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I bought this when my daughter was a baby and it has been passed down and also used for my son. I have to say it has been a very useful buy. I bought it from asda for about £20 3 years ago and believe it now sells for around £25 so still pretty good.
I didn't want to spend too much on a travel cot as I knew it would be used rarely and just for holidays or visits to relatives occasionally so this was the perfect buy.
It's great as it folds down extremely small, I fact when my husband first picked it up from the store for me and showed me it I said 'no way! You've picked up the wrong thing ' but he hadn't, it actually does fold up that small. Which means it's ideal if like us you're not going to have it out and in use all the time.
However even though it folds down very flat it still pops out to be very big and roomy for baby when it's up. It comes in a choice of colours, we got black but I think it also comes available in blue pink and red. We found though that most stores stock the black one and often charge more for the other colours. The sides are a white mesh so you can still see in to baby but baby is also kept in and secure at the same time.
It can be a little tricky to get up and down but once you know what you're doing you will be fine. On each of the four sides there is a little button under the fabric which needs to be clicked to it down. The only tricky bit is putting the right side down first otherwise it won't work.
The only other thing I would mention is that the bottom is very hard and not at all ready to be slept on so i would recommend getting some kind of mattress to go with it.
As we live in Manchester, and my partners family live in Essex, I needed to invest in a travel cot for my baby who is now 6 months old, for when we go and visit them. We go every 6 weeks or so for a week, so a decent travel cot was essential for me to ensure my baby could sleep safely and comfortably!
I got this red kite travel cot in Asda, you could see it set up in the shop and for £25, it was a bargain. It is black, but also comes in pink and blue. I got the black one so I can use it for another baby, it can be used for boys or girls.
The travel cot can be used from birth, and my baby used this for the first time when he was 2 months old and he sleeps so well in it. It does come with a mattress but I felt it was quite hard and very thin, so I have purchased another mattress to go over that one as my baby is so young, I like to know he's got a decent mattress! It is probably okay for an older baby/toddler for the odd night.
The sides of the travel cot are a white mesh type material, which is see through, but you can't see much through it really, you have to go up right close to see your baby properly, it is very hard to see through, however this is not a problem as I have the travel cot by the side of my bed so I just look over the top to see if he is okay.
For my baby who is only 6 months old, he is already very heavy! I do find it difficult leaning over quite so far down to the floor, to pick him up out of this travel cot. This isn't too much of a problem, as it is only used when travelling, not all the time. The sides of the cot though are fabric so at least there is no chance of your baby/toddler hitting their head on the sides or hurting themselves.
This travel cot was cheap, but does not look or feel cheap at all. It is excellent quality for the price, I am really happy with it. It is a little heavy, but at least it shows it's not flimsy or poor quality. It is really sturdy and strong.
It is really easy to put up and down, instructions come with it which are easy to understand, and it comes with a bag to fold it all away in and store neatly and it won't get dusty or dirty. This is suitable for children up to 15kg, I am not sure what age this is, but my 6 month old weighs just under 8kg, so I can see it lasting a few years. From the size of it, I think a 2 year old would sleep comfortably in it no problem.
As well as a travel cot, this would make an ideal playpen for if you are nipping out of the room, for when my little one starts crawling! It is spacious enough, and safe for them, and saves money buying an extra playpen, this travel cot is only a bit smaller inside than most playpens I have seen.
I am really pleased with this travel cot for the price, I am glad I didn't get an expensive one, this does everything I need it to do, its safe for my baby, nice looking, strong and well made. I would highly recommend it if you are looking to buy one!
As many of you may now realise, that I have two grandsons. One who is just over 2 and a half and the youngest one being nearly 18 months. As the eldest grandson lives in the Midlands I don't get to see him as often as I would like, but when he does come he always has his own travel cot with him as it is one that he is used to sleeping in whenever he goes away ( which is quite a lot!!). So I decided to purchase one to have at our house, as I look after my youngest grandson a couple of times a week and it seemed silly to keep packing it up into the boot and then unpacking it.
I hunted about on the internet and found this Red Kite travel cot in Asda, I decided on the black one and ordered one for collection from their local store. This took about 4 days and it was ready for collection, so on getting it home I decided to have a go at putting it up and down. Well this was so easy and quick, I was amazed as I expected it to be a bit fiddly.
When you first take it out of the box you will see a long squarish looking object. There are three velcro straps that hold it all together. On undoing the straps you will be met with what will be the base of the cot. Unwrap this base and put to one side, next is the cot it's self. Well all you have to do grasp the middle of each side (one at a time) and pull up where it will click into place, done on all four sides and the cot is ready to use, put the base in and pull each velcro piece through the slit on the bottle of the cot and this will stick to the velcro underneath and this stops the base from being moved by the baby as it gets older.
Now I do believe that you can buy a mattress for this travel cot, but I have never bothered as my grandson mainly uses it for daytime naps, but having said that he has also had many overnight stops and found it quite comfortable. There is a slight padding to the base and I have never had any trouble with him dropping of to sleep.
Apart from the top, sides and base being in a strong black material, the rest of the cot is made from a strong white mesh. I always know when he is going to drop of to sleep as he loves to scratch the sides of the mesh before he dozes right off!.
This cot also comes with a travel bag which is very easy to fit the cot into, when you have finished using the cot, lift the base out and put flat on the floor. Then in the middle of the bottom of the cot there is a black soft handle that says "PULL" on doing this just a little, then lift each side of the cot bar up and it will collapse folding into a square with all the sides touching, place onto the base and wrap round with the velcro straps sticking and holding the cot into place!! HEY PRESTO and its done!!
As I said earlier I look after my grandson on a weekly basis so this cot is used regulary and I do tend to put the cot down and store it under my bed as although I have room for it to stay up I personally would rather fold it away. I has also used this as a playpen for when my grandson was much younger and not walking like he is now. It still looks like brand new and I have to say that I am very impressed with this and shall be looking at other things in this particular brand. I paid £25.00 for this around 16 months ago and have seem that in some places it is as much as £40.00, so it pays to shop about.
I bought this Travel Cot in Motercare for £49.99. I don't have any children myself but I do have an adorable little Niece who I love with a passion. She often stays over and when she was a little baby this was essential to have. Now at 2 she sleeps in the spare bed but for any babies still in the cot this is great if you travel and baby has to stay overnight anywhere.
This travel cot is suitable to use from birth and has fully padded top rails so if your little one is able to pull themselves up they're not gonna hurt themselves on any hard rails. It has mesh side panels that are nice and strong, they're not going to rip or tear easily but being mesh they allow you to easily see baby inside without having to get up and look in from above all the time. It includes a little matress which is adequate but in my opinion a little thin.
Assembly is pretty easy once you've done it a few times. You simply pull up the top side bars so they snap rigid and straight then push down the bottom in the middle and put the mattress in. Packing it away is also very easy. There are little white circles in the middle of the top side bars to indicate where to press and you simply press each side bar in the middle and it makes the bar un snap and fold in half. There's a handy pull at the bottom of the cot and you pull this up and it's done. It comes with a carry bag so you can pack it all inside that and it's easy to pop in the car for when you're traveling.
I used this for my Nice right up until she was old enough to sleep in the spare bed. I used it for putting her down for naps and for bedtime when she stayed over. Knowing she was safe and secure in there made me rest easy at night when she was sleeping over. My sister also borrowed it many times and took it with her on trips away for Lexy to sleep in. Places sometimes provide a cot but at an extra charge so this saved paying extra plus she was used to it which made bedtime in a strange place a lot easier.
I bought this travel cot from Asda for £25. It is suitable form birth to 15kg. I didn't actually intend to use it as a travel cot as the only place Amelia sleeps apart from our house is at my mothers and she has her own cot there. I wanted it as a playpen to pop her in if I was going out of the room for a bit.
The travel cot comes in a handy travel bag to keep it in. The bag has a carry handle to make it easy to transport and it folds up very small so would be perfect for taking places. The cot requires no assembly what so ever you literally take it out of the bag and it unfolds and basically pops up. It did take me a while to realise that you have to make the side bars rigid before making the bottom flat but that was my own fault for not bothering to read the instructions. Taking it down is a bit more difficult and I gave up in the end and just squished it up and carried it downstairs. It lives permanently in the corner of our living room though so this isn't a problem for us.
The mattress it comes with is not very thick so while it would be ok for occasional naps or a single overnight trip I think it would need a bit of extra padding for extended trips away. Amelia is very fussy on where she will sleep and will only sleep in her cot so I can't really comment on the comfortableness of it further than this.
The sides of the cot are mesh which is brilliant for my purpose of a playpen as it means she can see out of it. Amelia is 15 months and when she stands up she can just peek over the top of it but there's now way she'd be able to climb out as it's so low to the floor. The mesh holes a very small so baby can't get their fingers or objects stuck in them, which is obviously a good thing. It also has the added bonus of being breathable so baby doesn't get too hot and sweaty. The support bars are covered with padding to avoid any accidents if the baby bangs themselves on it and it is all wipe clean.
All in all I am very happy with this cot. For the price we paid it is an absolute bargain. 5 stars for me and Miss Amelia
I got this Red Kite travel cot from Asda when I had my 2nd son, intending to use it more as a playpen if I needed somewhere to put the baby down safe from my toddler if I was busy cooking or whatever else, and I still use it now for my 3rd baby in a similar way just to keep him contained for 5 mins now and then or for him to have his own separate area to play with his baby toys.
We have padded it out with a thick soft playmat at the bottom as the base is quite thin if you just leave it with the very thin mattress peice that comes with it, and it looks much nicer comfier and more colourful if you padd it out a bit although it can still do the job without adding these extras.
I don't really use it as a travel cot for sleeping although both my 2nd and 3rd boys have each had a little nap in it now and again, and have been comfy enough.
This is quite a strong and well made item, and has managed to cope well with my toddlers jumping around next to it and even climbing on it sometimes! The sides are made of mesh so are see-through which means the baby can see out to whats happening in the room, and you can easily see in to keep an eye on them playing. The holes are very small so toddlers can not shove little things through them! although unfortunately mine have managed to make a small hole in it but that is after 2 and half years and it is not a big hole at all so I don't think that really shows bad quality, as it is more like natural wear and tear.
The problem I did have with this travel cot is that I don't find it very easy to put up and down, and have been quite confused at times trying to get it back up after collapsing it, and having some real difficulty as it did not seem to be very intuitive but we keep it up all the time as a baby play area since we have space, so that is not too much of a problem. If you were thinking of putting it up and down regularly, I think it could get a bit annoying or inconvenient.
The price I paid was very reasonable, not more than 20 pounds and these red kite products sometimes come up in Asda baby events, and seem to be a very reasonably priced range on the whole.
I am happy with this travelcot / playpen, and it has served me well so would recommend
Our circumstances are such that travel with our baby is particularly difficult, so when we had the opportunity to go away for a couple of nights we wanted a travel cot that would be easy to use, comfortable for baby and above all relatively cheap, since we felt it would not get much use. As things turned out we never actually used the cot for baby to sleep in, but it is nevertheless extremely useful.
The cot is black with mesh sides so that you can see in and baby can see out. It is lightweight, very easy to put together and sturdy. We bought ours from Asda for about £20; they were the cheapest by far. In order to put the cot up and take it down the only part that has to be removed is the mattress which is simply held in place by Velcro. To take it down you then pull a handle in the base upwards until it won't go any further, and then the side bars can be lifted upwards and folded down. The whole cot is then wrapped in the mattress and put in its bag for easy transport.
When we returned from holiday I stashed the cot under our bed, but then I began considering buying a play pen so that baby could be somewhere safe and happily playing whilst I was in the kitchen. This is where the cot comes in. There is a Red Kite playmat specifically for this cot. It costs about the same amount as the cot itself, but it fits well and is therefore safe. There is a rattle, and pictures of a lion and mouse that have arms and legs baby can play with. It is very bright and colourful and makes the cot into an attractive play pen. I am extremely happy with it.
There are downsides and limitations to the cot: our baby is small and can roll about in it even at 9 months, which is good for playing. Most of her contemporaries probably could not. (She weighs 13lbs). The mattress at the bottom of the cot is thin, and it takes the playmat to make it more comfortable, so it would only be suitable for a couple of nights as a cot. The sides are deep and so difficult to lean over and pick up baby. The playmat cannot be machine washed allegedly; I washed it on a gentle cycle and it was fine.
I have definitely got my money's worth from these products.
Usually when we go away we have so much to take that we hire a cot if we need one but recently my in-laws bought a static caravan for our family to use and so we needed something for our baby to sleep in.
When we first got the caravan our youngest was only eight months old and so we needed a cot. I had seen many travel cots but was always disappointed with the comfort of the mattress provided and so we had never bought our own and tended to hire proper cots in our holiday accommodation.
When I started looking for a travel cot I was astonished at the price of some of them and amazed at the amount of added extras that I didn't know I needed that were available with some models. As our youngest will also be our last I didn't see the point in spending a lot of money on something that wouldn't see much use so when I found the Red Kite travel cot at Asda for £25 I decided that this was the perfect cot for us.
The travel cot was available at that time (Nov 2010) in Blue, Pink and Black and I purchased a pink one. The fabric of the cot seems very sturdy and doesn't look like it would become easily torn or damaged. One all four sides there is a mesh window that allows light into the cot and also allows your child to see out. The side supports and the top bars are all padded for safety and comfort and although there isn't a huge amount I would say it is sufficient. The travel cot has five feet, one at each corner and one under the centre to give extra support. There is a separate mattress that fits inside the travel cot and this is held in place by four Velcro fasteners. When the travel cot is folded up the mattress wraps around the frame and the whole thing is held secure by Velcro straps. The travel cot comes with a colour coordinated bag for storage. Full instruction are also provided but once you get the knack of it the travel cot is very easy to put up and take down without too much of a struggle.
To put the travel cot up you remove it from the bag and unfold the mattress. Once you just have the frame you straighten out the four sides until they click into a locked position which holds them straight and then you push down the centre support and once this is securely in place the whole thing becomes rigid. You then place the mattress inside the travel cot and thread the Velcro straps through the base and secure them to the underside of the base. This can be quite fiddly and I tend to put the cot onto its side to do this part. To put the cot down you simply reverse this process.
The mattress that is provided isn't very padded and is covered in the same wipe clean fabric as the rest of the cot which could make your baby quite hot and sweaty in warmer weather. What I do is take a large fleece blanket with us to use as a cover for the mattress and add extra padding.
We have used the cot a few times now and I have been very pleased with it. My daughter seems comfortable with the extra blanket and we haven't had any problems with her not sleeping or attempting to get out of the cot.
I would recommend the Red Kite travel cot.
I bought this in January from the Asda baby event, it cost only £15. They only had one colour which was black but for the price I couldn't complain. I have seen this cot in Mothercare and online for £29.99 so it was a real bargain.
The cot is suitable from birth to 15kg. The cot comes in a zip up bag with a red 'Red Kite' logo printed on it and a handle for ease of transportation. It weighs 8.7 kilos. The cot is quite compact when folded up the dimensions are 78 x 27 x 27 cm. The cot also comes with a matress included.
It is easy to assemble, the matress wraps around the outside of the cot and is secured with velcro straps. You simply undo the straps and remove the matress, you then have to spread out the four corners and lift up the two longest ends followed by the two shortest and once they have all clicked into place you then simply place the matress in the bottom and secure it using the two velcro straps.
The cot when assembled measures L104 X W79 X D78cm. It is very sturdy when assembled. The top rails of the cot are well padded so if your baby can stand up they won't hurt themselves. Also all four sides have a white mess which you can see through so you can see your baby from all angles. The matress is also wipe clean which is a bonus if it gets dirty. I bought a sheet for mine from Asda for £4 for added protection and to make it softer for my daughter.
I have used this cot several times I keep it downstairs so if I am ironing or cleaning I can put my baby in there to sleep and keep an eye on her. She sleeps really well in there, the matress could be a little more padded but you can just use a baby sleeping bag for some extra padding.
I just need to add it is also very easy to take down, you simply unclick the top bars and it collapses really easily. I would give this 5 out of 5 compared to other cots I have seen it is of equal quality but a fraction of the price!
I bought this travel cot so i could see how my dauhter would sleep by herself as she was not used to being alone through the night. The travel cot was a good price at £25. The travel cot was so easy to assemble it literally clicks into place. It is rather heavy bvut that did not bother me as I was not planning on taking it anywhere with me. The mattress at the bottom is quite thin and uncomfortable. When i pressed down on the mattress i could feel the bars underneath. All i did to solve this was to simply fold up a single quilt and place it in the bottom of the travel cot. This worked really well as it was the best nights sleep me and my daughter have had in a very long time! The travel cot is also very handy when i need to nip out of the room for a second as my daughter is very active so i simply place her in the cot and feel comfortable knowing that she can not get very far!
This is an excellent travel cot, especially for the money, I paid just £25 from Asda! It is not the lightest, at approx 8.7kg, you won't be taking it abroad but it packs away as compactly as you could ask for such a large travel cot.
I find it very simple to put up and take down, it literally takes no more than two minutes. The mattress is not terribly thick, though having said that my son has absolutely no problems getting full nights sleep. It is suitable from birth until 15kg or until the child is able to climb out.
I also found it very useful as a playpen in the house. It comes with a travel bag which makes it very easy to transport and keeps the cot clean when it's being stored. The mesh sides make it easy to see the baby when he/she is sleeping but also makes its use as a play pen practicable
The dimensions of the cot are as follows: L104 x W79 x D78cm Folded L79 x W21 x D23cm. So it is only slightly smaller that a standard full size cot.
The really is excellent value for money and comes hightly recommeded.
I purchased this Redkite Sleep tight 100 travel cot from Kiddicare.com, they sold it on here for £29.99 and the RRP is £59.99, so it was a great bargain. This travel cot is suitable for babies from birth up to a maximum of 15kg in weight and who are unable to climb out.
It is always difficult to tell from looking online what a travel cot is going to be like and if it will suit your child, but this one came with many good reviews therefore I took the chance.
I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived, it comes in a black zip up bag with long handles so you can carry it easily, the dimensions when folded down are 78 x 27 x 27 cm, so it isnt too bulky, it weighs 8.7kg.
The travel cot has the mattress wrapped around the outside of it with 2 strong Velcro straps to keep it all held together. When you open up the travel cot it has 4 legs (obviously!) and there is a part in the middle that has a handle on, to put up the travel cot you have to spread the top corners halfway out in the direction of the arrows, ensuring the central hub remains upright. You then lift the 4 top folding bars up until they click into place, you must raise the 2 longest sides first. When all 4 folding bars have clicked and locked into place you then push down on the central hub, this then locks the safety lock into place.
You then lay the mattress down inside the travel cot, there are 2 holes at each end of the travel cot to thread the Velcro straps through, these then stick to the outside of the cot to keep the mattress in place.
I was very pleased with the size of the travel cot, when opened it measures L104 X W79 X D78cm. Plus the mattress is a lot thicker than some travel mattresses you can get, making it a lot comfier for your little one to sleep on. The travel cot has easy view mesh panels on two sides to enable your little one to see through them.
It is very simple to put the travel cot away, you simply remove the mattress, pull up the central hub approx half way. You fold each of the 4 top folding bars by holding the centre of the bars and lifting slightly, this then enables you to lower the bar. Then pull the central hub up completely, this then draws in the travel cot. You then just wrap the mattress around the outside and secure it with the Velcro straps, it then zips back up in his handy black, carry bag - easy peasy!!
Suitable from birth to approximately 15 kgs. Light weight and folds easily into a compact carrying bag.