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Last updated: 21 April 2020


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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, and there's only one model that we currently recommend.

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.

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.

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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 2195:2010
  • 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.

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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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