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1.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE BE CAREFUL, 22 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Samsonite Pop-Up Travel Cot - colour, Café Creme (Personal Care)
PARENTS PLEASE BEWARE DO NOT USE THIS IF YOUR BABY CAN ROLL OVER

We used this travel cot for our recent holiday for our 18 week old baby. The cot was fantastic to assemble, built in mozzie net, great size, light to carry and seemed the ideal cot. Our son slept in this for a week with absolutely no problems and loved it - he seemed to sleep better than in his cot at home.

However, towards the end of our holiday he learned how to roll over. One day we put him into the cot and left him for a nap. Upon returning his face was wedged in at the side, with his face pressed against the gap between the cotton mattress and base. He was stuck and unable to breathe. I absolutely cannot bear to think what would have happened if we had not found him as when we picked him up he had red marks on his face from struggling and was gasping from being pressed against the base of the cot. I have never seen him so distressed. He simply could not get his head out of the gap and could not breathe. If we had not gone in my baby would have died.

The mattress is not padded enough for a baby to sleep on it as specified by other reviewers, and so you need to put it on blankets or a soft base. This means that if they roll over and get their face in the side, it sinks slightly and they can get stuck. For the rest of the holiday we removed the matress completely so he was lying just on the thin base (much like tent material), and put it on top of the matress so there was no way this could happen again. However, this is not acceptable and the mattress should be attachable so that there are no gaps whatsover.

This cot would be absolutely fine if your baby cannot roll over. However, as soon as they can please do not use this cot as it's only a matter of time before a parent doesn't get to their child in time.
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2011 19:40:03 BDT
Nic says:
This happened to me also. Put my 4 week baby to sleep whilst on holiday. He had a tendency to sleep to his right snuggled against the moses basket side. As I read previous reviews before using, about the mattress, I placed the cot on the floor and as it was stone, I placed a pillow under the mattress inside the cot. BIG MISTAKE.......PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT. On baby's first night inside the cot, I woke to give him his 4am feed to discover his face was lodged in the gap between the mattress and cot side and as I had placed a pillow under the mattress the gap was quite wide/deep. Baby had tipped himself sideways during sleep and ended up face down. Well I had the fright of my life. He was ok and not at all disturbed but I worry what if I hadn't awoke as you hear all these horrible reviews about cot death. Because the sides are mesh I am assuming enough air was passing through. The next night we removed pillow and mattress and placed on top of a quilted duvet.

He is now 4.5 months and using it for up coming holiday. He has now out grown his moses basket but this still fits (just). We are going to place inside the cot provided by the hotel as we are unsure of the standard/quality.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011 22:12:39 BDT
Foxie says:
surely there must be somewhere this can be reported to as a serious hazard so that the product is reviewed independently and if necessary, withdrawn from the market, some sort of Watchdog or similar? I have a 3 month old and was considering buying one of these, reading your two reviews has made me feel sick, it seems it will only be a matter of time before a tragedy occurs
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