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
 

02.Results

What to buy

Brand and price

  • Bertini Jet 3 in 1 003945 # - $199
  • Love N Care Play Land BP998 - $170
  • Mother's Choice Nova 2 in 1 005854 - $160
  • Childcare Galaxy 077200 - $120
  • Steelcraft Sonnet 32416 - $109
  • BabyLove Momento 3 in 1 BL950 # - $180
  • Swallow Lite 'N' Easy Echo - $79

# Discontinued, but some stock may still be available in stores.

The models in the 'What to buy' list are recommended based on the base cot only. We found some cots were let down by their accessories, but we didn't fail those cots as you might not use the accessories. See Accessories, below, and the profiles for more details.

What about the rest?

  • The Graco failed due to holes in the upper corners of the cot which could trap or snag a child’s clothing to become a strangulation hazard. There were also minor failures, including potential limb entrapment.
  • The frame of the Quicksmart provided a foothold through the mesh sides of the cot. An older baby or toddler could climb out of the cot and fall to the floor. Regarding ease of use, the frame required a lot of strength to pull the legs into place.
  • The Phil & Ted failed because it has an internal mesh pocket which provides a foothold (see its profile for more about this). It has a lot of short poles which need to be put together to make the frame. This is easy but time-consuming — it takes about five minutes or so.
 

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Results tables

  Performance
Brand / model Price ($) Safety and performance Design Ease of use
Recommended        
Bertini Jet 3 in 1 003945 #
www.bertini.com.au
199 Pass (A) (B) Pass Very good
Love N Care Play Land BP998
www.lovencare.com.au
170 Pass (C) (A) Pass (A) Very good
Mother's Choice Nova 2 in 1 005854
www.motherschoice.com.au
160 Pass Pass Very good
Childcare Galaxy, 077200
www.childcareproducts.com.au
120 Pass Pass Good
Steelcraft Sonnet 32416
www.britax.com.au
109 Pass Pass Good
BabyLove Momento 3 in 1 BL950 #
www.babylove.com.au
180 Pass (C) (A) Minor fail Very good
Swallow Lite 'N' Easy Echo
www.babyco.com.au
79 Minor fail Pass Good
Not recommended        
Phil & Teds T2
www.philandteds.com
220 Minor fail Major fail Good
Graco Pack 'n Play 9120JEGU #
www.gracobaby.com
100 Major fail Major fail Good
Quicksmart Easy fold B77720 #
www.funtasticnursery.com.au
169 Major fail Major fail Good
 


  Features Specifications
Brand / model Mesh panels on three sides Pocket Wheels Brakes Insect net Bassinet Change table Maximum weight / height suitability (kg / cm) Weight (kg) Folded dimensions (cm, L x W x H) Assembled dimensions (cm, L x W x H)
Recommended
Bertini Jet 3 in 1 003945 #
www.bertini.com.au
14 / 86 15 77 x 25 x 24 114 x 84 x 76
Love N Care Play Land BP998
www.lovencare.com.au
13.6 / ns 13.5 81 x 34 x 23 109 x 79 x 80
Mother's Choice Nova 2 in 1 005854
www.motherschoice.com.au
14 / 86 13 77 x 27 x 23 114 x 84 x 76
Childcare Galaxy, 077200
www.childcareproducts.com.au
13.6 / 86 11 78 x 29 x 27 110 x 77 x 78
Steelcraft Sonnet 32416
www.britax.com.au
15 / 90 12 79 x 30 x 28 115 x 80 x 78
BabyLove Momento 3 in 1 BL950 #
www.babylove.com.au
14 / 88 16.5 83 x 28 x 23 110 x 78 x 83
Swallow Lite 'N' Easy Echo
www.babyco.com.au
13.6 / 85 11 83 x 28 x 27 111 x 77 x 83

Not recommended

Phil & Teds T2
www.philandteds.com
ns 3.5 57 x 24 x 24 138 x 90 x 66
Graco Pack 'n Play 9120JEGU #
www.gracobaby.com
14 / 86 9 80 x 26 x 25 102 x 72 x 80
Quicksmart Easy fold B77720 #
www.funtasticnursery.com.au
20 / 89 10 78 x 23 x 60 114 x 78 x 70
 

Table notes

# Discontinued, but some stock may still be available in stores.

ns not stated
(A) Failed due to changing table accessory.
(B) Failed due to toy bar accessory.
(C) Failed due to bassinet accessory.

How we tested

Safety performance and design was tested to the requirements of selected clauses of the AS/NZS 2195:1999 Folding cots – Safety requirements.

To determine ease of use, the portable cots were assessed on:

  • How easy they are to set up and pack away.
  • How easy they are to move around.
  • How easy they are to store.

Accessories

A bassinette is simply a means to raise the sleeping platform from the bottom so you don’t have to bend down so far to reach the baby. The BabyLove and Love N Care bassinettes have gaps in which little fingers and limbs can get trapped — more distressing than deadly. The Mother's Choice or Bertini are better choices if you want a bassinette.

If you use a change table at home, you’ll appreciate their convenience while you’re away. Three of the cots on test (see the table below) have a table that you can attach to the top of the cot. But our testers discovered it’s really important to remove the change table when your child’s inside playing or sleeping — they have the potential to trap a baby’s limbs, fingers or even head.

The toy bar that comes with the Bertini is best left in the box: we found it was easy to break off bits of foam that could choke an infant.

Finally, while not strictly an accessory, the superfluous internal pocket of the Phil & Ted cot proved its undoing — it provides a foothold for an older baby to climb (or fall) out of the cot, so it fails against the Standard. But this cot does have certain advantages and if it takes your fancy, it could be worth rectifying the problem with a pair of scissors — see its profile for more.