Portable cots review 2007

Of the 10 portable cots we tested, only three passed all our safety tests.
 
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  • Updated:25 Oct 2007
 

03.Product profiles

Product profiles - the best

All these portable cots passed our major safety tests, but some of their accessories didn't (see the profiles below for details). All are quick and easy to set up and fold away. Prices are recommended retail prices, as advised by manufacturers in August/September 2007, or the price we paid. 

Bertini Jet 3 in 1 003945 #

Price: $199

Good points

  • Easy to move around using wheels while set up or packed.

Bad points

  • The changing table has finger and limb entrapment hazards.
  • Parts of the toy bar can be broken off and swallowed or inhaled.
  • It’s heavy to carry when you can’t wheel it.

# Discontinued but might still be available in some shops.

Love N Care Play Land BP998

Price: $170

Good points

  • Easy to move around using wheels while set up or packed.

Bad points

  • The bassinette has finger entrapment hazards.
  • The changing table has a finger entrapment hazard, and could trap the baby’s head if the table’s in place while the baby’s in the cot. It also has openings where child’s clothing could get caught and cause strangulation. You should always remove the change table when the child’s in the cot.
  • It’s heavy to carry when you can’t wheel it.

Mother's Choice Nova 2 in 1 005854

Price: $160

Good points

  • Passed all safety tests.
  • Easy to move around using wheels while set up or packed.

Bad points

  • It’s heavy to carry when you can’t wheel it.

Childcare Galaxy 077200

Price: $120

Good points

  • Passed all safety tests.

Bad points

  • No wheels.
  • Heavy.

Steelcraft Sonnet 32416

Price: $109

Good points

  • Passed all safety tests.

Bad points

  • No wheels and it’s heavy to carry.

Baby Love Momento 3 in 1 BL950 #

Price: $180

Good points

  • Easy to move around using wheels while set up or packed.

Bad points

  • The cot has two locking mechanisms, as required by the Australian Standard, but in the unlikely event that both fail, there’s a risk the baby’s head could become trapped. *
  • The bassinette has a finger entrapment hazard. *
  • The changing table could trap the baby’s head if the table is in place while the baby’s in the cot. You should always remove the change table when the child’s in the cot. *
  • It’s heavy to carry when you can’t wheel it.

# Discontinued but might still be available in some shops.
* The manufacturer disagreed with our results.

Swallow Lite ‘N’ Easy Echo

Price: $79

Good points

  • None to mention.

Bad points

  • Gaps in the top corners of the cot could trap a limb. *
  • No wheels and it’s heavy to carry.

* The manufacturer disgreed with our results. It's possible that manufacturing variations might explain why our sample failed.
 

Product profiles - the rest

The remaining portable cots are profiled below. Prices are recommended retail prices, as advised by manufacturers in August/September 2007.

Phil & Ted T2

Price: $220

Good points

  • Very light, very small when packed and easy to carry — a genuine travel cot.
  • Zip-up insect mesh.

Bad points

  • Mesh pocket inside the cot provides a potential foothold for a toddler to climb. You could cut off the pocket to avoid this hazard.
  • Minor risk of finger entrapment in the zipper tags.
  • Takes longer than the others to set up and fold away (about five minutes).

Graco Pack ‘n Play 9120JEGU #

Price: $100

Good points

  • Easy and quick to set up and fold away.

Bad points

  • Cot has gaps which could trap child’s clothing and cause strangulation. *
  • Limb entrapment hazard at the top corners of cot. *
  • Fails design requirements for folding mechanism, but passes performance requirements. *
  • No wheels.
  • Heavy to carry.

# Discontinued but might still be available in some shops.
* The manufacturer told us this cot complies with European standards.

Quicksmart Easyfold B77720 #

Price: $169

Good points

  • Quick to set up and fold away.

Bad points

  • Cot has accessible footholds, which could cause child to climb and fall out of the cot. The manufacturer told us they've redesigned this cot to remove that problem.
  • Heavy to carry.
  • When setting up the cot it requires strength to extend and lock the legs into the required position.
  • No wheels.

# Discontinued but might still be available in some shops.

 

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