Thank goodness for the Nuna SENA travel cot. It’s stylish and so easy on the eye. More than that though, it’s one of the best on the market thanks to its clever design.
If you’ve followed my last few baby posts you’ll know that goofy, ugly baby gear is my pet peeve. I know babies like bright, vivid things but a lot of the stuff in highstreet stores is just so garish. It’s just so unnecessary, especially when it comes to things like travel cots (aka portable cribs). The baby lies in it so there is no need for a rainbow explosion. After all, they’ll be staring up at the ceiling. It’s mummy and daddy who have to look at it!
The Nuna SENA travel cot comes in six classy colours; graphite, berry, coffee, safari, night and indigo. Indigo is the newest to the family and is essentially a chic navy. I went for this colour for my little boy, as I think it’s timeless and would even work if we had a little girl later down the line.
It’s not just the prettiness of the Nuna SENA travel cot that gets my vote though. It’s practical and really sturdy.
The zigzag leg design springs open with just one hand. Obviously you can use two hands if you want to, but what I’m trying to say is that it’s easy to set it up. It starts as a super compact folded position – kinda like a camping chair. It comes in a really durable travel bag so this makes it easy to store away. You simply take it out of the bag and ‘open’ it into position. It’s quick and easy to do, meaning you can have it ready for baby in no time at all.
Admittedly collapsing it and more so, getting it back in the bag is trickier, but once you get the hang of it you’ll have no issues. I suppose I’d liken it to trying to get your sleeping bag back in its holding bag.
The SENA belongs to a Dutch-designed family of baby gear, so I guess it’s pretty fitting that our first overseas use of the cot was for Nova’s first trip to The Netherlands via Dutch airline, KLM!
Nuna SENA Travel Cot
This travel crib, or playard as the Americans call them, is really durable. It’s not flimsy at all, but the complete opposite. You’ll have no worries leaving your little one it and personally, I like that it’s slightly raised off the ground so you don’t need to be concerned about a cold floor or drafts. I was shocked that some of the cheaper ones on the market are simply a bit of foam that you lie on the floor, but I guess you get what you pay for.
It’s worth mentioning that it’s the only cot with an upper cot that folds with the frame (rather than a separate component). It’s like a 241, so you really do get your money’s worth. Basically it has two levels like a cot bed – a higher one for when they’re really young, so you don’t have to bend all the way in to reach them and a lower level for when they’re older and obviously, bigger.
The mattress in the Nuna SENA is really top quality too. Nova always has a great sleep on his, which is probably because it feels like his regular mattress at home.
With a super sturdy design comes the compromise of a heavy travel cot. At 10kg it’s similar to a lot on the market, but there’s no denying that you’ll need to check it in as hold luggage and you’ll want to use a trolley in the airport. We had to take ours to the oversized luggage desk on our latest flight. I kinda wish the bag had little wheels like a holdall because although you can use a trolley at the airport, if you’re walking to the station or your accommodation, it’s hard to carry. Thank goodness for husbands!
If you’re going abroad on a family holiday for more than one night I think it’s worth the effort to have somewhere safe, secure and comfy for your baby. There’s no guarantee that accommodation will provide a travel cot and if they do, what the quality will be like.
I especially think it’s great for UK travel. It’s super easy to shove it in the car and like I said, the satisfaction and reassurance of having a dreamy bed for your little one is worth its weight in gold, especially when it means they’ll sleep better and longer!
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Big thanks to Nuna for providing the SENA for Nova to try out.