16 questions from our users
Does the sheet made for the cot have holes for the safety hooks to be able to attach to the mattress?
Ours didn’t - I can see how that would be a good idea. If it helps, our sheet has never come off - the fitted elastic of the sheet holds the sheet to the mattress very well and still left enough room for the safety hooks to attach directly from the base of the cot to the holds on the mattress. So, even without holes, the sheet didn’t really get in the way of the safety hooks.
The product says it complies with Australian safety standards however it describes the mattress as soft, which is not recommended due to the increased risk of SIDS. Wondering how soft this actually is?
Does the the baby actually lie on the mattress on the floor?
We are planning to use this cot camping but are looking for a cot that is slightly raised off the ground (to stop cold). Is this one we can't tell?
Can a standard fitted cot sheet be used with this or do you have to purchase the baby bjorn fitted sheets?
The standard cot size sheet would be a bit longer then the mattress size for the BB travel cot, but you could just tuck the excess material under and make it fit. The BB fitted sheet is lovely though, and reasonably priced. If you plan to use the cot more then once I would recommend getting it:)
what age did/do you use the portacot up to ? The product says three yrs but is it strong enough for a standing toddler not to tip it ....
Has anyone used this portacot with a tummy sleeper?
Hi. Yes, I do. I've slept my son in this on his tummy since he was 2 or 3 months old (he's now 18 months). However, he has always had great neck strength and no breathing difficulties. I also ensured there was nothing else in the cot with him and supervised him for the first few sleeps (I made sure they were day sleeps so I could watch him). Always be guided by your health nurse/dr and instincts.
Is this port a cot suitable for a newborn?
I would recommend you check with the product specification on whether you can put a newborn in it. Keep in mind this cot is quite deep. Reaching for your newborn baby straight after giving birth will not be comfortable/easy. I didn't put my baby in it until she out-grew her portable bassinet. I still find it difficult to pick up my baby (who is now 11months) from this cot but because we travel a lot, this cot has been really easy to take on holidays (even camping).
I can't see any reason why this cot wouldn't be suitable for anew born as long as you put them at the end etc as per the SIDS guidelines. You would have to be able to bend down and scoop up the baby with two hands to support their head when they are small. If you can bend down from standing to the floor with straight legs, you should be able to get your baby in and out of this cot safely.
Hi! Has anyone used one of these inside a motorhome? I guess it depends on the size of the motorhome but just wondering if anyone has motorhomed with a 10-month-old.
We will be travelling around NZ for 2 weeks in December and we were thinking of motorhoming it but think it might be too impractical as our little boy is on the move and just don't know if this portacot will fit, then we also need to work out how to get around it once it's up. We have also been looking at the kinderkot but I'm worried that he might tip it as I've heard it's quite flexible and he does squirm around before he settles to sleep!
So I'm on the verge of giving up on the motorhome idea and using car/motels. I'm finding there are pros and cons for each.
Would love to hear some of your experiences.
Hi Dani - did you end up going on your trip with the cot? How did it go? We're also thinking the same except in a campervan(!) Is there enough space for the cot does anyone know??
Hi, we did go on our holiday however we didn't use a motor home!
We hired a car and travelled each day but only for an hour or two! Then my son could get out and stretch his legs and every hotel was different! Most of them had portacots too! Nice and clean!
You had to baby proof each room but we would definitely do this again! Maybe save the motor home for when he is a bit older and knows not to get out of bed!
It's such an amazing country! I miss it!!
Hello, has anyone used this for overseas travel and had any issues checking in? How does it hold up on long trips?
Yep we took it to Fiji last year. Doesn't count as baggage when travelling with a child. Just double check that bit didn't with qantas. Fine in the hold. Glad we took it as the one the hotel had was huge and took up too much space in the room. It was also good to have something she was familiar with. Was lightweight so easy to transport.
Hi we are looking for a portacot as the one we have the bassinet insert mattress is hard it only has a thin foam layer over the hard board. What is the mattress like on this one, thank you
The mattress on this is really great it has a thin board and over an inch of foam it only folds in half so its not a lot of little boards.
It's thin as well but suitable for its purpose. There's a thin hard board type (that bends) & then the soft cushion part. I haven't had any issues with my daughter sleeping in it. The matress bends so it fits in the bag it comes in.
Could u or partner get to a Baby Bunting to see if its better than ur current portacot? Baby Bunting always have one on display.
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