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Last updated: 26 May 2018

A portable cot is a useful item for short trips with a baby or toddler. Unfortunately, we've found that the majority of portable cots have multiple safety failures, which means we can't recommend them. 

But we understand that many people still need to buy one, so we advise looking for models that score 60% or higher, as these have passed our key safety tests – generally those involving suffocation or head entrapment.

Safety recall: Big W has recalled its portable cot after failing CHOICE tests:

Big W Dymples Portacot

For more, go to the Big W recalls website.

See how we test portable cots for an explanation of our scores and results and read our buying guide to better understand how to choose the safest possible portable cot and how to minimise the risks when using one. 

How does CHOICE fund our safety work? We also test and review other products and services - check out our Top 50 reviews.

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Our results will show you the models that:

  • pass the important safety tests, including the Australian standard for folding cots, AS/NZS 2195
  • are the lightest to carry
  • are the smallest when packed away
  • are easy to fold, unfold and pack away.

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Whether the model passed the most important safety tests of the Australian Standard, AS/NZS 2195, such as having breathable mesh on all sides, and having no suffocation or strangulation hazards. Some models that pass the key tests still have some minor failures and therefore aren't fully recommended, but are still worth considering.

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Wheels or castors make the cot easier to move, though some are light enough to move short distances without them.


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The base can be set to a higher position, suitable for a sleeping infant up to about six months of age.

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An accessory that attaches to the top of the cot frame, creating a small surface for nappy changing.


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A pocket on the cot end for storing small items.

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A mesh cover to keep insects away from your baby.

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