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Hauck Travel Cot
Member Name: Listerbelle
Hauck Travel Cot
Date: 29/03/13, updated on 04/10/13 (96 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight, inexpensive, probably easy to clean. Suitable as a stationary infant playpen.
Disadvantages: Wayyyyy too difficult to assemble or disassemble.
*** 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.
Summary: Not fit for purpose unless you have watched youtube videos first!
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