Koo-Di Pop-Up Travel Cot

When I decided to go backpacking with our baby and realised that many hotels charge extra for a cot, I decided to look for a portable one. I really did not think I would find anything small enough to carry around easily. Initially I searched for an inflatable cot. Instead I found the amazing Koo-di pop-up travel cot. I felt mega excited to find it, pondered a bit and then I bought one as there really did not seem to be anything better on the market.

Koo di pop up Travel Cot

We have used it a lot when Esmé was between 6 – 18 months old. We took it on weekends away in practice for our big trip. It is quite different from many cots for a baby as it has a wee roof and the net needs to be zipped up to prevent any climbing out! We used it for day time naps so little lady would be ‘ok’ with it when we were tripping through Asia. I am going to keep it simple here and break it down into what I love about the Koo-di  and what I am not so keen on:

What I loved about the Koo di pop up travel cot

Small and compact

This is by the far the smallest portable cot you will ever come across. We could fit it in our backpack inside its own little bag. This is perfect for trips where you may have to carry it for long distances.

Easy to set up

It is very simular to a pop-up tent in a way. It has some framing that is fed in around the edge and walla it otherwise pops up.  Once the framing is ready, we put the mattress liner that comes with the Koo-di inside. We also purchased the inflatable mattress that comes as an extra for more comfort.  Blowing up the mattress with a foot pump doesn’t take too long. It also comes with a fitted sheet, so all you need is a baby and a blanket before it’s ready to go!

Cosy

Esmé always looked super comfortable inside and seemed to sleep well. That is obviously the number one priority. We didn’t want to compromise her comfort for the sake of having something smaller. Luckily that wasn’t the case!

Mosquito net

As we spent most ouf our time travelling through SE Asia when using it, we were so happy it had a moquito net! There are not many portable cots on the market that have one. It also doubles up as a security net so they can’t go for walkies in the middle of the night!

Weighs only 2.2kgs

This is most certainly the lightest cot on the market. Most weigh in at the 6kg mark. This was massively helpful when trying to lug a baby, a buggy and a car seat around.

Esmé grew out of her Koo-di at around 18 months-old. She got about a year and a half use out of it in total. I will definitely be looking at using one for our second who will be with us in June.

Koo-di pop-up travel cot

What could be improved …

The standard mattress that comes with it is not sufficient. It would be nice if the inflatable mattress came as part of the package. Equally, I would love if she got longer use out of it. Being so handy, it was hard to accept she had grown out of it! My last point is after significant use, being dragged around the world several times, it did show some wear and tear. So we will probably need to buy another one for our next baby. On the whole, this cot is pretty darn awesome and I would recommend it to anyone that travels regularly with their baby.

2018-10-23T16:17:24+00:0012 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Intrepid Bebe February 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Karen, so glad I stumbled acorss your blog. We have a similar (ish) story-my husband is Australian, I’m English,we reccently moved from Oz to London, we have a two year old and we love seeing the world. What do you use now for your daughter? Mine is two and we are heading off soon, I’m keen to find some sort of pop up toddler bed (and ideally try her in it at home before we leave as she isn’t a great sleeper). If you have any recommendations I would love to hear.

    • Karen February 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      I haven’t found a pop up toddler cot like this. We are currently using a portacot for local trips. We use the baby hub sleep space. If you find a really small pop up toddler cot, let me know !

  2. Sarah Groenewald March 5, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Hi, I was wondering if you think this would also be suitable for a 3-4 month old? I would just be worried about them rolling.

    • Karen March 6, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

      I think Koodi reccomend it from 6 mths old so best to follow their instructions

      • Rach December 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        Hi, we were planning to head to South America when baby is Four months? Did you not move around until Esme was 6 months? Am I being unrealistic and also what did did she sleep in prior to that? Xx

  3. Lauren February 19, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Hi Karen, my little one will be 10 months old when we go travelling around Italy (inspired by you to make the most of my maternity leave) Anyway, which would you say would be most suitable for us… This or the Baby hub sleep space? Thank you, Lauren x

  4. Lynn Gallagher May 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Hi Karen
    Just wondering did u use the sun & sleep one or the regular one?! We’re planning to travel around Asia with our 1 year old & thinking maybe the sunshade would be handy but don’t want him to be roasting either… ?

  5. Daniele Tanner June 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Hi Karen,

    Amazing article, thank you.

    This may sound like a crazy question however we are travelling with our 15 month old soon from Aus to Europe.

    To help him sleep on the plane I thought perhaps we could use this porta-cot on the flight.

    I have no idea how tall it is though so apologies if this seems like a silly question 🙂

    • Travel Mad Mum June 23, 2019 at 11:50 am - Reply

      It will most likely be too large for the plane but I think with a 15 month old you can still use the airline bassinet. You can check out our flying with a toddler post for more tips. xx

    • Brooke August 25, 2019 at 4:31 am - Reply

      Also the airline will not let infants sleep on the floor (we just tried this with Thai Airways!). Look into Air NZ Economy SkyCouch it will be a game changer for long haul travel with wee ones! That aside Koo Di cots are amazing so useful and lightweight.

  6. Amy Sutton September 8, 2019 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Hi, is it completely child proof in the fact that the babies can’t get themselves out of it? Also I have a 13 month that I am looking at this form and worry it could topple over with him in it?
    Thanks
    Amy

    • travelmad September 12, 2019 at 7:52 am - Reply

      It zips from the outside so they shouldn’t be able to get out. It can’t topple if its on a flat surface with the mattress inside.

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