Share via Email The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and clarifications column, Saturday March 10 Since the section went to press the Sunshine Kids Pogy Travel Bed mentioned in the article below has been withdrawn at the request of trading-standards officers. It has not yet passed its fire safety tests.
I need something for my one-year-old to sleep in when we go camping.
You can also buy a foam mattress that doesn't self inflate for a little less money. This is only really an issue for the side door. This is important as it is often necessary to lean on a cot so the whole thing needs to have structure.
I would love a Nomad travel bed, but as this is for number three and it is unlikely there will be a number four, it's quite expensive. I need something very compact to fit in an already overloaded car, which will stop her from rolling out during the night and gives some sense of security and comfort.
I'm not overly concerned about cot escapees - hopefully she'll be so tired from all that fresh air she'll fall asleep straight away! Also it needs to last until she's about two, when she can have a mattress and sleeping bag.
Jane, Farnham, Surrey I do understand how you feel about buying something that you feel you won't get much use out of.
This is why I didn't buy the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair until my daughter was two years old and then I could have kicked myself for not having bought it earlier it's a thoroughly fantastic chair ; I also wish I'd bought the Maclaren Techno pushchair years ago instead of thinking I could do without it as not a day passes when I don't think about how useful I'd find it.
The simple fact is that sometimes we need things to do a job and the sooner we buy, the more use we will get out of them and, if you go away a lot and you may do if you have the right equipment then you will find you make good use of a travel cot.
Remember you can always sell it on, or indeed buy one second-hand if you like.
Although, as you'll see in a moment, there are easier travel cot-tents to put up. All that said, are you sure you need a travel cot for camping? Obviously you won't be leaving your baby in a tent on its own, so won't a folded-up blanket as a mattress and a Grobag do as she'll be in with you?
You'll all be in a tent after all. Travel cot-tents are a good idea as travel cots because they are very light and small, not at all like some of the huge, heavy models of travel cots you can get.
And many but not all have the ability to be pegged to the ground for extra stability; although in fact this latter function is more useful when you use it as a day tent, say at the beach in which case some come with a UV cover.
The disadvantage, compared with conventional travel-cots, which go up in seconds, is that some are easier to put up than others because they are like mini-tents and rely on pole technology. I have the LittleLife Twin Arc cot, which is brilliant - light, stable, relatively comfortable - but really hard to put up as it has four rods.
My boyfriend refuses to have anything to do with it as it drives him to the very edge of madness. The Nomad is much easier as it only has two rods and I think LittleLife is realising its cot is responsible for hair-loss because in just two days, the new versions come out: I think you should have a look at the Arc 2, which weighs just 2. However, in your shoes I would get something quite different. It folds up small and weighs virtually nothing.
It won't contain a Houdini-toddler, however, but you say that's not an issue here. Can I suggest a few other things for camping? Togz waterproof outdoor playwear, hippychick.
And when you get home, you can use it to light up dark cupboards.
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