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What is the Samsonite pop up bubble cot??
Firstly Samsonite is a brand and you can buy a smaller moses basket size pop up cot, this is the larger cot size version. It is suitable from birth up to around 18 months, though i'm sure it would be ok for toddlers a little older than that.
This is basically a travel cot which can be folded into a small carry bag, carried around and then when needed you just take out of the bag and it pops up...a bit like a pop up tent. It measures 60cm x 100cm on the base when open and folds into a bag which is 62cm x 36cm x 11cm and weighs just 3kg. Its perfect for camping as its light and folds up, its also great for visiting family and if staying in a hotel where you don't know the quality of the cot they would provide.
The sides zip up so it is a totally enclosed space so no chance of escaped babies/toddlers, however the sised are made of mesh so there is plenty of air circulation and once closed keeps the midges and mosquitos at bay.
This isn't a cheap travel cot, it RRPs at around £50 but we got ours on ebay for £10...yes another of our bargain finds.
Arent pop up things a nightmare to put away??
You'd think it would be difficult to fold such a big cot into such a small bag, but you would be wrong. Opening is easy, it pops open, you insert 2 rods into the roof of the cot and Velcro the mattress onto the bottom. Putting it down isn't AS easy but its not difficult once you have done it once. You take out the mattress and remove the rods this makes the cot lay flat. you then grab both ends of the cot and twist in different directions (one hand clockwise, other hand anti clockwise) then you fold it so your hands meet...EASY. you then put in the carry bag along with the mattress and the rods...don't lose those or the cot wont stay stood up!! zip up and go.
We bought this when we had our daughter. We are keen campers and regularly took our son when he was around a year and older. We tried all sorts of sleeping arrangements for him...he wouldn't sleep on a blow up mattress, nor would he sleep on a mat so he ended up with a camping bed with a double duvet on top, which he still uses to this day. I was actually looking for a pop up moses basket when I came across this pop up cot, I figured it was bigger so would last us longer.
We used it for the first time camping on the isle of skye last august. I must say our daughter slept in it great, and I knew once I zipped it closed there was no chance of any duvets falling on top of her. The mattress is thin but is ok for babies and younger toddlers, shes now 16 months and appreciates comfort more so its a bit hard for her. It is still used at nans house because she has a THICK carpet so makes it a bit softer.
Anyway back to skye....if anyone knows Scotland you will know about the midges!!! oh my were we attacked. We couldn't sit outside the tent and if we needed to go anywhere we needed mosquito nets over our heads. I made sure the travel cot was closed at all times, even when not in use, and although we tried this with the sleeping compartments too the midges still managed to get in!!! Luckily we managed to keep the bubble cot midge free so it became a safe haven for our then 7 month old and she was even joined by her 4 year old brother, a little cramped but safe from bites.
We also found it useful when we attended a wedding in Ireland in September last year. As we were staying with family we took it to use at their house, the actual wedding was in a hotel and we arranged a cot in the room. we took it with us in the car just in case we needed it; sometimes hire cots can be filthy. I am so glad we took it. We got to the room and found a travel cot, it looked clean enough so I went to put my daughter in it while I used the bathroom, her feet touched the bottom and it collapsed in on her, luckily I still had hold of her and lifted her out before she was trapped and hurt, we has a look and it was put up correctly, it was just broken. so out came our pop up travel cot, which we know is clean and safe.
Would I recommend??
For anyone who goes camping, or regularly visits family I would recommend this pop up travel cot. Its small when folded and light to carry around. it comes complete with a carry bag with a handle. Its easy to put up and to put back down, and small enough to fit in a car and not notice it taking up space.
I do think £50 is expensive though, I wouldn't have paid full price, but I would have paid a bit more than I did if I had needed to. I think at the price I paid (£10) it is very good value and has been worth every penny when guarding against midges and ensuring my daughter is safe. I would recommend people look on ebay for this cot, I think they are bought and not used often, when we got ours the owners said she had only used it once or twice, and it had lost £40 in value. we've used it about 5 times and i'm sure when we re-sell it on ebay it will easily get the £10 back.
Extremely lightweight this travel cot style is ideal for travelling and with the protective insect net sides you can ensure your child will not have insect trouble. It is placed on the floor so ensure a warm rug is underneath even though it comes complete with its own soft mattress. You could even continue using at home as little house to play in and store toys away too.