I wish we’d used a co-sleeper with Athena, it would have made life so much easier especially after a C-section. However I had no idea they even existed when I was pregnant the first time round! We had a moses basket (but it rocked from head to foot, and as babies have heavy heads it seems a bit daft, she was always head down!) and then a swinging crib (that you could put pegs in to stop the swing) but she grew out of that quickly as she was so long! I also still had to lift her in and out of it as it wasn’t level with our bed. As there will inevitably be a point where Athena has a disturbed night and ends up in bed with us two I think it would be much safer for all involved if the new baby has his own space, and we can all attempt to get a good nights sleep!
Co sleepers are designed to sit at the same level as your own bed, with an open side for easy access (though this can normally be closed up too) so that you can have baby close to you throughout the night but still let them have their own space. For more information on safe co-sleeping/bed sharing there is a handy guide on the NCT website.
I’ve been doing a lot of research so I don’t spend money on something that doesn’t work for us, and have compiled a short list below:
Boasting a ‘1 minute build’ the Bednest has two opening sides, which means you can get baby out without any lifting if necessary from whichever side you approach from. The curved wooden edges are appealing in a Scandinavian sort of way, and the sides can be half folded down as well as fully, which could be handy when baby starts to roll! You can also tilt the Bednest, helpful with babies with reflux. I also love the rental option. Cost: £299 to buy or £99 to rent for 6 months (supplied with a new mattress and sheets that you keep)
I first saw the Next2Me at the Baby Show late last year and I love that it comes in a variety of colours (including some lovely bright ones!) and has soft padded sides for a comfortable cocoon effect, but is washable if needed. You can also raise this cot at either end to aid colicky babies, and the Next2Me has fold in feet, with wheels/brakes so you can move it around the house as necessary (good for us as we’re all on one level) It also comes with a travel bag and is easily collapsible when needed so great for staying away in hotels/with family. Cost: £149
The Snuzpod has a handy shelf at the base for storage of all the essentials that you need close by, and has a very gentle rocking base. The crib itself can be easily lifted from the stand so baby can be moved around the house if needed. The side that opens is mesh and zips up and down, and the fabric is washable and breathable. Comes in a variety of coloured wood. Cost: £199 with a mattress or £169 without.
Not as pretty as some of the others on my list, but has the benefit of being easily assembled so acts as a travel cot too. It has four storage pockets and also converts to a free standing cot and then a playpen. You can also get a Twin/maxi version to put two babies in! Costs: £275
Baby Bay bedside cot
I love the classic look of this cot, the curved edges appeal to me along with the simple wooden design. The open bars mean lots of air circulating too. Adjustable height levels and the addition of castors mean you can use the Baby Bay as a regular crib and move it from room to room easily too. Costs: around £265.
Which one is your favourite? If you’ve got any personal experience with any of these, or other brands do let me know your thoughts. I welcome any and all info before we make a decision!
[None of these brands has asked me to include them, this post is all self researched and written]