Whether it’s a spare for baby guests, one to keep at the grandparents’ house or something you’ll actually take travelling, choosing the right travel cot can save you a surprising amount of frustration.
The most common form of travel cot has a kind of plug in the middle of the base that, when pulled upwards, collapses it. Getting the hang of this seemingly universal mechanism is literally one of the hardest things about being a parent, but once you do, you never lose it.
Other forms are more tent-like structures that will roll up to nothing and can be used as an actual play tent when they’re not sleeping in it. As usual we’ve taken the hassle out of the purchasing palava by narrowing it down to the top five.