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Review: Little Life Arc-2 Travel Cot

August 21, 2008 by Kat in Out & About, Travel Accessories with 0 Comments

Kat writes…

Little Life provide practical and stylish bambino goodies for the great outdoors. We recently featured their Daysacks (The Bambino and ToddlerGeek have matching ones!) which are super cute and very popular with the toddlers.

I was lucky enough to be able to try one of their travel cots, the Arc-2, and I must say I was impressed. It sleeps children from birth to 3 years, has a super compact lightweight design to make for easy travelling and is fully enclosed with mosquito nets. For me – the Little Life Travel Cot range is the perfect solution to travel cots.

The Testers: This has been tested by several wriggly babies aged 6 – 14 months.

Appearance: The first thing that attracted me to these travel cots was their funky design. As they utilise tent technology, the main poles arc over the body of the cot providing both stability and design. The colours used are neither garish nor dull – I like the blue of the Arc-2.

Instructions: The instructions are comprehensive and easy to follow. You do need to make sure you read the instructions to make sure you get everything in the right order.

Set up: Pretty easy, Ok, I admit I was ‘helping’ from the sidelines. If you have ever put up a dome tent it will give you an idea about how it goes up. A note to users: easier to get up outside rather than in :0) When using it indoors it does need some hefty furniture to anchor it (al fresco this is done with pegs).

In use: We really don’t have enough good things to say about this. There is as much space as you’d expect from a travel cot. It opens at both the top and the side – this is possibly my favourite feature as I hate bending over travel cots. Not only is this brilliant for getting them in and out but it means it can be used as a day tent with the sunshade (sold separately) over the top. The fact that all the openings have mosquito nets makes it great for international travel as well as camping. At 2.5kg it won’t hammer your luggage allowance either.

Friends of ours recently spent several months working abroad and packed an Arc-2 for their, then, six month old bambino. They came back raving about it – the lucky Mama said it was the best piece of baby equipment she has ever bought.

Any negatives: The only negative (and it is minor) is you need a heavy bit of furniture to weight it down indoors.

Price: £53 from the Bambino Goodies Store

Overall: This is a brilliant bit of baby kit – it looks cool and is supremely practical. I think I may be in the market for one myself or maybe the Arc-3 or Arc-4…. 

Buy It Logo for Bambino GoodiesVerdict: 5/5 I couldn’t love it more.

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