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Our test was based on the Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZS 2195:1999 “Folding cots – Safety requirements”. We also tested against the breathability clause in the revised 2010 standard.
We check the folding mechanism, stability, that there are no entrapment hazards, sharp edges or points; that the mattress is firm enough and fits snugly; and that there are breathable zones at the sides and ends of the cot (in case a baby rolls face-first against the side or end).
We won’t recommend a portable cot if it has a major safety failure.
For ease of use, we assessed how easy it is to set up, pack and store the cot and its accessories.
25 Jun 2016, Cam
Product use: 3 - 6 months
Folds down well into compact, easy to carry bag.
Difficult and unintuitive to set up.
Once set up, the base is not flat with a dome sticking out in the middle of the bed, very uncomfortable for baby.
The 'mattress' included with bed has a hard slat base (necessary to hold the bed in place) but nearly no padding at all. An additional mattress is needed to make the bed usable, which defeats the purpose of the Porta-cot.
One star is generous for this very disappointing product. So bad, we are now going to dispose of it after just 3 uses and replace with a more suitable product.
No, this product has too many drawbacks.