6 best travel cots

Whether you are spending a weekend at the in-laws or a fortnight in the sun, a good travel cot is a must. Here's our pick of the best

BabyHub SleepSpace
(Image credit: BabyHub)

For anyone with a baby or a toddler, a trusty travel cot is must. But with models ranging widely in price and specifications, how do you go about choosing the best to fit you? We've picked our favourite travel cot buys to suit all budgets so you can all get a good night's sleep, wherever you are.

Find more baby and child-related buys in our buying guides.

Travel cots need to know

Just a few important things to consider before buying a travel cost:

Check your child's age and weight suitability for the travel cot, as this varies from model to model. 

The weight and size when it’s folded is also important, especially if you are going to be lugging it around a lot or taking it on a plane. Consider the case it comes in, too – will it stand up to being chucked into the boot of the car or the hold of a plane, and will it protect the cot within it? Is it easy to fold away and to put up? 

Is it stable enough to cope with your little one leaning against the sides? And will it need an extra mattress for your little cherub to be truly comfy? 

Chicco Zip and Go Travel Cot

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Cot and crib in one

Dimensions: H59cm x W96cm x D74.5cm
Size when folded: L67cm x W15cm
Weight: 7.3kg
Suitable for: 0-18 months
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and easy to fold+Different modes for different ages
Reasons to avoid
-The protective travel bag could be better quality

The perfect option for parents with newborns who find that travel cots can often seem too large and not all that cosy, the Chicco Zip and Go has an expandable section, allowing it to act as a small crib from birth to six months and a larger baby bed from six to 18 months. It’s super compact and relatively lightweight, making it the ideal travel companion. 

Cuggl Duluxe Travel Cot

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Bassinet and playpen in one

Dimensions: H76cm x W96cm x D67cm
Size when folded: : L77cm x W24cm
Weight: 11.8kg
Suitable for: 0-24 months
Reasons to buy
+Set on wheels so easy to move+Doubles as a playpen
Reasons to avoid
-Mattress isn’t very thick-Heavy for a travel cot

This travel cot is a great all rounder that easily converts from cot to playpen. It has a bassinet level that is perfect for younger babies, as well as a removable cot top changer. It’s set on lockable wheels so can be manoeuvred easily and folding it away is relatively straight forward. 

BabyHub SleepSpace Travel Cot

(Image credit: Argos)


Ideal for adventurous parents

Dimensions: H120cm x W96cm x D117cm
Size when folded: : L91cm x W31cm
Weight: 6kg
Suitable for: 0-3 years
Reasons to buy
+Mosquito net included for an insect-free zone+Converts into play tipi+Looks stylish
Reasons to avoid
-Safety latches can be fiddly

If you are planning on travelling to warmer climes, the BabyHub SleepSpace is a great multi-functional bit of kit. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of being lightweight and easy to work but it also features a fitted mosquito net and doubles as a tipi for toddlers to play in. 

Tutti Bambini CoZee bedside crib

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Stylish, scandi design

Dimensions: H84cm x W92cm x D56cm
Size when folded: : L92cm x W56cm
Weight: 10.2kg
Suitable for: 0-6 months
Reasons to buy
+Drop down rail for side sleeping+Stylish design +Easy to open and fold down
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive for how long you can use it for 

While most travel cots are designed purely from a practical point of view, the Tutti Bambini CoZee crib also looks incredibly chic and could seamlessly fit in as a piece of permanent nursery furniture. It comes with a deluxe foam mattress and features a handy shelf for storage while travelling. 

BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light

(Image credit: John Lewis)


Lightweight and generous in size

Dimensions: H112cm x W82cm x D64cm
Size when folded: : L60cm x W49cm
Weight: 5kg
Suitable for: 0-3 years
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly lightweight +Compact when folded
Reasons to avoid
-Hefty price tag-Difficult to lift out small babies

Incredibly lightweight and compact when folded, this cot is especially easy for using when travelling. Other advantages include a washable cover and high comfort mattress, plus it’s really easy to set up in just one simple movement (not a loose part in sight). 


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Budget friendly buy

Dimensions: H74cm x W104cm x D81cm
Size when folded: : L79cm x W23cm
Weight: 8.7kg
Suitable for: 0-15kg
Reasons to buy
+Good value for money
Reasons to avoid
-Mattress isn’t great quality -Not the lightest travel cot

If you are buying a travel cot on a budget then the Red Kite Sleeptight travel cot is a clear winner. It’s compact once folded down and fits easily into the travel bag it comes with and, even though you might want to buy a comfier mattress, it’s still great value for money. 

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer after working as a social media co-ordinator for a luxury boat title. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.