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Travelling with a baby seems to require a lot of equipment, and the most important thing (if you want a good nights sleep) seems to be a travel cot. The Graco travel cot is woefully overlooked in product testings, but the price was low enough for me to gamble on purchasing it.
To errect the travel cot, the sides merely need to be pulled up and snapped into place. My cot seemed to pull itself up the moment I removed it from the box. Once the base is pushed down and locked, the mattress is pushed down, and secured with velcro straps. I found it tricky to get the straps through the holes to attach them to the underside of the bed.
The mattress seems comfortable enough for baby, but I did cover it with a sheet.
This travel cot is actually more spacious than my actual wooden cot, and is very wide. It is suitable for use as a playpen, and can allow a smaller baby to crawl up and down it with ease.
Putting the cot down requires some practice - the base needs to be pulled right up before the sides will be clicked down. I had to leave it upright for the first week whilst I kept fiddling with it to desemble it. So if you do buy one to go on holiday, practice with it first.
The Graco travel cot comes in more attractive colours than that shown with the review, and looks quite smart. The cot is sturdy when up.
Your child will enjoy a good night's sleep wherever you go with the Graco Contour Electra ... more
Travel Cot. Ideal for newborns to toddlers, it features a robust frame and 7 feet to ensure perfect stability and comfort. It's incredibly easy to open up and fold away, with a handy carry bag for easy transport. This practical travel cot includes vibration features to soothe your baby - gentle vibrations to the bassinet mattress are particularly effective when it comes to getting your baby to sleep. There's also a gentle nightlight and tinkling music, ensuring a wonderfully relaxing environment for your little one. There's an attachable changing table, so you can change your baby in comfort, as well as a toy bar to keep them entertained. The charmingBenny & Bell design of this travel cot can also be matched with the co-ordinated bouncer (see item 4Q4VF) and highchair (4PMKU). Features: 2 vibration speedsBassinet mattress can vibrate gently to soothe the babyQuick and easy to set up and put awayNightlight and musicRemovable changing table and toy bar7 feet for perfect stability, of which 2 are wheelsCarrybag includedBatteries: 1 x LR20 (not included)Suitable from 6 months to 3 years (max. 15kg) approxGraco Contour Electra Travel Cot - Benny & Bell