Whether you’re travelling overseas, or just need somewhere safe to put baby while you need to turn your back for a moment, travel cots and play yards are worth their weight in parenting gold...
Summer is here and if you’ve been keeping up with our 12 month guide on family holiday destinations, you’ll have trips to Bali, Koh Samui and Java squared away already for the weeks ahead. But if you’re travelling with a tot in tow, you’re definitely going to need to make life easier (because being stressed on holiday is no good at all) with travel essentials for bubbas. Travel cots: We’re talking about you.
Aeromoov Instant Travel Cot
Need to set up shop somewhere quick? The AeroMoov (pictured top) instant travel cot packs and unpacks in just two seconds! This lightweight, compact travel cot weighs in at just 5kg, making it easy to bring along wherever you go. This one will grow with your tots making it wallet savvy too! There are two stages of use: a travel cot with suspended mattress for babies up to two months, and then a play (contained!) area for toddlers. The cot comes with an adjustable foam mat, a detachable sunshade and mosquito net. Handily, it’s also made with see-through mesh so you can still keep a watchful eye on your child from a distance. Roll it up, sling it over your shoulder and you’re all set to go.
Price: From $229, buy from Agape Babies
Scuddles Portable 3 in 1 Organizer Tote Bag
Move aside handbag dogs – diaper bag babies are in! We’re kidding (that’s what baby carriers are for) but Scuddles isn’t just a diaper bag, it also expands into a baby bassinet and a changing table. With insulated compartments for keeping bottles warm or cold, and plenty of space to hold diapers, wipes, blankets, and a thick pad for extra comfort, this is your all-in-one new ‘have kids will travel’ best friend. Useful for emergency diaper changes, the walls of the compartment have special insertable aluminium rods designed to hold them up so you can change your tot with ease anytime, anywhere.
Price: From $141.12, buy from Babysg
Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family
This travel crib has a play area that’s accessible by a side door so you can play alongside your little ones and zip the door back up to keep ‘lil one safe when you’re done. Suitable for babies and toddlers under 88cm, the travel crib comes with a mattress and collapses to a transportable backpack that weighs 6kg in total. The Lotus is machine washable and best of all, you can tell people “we have a Lotus!” (yes we know they’re not the same, but it doesn’t mean it’s not true).
Price: From $399, buy from Qoo10
Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages
The Graco Travel Lite Crib is a boxy traditional number with three stages for infants at different stages of development, plus a play area for toddlers that comes complete with a sunshade. Top tip: The mattress doesn’t come with sheets, but pillowcases will do the trick perfectly. The Travel Lite Crib weighs less than 9kg and folds at the push of a button to fit into a carrying bag.
Price: From $239, buy from First Few Years
Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light
Suitable for tots up to three years old, this crib comes with a comfy mattress and has an airy mesh for you to keep an eye on your child, plus they can keep their beady eyes on you in return. This is a no frills, no fuss crib that’s super easy to use and weighs in at just 6kg.
Price: $459, buy from Pupsik Studio
Top image: Aeromoov Instant Travel Cot
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