Portable cots and play yards

Portable cots and play-yards are not as sturdy as standard cots. They're designed for convenient, but not constant, use.

The basics

We recommend that when a baby will be left unsupervised, especially overnight, the cot or other sleeping environment complies with an Australian/New Zealand Standard.

Remember:

  • All children’s furniture wears out over time — repair or replace at the first sign of wear.
  • Use the mattress supplied by the manufacturer — using a substitute can create a safety hazard.
  • Make sure the mattress fits snugly — there must be no more than 25 mm gap between the mattress and the side of the cot.
  • Check regularly for holes in the fabric or loose catches — repair or replace at the first sign of wear.

Before you buy a portable cot or play-yard

  • Ask the shop assistant to show you how to fold and put it up.
  • Make sure the catches lock firmly.
  • Check that the mattress fits snugly.
  • Does it have a removable base? If so, check that the base can be firmly secured.
  • Does it have bars? If so, check that the space between bars is 50 mm-85mm.
  • Ask the shop assistant if the product complies with a safety standard.
  • Keep the receipt of purchase. Under the Consumer Guarantees Act your purchase must be of acceptable quality, last a reasonable time, and be safe.

Find out more about buying a regular cot.

See Cots for information about buying a regular cot.

How to use your portable cot or play-yard safely

Always check that:

  • it's assembled correctly — follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • it's used correctly — follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • any locks and catches are firmly in place
  • the base can't move apart or fall down
  • the mattress fits snugly.

Reporting an issue with a portable cot or play-yard

If you have a safety problem or concern with a portable cot or play-yard, let us know.

Report an unsafe product

Under the Consumer Guarantees Act you can get a refund, replacement or compensation if goods are unsafe. The Consumer Protection website has more information about what to do when you have a problem with goods.

Consumer Protection website — Faulty products(external link)