Easy to assemble
Something that can make or break a travel cot is its assembly time. Ideally, you want something quick and simple to set up, and just as easy to pack away again when it’s time to go. For instance, the Bugaboo Stardust is designed to fold in one second and unfold in three seconds, without you having to assemble or disassemble it at all. Everything, including the mattress, stays in place. If you happen to visit the stores, have a go at folding and unfolding the travel cot. Look for simple clicking mechanisms and check that everything locks into place without too much hassle. If you’re online shopping, look for travel cot assembly instructions like our ‘How to use the Bugaboo Stardust travel cot’ tutorial.
To make sure things stay clean and fresh for your baby, you want a travel cot that either has removable, washable covers or one that is made with a wipe-clean fabric. Travel cots are more exposed to the elements than the cots you have in your home and frequent travelling can leave them needing a good scrub. You might also want to choose darker colours, such as a grey travel cot, which will make any dirt stains less visible.