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Last updated: 14 March 2018

A portable cot is a useful item if you want to travel overnight with a baby or toddler. We lab test and review portable cots – also known as portacots – to find the best products for you. Our buying guide explains their safety aspects and features to look for. See How we test portable cots for an explanation of our scores and results.

We are currently testing portable cots and results will be available on 25th April 2018.

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Our lab experts put each model through several tough tests, looking at safety aspects such as the breathability of the side mesh, whether the mattress fits correctly, any dangerous head or limb entrapments and more. 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.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find the portacots that come with a bassinet, a change table and wheels, and our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Passed key safety tests

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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.

Change table

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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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