Today I want to talk a little bit about co-sleeping and also review top bedside sleepers that attaches to bed. I love these things and used it for all three of my kids. I also know that a lot of people have mixed opinions about co-sleeping. A lot of moms that I have met in our meetings have heard some crazy facts involving increased risks of SIDS as well.
I would like to start this article by clearing the water immediatelly. By saying I co-sleep with my babies I mean that I share a room with them, not bed. That’s a big difference and I have noticed a lot of mothers who don’t understand that pediatrician warnings about increased SIDS are always associated with bed sharing. By using bassinets and cradles specifically designed to co sleep, you are completely safe and I would even stand by the fact that it should even be recommended.
Before starting my top list of bedside sleepers, like always, I recommend you to visit Amazon listings to take a look at some of the best products by yourself, sometimes you will fall in love at first sight.
In total I had three co sleeper cribs attached to my bed. I have also heard a lot from other loving mothers. I have read a lot of reviews. I have looked. Trust me, this bedside sleeper by BabyBay is the top product in the market right now, hands down. It’s the most simple of them all, but in the end it just does its’ job the best. It will make you feel like you are in fact sharing a bed with your baby but still provide you with the actual safety of a real co-sleeper bassinet.
First of all it’s one of the rare sidecar beds for toddlers that are actually non-toxic, providing a super healthy sleep environment for everyone in the bedroom. It was probably the most important factor for me.
Second of all, it’s extremely simple, I would dare to say it is actually the easiest to use co-sleeper on the market. You can adjust the height of this little cute bed so accuratelly that it will feel on exactly same level of height like your bed. This was the biggest problem with two of my other cosleepers from big name companies. I just couldn’t set the height exactly to match my beds’ mattress. This would make it difficult to easily nurse my baby from the comfort of my own bed sheets.
I also loved minimalistic design of it. If you look at the picture you will notice that there isn’t anything extra there. It was designed for a very specific task – a co sleeper crib that could be attached to bed. That’s it. Oh, you should check out the listing on Amazon to see the other colors they offer. The one in the picture is exactly the same as we own – modern slate grey finish. They have multiple colors to choose from, like more traditional walnut one or unfinished at all. Don’t worry, all finishes are based on water and are completely non-toxic like I mentioned before.
It’s important to mention that it’s also possible to convert BabyBay Bedside sleeper to a normal crib after you have decided that it’s time for your baby to move to his/her own room, which is just super great. The conversion bundle will cost you some though.
Arm’s Reach is probably the most popular manufacturer that specialises specifically in co-sleepers market. They have all the certifications in this niche they could get, including all the safety ones. The latter one is I think the most important for you, who are still in and out of this whole cosleeping thing due to safety reasons and myths. You will find their products in all the shops selling bedside bassinets. I own two of their products and, although Babybay bedside sleeper is still my favorite, I was also very happy with Arm’s Reach cribs. They are bulky, sturdy.. And just feel like seperate pieces of furniture, rather than a continuation of your bed like BabyBay one did.
This particular one is called Sleigh Bed. It’s actually a very durable piece of furniture made of solid wood and could look very nice and fitting in some rooms. One of their selling points is actually that it fits today’s contemporary bedrooms. It sure didn’t fit mine though, but I can’t say I disagree, it could look well.
I had this one for my middle one, Ben. The biggest problem with it is that I couldn’t accurately adjust the height. I think you can move it up or down in 2 inch increments, which is not precise at all. I ended up having it just a little bit above my mattress and even an inch could be a dealbreaker here.
Now if you are looking for a more economical option, I would say that Concepts Ideal Ezee could be a great choice. A completely different price level category when compared to the first two listings, but still is a product of great quality. It could be used as a co-sleeper, completely seperate bassinet, or even converted to a play yard, therefore 3-in-1.
Although quite durable, Concepts Ideal Ezee is not even close to being as sturdy as the other two, mostly because we have much more plastic involved here. It is not recommended to keep an older that 5 months infant in this Bassinet. But I will tell you that I still have it after more than five years. All three of my kids went through Concepts Ideal and it still serves its’ purpose as a play yard in our cabin, where we visit every once in a while.
Why I co-sleep?
I really started this list as an article about co-sleeping and want to finish it as one by answering this simple question. I co-slept with all three of my babies until they were around 6 months old because:
- I immediatelly could notice the improvement in quality of sleep for all of us, me, my husband and my little angels.
- Me and my husband felt safer. We always knew that our child is okay. No more worries about break-ins, fires or any other kind of mishaps. Specifically for cosleeping designed cot guaranteed that there would be no chance of overheating or rolling on top.
- I felt that extra bond between all of us. We also made use of extra hours together we could spend in the mornings. 🙂
- Did you know that co-sleeping is known to boost babies development? By putting the baby alone in a room we are limiting their immersion with the outside world during one of their most active development phases. Infant needs to constantly learn new sensory signals – movements, smells, sounds, everything… Spending much more time with loving parents helps with that!
Simple as that!