UPDATE #2 (05/05/2011):We are now the happy owners of two Phil & Ted’s travel cots. We recently traveled to to Canada with our just turned two-year-old toddler and our four-month-old baby and both of them slept great in their travel cots! With all the stuff that goes along with traveling with two very young kids, we’re so thankful we found this great travel bed! Its compact size and light weight make travel with kids so much easier!
This post has been updated! The original post was written about a year ago. We have now been using our Phil & Ted’s Traveler (Travel Cot) for more than a year and have updated this review to reflect our experiences. Keep reading to find out why we consider the Phil and Ted’s Traveler (Travel Cot) to be the best piece of baby/toddler travel equipment we own! (Thank you for shopping on Amazon by following one of the links in this review. Every item purchased helps to support www.ianandwendy.com!)
We have now been using the Phil & Ted’s Traveler (Travel Cot) for more than a year. We truly feel that this is the single best piece of baby/toddler travel gear we’ve bought.
The Phil & Ted’s Traveler is incredibly lightweight. So much so that you can easily carry baby and their bed at the same time! Making that especially easy is the awesome carry bag it comes with. It has a shoulder strap that makes it super simple to carry. While heading out to spend the day with family, Wendy has often slung the Traveler over one shoulder and carried our daughter out to the car in the other. Super convenient!
The light weight also comes in handy when you’re trying to keep your luggage under the 50lb luggage limit. Sure, many of our trips we’re backpacking and not anywhere close to the limit. However, we often go back “home” to Canada to visit family. On those trips we take much nicer clothing and many more outfits. That all adds up to a lot more luggage. The compact size of the Phil & Ted’s Traveler and its light weight really help.
Because the Phil & Ted’s Traveler doesn’t use sheets, it’s super easy to clean. In the event of an “incident” you simply wipe it down with a disinfectant wipe and you’re done! This becomes an especially nice feature if you happen to be exhausted from a long flight, or it’s the middle of the night. Not only is it easy to clean, but since you don’t need to bring sheets, your luggage will be lighter, too. Not having to use sheets also means you won’t have to figure out where the heck to wash them while you’re traveling and you won’t need to bring (or buy) extras for emergencies.The Phil & Ted’s Traveler Travel Cot is super-compact. When we backpacked around New Zealand for three weeks, it easily fit into Wendy’s backpack – along with all of her things and our daughter’s, too! It fits into our regular large suitcase with plenty of room to spare, too.
When we first chose the Phil & Ted’s Traveler we were concerned that the time to put it together/take it apart might drive us crazy – especially when we were exhausted after a long flight. Well, we’ve now done it many, many, many times and we find it very easy to do. We quickly got the time down to under 5 minutes and are now down to about 2-3 minutes (even with “help” from our daughter!)
The size is also very generous. Our daughter is very tall for her age and is no where close to outgrowing it at 18-months-old. Our friend’s 3-year-old has also taken a nap in it and fit just fine – even though she is also tall for her age. We expect our daughter to easily be able to sleep in a regular bed by the time she outgrows the Phil & Ted’s Traveler. The size also allows enough room for her to play for a while if we need her to be safe in one place for a bit.
Not only has our Travel Cot already been to four countries, but it is in daily use as our regular “play pen” at home. It’s so lightweight you can easily pick it up and move it between rooms/floors with one hand –while holding baby in the other! In fact, we have been so happy with our Phil & Ted’s Traveler that we plan on buying another one now that baby #2 will soon be here!
When we started shopping for baby equipment one of the first things we knew we’d need was a travel cot. Travel is a big part of our lives and we wanted to be able to continue that with our daughter. We looked at 2 travel cots – the Phil & Teds and the Baby Bjorn. The Phil & Teds requires assembly – something we weren’t too thrilled about facing at the end of a long day of traveling. The Baby Bjorn is SUPER easy to assemble – it basically just springs open and is ready to use. BUT – it’s a lot heavier at 11lbs. vs. the 6 lb Phil & Teds. So, we chose the Phil & Teds and hoped that the set-up wouldn’t drive us crazy.
The cot comes apart into pieces like a tent and fits into a bag that has a shoulder strap for carrying. It packed easily into our large suitcase and is also small enough to fit into our big travel backpacks. Before we left we practiced putting it together. It took us more than 20 minutes and required quite a bit of strength – we weren’t impressed and left it assembled for a while, dreading taking it back apart again. On this first trip with it we had to set it up and take it apart 4 times. Each time it was faster and easier. By the end of the trip Ian was down to under 5 minutes – making us very happy we chose the lighter weight over ease of use.
The mattress is a mostly self-inflating air mattress that actually fits into a pocket in the bottom of the cot. The baby actually lies on the nylon bottom of the cot and you can’t use a sheet. Although this would seem uncomfortable, our daughter slept well and seemed happy to be put down in it while awake, too. It also makes for VERY easy clean-up!
The cot has a side flap that can zipper open so you don’t have to lean over to pick up your child. We didn’t use it, but we can imagine it coming in handy with an older, heavier child – particularly since the cot is big enough to be used by children up to 3 years of age. You can also secure it to the ground with stakes and it comes with a zippered top flap with UV protection so that you could use the cot on the beach for example.
Overall, we are very happy with our Phil & Teds Traveller and are happy to have such a light, easy to use, safe bed for our daughter away from home!
Do you have a Phil & Ted’s Traveler? Do you use a different travel bed for your baby or toddler? Please share your experiences – we’d love to hear from you!