Add this to your travel checklist, so that bubba has a safe and comfy spot to sleep and even play.
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Whether you’re planning a trip overseas or staying overnight at grandma’s, you'll want to ensure that your little one has somewhere safe and comfortable to sleep. After all, a happy baby makes for a happy mummy! That’s why we recommend a travel cot ― one that is lightweight, easy to set up, reasonably priced and ideally, grows with your bundle.
Depending on baby’s age and your needs, you can find various good travel cots on the market, from basic bassinets to shallow co-sleepers, as well as versatile playards that you also use at home. Whichever you decide, the first thing to do is to have baby try it in before the big trip… just to make sure he likes it.
Don’t know where to begin? We’ve singled out several well-loved travel cots in a variety of styles and functions for you. Scroll through the photo gallery to find out which portable crib tickles your fancy.
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Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages
PRICE US$94.99/$125.50 FROM Amazon WHAT Since we adore Graco’s Pack ’n Play playards, we were ecstatic to discover the Travel Lite Crib, a smaller, lighter travel version. Weighing 8.6kg and a fifth smaller than their regular playard, it comes with a removable bassinet and quilted mattress pad and canopy, so baby has a cosy spot to snooze. Simply push a button to set it up and tear down, it has wheels for easy mobility. The bassinet grows with baby ― up to 6.5kg ― as it has two adjustable heights. Convert it into a cosy playpen for babies below 88 cm tall. PARENTS SAY Cynthia Mai says, “I'm happy with this crib because I can get longer usage out of this, unlike other newborn bassinets. I'm also happy about the wheels and it goes in and out of our room easily.”
Aeromoov Instant Travel Cot
PRICE $229 FROMPupsik Studio WHAT Supposedly the world’s flattest playpen, you should be able to set up and pack this travel away cot in seconds. Just 5kg, this Belgian product is the perfect travel- and sleep-companion for newborns and toddlers. Boasting two adjustable levels with a 3cm-thick PU foam mattress, plus, see-through mesh, it’s a a great get for overseas trips, a beach jaunt, and even grandma’s house. Optional accessories are available such as a mosquito net and sun shade. PARENTS SAY “Set-up takes less than a minute. This folds flat and can be stored anywhere around the house ― perfect for my tiny home! I can bring this over to my in-laws anytime!” enthuses Phoebe Chua.
Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
PRICE $89.90 FROMPupsik Studio WHAT Ideal for newborns, this is mobile co-sleeper provides a comfy, safe space for baby to snooze with mesh netting all around for ventilation, and compressible sides, so that mummy can easily reach bubba. Includes a washable mattress pad and fitted sheet, while the sturdy metal frame folds flat for travel. PARENTS SAY “This was a lifesaver for us for the first couple months before baby slept in the crib. It’s perfect for small spaces, easy to travel with, safe and also affordable,” says Nancy Yeo.
Scuddles Portable 3 in 1 Organizer Tote Bag
PRICE $189.54 FROMLazada WHAT This diaper bag cum changing station cum travel bassinet all rolled into one is hands-down THE travel must-have because it’s such an amazing multitasker. As a roomy carryon, it can hold literally anything from baby essentials to your travel documents. The best feature is the side pocket that pulls out into a diaper changing station-cum-bassinet that’s 60cm long. Just assemble with the provided foam mattress and reinforcement sticks and, voila, you have an on-the-go bed for baby! A bonus feature is the side pocket which is lined with insulation material to keep your milk bottle warm during the flight. Even if your infant outgrows this, you can still use it as a diaper-changing station ― it fits kids up to age 2. PARENTS SAY “This is very functional and will be used all the time. It has many pockets that are easily accessible. It is a must when you are on-the-go with the baby. The crib is very comfortable and spacious. We use it for travelling and road trips. Also, it is big enough even for our 2-year-old to sleep in!” raves Julia Kay.
Koo-di Bubble Travel Cot
PRICE £43.87/$78.35 FROM Amazon WHAT Perfect for overseas vacations or sleepovers, this pop-up baby cot weighs less than 3kg and packs flat into any suitcase. It looks small but can double as a playpen that can comfortably fit babies aged 6 months and up (provided they don’t roll around too much). It has blackout blinds ― ideal for light sleepers ― and a mosquito net for outdoor use. Set-up is easy ― simply insert metal rods, like pitching a tent. It comes with a padded mattress, but you can also purchase an inflatable one for extra comfort. PARENTS SAY Mum Karen Edwards notes, “This is, by far, the smallest portable cot you will ever come across. We could fit it in our backpack inside its own little bag. This is perfect for trips where you may have to carry it for long distances. My daughter Esmé always looked super-comfortable inside and seemed to sleep well. That is obviously the number one priority. We didn’t want to compromise her comfort for the sake of having something smaller.”
Chicco Lullago Zip Crib
PRICE US$319.98 FROMAmazon WHAT We love this travel cot because it grows with your chubster, so you can convert it from a crib to a bed for bigger babies up to 10kg. At just 8kg, you set it up quickly by snapping on the anti-slip legs. It comes with a custom-fit mattress and mattress pad for more comfort and packs neatly into a tote. PARENTS SAY “I’ve used this from Day 1 for home and for travel, so baby can have a familiar sleeping environment wherever she goes. I love that the sides are breathable and you can see your baby through the mesh fabric. The mattress is thick and comfortable and you can get sheets to fit it really cheap from Amazon. My best baby buy!” says Emily Oh.
BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light
PRICE $413.10 WHERE Pupsik WHAT The crème de la crème of travel cots, we’d be remiss if we didn’t feature this sleek and sturdy buy, since it boasts many awesome features. Just 6kg, you can assemble in seconds, and it has one of the plushest mattresses, so that your tot can expect a good night’s sleep. Suitable for kids up to age 3, it packs away into a storage bag. It’s pricey but you might consider it money well-spent if you are mindful that a well-rested baby is worth any price! PARENTS SAY “Priceless. Compact and easy to travel with. The mattress is about four times thicker than a normal travel crib and very comfortable. We used this on three trips with my son when he was just over a year till he was almost 2 years old,” says Melissa Deng.
Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family
PRICE US$209/$284.36 FROMAmazon WHAT At about 5kg, this is another luxury travel cot-cum-playard that takes just 15 seconds to set up. The Lotus Travel Crib, which features see-through mesh for breathability, comes in a neat backpack that you can bring on the plane. The unique selling point is a zip-down feature, so that you can join your little tyke for bedtime cuddles. PARENTS SAY “I'm usually challenged by all baby gear the instructions we have to read and struggle over ― this was super-easy and intuitive to put up. Our toddler likes to play in it and we've had no sleeping problems since,” says Douglas Lim.