Baby Travel Bed: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big baby travel cot test 2020, where we present you all the baby travel beds we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best baby travel cot for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a baby travel cot.

The most important facts in brief

  • When travelling, a travel cot is particularly suitable for children aged 0 to 3 years. This allows your child to sleep in a safe environment when travelling.
  • Travel beds have the advantage that they can be assembled and disassembled in no time. Folded up, you can transport the travel cot in a carry bag and store it easily thanks to its compact dimensions.
  • Depending on the age and needs of your child, you can choose a travel bed with basic or luxury equipment. For a healthy sleeping surface, however, an additional travel bed mattress is recommended with each bed.

Baby travel bed test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The best space-saving stowable baby travel bed
  • The best baby travel bed with diaper changing pad
  • The best colourful patterned baby travel bed
  • The best super easy to assemble baby travel bed
  • The best baby travel bed on wheels

The best space-saving stowable baby travel bed

The travel cot “Dream’n Play Plus” from Hauck is a solid travel cot with one exit and no wheels or accessories. With a weight of 8 kg this travel cot is a very light bed and therefore very practical when travelling. Its dimensions when assembled are with 125 x 65 x 76 cm about average. When folded, the bed measures 23 x 24 x 76 cm and is very compact and easy to store.

The Hauck “Dream’n Play Plus” is a basic model with exit. Your child can get in and out independently through this. The bed can be stored space-savingly in the supplied bag. You can also buy additional accessories later if required.

The best baby travel bed with diaper changing pad

The travel bed “Sleep’n Play Go Plus” from Hauck is a stable and high quality bed with one exit and 2 castors. With a weight of 8 kg this travel bed is a very light bed. Its dimensions when assembled are with 125 x 65,5 x 82 cm about average. Folded up, the bed is very compact at 22 x 21 x 77 cm.

The Sleep’n Play Go Plus is equipped with an exit that allows your child to get out of bed independently. The side nets provide visual contact with your baby. The Sleep’n Play Go Plus can be moved effortlessly with the 2 castors.

The best colourful patterned baby travel bed

The travel cot “Dream’n Play” from Hauck is a basic model of the Hauck travel beds. For an attractive price you get a stable bed without exit and accessories. For most parents this bed is completely sufficient.

With a weight of 8 kg this travel bed is also very light. Its dimensions when assembled are with 125 x 65 x 76 cm about average. Folded up, the bed is very compact with the dimensions 23 x 24 x 76 cm.

The best super easy to assemble baby travel bed

The Fillikid Reiesebett is a high quality and uncomplicated travel bed with exit, which convinces particularly by its simple design. It is more suitable for older children because of the exit and the missing hook.

The Fillikid bed with 8.3 kg belongs to the light travel beds. The dimensions of the bed when assembled are 125 x 66 x 76 cm, which is about the same as the average, as is the folding size of 77 x 22 x 22 cm. Thanks to the integrated castors, you can move the travel cot to another room at any time, even when your child is sleeping in it. Thanks to the integrated brakes, this bed does not lack stability.

The best baby travel bed on wheels

The CHIC 4 BABY travel bed “Luxury” is a rather heavy bed with a weight of 11.8 kg. The average dimensions when assembled are 125 x 65 x 76 cm, just like the folding dimensions of 79 x 25 x 24 cm.

The “Luxury” travel bed has a hook for height adjustment of the lying surface. The zipper-locked entrance allows your child to get in and out independently. The sides are made of a net, which both allows you to have visual contact with your baby and ensures good air circulation.

Lockable castors ensure a safe stand and allow the bed to be moved easily. The bed can be folded up small and stored in the transport bag included in the scope of delivery.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before buying a baby travel cot

Which mattress is best suited for baby travel beds?

The mattresses included in the delivery are about 2 cm thick and your baby will therefore sleep on a rather hard surface. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to buy a suitable travel bed mattress, which is on average about 6 cm high. But which one is the right one?
When buying the mattress, you should make sure that it is not too soft. As soon as your child is able to walk, a soft mattress offers too little support when walking, jumping and standing. The little feet then sink too deeply into the soft mattress.

When it comes to size, the decision is usually easy, because the travel beds and therefore also the mattresses almost all measure 60 × 120 cm. Most of them are foldable, some can be rolled up. So they are easy to transport.

The standard additional mattress costs about 20 euros on average and ensures that your child sleeps on a soft surface. The cover is usually removable and can therefore be washed. A carrying bag for the mattress is also included.

If your baby is still a little smaller, it is worth investing in a mattress that provides better air circulation. This prevents heat accumulation and thus reduces the risk of sudden infant death. Moreover, mattresses in this price range have better lying properties and relieve your child’s spine. Travel bed mattresses with integrated ventilation systems cost around 30 – 40 euros.

Helen ZeusExpert for travelling with children
All airlines allow you to take a travel cot with you free of charge in addition to the specified luggage quantity and weight. A planned flight should therefore not influence your decision to buy!

Where can you buy travel beds for children?

If you already know which travel cot you want to buy, you can order the travel cot online and have it delivered to your home. If you are not sure yet and would like a personal consultation, it is worth going to a shop. Often a delivery is offered there as well.
Popular shops with a good selection of travel beds:

Amazon
myToys
babywalz
Otto
diapers.com
ebay

Is there a travel bed without pollutants?

According to Ökotest, toxic compounds, allergenic colorants and hydrocarbons suspected of being cancerous were found in various models. Out of three models, one substance was found to be irritating to skin and mucous membranes.
For those who want to avoid the risk of their child coming into contact with these substances, alternatives made of wood are available. A wooden bed that is easy to assemble and dismantle is, for example, the folding bed from Sämann Kindermöbel.

Another alternative is the spring cradle already mentioned above. It consists of sheep’s wool, which has a natural healing and anti-inflammatory effect.

The BabyBjörn Light travel cot, blue, was the winner of the Öko-Test travel cot test (7/2012). Although it is by far the most expensive bed in the test, it was the only one that passed the ingredients test with “GOOD”. The testers were also impressed with its handling.

How do I build up a travel bed?

The baby travel beds are designed so that you can set them up in just a few minutes. However, if you are having a hard time setting them up, you might want to take another look at the instructions.
Most of the time, the mistake lies in the wrong order. According to customer reviews, it is important that the short sides snap into place first and then the long sides. Only then should you press the bottom through.

How heavy is a baby travel bed and what is the maximum weight of the child?

A light travel bed is very advantageous when travelling. Those who do without high-quality equipment and accessories will find travel beds that weigh about 7 kg – 10 kg.  However, most travel beds weigh about 10 kg – 15 kg. Alternatives such as the baby tent or the spring cradle have a much lower weight. They weigh about 3 kg to 10 kg.
The maximum weight of a child in a travel cot depends on the manufacturer’s specifications. The average weight is between 10 kg and 15 kg, with a cradle weighing about 5 kg to 10 kg.

At what age can a baby sleep in a travel bed?

In theory, a baby can sleep in a travel cot from the very beginning. However, it is important to choose the right equipment, such as a cradle. In addition, an air-permeable wall should be ensured for newborn babies. This avoids heat accumulation and thus reduces the risk of sudden infant death.

Up to what age can a child sleep in a travel bed?

How long a child can sleep in a travel bed depends mainly on the size and weight of the child. You should pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. It is important that the child can move freely and stretch out while sleeping.

Decision: What types of baby travel beds are available and which one is right for you?

Basically one can distinguish between four types of baby travel beds:

  • Classic travel bed
  • Luxury travel bed
  • Extra light travel bed
  • Travel bed tent

There are four categories of baby travel beds between which one distinguishes. In general, travel cots are particularly suitable for children aged 0 to 3 years, as they can be set up quickly and easily, thus guaranteeing a safe place for the children to sleep when on the move. Which type of product you ultimately decide on depends on the area of application as well as your personal preferences or requirements.

To keep a clear overview and to make the right decision in the end, we will introduce you to the above mentioned species and show you what their advantages and disadvantages are.

What makes a classic travel bed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An essential advantage of a classic travel bed is that it is very inexpensive to buy. This makes such models particularly suitable for parents who only go away occasionally with their offspring. A disadvantage is that there are usually no or only few accessories available, so that additional necessities must be purchased separately.

Advantages

Cheap purchase
High stability

Disadvantages

None to few accessories

The classic travel bed usually consists of an aluminium frame. A baby travel bed mattress and a baby inlay are also available. Due to their frame, such products are very stable and thus provide additional protection. These articles are offered by manufacturers such as Babyone, Hauck, Chicco and many more.

What makes a luxury travel bed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As the name already indicates, luxury travel beds are, compared to the other types, of particularly high quality workmanship and also have a very extensive equipment. However, they are also correspondingly more expensive than all other models.

Advantages

Extensive equipment
High quality processing

Disadvantages

Expensive

Such models are especially recommended for parents who like to travel a lot. Even if your baby or toddler regularly stays overnight with their grandparents, for example, you are well advised to use a luxury travel bed.

What makes an extra light travel bed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Light travel beds weigh between 2 and 4 kilograms and are therefore especially suitable for trips where not much luggage is to be carried. Our expert in traveling with children says “No matter what the weight of a travel cot is, all airlines transport it free of charge.

In addition, light travel beds are also recommended for single parents, as they usually have to carry other luggage in addition to the travel bed when travelling. One disadvantage, however, is that your baby or toddler sleeps deeply (on the floor) with this model.

Advantages

Lightweight model
Easy assembly
Especially for single parents and recommended

Disadvantages

Distance between bed and floor low

This type of baby travel cot is a so-called pop-up travel cot, which is even easier to assemble than the other variants. These beds literally flip open and offer your baby or toddler a comfortable place to sleep after a few seconds.

What makes a travel bed tent and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A travel bed tent is a light model with a maximum weight of 3 kilograms. Its compactness makes it particularly suitable for air travel and camping trips. A disadvantage of this product is that the mattress is usually not included. This must be purchased separately.

Advantages

Lightweight model
Easy stowage possible

Disadvantages

Mattress not included
Less suitable for playing

In recent years the travel bed tent has appeared on the market. This is particularly easy to fold up, although it is less suitable for playing.

Helen ZeusExpert for travelling with children
A travel bed tent can also be taken to the beach or lake during the day, so your baby can take his nap at any time.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate baby travel beds based on these factors

In the following, you will learn which factors you can use to evaluate and compare travel beds. This will make it easier for you to decide which travel bed is right for you.

In summary, these are:

  • Item weight
  • Maximum weight load
  • Equipment and accessories
  • Dimensions
  • Matratze
  • Colour

What the individual criteria are and how you can classify them is explained below.

Item weight

The weight of the travel bed is an important criterion in the purchase decision. For example, if the travel bed has to be carried to the 3rd floor, a bed with a low weight is advantageous.

Often beds without high-quality equipment and few accessories weigh less and are therefore suitable for travellers who value easy transport.

But if the classic travel beds are all too heavy for you, there are lighter alternatives. You can take a closer look at the baby tent and the inflatable travel cot in the “Decision” block.

Maximum weight load

The maximum weight load for most beds is about 15 kg. Most children reach this limit at the age of about 3 years. If you decide to use a hook, the maximum weight load is about 5 kg.

If your child soon reaches the 15 kg limit, an investment in a classic travel bed is probably not worthwhile. Most parents then switch to “adult beds” or air and folding mattresses.

Equipment and accessories

Purchase criteria in this category can be:

  • Exit
  • Rolls
  • Annex
  • Changing pad
  • Game sheet

The hook, the changing mat and the play bow are usually also available separately. Your decision to buy should therefore depend more on the equipment.

Good equipment and practical accessories in the baby travel cot make everyday life easier, especially when travelling.

Depending on the use and frequency of use, one or the other accessory may already pay off. To make the decision easier for you, you will find in the following table a nice overview with description of the individual equipment parts.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the lying surface of most travel beds are 90 x 120 cm. This standard size makes it easier to buy an additional mattress. However, the dimensions of the bed when assembled can exceed the dimensions of the lying surface. This is relevant if there is little space available for the bed.

The folding dimensions may be relevant for transport. For example, if you only have a small boot or little storage space at home, a bed with small folding dimensions is suitable.

Matratze

A mattress is included with most models. However, this is usually only about 2 cm thick and is not healthy for your child’s back in the long term.

Did you know that babies sleep an average of 16-18 hours in the first 3 months?
In the first few months of life, babies have yet to develop their rhythm and learn to adjust to the change of day and night.

That is why you should buy an additional travel bed mattress that provides a soft sleeping surface. Such mattresses are usually foldable and therefore easy to transport. If you want to know which folding mattress is the right one for you, you can read this in the block “Advisor”.

Entwürfe

Most models are available in different colours and designs. There are many simple designs, but also colourful and decorated designs.  When making your decision, you can either go for “girl or boy” colours or you can choose the colour according to the design of your living space.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about baby travel beds

How do you get a baby used to a travel bed?

The first night in a new bed is unusual even for us adults. But to make sure your baby sleeps deeply and firmly in his or her new travel bed, there are a few things you can do to make it easier for him or her.

Of course one thing must not be missing in the new travel cot, your favourite cuddly toy! Your baby sleeps in a new environment and the familiar cuddly toy gives him security. Things like a nursing pillow or a bed cover from home also give him a familiar feeling. Overall, the cot should not deviate too much from home.

Did you know that children necessarily need an optimal sleeping environment?
A proper environment can be an essential factor in preventing sudden infant death. It is important that the sleeping place is safe and has enough room for sufficient air circulation. It is generally not recommended that babies be allowed to sleep permanently in a pram or carrycot.

It is often recommended to get the baby used to the bed at home. For example, you could put your baby in the travel cot for a nap in the afternoon so that he or she can get used to it.

However, many mothers report that the baby starts crying when it has to sleep in a new bed at home. This causes the baby to associate negative memories of the bed and may not want to sleep in it on the next trip. It would be better if the baby slept in it for the first time on holiday. Since the environment is then completely new anyway, the bed will not be a problem either.

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