Do you have a travel cot?

@maximax8 (28249)
United Kingdom
November 22, 2008 1:11pm CST
I have a 18 month old son and shortly after he was born I bought a light weight fold up travel cot. I have taken that with me for my son to sleep in to Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. My son still fits in it and I will be taking him to South Africa in January. My son likes to sleep somewhere familiar and if a hotel had a cot he would probably cry if he was put in that. What did your child sleep in before they were 2 years old? Does your baby or toddler have a travel cot? If so what is it like? heavy, light,
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
29 Nov 08
My kids both used the same one. It is a GRACO brand Pack n Play. My daughter has used it most recently. She started to climb out of it when she was about 17 months old, so it has been put away. She never really liked sleeping in it too much. Not enough cushioning for her I think.
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• United States
29 Nov 08
At the Second Hand Kid's Store near us they have a small area walled off and carpeted. I looked at it and thought, "oooh.. what a neat idea. I wonder if I can put one of those up in my basement." It would be harder for a kid to climb out of one of those and it gives a little more room to leave toys laying about. :)
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Hey, that sounds like a cool idea. I wish I would have thought of that when my daughter was younger. Now, she would just climb over the wall.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Nov 08
I never had one. My kids were ok sleeping in unfamiliar places as long as we were with them, so I wouldn't even have thought about it because there was never a need. However I can see how useful it can be and I think it is a great idea when a person knows that the child might have trouble sleeping in unfamiliar places and beds.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Nov 08
Oops, sorry I lied. I never had a cot for traveling it's true. But I do have 2 for camping for my kids. They slept in one once and liked it so much better than the traditional sleeping bag on the floor that we got them for them. Mine are not that have and certainly not bulky. Closed up in their bags they are about the size of a somewhat big umbrella. They are comfortable and resistant.
• United States
29 Nov 08
No, "travel cots" as you describe, I think. A playpen, yes. But I don't think I've really used it very much. You seem to travel a lot more than I do, so I'm guessing the issue just never became really important to me. As I remember, when traveling, I'd have my daughter sleep in bed with her mother and I. I think she was more comfortable with that, but I didn't get much sleep because she's a wiggle worm.
@Anne18 (11036)
27 Nov 08
We never had a travel cot for any of the children , but then we never went that far with them. Our children all had a moses cradle and then went into a big cot, when we went away they either went to sllep in the pram or the cot in the hotel.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
22 Nov 08
hi maxi my daughter has none like that but traveling to South Africa this January smart idea dear since the europe is crispy cold!
@ellie333 (21029)
22 Nov 08
Hi Maxine, When my son was younger I had a Mamas & Papastravel cot which was very lightweight that I would take with me whenever I went to stay somewhere, this was then passed on for my neice to use and now has been rehomed with my friends grandson. They double up as a safe place to leave them if going to the bathroom or somewhere too so I doubled it up as a bit of a playpen. Huggles. Ellie :D
@kezabelle (2985)
22 Nov 08
Well my family live 280 miles away from me so we visit them often so needed a travel cot straight away, we had one that had a basinet on it for when they were newborn. My eldest though as soon as she outgrew the basinet on it she refused to sleep in the actual cot part so we would make her a bed up on the floor on a mattress and pile pillows so she couldnt roll off however my daughter couldnt roll or crawl until she was 21 months old and she shuffled on her bottom eventually at 11 months but by then she was so used to laying down and not moving at bedtime it was never an issue. My youngest slept fine in the travel cot thankfully as she was on the move from very early on. She is 2 now but has outgrown it so will use a bed when we stay with family from now on as she is also in a bed at home anyway I think its best to have what ever they feel comfortable sleeping in to hand especially somewhere thats unknown to them makes things much easier ive found