Our tests cover the main safety concerns surrounding portable cots including falls, strangulation and suffocation. Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which small travel cots:
- BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light
- Childcare Peuter Luxe Travel Dome
- Goldbug Pop-Up Pea Pod
- Phil & Teds Traveller
How we test
We check travel cots against tests from the Australian standard for portable cots, AS/NZS 2195, ensuring:
- the folding mechanism is secure
- there are no unsafe gaps that can trap a child’s head or limbs
- the mattress is safe
We also test their ease of use, checking how easy the cots are to set up and pack away.
The 2010 (voluntary) version of the standard has an important addition that calls for adequate breathable zones (in case the baby manages to roll face-first against the side). This test partly involves checking that all sides of the cot are made predominantly from a mesh material that allows for air flow through the cot, and it forms part of our primary criteria.
We also test mattress firmness against the new standard for babies' mattresses, AS/NZS 8811.1:2013, to check whether the mattress is firm enough to not present a suffocation hazard.
The Australian standard for portable cots, AS/NZS 2195, is intended to cover typical portable cots and the BabyBjorn and Phil & Teds cots fall into this category. While travel shelters are not necessarily covered by the standard, we think some of the relevant tests can be applied, including those for breathable zones and mattress firmness.
Mandatory safety requirements for portable cots took effect in March 2009 - based on some of the clauses from standard AS/NZS 2195:1999. The standard includes requirements for ensuring the folding mechanism is secure, that there are no gaps that could trap a child’s head, that the mattress is safe and the cot has adequate warnings about safe use. The full standard also incorporates many voluntary tests that cover entrapment hazards, sharp edges and points and strength of construction.
A 2010 version of the standard has been created, however it is not yet mandatory. The most important addition to the new standard is the test that checks for adequate breathable zones. CHOICE believes this is an important aspect, and that's why we've included a breathability assessment in our tests. This mainly involves checking that every wall of the cot has a breathable zone around the base made from a mesh material that allows for air flow through the cot.
CHOICE would like to see all portable cots – including small travel cots – comply with the full voluntary standard, in particular the 2010 version.