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Last updated: 03 December 2021


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A portable cot is a useful item for short trips with a baby or toddler. Unfortunately, we've found that the majority of portable cots have multiple safety failures when tested to the latest portable cot safety standards, but we do find ones to recommend.

Models that score 60% or higher have passed our key safety tests (generally those involving mattress firmness, suffocation or head entrapment risks) and are worth considering.

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Our test results will show you the portacots that:

  • pass important safety tests that look for mattress firmness and good airflow as per the Australian standard for folding cots, AS/NZS 2195:2010
  • are the lightest to carry
  • are the smallest when packed away
  • are easy to fold, unfold and pack away.

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    Whether the portacot passed the most important safety tests of the voluntary Australian Standard, AS/NZS 2195:2010 which goes above mandatory requirements. Tests include having breathable mesh on all sides, and no suffocation or strangulation hazards. Some models that pass key tests still have some minor failures and therefore aren't fully recommended, but are still worth considering.

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