quite well protected as many travel cots we looked at had quite thin mattresses and sides! It is quite tricky to put up but is fine when you get the hang of it. The colour is quite neutral as well so you could use it for a boy or a girl. Because we wanted it for constant use, we were recommended to buy a thicker matress which we did and we found that our son had no problems sleeping on this at all, he was very settled and content from day one. In short a fantastic product for such a low price, very pleased.
Complete with mattress/playmat. Suitable from birth to 14kg. Size (H)73, (L)115, (W)75cm.