When you bring your new baby home for the first time there are always lots of things to think about, but one of the most important is where they are going to sleep. You may have spent months furnishing and decorating a beautiful little nursery, only to realise within the first few nights that your baby has other ideas about where he’s going to sleep. Many parents want to keep baby close at night but for various reasons are not keen on sharing a bed with them. That’s why you’ll need to best co sleeper crib.
Co sleeping, once a common practice all over the world, has become quite controversial here in the West. The American Academy of Pediatrics have deemed bed sharing unsafe under any conditions, but do recommend room sharing as there is evidence that it reduces the risk of SIDS by up to 50%. If room sharing seems like a good fit for your family then check out these popular co sleeping cribs.
Remember to follow these safety guidelines, wherever you decide to have baby sleep:
- Always put babies to sleep on their back
- Use a firm, flat mattress
- Keep bed clear of blankets, loose sheets and soft toys
- Regulate the room temperature
Best Co Sleeping Cribs
Height: 66-81cm (six different height settings to fit your bed), Width: 69cm, Length: 93cm, Weight: 9kg, Price: £139
I had one of these for my son when he was born and I thought it was great. It was easy to set up, nice to look at and it felt sturdy and safe. I need to be honest here though. Even though I had it set up by my bed for at least 6 months my son only slept in it once or twice. This had nothing to do with the crib, it was my personal preference to have him in the bed with me.
You can have the side rolled down or zipped up to make it a standalone crib. It’s possible to incline the base if your baby suffers from reflux, although this isn’t recommended in the sleep safety guidelines. The crib can be used until baby weights 9kg or can pull herself up to a sitting position, in which case it becomes unsafe. Some have said that the mattress is too firm but this is something that is again down to personal choice. It’s fairly straightforward to assemble, though the written directions aren’t much help. All in all I’d say the Chicco Next2me is a great crib at a reasonable price.
2. Snuzpod 3 Bedside Crib Review
Height: 100cm (9 different height settings to fit your bed), Width: 49cm, Length: 95cm, Weight: 12kg, Price: £199
This is a good looking crib. I fell in love with it when I saw it but unfortunately it was over my budget. It’s actually a bedside crib, standalone crib and a Moses basket all in one, so I think it’s worth the money. It attaches securely to both divan and frame beds and can be used up until baby weighs 10kg. It doesn’t have wheels but slides easily, and the curved frame means you can gently rock it which is a very helpful feature. Like the Chicco Next2me, it can be inclined if desired. It’s not too difficult to assemble, but it is a two person job. One design issue that could be improved upon is how fiddly it is to put the side up and down. There’s zips, and Velcro and a pole involved and it could do with being simplified. It’s not something that you’d have to do that often if you were using it as a bedside crib so it’s not really a big deal.
3. Tutti Bambini CoZee® Bedside Crib Review
Height: 84cm (6 height settings to fit your bed), Width: 56cm, Length: 92cm, Weight: 10kg, Price: £185
Another really nice looking crib. This one can be used as a standalone or a bedside crib as the side rolls up and down. It’s a sturdy crib that is great for everyday use, and can be used until baby weighs 10kg. An excellent feature is its 30 second set up. It’s so easy to put up and down that it works really well as a travel cot, and has a handy travel bag too. The shelf underneath is another very handy feature for storing nappies and wipes etc. It’s easy to clean as the material inside just unzips. The mattress is softer than other cribs of this type, which is nice for baby. Assembling the crib is quick and easy, and can be done by one person. The downside is that it’s not solid hard wood, just a wood effect material which isn’t very sustainable or eco-friendly.
4. Babybay Maxi Bedside Sleeper Cot Review
Height: 79cm (adjustable to fit your bed), Width: 46cm, Length: 88cm, Weight: 2kg, Price: £178
This is an interesting choice. It’s a really nice design, made from quality, 100% eco-friendly wood. There are 5 different mattress options available to buy separately. It’s great for newborns but probably won’t serve bigger babies for more than 6 months. It secures to the bed very securely, with straps that go under the mattress, and the height of the sleep surface can be adjusted to match your bed. It’s not really made to be moved around as it doesn’t have any wheels, although you can purchase them separately and fit them on. There are a number of add-ons you can buy. If you want to use it as a standalone crib you’ll need to buy a rail. It will also convert into a toddler bench. It’s not difficult to assemble, although the directions aren’t that clear, but there is a walk through video online to help you. When you aren’t using the crib it packs away nice and flat for easy storage.
5. The Snoo Smart Sleeper Review
Height: 76cm, Width: 41cm, Length: 81cm, Weight: 17kg, Price: £640
The Snoo is a bassinet, not a typical bedside crib, but I felt like I had to mention it. I sooo wanted one of these. In fact, I wish they did a toddler version because from what I’ve heard these are sleep miracle workers. The Snoo has a motor that gently rocks your baby, creating a womb-like environment. It has speakers that play white noise and an app for monitoring baby. It also comes with 3 sleep swaddles that clip in place to keep baby sleeping safely on his back. A friend of mine had one and said that from the moment she started using it her baby slept in longer and longer chunks, sleeping through the night within the first week. I’d like to say that you can’t put a price on that but unfortunately the Snoo comes with a hefty price tag, otherwise I would have snapped one up.
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