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Choosing Portable Baby Cots and Cribs

Portable baby cots – also known as portacots – can be incredibly handy when travelling with littlies. When going somewhere overnight, baby needs somewhere safe, secure and comfortable to sleep in. And while it may feel like the car is packed up with every bit of baby equipment imaginable, it’s not really convenient to pack the cot in there too. In steps the mighty portacot! Unlike a standard cot, the portacot can be folded up for easy transport, and it’s light enough to carry around.

So, what should parents look for when buying a portacot? Ding ding, yep, safety is of course, the number one priority for portacots. Before buying, make sure the portacot meets Australian mandatory safety requirements. This includes making sure the sides feature a breathable mesh material that extends all the way to the floor of the cot, and that the cot doesn’t feature any bumps, ledges or protruding parts that baby could hurt himself on – or use as a means of escape. 

The portacot should also feature two locking mechanisms on its rails to prevent accidental collapse and closure, the floor of the cot shouldn’t sag, and the mattress should fit snugly around the edges. In terms of ease of use, make sure the portacot is easy to put up and take down, and that it’s compact enough to store and transport. It’s also worthwhile checking out the weight of the portacot to make sure it actually is portable.

Buying Portable Baby Cots and Cribs

Where better to compare all the amazing portacot options than eBay? With an awesome range of baby furniture, eBay has everything from baby cotbeds to changing tables – and of course, portable cots and cribs too. Discover trusted brands such as Baby Love, Bebe Care, Grotime and Steelcraft, and narrow the search by colour, style, condition and price. Time to start packing that car, it’s holiday time!