It is funny how quickly we can forget how demanding travelling with babies or toddlers can be. As Isabelle is almost 6 years, I had to kind of start all over again with Olivia as there is a bigger age gap, which to be honest is just perfect for me. Isabelle has never been a difficult baby to travel with. She took a bottle from day one, and thanks to that we had no problems with her ears getting pressurised when taking off and landing. She never screamed, and was easily entertained by me on short and even longer flights. The longest was probably 4.5 hours, and I was very proud my baby wasn’t the one who other passengers would be looking at and were wishing they were not sitting that close to.
Olivia is very different. During half-term holidays we flew to visit my family in the Czech Republic again. This was Olivia’s fifth or sixth flight, and before I didn’t have any problems with her flying. This time it was a completely different experience. As she is getting older, she is getting more difficult on flights…unfortunately. She doesn’t like drinking from a bottle much. That is a problem, as my trick with giving her a bottle with milk during taking off and landing doesn’t work. So we also have a screaming baby, trying to get every-one’s attention, and even Isabelle got so frustrated and started shouting at her as it was all just getting too much for both of us. I know she is a little baby, and the times of our flights were messing up her routine. It isn’t her fault at all, but I just wasn’t ready for it and expected her to be like Isabelle years ago. On the other hand, this isn’t going to stop me from flying with her, and we will soon be off to visit daddy’s grandparents near Belfast, and celebrate Olivia’ first birthday there. It will be much easier, as daddy will be with us too. It really isn’t an easy task to travel with a baby and a child on your own. Luckily Isabelle is always so helpful, and understanding.
Every time we fly to see my girls’ great grandparents, we have to bring a travel cot along. The one we bought for Isabelle is quite heavy, and bulky. It isn’t too difficult to set up, but the size and weight is just not great. When I went to the Amazon’s summer wish list event last month, I came across their baby recommendation section, and one of their top picks for this summer was BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light.
The first thing I am going to mention is that the title says it all, it really is LIGHT, so light you will not believe it. I was really excited about this cot when it arrived for testing, and was hoping it would be also easy to put up and away. I usually don’t read reviews online, as I want to find out by myself if a product is good or not, but I did this time, and they were all positive! I can just add that despite checking the product very carefully, I couldn’t find one thing or feature I would change about it. I just love it. It was so easy to put up, the instructions are very well written, and even putting it away wasn’t a problem. It was all a question of 1 single motion! It comes in a really nice storage bag, and don’t forget to get a fitted sheet for the mattress.
Olivia loved being inside and played in it for a while too. This can be easily used as a playpen when on holidays. I love the silver version, but the black is nice as well. I give it the highest mark as this is the best travel cot I have ever tested, I am very impressed!
- for newborns and up until around the age of three.
- The textiles closest to the child have been tested and approved in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, class 1 for baby products. They are guaranteed harmless to children’s sensitive skin and will not trigger allergies.
- Sturdy design: comes with a mattress that has a built-in base, which keeps the cot standing firmly.
- Mattress: 60 x 105 x 3 cm/24 x 41 x 1.2 in.
Assembled: 82 x 112 x 64 cm/32 x 44 x 25 in.
Folded in bag: 49 x 60 x 14 cm/19 x 24 x 6 in.
- Both the mattress cover and cot fabric are removable and can be machine-washed using a gentle detergent. Do not tumble dry the mattress cover or the cot fabric.
- It isn’t cheap, but worth every penny! RRP £199.99
- weight: 5kg !!!!!