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Mamas and Papas Classic Travel Cot
Member Name: northernlovely
Mamas and Papas Classic Travel Cot
Advantages: Mamas & Papas brand
Disadvantages: Dark colour, no instructions, harder mattress than expected
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!!)
Summary: OK, but I'd buy a cheaper one if I could go back