Complete Guide To The Best Portacot Australia 2021 Reviews

We have always travelled with our children, even when they were just little babies, and quickly discovered how valuable a portable baby cot is. Even when we aren’t travelling, having a baby portacot on hand is very useful.

We found the best travel portacot was perfect for staying with grandparents, visiting friends and even doubling as a playpen or a sleeping space in our living area.

There are a lot of top portacots for sale making the most difficult part working out which one is right for you. You only need to read some portacot reviews to see the range of different portable travel cot options available – all with different features and with various brands claiming to have to best portacot Australia has for sale.

But you needn’t feel overwhelmed by all the baby travel cots Australia has on offer.

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To help ease the overwhelm, I have put together this best portacot 2021 guide. I not only take you through the features of the best travel cot Australia has, but also help you understand all the portacot jargon so you can work out what features you actually need.

I hope after reading these travel cot reviews you’ll be less overwhelmed and more confident in choosing the perfect cot for you and your baby’s needs.

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Best Portacot Australia 2021 Comparison Chart

NameTypeWeightWheelsDimensionsPriceFeaturesRating
Steelcraft Denim 4 in 1 Portable CotBig, Standard17 kgYes106x78x76cmClick hereBassinet, change table, musical mobile4.5
Childcare Trio 3 in 1 Baby Portable Travel CotBig, Standard6.12 kgNo106x75x78cmClick hereBassinet, changer, lift & lock rails5.0
Vee Bee Commuter Portable CotBig, Standard10.6 kgNo120x77.5x77cmClick hereStorage pocket, extra large size, soft mesh walls4.0
BabyBjorn Travel Cot LightSmall, Travel5 kgNo112x82x64cmClick hereAiry mesh fabric, one move set-up4.0
Vee Bee Amado Newborn/Baby PortacotSmall, Travel2.72 kgNo110x78x66cmClick hereHigh visibility mesh sides, cot mattress4.0
Phil&Teds Traveller CribSmall, Travel13.5 kgNo117x79x63cmClick hereSelf expanding mattress, all-around mesh design3.5
Amico Light Travel Cot PortacotSmall, Travel6 kgNo165x70x60cmClick hereSide zip, fully ventilated mesh sides, padded mattress base4.0
Micralite Sleep & Go Lite Travel CotSmall, Travel7 kgNo112x80x67cmClick hereSoft & firm foam mattress, padded frame4.0
Roger Armstrong Sleep Easy Travel CotSmall, Travel8 kgNo101x74x78cmClick hereSoft padded mattress, ventilated mesh sides, side zip4.5
Bebecare In & Out Lightweight Travel CotSmall, Travel7.6 kgNo104x73x64cmClick hereBassinet, removable canopy, quilted mattress cover4.5
Love N Care Playland Travel CotSmall, Travel9.6 kgNo115x80x78cmClick hereBreathe easy material4.0
Childcare Outta Lightweight Portable Travel CotSmall, Travel4 kgNo105x74x64cmClick hereAiry mesh fabric sides, mattress with built-in base4.5

The Best Portacots of 2021

Here’s a handy reference list – see all portacot reviews below!

  • Steelcraft Denim 4 in 1 Portable Cot, Big, Standard
  • Childcare Trio 3 in 1 Baby Portable Travel Cot, Big, Standard
  • Vee Bee Commuter Portable Cot, Big, Standard
  • BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light, Small, Travel
  • Vee Bee Amado Newborn/Baby Portacot, Small, Travel
  • Phil&Teds Traveller Crib, Small, Travel
  • Amico Light Travel Cot Portacot, Small, Travel
  • Micralite Sleep & Go Lite Travel Cot, Small, Travel
  • Roger Armstrong Sleep Easy, Small, Travel
  • Bebecare In & Out Lightweight Travel Cot, Small, Travel
  • Love N Care Playland Travel Cot, Small, Travel
  • Childcare Outta Lightweight Travel Cot, Small, Travel

Portacot Vs Standard Cot

What is a portacot? A portacot (also referred to as a travel cot or a folding baby cot) is a temporary place for a baby to sleep when a standard cot is not available. Portacots usually have fabric or mesh sides, a removable mattress and can easily be folded up so it can be taken to various places.

The best thing about a portacot is how portable they are. Portacots are lightweight and compact when disassembled making them super easy to transport around so your baby has somewhere safe, comfortable and familiar to sleep no matter where you are.

However these advantages of a portacot are also their disadvantages. Portacots are not as sturdy as a standard cot and so carry some risk (which is why it is vital you purchase a cot that meets the Australian standards, see below for more information).

Usually portacots are much lower to the ground making it more difficult for parents to put baby in as well as take baby out – worth considering when looking to buy portable cot options.

Types of Portacot

Big/Standard-sized Portacots

The most commonly used portacot is a large, standard sized portacot. As the name suggests, a standard sized portacot tends to be reasonably bulky and weighs substantially more than a portacot designed specifically as a baby or toddler travel cot.

Standard sized portacots often include additional features such as a bassinet or a change table, often referred to as a 2 in 1 or a 3 in 1 portacot.

A standard sized portacot is better suited for quick trips, where space is not an issue, for example a sleepover at grandma’s, or a short weekend away.

We also used our standard sized portacot as an additional place for our daughter to sleep during the day so she could stay downstairs in the living room with me.

Travel Cots

Travel cots are much more compact and lightweight than a standard sized portacot, making them perfect for road trips or when travelling by plane. A light weight travel cot can weigh as little as 4kg or less!

In order to be compact and light, travel cots don’t usually have additional features such as a change table. They also tend to be smaller so they may not last your child for as long.

What To Consider When Looking For The Best Portacots 2021

Portacots come in many shapes and sizes and with a range of features. Before purchasing a portacot, give consideration to the following features to ensure you purchase the perfect portacot to meet your individual needs.

Size

The main point of a portacot is to be portable, so your baby will have somewhere to sleep wherever you are. To be portable, you want to purchase one of the compact portacot Australia has for sale, so that when folded up the portacot is nice and compact but also big enough for your child to comfortably sleep and move around freely once assembled.

Weight

As you can see from the comparison chart above, portacots vary greatly in how much they weigh. If you are simply looking to buy a portacot to take on the odd visit to Grandma’s or a friend’s house, the weight of your portacot may not be as important as it would be should you be looking for a portacot that you can be on the move with regularly.

If you are planning on travelling with your portacot by plane of a road trip, look for a super lightweight portacot.

Quick Assembly, Disassembly & Storage

You don’t want to reach your destination only to spend 30 minutes assembling your portacot while you have a cranky crying baby on your hands. Be sure to look at portacots that are known for being easy to set up as well as pack up.

You can get one of the pop up travel cots Australia has available which takes seconds to assemble. Our travel cot reviews Australia will confirm whether a portacot is easy to assemble.

If you are planning on travelling regularly with your portacot you also want to ensure it doesn’t take up too much room to stores away.

Inclusions

Before purchasing a portacot, double check that it comes with everything you need, or if it doesn’t, how easy it is to purchase whatever it is you require.

Does the portacot come with a mattress or is this an additional purchase? Is the mattress inflatable and is the travel cot with good mattress? Does it come with sheets? Can you use standard cot sheets with the portacot or do you need to purchase specially designed sheets?

Don’t just assume that your portacot will include everything you need.

Colour and Design

Like all baby products, portacots come in a range of colours and designs. You may like to purchase a portacot in your child’s favourite colour or with your child’s favourite characters.

If you want to me more practical, I recommend you purchase a portacot in a neutral colour so it can easily be passed down to younger siblings or sold.

Other Special Features

There are a range of additional features that portacots may include. Features may include a portable changer, a bassinet, sleeping pod / rocker and wheels.

Usually the more features, the heavier the portacot and the less portable it becomes. So be sure these additional features are necessary before you purchase a portacot with all the bells and whistles.

Safety Features To Look For In The Best Portable Cot Australia 2021

The most important thing when purchasing a portacot is that it is safe for your child. A poor quality or cheap travel cot can carry the risk of sleeping accidents such as child suffocation or a child becoming trapped. When it comes to portacot safety consider the following:

  • Certified – All portable cots Australia wide must meet the mandatory Australian Standard AS/NZS 2195. To ensure you are purchasing one of the safest portacots Australia has, make sure the portacot has a product label clearly stating that it has passed and exceeds the Australian standards. For more information check out the Product Safety Australia’s product safety guidelines and standards.
  • Durable and sturdy – The best portacots are high quality and made with well designed materials. Ensure the portacot you purchase has a secure locking mechanism to ensure it won’t collapse as well as being free from any safety hazards such as bumps, sharp edges or protruding parts that could injure your child.
  • Good ventilation – The best portacots provide good ventilation for your child to avoid suffocation. This is why you will note that most portacots are the mesh type as this reduces the risk to your child.
  • Perfect fit mattress/sheets – It is important that you only use the mattress supplied or specifically designed to go with the portacot to ensure that it is well fitted and suited to that particular portacot. The mattress must be firm and fit snugly without any gaps between the mattress and portacot. This ensures the baby is not trapped between these gaps. Never add an additional mattress to the portacot or additional padding.
  • Removable accessories – Check to ensure that all of the accessories, such as bassinet inserts and changing tables can be removed from the portacot when not in use to avoid entanglement and other risks to the child.

Top Portacot Reviews 2021 Australia

Best Portable Cots Australia – Large

Steelcraft Denim 4 in 1 Portable Cot Review

Rating: 4.5

Specifications:

  • Type: Big, Standard
  • Weight: 17 kg
  • Wheels: Yes
  • Dimensions: 106x78x76cm

Our Steelcraft 4 in 1 portable cot review found an extra large option that is quick to assemble and makes a great comfortable place for your baby to sleep away from home.

This 4 in 1 portacot includes a bassinet for newborn babies. Once your baby has reached 9 kilograms, simply insert the supplied Steelcraft portacot mattress in the lower level of the full size cot. Parents will love the castor wheels with brakes which makes moving this cot around easy and the mesh sides are great for ventilation and to keep an eye on your little one.

Other features include a foldaway change table (includes safety harness), musical mobile with three soft toy, large pocket on the side for storage and travel bag with handles.

At 17 kilograms, the Steelcraft Portacot 4 in 1 is not a lightweight portacot, but if offers some great features at a good price – and  Steelcraft portacot reviews back it up.

Benefits:

  • Bassinet, change table, cot & a musical mobile in one!
  • Features a base lock and a side rail locking mechanism that’s childproof for greater safety & security
  • Compact – easy to transport and store

Drawbacks:

  • Bulky – 11 kg

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Childcare Trio 3 in 1 Baby Portable Travel Cot Review

Rating: 5.0

Specifications:

  • Type: Big, Standard
  • Weight: 6.12 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 106x75x78cm

Weighing at 13.5 kg this childcare portacot is one of the heaviest portacots in these reviews, but it comes in at the lower end of the budget and has the most inclusions.

This versatile and easy to operate travel system is the perfect item to take on holiday with your newborn as it includes a full-size bassinet and changing station for babies up to 8 kg. With its 4 mesh sides it is also breathable and has excellent visibility.

This trio 3 in 1 childcare portacot is compact for travel and storage with the convenient combined folding mattress and board. It has a single action ‘lift and lock’ rails with press button making it easy to set up and put away.

This portacot includes lockable castor wheels which certainly helps given the portacots weight and also makes it easy to move from room to room as needed.

Benefits:

  • Comes with a bassinet, changer & travel cot
  • Soft padded lift & lock rails – quick & easy assembly/dismantling with a press button release
  • Compact, easy to fold, and store
  • Four mesh sides for visibility

Drawbacks:

  • Heavy – 13.5 kg

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Vee Bee Commuter Portable Cot Review

Rating: 4.0

Specifications:

  • Type: Big, Standard
  • Weight: 10.6 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 120×77.5x77cm

For its ease of use and for one of the safest travel cot Australia options, we recommend the Vee Bee Commuter Portable Cot.

This portacot features in our best baby cots Australia 2021 due to it’s firm and strong base, supportive sides and quality material. This travel cot baby option is comfortable with airy ventilated sides, a storage pocket, a mattress fitted to the cot and an included carry bag.

Although some childcare portacot review takers have had issues assembling this cot, we had none after following instructions step by step. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, it’s easy to use as the best baby travel cot.

At 10.6kg it’s an extra large commuter cot, but one of the sturdiest and safest travel cot options for parents.

Benefits:

  • Mesh walls with pocket – allows great air flow and visibility for parents and storage for baby’s needs
  • Includes a mattress that perfectly fits and sits on the sturdy, full support base
  • Comes with a carry bag 
  • 12 month warranty

Drawbacks:

  • None found so far

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Best Travel Cot Australia 2021

BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light Review

Rating: 4.0

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 5 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 112x82x64cm

If you are after a small travel portacot, the baby Bjorn portacot is a great option. Weighing a mere 6.12 kg, it is one of the lightest in these reviews.

This Baby Bjorn travel cot is so simple to open and fold away and, due to its design, (with the mattress being on the ground) it has no weight restrictions and so is suitable for children up to 3 years. However parents of newborns may find it challenge placing babies in and getting them out with the mattress being so low.

Assembly is easy with this pop up travel cot with the legs unfolding automatically. There are no loose parts to attach and once the included soft mattress is put in, you have a stable, travel portacot lightweight to use at home or away.

Parents will also love the removable and washable cot textiles on this mini portacot which makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.

I have seen this pop up portacot it for varying prices in our local portacot Melbourne stores, and I recommend looking online to get the Baby Bjorn travel cot light best price. You should be able to find the Baby Bjorn travel cot Australia wide.

It is our top pick for parents who want the best compact travel cot of high quality.

Benefits:

  • Includes a soft, comfortable mattress & easy to remove, washable fabric 
  • Child friendly material
  • Oeko Tex Standard approved
  • Portable & lightweight – 6 kg

Drawbacks:

  • Can be expensive but look for good deals on eBay through our link

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Vee Bee Amado Newborn/Baby Portacot Travel Review

Rating: 4.0

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 2.72 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 110x78x66cm

This newborn travel cot is a great budget option as well as being one of the lightest in these reviews thanks to its aluminium frame.

Our Vee Bee Amado portacot review loved how easy this portacot is to fold. It in fact folds flat, making it super convenient for travel and storage. The mattress is included however some parents have complained that it is a bit too thin and not recommended for too many consecutive night sleeps.

Additional features of this portacot include mesh sides which provide high visibility and ventilation, non-skid feet for extra safety, removable and washable fabrics and the portacot also comes in its own carry bag.

Benefits:

  • Designed & sized for travel – 3.9 kg frame with simple folding mechanism 
  • Removable, washable fabric
  • Includes a mattress 
  • 12 months warranty 

Drawbacks:

  • Some view the mattress as too soft

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Phil&Teds Traveller Crib Review

Rating: 3.5

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 13.5 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 117x79x63cm

At 2.72 kg, this phil and teds travel cot weighs less than most newborn babies making it the perfect travel portacot.

Being extremely lightweight and compact this phil & teds portacot fits into most aircrafts overhead storage or can even fit it into your suitcase.

Despite coming in several parts, this phil and teds portacot is very fast and easy to put up. It takes no longer than 5 minutes to set up or pack away and it has instructions attached to the inside of the fabric.

Other features of this portacot include a carry bag, insulated self-inflating mattress with mattress sheet, mesh sides ensuring ventilation and visibility and a zip on one side panel provides side access which makes for a great play pen indoors or outside.

You even have the option to buy a top shade mesh separately making it great for outside use.

We have this travel cot and love it although the included bag did wear away quite easily.

Benefits:

  • Featherlight – 3.2 kg
  • Thermally insulated mattress – provides children soft & warm base
  • Includes a carry bag that’s perfect for travels/trips
  • Global safety standards certified

Drawbacks:

  • Mattress rests on the floor
  • Not super stable but it is so light and travel friendly so that’s to be expected

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Amico Light Travel Cot Portacot Review

Rating: 4.0

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 6 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 165x70x60cm

This option of the best travel cots Australia offers features a side zipper that makes it easier for parents to place their sleeping kids inside. The ventilated mesh walls allow your child to see what’s happening around them.

Every parent needs a lightweight, high-quality portacot that they can bring along on all their travels. The Amico Light comes with a carrying bag for easy transport. Whether you’re taking off on a family holiday to the other side of the world or bringing your baby to the office for the day, you’ll be able to trust in the safety that this portacot can provide.

With the purchase of this cot, you’ll receive a comfortable mattress and cotton fitted sheet. The mattress and portacot have been certified for child safety, providing you with peace of mind. These details make this one of the best portacot for travel on our list.

Benefits:

  • Easy set up & fold up
  • Zip for easy access
  • Light, compact for travel or transport – approx 5.2 kg
  • Includes a carry bag for storage or transport
  • Globally safety certified 

Drawbacks:

  • None found so far

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Micralite Sleep & Go Lite Travel Cot Review

Rating: 4.0

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 7 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 112x80x67cm

The best porta cot for both toddlers and newborns has to be the Micralite Sleep & Go Lite Travel Cot. This large portacot has the flexibility to be used as a bassinet, travel cot or playpen.

When you compare portable cots, weight is important. This is one of the best portacots Australia which is both large but lightweight, weighing only 7kg when folded and placed into the included bag.

Bassinet mode is suitable for babies up to 9kg, and after that they can be placed on the floor. This is one of the safest portacot Australia options and is overnight safe sleep rated. The bassinet zips out and the cushioned mattress opens up and can be placed on the base of the cot. When used as a play yard, there is a side zip which opens up for play outside.

Portacot reviews Australia have mentioned this is one of the best portable cot for babies being easy to spot clean, stain resistant, lightweight and easy to use. However, as it is one of the best portacot 2021 Australia offers, it’s not overly cheap, but does represent great value for a standard sized portacot.

Benefits:

  • Light & easy to operate cot – perfect for travel as it also comes with a lightweight bag
  • Durable, wipe clean fabric
  • Can also be used as a safe, comfy playpen for infants along with heavily padded frame

Drawbacks:

  • 88 cm length so wouldn’t fit in most suitcases

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Other Best Portable Cot Reviews

Roger Armstrong Sleep Easy Review

Rating: 4.5

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 8 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 101x74x78cm

If you’re on the lookout for a large travel cot with a bag for the best travel.cot, take a look at the Roger Armstrong Sleep Easy.

Assembled the cot measures 150 cm long by 80 cm wide, and has capacity for a baby under 15kg. When folded, this small portable cot is compact and perfect for use as a baby travel bed Australia, as it’s rated safe for sleeping and weighs about 8kg.

This particular porta cot Australia is comfortable for a portable cot, with a padded mattress and ventilated mesh screens. When used as a playpen, this is one of the baby portacots with a side zip for kids to leave and access the cot as they wish, which makes for fun play.

It’s also a very affordable portable baby bed Australia and great value for a light portacot.

Benefits:

  • Soft & padded mattress provides added comfort and safety during sleep or play time
  • Suitable for babies up to 15kg
  • Foldable and includes carry bag

Drawbacks:

  • Not the easiest to set up – the release buttons for the bars are stiff and sometimes it feels like you really have to force the cot to fold down

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Bebecare In & Out Lightweight Travel Cot Bassinet Review

Rating: 4.5

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 7.6 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 104x73x64cm

The next best best travel cot 2021 is the Bebecare In & Out Lightweight Travel Cot Bassinet.

This is a good option for the best portacot for toddler which is also the most compact travel cot at only 7.6kg. The cot is suitable for kids up to 36 months and 13 kg, and the most comfortable portacot for kids of this age.

A travel cot with bassinet is an extremely flexible travel cot best for babies from birth, with a removable bassinet complete with a removable, shaded canopy. This makes it one of the few best travel cots which can be safely used outdoors, and protects your baby from light and insects.

The included carry bag and its lightweight nature makes it among the top travel cots. The porta cot mattress is comfortable and among the best travel cot mattress options. The portable cot mattress quilt cover is included.

Benefits:

  • Light and easy to assemble – great for trips, travels, etc
  • Handy removable canopy for shade & protection against insects
  • Comes with a carry bag for convenience and easy transport/storage
  • 90 day warranty

Drawbacks:

  • Polyurethane foam mattress

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Love N Care Playland Travel Cot Review

Rating: 4.0

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 9.6 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 115x80x78cm

This little portacot from Love N Care offers a nice mix of stability and portability. It’s quick to assemble and disassemble, and it folds up for easy transport. Whether you need to bring it along on holiday or take it to a relative’s house, transporting this compact and lightweight cot is hassle free.

The materials used in the cot are breathable and comfortable, yet they maintain durability. You can easily spot clean the material using a moist cloth.

The only negative of this portacot is the mattress it comes with. It’s not high quality, and the material can be a bit noisy. It’s fine for a few nights, but it might not be the best choice for regular use. For that reason, this portacot is ideal for short-term travel.

Benefits:

  • Simple to use and assemble (once you know how – read the instructions carefully)
  • Provides maximum mobility, stability & convenience
  • Compact, easy to fold, store, or transport – comes with a carry bag

Drawbacks:

  •  A bit heavy – 9.6 kg

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Childcare Outta Lightweight Portable Travel Cot Review

Rating: 4.5

Specifications:

  • Type: Small, Travel
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Wheels: No
  • Dimensions: 105x74x64cm

If the best lightweight travel cot is what you’re after which abides by all portacot Australian safety standards, check out the Childcare Outta Lightweight Portable Travel Cot Portacot.

One of the smallest portacot portable travel cots, it’s only 4kg when folded and suitable from birth to 13 kg, or whenever your baby can climb out of this small porta cot.

The lightweight travel cot really does have it’s benefits when travelling, minimising check in baggage and being easy to commute with. The included baby portable cot bag is great for both travel and storage when it’s not in use.

Ventilated mesh makes it comfortable and easy to keep an eye on your baby, and with it’s small portacot status, it’s easy to set up and one of the cheap baby portable cots, making it even better as a great option for the best light travel cot.

Benefits:

  • Light, portably, & easy to set up – as light as 4 kg
  • See through breathable mesh –  easy to check your baby 
  • Easy to fold, store and transport – includes a great quality bag
  • 90 day warranty

Drawbacks:

  •  Polyurethane foam mattress

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