The secret to a fun family holiday is ensuring your little one is getting a good night’s sleep. For our little one, this means that we do our full bedtime routine, zip him up in a Grobag®, give him his baby lion to cuddle (who he affectionately calls “Roar”) and pop him in a travel cot. Consistency is key – so we like to travel with our own portacot, instead of relying on the cots available from hotels. After holidaying with the Phil & Teds Traveller Cot a few times, we have found there is just so much to love about it!
The Phil & Teds Traveller Cot is unbelievably compact. I initially looked at the box and wondered how a full-size cot could possibly come out. When I opened the box, I found all of the portacot pieces and the mattress neatly packed into a travel bag with a shoulder strap. A bit of assembly is required to set the cot up each time (more on this later) – but the benefit of this is that all of the pieces of the portacot can fit into a large suitcase for air travel. You also have the option of taking the portacot onboard as carry-on baggage – which is convenient if you are going to be in transit for a while and want to use it at the airport. Road trips are also a breeze with the Phil & Teds Traveller Cot. It easily fit in the boot of our small car when we drove to Byron Bay, along with our suitcase and Mountain Buggy Nano.
Light as a feather
The 2017 Phil & Teds Traveller Cot is even lighter than before, weighing in at just 2.8kg. This is such a bonus when it comes to flying with your portacot. It is so light that it barely contributes to your baggage allowance. The convenient travel bag (which is included) also allows you to sling it over your shoulder without weighing you down.
Soft and airy mesh design
The Phil & Teds Traveller Cot has fully-breathable mesh sides that allow you to easily check on your little one while they are sleeping. One of the mesh sides can be zipped down completely, which comes in handy if you need to carefully place your sleeping baby into the cot. For busy little toddlers, opening the side makes for a really fun play space in the day.
A safe sleeping place
The mattress is self-inflating, thermally insulated and meets safety standards regarding reducing the risk of SUDI/SIDS. At first glance, the mattress does seem quite thin – but our little one happily sleeps on it, so it must be comfortable. A soft fitted sheet is included, and is Oeko-tex certified (which means it is extra gentle for your baby’s skin and free from any hazardous substances).
The Phil & Teds Traveller Cot does require a bit of assembly to get it set up initially. We found that watching the online video and practicing a few times at home really helped. It now takes my husband less than 5 minutes to assemble or dismantle. When it came time to pack the portacot up, we found that kneeling on the mattress helps to remove the air quickly.
A sun cover is also available for the Phil & Teds Traveller Cot (to be purchased separately). The sun cover is a UV mesh cover that attaches easily to the cot with toggles, to keeps bugs out and also protects from harmful rays. It is the perfect accessory for those going camping or for families that simply love spending the day outdoors.
Little Luxe Traveller Tips
- Practice setting up the Phil & Teds Traveller Cot before you take it away for the first time. We found that we can now put it together in less than 5 minutes (even with our toddler “helping” us)
- Allow your little one to sleep in the portacot at home for a few days before going away on holidays, so they get familiar with it
- Take care when moving around your hotel room at night – although the Phil & Teds Traveller Cot is quite small, the feet do stick out a bit. Be careful not to trip on them
*I was kindly gifted this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own