When you need a break or an easily transportable sleeping solution while on holiday, a portable cot can be very comfortable and entertaining for a child and most importantly, safe.
However, because there are so many options on the market these days, it can become a little bit confusing or even daunting.
Below you can discover some of the features and options to look for in a portable cot so that your little bundle of joy can play and sleep safely.
A 4-in-1 Portable Cot
The 4 in 1 portable cot is an excellent option as it will often come with all of the added extras that you need for travel such as a bassinet, a travel bag, storage pockets and a changing table. These types of portable cots are made for easy set-up and should take just a few minutes to assemble.
Look for a childproof side rail locking mechanism that will ensure your childs safety. Also, try to choose a portable cot with mesh siding so that your child will be well ventilated as well as be able to see what is going on around him or her. Some top of the line portable cots will also include a mobile and night light too.
A 2-in-1 Portable Cot
For something that is a bit more basic, but still has the convenience of side pockets for nappies and other bits and pieces, along with ventilated mesh sides, and easy folding for storage or travel, you cant go past what is known as a 2-in-1 portable cot.
A 3-in-1 Portable Cot
This option assembles easily and is even easier to store and transport. A 3-in-1 portable cot comes complete with a travel bag for keeping all of your childs necessary belongings, a bassinet and even a changing table. There is also a storage pocket for any loose items that you need quick access to, such as face washers, nappies or dummies.
When shopping for a portable cot, there are a few safety areas that should always be included. These include meeting the requirements of the Australian Consumer Protection Notice No. 4 of 2008, information about the height or weight of the child that the portable cot can hold and secure locking mechanisms.
In many instances, friends and family members choose to give a portable cot when a new baby arrives. This is because many parents tend to find portable cots one of the most convenient pieces of baby furniture as it can be used anywhere, can be easily stored and doesnt take up much room in the car when travelling.
Just remember to always look for the safety and developmental features mentioned above, as this will ensure your baby is kept comfortable and secured in their portable cot.