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We purchased this travel cot from argos as it was on sale and I recognise the brand to be of good quality and reliable. It basically does what you expect, we only use it when we go on holiday to grandmas or centreparcs, so for a maximum of 4 nights in a row. The mattress is not very padded at all so we add extra blankets to make it a bit better, but our baby doesn't seem to have noticed any difference and still sleeps through the night in it. I haven't had any problems clicking the sides into place, but my mum who's coming up to 60 has major difficulties, being quite short she just doesn't seem to gave either the strength or arms long enough to set it up. I do find it quite heavy when collapsed but I'm only carrying it from the car to the house so it's not really worth moaning about. I have also used it in my living room as a 'baby cage' to keep my 7 month old safe when I pop to the loo upstairs, it's sturdy and he definitely couldn't flip it over. Have got plenty of use from it from both my children.
The Mamas & Papa's classic travel cot is a portable, lightweight cot which is suitable for babies from newborn, to approximately 3 years (15kg.)
This was bought for my mother in law for when my nephew stays over (4 years ago) and she passed it onto us about 18 months ago.
It retails at around £40-£45 in places like mothercare, argos, babies r us etc.
At first glance, the cot comes in a black carry case with the Mamas & Papa's logo on the side.
When you open the carry case, you'll realize that the mattress is used as a sleeve to enclose the folded cot so that it is secure inside the bag and doesn't immediately try to unfold when you remove it from the bag.
The mattress has tabs on the edges so that you can secure it around the actual cot.
Once you have unfolded the mattress, you'll see the main cot assembly.
The cot is a sort of maroon colour with white mesh on the sides so that baby can breathe easy and still be secure.
Now, opening the cot up is a little tricky until you get the hang of it. Around the top of the cot assembly is a metal frame with a locking mechanism in the middle of the four sides. This is the same on the bottom. Each of the four mechanisms must be pulled up individually so that the 2 halves of the frame on that side meet and click into place.
Eventually though, you'll probably find that these mechanisms might give up on decide that they are no longer going to lock into place, therefore your cot just collapses. (This has just happened to ours, after four years, so not really a downside as it will probably last long enough for you to get the use out of it that you need, just maybe not so good to save for a second child.)
Once the cot is unfolded, the mattress rests on a materiel base with a plastic leg in the middle.
The mattress is less than an inch thick, so if you expect your child to sleep through the night in the cot then I suggest buying a separate travel cot mattress for the sake of your baby's comfort. However if you just want to use the travel cot for naps, which we have since it was passed onto us, then the included mattress will probably do fine.
All in all, it's a pretty good, reliable cot, that has enough life in it to last as long as one child will need it for; not so good for constant use.
I recently bought one of these travel cots for my daughter. We have a static caravan at the seaside and needed a cot that we could leave there for her to sleep in.
I paid £50 for this cot which seemed about average for a travel cot. The reason I chose this one was because it is a good make but also because it looked good.
The cot is made of material which is a mesh material. There are a couple of color options so you can choose one to suit you.
We found the cot very easy to put up. I think it is a really good size. We had previously used travel cots so knew how they worked which im sure will have helped us when we were putting it up and down.
The only downside to the cot that I have found is that the mattress is quite thin. My daughter sleeps very well in the cot but I did worry about it been too thin.
I have found that the cot is perfect for what we need it for which is a cot for our holiday home. I wouldn't like my daughter to sleep in it all the time but for the weekends away it is perfect. We have also taken it to my parent's house when we have gone there for the evening so that she has somewhere to sleep whilst we are there if we stay late.
The cot is lightweight so is ideal for travelling it also packs away very easily and is easy to transport. We are planning to take this camping with us in June too I think it will be perfect when we are there as it will act as a cot at night and a play pen during the day.
I think this cot is great. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who travels or is going on holiday. It could also be good for a grandparent to have for if the baby sleeps over at their house.
I bought this travel cot from Mamas and Papas about three years ago. I thought it would be useful to have for when my grandchildren sleep over but also for them to use as a kind of play pen too.
It is very useful as it collapses down so I can put it away when I need to and it doesn't take up much room. It is also very practical to take on holiday with you as it doesn't take up too much car space. When you collapse it down it's easy to do, you pull up a piece in the middle of the bed and push down on the sides and it all folds back on itself and the 'mattress' part folds around it before you slip it into a little slip which has a carry handle for making it easy to transport.
To set it up it's quite easy, I struggled at first as it was a lot of leaning over the side of the cot and pushing and pulling various parts but now I can manage it on my own.
It has strong netting on the side so you can still see your baby and they can still see out but they can't push things through the holes or get stuck like they can with bars of cots.
It is smaller than the cot bed we have for them but is large enough for a temporary bed. They tend to sleep quite well in it but only if we cushion it first. The mattress is so hard it's not comfortable at all so we always put several layers of towels down and a few blankets to make it softer, there is no way I'd want to sleep on such a hard surface so can see why they would be uncomfortable.
As a play pen it is quite useful as they will sit in it with toys and play quite happily because they can see out and it helps me to get on with things knowing they are safe.
I give it 3 stars because although it's very practical it's so firm it's uncomfortable to sleep on.
Here's my review of the Mamas and Papas Classic Travel Cot, which I've owned for 18 months now.
**What is it?**
The Mamas and Papas Classic Travel Cot is a foldable, transportable cot for use with your baby when travelling.
**Price and Availability**
The price seems to vary dependent on sales, however I paid £39.99 for ours 18 months ago and it seems to waver around this price. Yes, you can get cheaper travel cots but I wanted something to last and I trusted the Mamas & Papas branding.
I didn't want a bright pink or blue travel cot, but the only other colour I could find in a sub £50 travel cot was black, which I equally wasn't keen on for my six month old (at the time). So I went for the Mamas and Papas Classic Travel Cot which is in navy and burgundy - OK, not my preferred colour choice but preferable to black and suitable for both sexes, so in my case I won't have to worry about using it with my next child. I have friends who bought a hot pink travel cot and then sold it when their next child was a boy!
It has dark grey plastic edges and feet, a dark grey mattress and a black thin nylon cover / carry handle, all with the Mamas & Papas logo on. Overall it looks smart enough however I'd have preferred something more tailored to a baby - say yellow and white, or soft green.
The Mamas and Papas Classic Travel Cot is designed so that it collapses down to a square about 40x40cm. The mattress is folded four times around the outside and the nylon cover goes over that, with a woven strap for carrying.
**Ease of Use**
I have to say, I found this so hard to put up the first time - because it came with absolutely no instructions whatsoever! After Googling we found there is a knack to it - you must lock the arms before pushing the base down and you must lock the long arms before the short. Once you know how it's a doddle to put up and down, so no complaints there.
It's actually fairly heavy, and I'm no weakling, meaning it's not really suitable for long trips and I certainly wouldn't take this on a plane or try and manouvre it on and off a train. It's more for throwing in the back of the car and taking to the inlaws or a UK hotel for a night or two away.
**Does baby like it?**
Well, she's too old for it now but we did get use out of it when she was smaller, though the mattress isn't as comfortable as a regular cot mattress and we found we needed to line it with a blanket for extra softness. It has lightweight mesh sides so you can see baby during the night and she seemed to sleep well in it so no complaints there.
Because the mattress is low and the cot stands low on the floor, it doesn't half hurt your back picking up baby as you have to near cut yourself in two, but this is the case with all travel cots and I'd rather have the safety of high sides than the risk of low ones.
Hmm, I can't say I have any specific problems with the Mamas and Papas Classic Travel Cot however for how dark in colour it is and for the pretty standard quality I kind of wish I'd just bought a black one from Asda for £25, because in all honesty unless you're going to be using this lots over the 18 or so months you can, it's not really worth spending more. I'll use it again when I have another child of course but I don't think it has any particular redeeming features which put it above a cheaper travel cot.
I'll give this a 3/5 because it's not amazing looking, has a few flaws such as the mattress being a bit hard and it didn't come with instructions (how many people buy a travel cot and are actually away before they open it, maybe they can't Google how to do it!!)
We have many friends dotted around the country and so we are often visiting them for a night or two and so when we had our first baby we were in desperate need of a travel cot! Luckily a family member had one she no longer needed and so past it onto us and it was this Mamas and Papas travel cot. We were quite lucky to be given this as I believe it is around £50 and we didnt really have this sort of spare cash to use!
I love the Mamas and Papas things and so trusted this product that it would deliver to us everything in needed to and it really didnt fail!
The cot I have to admit can be quite confusing when trying to put it up for the first time however after a few goes its quite easy. Your just have to push all four legs out and push the one leg down thats in the middle until it clips. On the four sides there is then a button type thing to push down to secure all four sides.
The sides are mesh which we liked as it meant our little boy could look around the room and see us and it also meant if he was right up against the side he could still breath. When the cot is put down you have a board that is padded to fold around the cot that has a handle in order for you to carry the cot around which is handy. This board also goes into the bottom of the cot in order to make the cot soft, however we didn't think this was soft enough and so went to buy a travel cot mattress as well to make it extra soft!
When folded the cot is quite heavy to carry around however surprisingly when its up its seems so much lighter and is easier to move!
This has been ideal for us and we've since started using it with our baby girl now my son is in a bed. Defiantly worth a look if your going to buy a travel cot.
After lots of research I bought this travel cot for my daughter as it had many great reviews. Unfortunately it has been rather disappointing as she doesn't sleep at all well in it. It is fairly easy to put up as long as you do it exactly as the instructions show. It also folds down neatly and has a carry handle to it's easy to move around. It is nice and sturdy. I have been using it as a play pen during the day as my daughter is rolling around now so I can't leave her unattended on her play mat any more.
Unfortunately it's not been great for sleeping in as the padded base makes a rustling sound, I think it is the foam filling rubbing against the plastic outer, and it wakes my daughter when she rolls over at night. The base doesn't lay flat either so it isn't very comfy. I have resorted to padding it with a layer of foam and a couple of blankets to make it more comfy. I wish I'd bought a different one.
- In my experience -
My husband picked this up a few months ago as we were borrowing quite a lovely cot from a friend and needed something to plug the gap quickly - it was right after Christmas so hopefully you can understand that ;). We hummed and hawed over what to buy and as we have an Argos near to us it was decided that a travel cot would be a good solution, for the meantime. It would be lightweight and compact to carry home and there would be minimal set-up involved no doubt.
- Weight, setting up and over all look of the cot -
We settled on the Mama's and Papa's cot at £50 - all the other ones looked rather flimsy and I am going to admit to being a brand snob when it comes to my son and where he sleeps.
I was surprised at the size of this cot - it was massive. It took up the same floor space as the nice cot we had previously but I had expected this cot to be smaller for some reason. It is very light weight - I can lift it no problem.
My husband single-handedly set it up then for argument's sake he put it down again to see how easy it would be set up again. Well, on one side it wouldn't go back up! We thought this was a design fault as we both gave it a go but it wouldn't budge. We were resigned to the fact we'd have to return it back to the shop but after a few fruitless attempts we finally managed to get the side back up.
It has been a problem since, my husband had to clean the cot and the side wouldn't go back up; he finally learned a technique to get it sorted but I would bear this in mind if you're planning on buying this model.
The cot itself looks good for a travel cot; it has a material frame with a mesh netting over the frame. The mattress provided is very thin and lumpy but as far as I know you can actually buy a separate (more comfy I'd assume) mattress. Another thing with the mattress: My son kept screaming one day so I ran through to his room to find his arm trapped under the mattress. I pulled the mattress up and it had skinned his wrist and hand :/. That scared me half to death as you can well imagine.
Our cot came in a navy blue colour which works fine as we don't have a colour scheme in our son's room but I believe this cot comes in a brown colour (as pictured above) so there are other colour options.
- Why would you need this cot? -
You would need this cot for travelling, going to other people's homes and as an emergency 'spare' cot. It is a light weight and when packed is compact and comes with it's own carry case with handles for ease of transportation. You wouldn't want to take this travel cot camping with you unless you had a huge tent and room for it as it does take up about the same floor space as a wooden cot.
We've also filled up this cot with balls and used it as a ball pit for fun :). Similarly you could use it as a play pen when not in use for sleeping.
- Cleaning -
This is an easy cot to clean! It can be wiped clean with a wet cloth and left to dry near a radiator - simple. It comes up brand new and so far we haven't noticed any stains. The mesh part of the cot is very sturdy as my son loves to put his face right up to it and it has shown no signs of wear.
- Summary -
This product is at the higher end of travel cots, although it's not the most expensive or most luxurious I have found it in comparison to other's to be one of the better cots. It is durable and easy to clean although when you set it up the first few times be prepared that it might not co-operate! ;). If I had the knowledge about it that I do now, would I buy it again? Yes, in a heart beat :). It is a good, sturdy reliable cot and fits our needs perfectly.
We go away quite a lot for the weekends either to friends houses or hotels and so we needed a travel cot for our little girl. We decided to get our from Mamas and Papas because I like the quality of their products and I think they were having a sale the weekend we visited too so that was a bonus.
We didn't really need anything special so decided to buy their classic travel cot. The cot was up and displayed in their showroom when we bought it and we liked the look of it. Some other travel cots don't look very comfortable as the bottom part looks really hard and not very nice to sleep on but this one has a nice comfy pad that folds away that covers the whole of the bottom of the cot and gives a bit of support which I like. I think I actually had to buy this separately but it was not much and went with the cot so it was worth it.
The cot has four sides and can double as a playpen as well although we have never used it for that. Each side has mesh panelling so it doesn't feel like you are sleeping in a big enclosed box. I think the mesh also allows for my little girl to look through the cot and see around the room and is good for breathing as well if they have their mouth right up to the side when they are sleeping. The cot is
When it is in the down position the cot folds up and fits into a nylon bag that comes with the travel cot. It basically folds down into a big rectangle and is then very transportable. The bag has a big handle on it so it makes it easy to carry however it is still quite heavy.
Putting it up is interesting. It's one of those things, once you know how to do it's quite easy but firstly trying to figure it out is quite hard. The four sides have a break in the middle which is what allows then to fold down so when you pull up the cot these then lock into place but in order for this to happen you need to make sure the bottom part of the cot is up a bit and must not be flat otherwise nothing will click into place. It takes a couple of goes to make this all happen at once and I have to admit that sometimes I still have to fiddle with it but knowing what I am trying to do makes it a lot better.
The cot is nice enough looking. At this is just a temporary thing you do not need it to match with the rest of your nursery or anything. It it black and maroon and stands on four legs. It is quite easy to move once it is assembled as it's somewhat light. As the bottom part is nearly on the ground you do have to bend over quite far to put your baby in it and if you have a bad back this is not the nicest thing but again for just a temporary bed it's fine.
The dimensions are 106cm x 75cm x 77.5cm approx and it weighs 9.9kg approx. Obviously you can buy it at Mamas and Papas stores or on their website and I believe it is in the region of £50.
We bought a classic travel cot along with a high-chair from M&P's Edinburgh store last year for use in our holiday letting business. The cot has been used 5 or 6 times since purchase (and is in 'as new' condition) but on the last occasion that we tried to set it up for guests the frame would not lock into place. The guests were very understanding and told us that they had the same cot at home and that it was very temperamental and that they would persevere and try to lock it into place themselves. An hour or so later they phoned to say that they had managed to sort it out. After the guests had left for home, we collapsed the cot and tried to set it back up again: same problem, the frame would not lock into place, so we took the item back to the store. After a considerable amount of haggling, during which time two members of staff managed to lock the cot into place only after some difficulty,(at one stage they triumphantly completed the task only to have one side of the frame collapse again - just as well that hadn't happened in the middle of the night with a baby inside it) they agreed to replace the item. However we had a problem: we did not have a receipt and their computer system had a record of our purchasing the high-chair (eight months ago) but not the cot. So they then refused any offer of assistance and brought out the store manager. We were accused of not buying the cot at their store (it's the only one in town) and the stony faced and unsmiling manager repeatedly parroted the company's returns policy and was unwilling to show any discression or flexibility whatsoever. We will not lose any more sleep over a £60 purchase - but the product that we bought is not safe to use and we should not have been punished because of a faulty product and a data inputting error made by one of their staff. To then be accused of not buying the product at their store - in front of another customer - was simply outrageous. Our 'classic' travel cot has just been taken to the city land-fill site: we will never purchase from this store or company again and would not recommend them to anyone who expects a basic/reasonable level of post-sales customer service.
Summary: Dangerous product and appalling customer service
I bought the pink version for my daughter to be and I'm not being one of those Mams who open everything when she's hear, I'm planning ahead and am trying EVERYTHING out. Cot arrived this morning and attempted assembly. Was just about to kick the bloody thing because one of the sides got stuck. Then I bothered to read the intructions. If you straighten the sides BEFORE flattening the bottom, there is NO problem getting the sides to stay firm. And as for collapsing, make sure the mattress had been removed and all the velcro straps are undone, these couple of centimetres wiggle room for the material make it easy to collapse the sides too.
Other customers say the cot is bulky. And yes it is large, but that's what I was looking for. Although it would be perfect for putting in the car to stay over night somewhere and fits easily back into the bag it comes with. Could easily slot it in a wardrobe or under a bed for example. Just remember, as with ANY product. Don't complain about the quality until you RTFM (read the fucking manual!)
My daughter is 4 months old and she likes a lot to stay on the floor and play with her toys. The trouble is I have a dog and I don't want my daughter to be in contact with my dog yet. So I thought a travel cot would be a very good idea. She could stay and play in there while I am doing house work and also we could use it when we go to visit friends.
So I went on Mama and Papas website as I knew their products are quite good quality and I found the classical travel cot in sale for ONLY £35.
I ordered it, and I must say that they were very good in letting me know when the travel cot was despatched and when it was going to be delivered. It arrived in 2 days exactly as they said.
The travel cot looks very nice; it is black with dark red corners. It looks very nice in my family room which is a bonus as I was concerned that it wouldn't go with my furniture. The travel cot is also smaller than most travel cots, which is very useful if you have a small house like ours. It comes in a compact small bag. I must stay though that the bag is quite heavy so if you go travelling you might want to ask your husband / partner to carry it.
It was very easy to put together. It took me about 5 minutes although I must say that you have to be quite forceful with the top sides to click in place. But once they are in place everything is easy to put together.
The mattress is made of a material that can be easily wiped clean. My baby is being sick all the time so it's very good that I can just wipe the mattress. Sometimes when it is very cold in the house and I am worried that my little baby gets cold I just put a blanket on the top of the mattress.
I am happy I bought this cot as it was very good value for money. I would recommend this to my friends. I suppose the only downside would be that as it is quite small you might need to buy another one by the time your baby is 2 or so. But again this depends on the baby I suppose. So my rating will be 5 stars.
I bought this travel cot for £40 and it was definatelt money well spent.
It is quite simple to set up once you have done it a few times and folds down easily into is bag which is great if you need to take it out and about with you as it is easy to carry and store away. It comes with a matress which is velcroed onto the bottom. It is quite a thin mattress but I think most travel cots are like this so is ok for a baby to sleep on for occasional use but don't think it would be using it too often as I don't think it would be the most comfortable.
It is nothing fancy and doesn't come with any additional extras but does the job and is a great price as lots of travel cots are more expensive than this. I never actually used it as a travel cot because I never needed to but what I did use it for was as a playpen.
This travel cot is a nice big size so would be perfect for a toddler to sleep in. I found it to be ideal to use as a playpen because there are times when you just need to put your baby somewhere safe. It is a good place for babies to play safely. It also helped my son to learn to stand up because he could hold on to the side and then shuffle along whilst holding onto it and if he fell it was a nice soft landing. It is also good because the sides are soft so he could never hurt himself.
It is a very sturdy travel cot and even when my son was bigger he could never tip it over so I felt he was completely safe in it.
I would definately recommend this.
My mum bought this travel cot to keep at her house for when we got to stay. Obviously she has her experience and I felt confident that what she picked was great.
It is a sturdy travel cot. It is compact and stores well in its own bag. It slides easily under the bed in the spare room and stays clean and tidy.
You definitely need to have a quick read of the instructions before putting it up as it has safety features that prevent adults and children alike from disassembling it!
The sides will only lock once the base itself is flat meaning a child in the cot is unable to squeeze the clips on the side and collaspe it down around them. The mattress goes around the cot frame when stored and is held in place by three velcro straps. The instructions are also printed on here meaning no need to dig out paper from the "instruction draw".
My son seems very happy to settle in this and has no trouble sleeping though I must say my son would sleep through a hurricane given the chance!
It is deep enough to know he is not likely to jump over the edge but I am not struggling to reach down to get him.
I have previously seen this cot advertised at around £100 which I do feel is very over the top for this product as it is only a simply travel cot. I am not sure of the exact price my mother paid but am certain it was nowhere near this figure.
I would definitely recommend this to parents. It is compact enough to fit in the car for going away and is also useful as a play pen for small children.
When my daughter was a baby and we travelled i always used her moses basket and hadn't given a thought to what i would do when she outgrew it. On a trip to Wales to see my then partners parents, i was surprised by a lovely gift from them of the Mamas and Papas travel cot! I was a little overwhelmed as being from the Mamas and Papas store i knew that the cot would have been expensive, little did i know just how much it was until i got home and checked the internet.
I think it is so important to have a good quality travel cot as some of the ones on the market are a little flimsy or too hard to sleep on. This one from mamas and papas is just fantastic in every aspect.
The travel cot comes in a navy blue protective carry case (which is a little tricky to get back the cot back into but not too difficult) and the cot itself is grey, burgundy and navy blue - grey base, burgundy sides and navy top.
It is extremely easy to put the cot up, you literally just unfold the cot, pull up the sides until they click into place, and push the base down so it is in position.(to put it down you need to pull a strap on the base of the cot and it all folds down)The steel frame makes this cot very sturdy. There are mesh sides as with most travel cots so your baby can always see you and vice versa, i think this is important as i always like to be able to see my daughter and with her normal cot there are the usual bars so i was worried i wouldn't be able to see her but there was no problem at all there. The cot comes with a soft padded base, this was something else i was worried about with a travel cot as i had seen some that had a rock hard "mattress" and i had no idea how a baby was meant to sleep on that, but this is soft and comfortable for baby. The frame is all padded so there's no worry that your baby will bang themselves on it and get hurt which i think is brilliant. The whole cot can be sponge cleaned or just wiped down if needed.
The dimensions of the cot are 106cm x 75cm x 77.5cm and the weight is 9.9kg. I think this is a really good sized travel cot, it was big enough for my daughter to sleep in until she was almost two and a half which is great. The cot is priced at £60.00 however at the moment it is on offer for £39.00, now how long that will last i don't know but that in my opinion is an absolute bargain!
To get more use out of this cot i sometimes used it as a playpen for my daughter when she was much smaller, this saved money on buying an acutal playpen and it gave me great peace of mind that she was safe while i was busy doing odd jobs.
I can't praise this travel cot enough, mamas and papas is certainly a name you can trust and this really didn't let me down at any point. A big five out of five stars from me!