Review: Koodi Bubble Cot08:00:00
We recently went completely out of our comfort zones and spent a weekend camping in the Lake District. We love a UK holiday but usually sleep in a cosy home like caravan. One of the biggest issues for us before going was whether or not Elsie would settle and sleep (if you are a regular reader you will know it took us so long to persuade her to sleep in her cot rather than her co-sleeper. As 'Blogger of the Year' for Koodi, we were sent the Koodi Bubble Cot to take with us for her to sleep in.
I feel silly now as I seriously underestimated how big a tent would be and worried we wouldn't fit the Bubble Cot inside. As you can see, there was more than enough room. Now our next problem was getting her to sleep in it. The first night we turned it so that the side (which zips open) was against the opening to our 'room' so that she could see us and we could see or hear her. The first night was extremely cold which she didn't like at all and so she spent parts of the night sleeping in the Bubble Cot but crawled between there and sneaking in her Dad's sleeping bag with him. We also had a fair bit of crying all through the night as she was cold and teething. The second night was much better, we tired her out in the day so she would be tired at night but she actually fell asleep in her pushchair which also fitted in the tent so we left her there until she started to wake then quickly transferred her into the Bubble Cot with a bottle and she soon fell asleep and stayed there until morning. Hooray!
The Bubble Cot is brilliant for these situations. Other travel cots we have used in the past have been large and bulky, have taken up lots of room both in the car or accommodation. I love how the side zips up and down, so can be used open or closed, whichever suits you. It is so easy to set up, we did it in the dark with just torches to help us and took just a few minutes to completely set up and even less to take down on the last day. It goes up with plastic poles similar to those in children's play tents to keep the sides secure. It comes in a handy bag to pack everything back into so you don't lose any parts and it can be easily stored between uses.
There is just one criticism I have for the Bubble Cot and that is that I feel it is a little too lightweight. With Elsie being at the climbing stage, when she did get upset she naturally tried to climb up the cot which tipped as it has no weight to it. It did give me a laugh as she didn't hurt herself or get upset but it sure did confuse her. I think it would be brilliant if there was a bit of weight to the bottom half of the cot to make it a bit more sturdy for climbers like Elsie.
Overall, we love the Koodi Bubble Cot, a great travel cot and the only one I can think of that is suitable for camping! It is recommended for use between 6 months and 18 months so we will hopefully get a fair bit of use out of it for at least another 6 months.
Unfortunately I didn't get any cute photos of Elsie using the cot as it was so dark with only torchlight and once it was morning she was awake and had escaped before anyone else was up! Hopefully when we next go away I will manage to snap her in it and share over on Instagram.
The RRP of the Koodi Bubble Cot is £54.99 which isn't cheap, but totally worth it if you travel regularly and want your baby to have a comfortable, lightweight and portable cot to sleep in.
The Koodi Bubble Cot is available to buy at koo-di.co.uk