What is a Co-Sleeper Crib
A co-sleeper (or bedside) crib is a small cot, usually that can be used to around the age of 6 months that can be attached to the side of your bed to allow for safe sleep for your baby but with the benefits of co-sleeping such as being close at hand for soothing or feeding.
Advice from the NHS and Lullaby Trust aimed at reducing the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) says: “Place your baby on their back to sleep, in a cot in the same room as you, for the first 6 months”.
Co-sleeper cribs have drop down sides which allow you to essentially be laid next to baby but not in your bed, giving baby his own space but that comforting closeness and convenience for Mum (or Dad!).
Bedside cribs have definitely grown in popularity over the past few years since we first bought one when we were expecting our third child. As a result, there are many more options available which makes choosing more difficult!
Do I need a Co-Sleeper crib?
Before we chose to buy a co-sleeper crib, we used a traditional wicker moses basket. As long as you are able to follow safe sleeping advice, with baby on their back and “feet to foot” position with feet at the end of the cot or moses basket, then you’re fine to decide on a different style of cot/crib or moses basket for baby.
I decided to look for a co-sleeper as I thought it would be easier for night feeds especially when breastfeeding as I wouldn’t otherwise need to get out of bed (i.e. to make a bottle), and soothing baby if she woke. It also saved space in the bedroom as they are smaller than a standard cot (although roomier than a moses basket) but being attached to the bed made for more space to move around.
We also liked the fact that our co-sleeper was easy to fold and store, and carry in its own bag so great for travelling and staying with family. It did last for 6 months where the moses basket didn’t, and the fact that it tilted was brilliant. Previously I’ve bought anti-reflux wedges, or propped cots up at one end, so a crib that tilts is a great idea.
Even for twins we were able to use our Next to Me crib as it is such a great size and yet not as large and open feeling as a standard cot. If you want safe sleep advice for twins please check the Lullaby Trust website.
Five of the Best Co-Sleeper Cribs
When we bought our crib it was really a no-brainer as to which to choose. In fact, I had barely heard of another co-sleeping crib at all. The Chicco Next 2 Me crib was the perfect solution for us and we have used it happily with 3 of our babies – I wish we’d had it from baby number 1 but I didn’t even know about them 6 years ago as a first time Mum.
What else is on the market now? As with almost every baby product, the choice has grown and grown, and I’ve kept up with what’s available by seeing what other mums are choosing. There are some really stylish options and higher budget ones too, but equally some lower priced choices which are worth a look.
I’ve put together a list of 5 so as not to bombard you with choices, but each picked because they have features which I would desire if I were to buy another one today, and only those which are highly rated by other users too.
1. Chicco Next 2 Me Crib
A very popular choice for good reason, this best selling co-sleeper ticked all the boxes when we first bought it and after plenty of use is just as good today. The Next 2 Me comes in a range of lovely colours and designs, but with practical features such as different height positions which enable it to be compatible with any bed, and the ability to tilt it to help with congestion or reflux.
When baby gets a bit bigger you can even use the crib as a standalone crib as the fold down panel can be zipped back up. Easy to assemble – great for tired parents! It also makes it great for taking away with you in the early days and folds up neatly to fit into its own bag for storage or travel.
The Next 2 Me does come with its own mattress however you may find as I did that a topper or separate size compatible mattress (easily available online) may be desired, and make sure you look out for the correct sized sheets as they are different to a standard cot/crib/moses basket.
- Travel Bag for Easy transport
- Can be used as a co-sleeper or a standalone crib or travel cot
- Simple and safe fastening to the parents bed
- Adjustable 6 height positions to ensure compatibility with all beds including divans
- Mesh window for air circulation
- Removable and washable lining
- As baby grows can be used as a standalone crib upto 9kg.
2. Snuz Pod 4 Bedside Crib
I have to say I love the design of the Snuz Pod and it certainly looks beautiful for a modern home! They come in a range of sleek colour options, and Snuz Pod claim that their crib fits more beds than any other traditional bedside crib with a new maximum height of 73cm. This is perhaps a good reminder to check that your bed will suit the bedside crib you wish to buy, especially if it isn’t ‘standard’, or a divan/ottoman etc.
The updated Snuz Pod 4 has a ‘ComfortAir’ system which has increased ventilation with air flow vents and an air-permeable mesh liner with base ventilation and a breathable mattress, to increase airflow through the crib and help regulate temperature.
Assembly takes a bit longer than other bedside cribs, Snuz recommend one person can do it in around 50 minutes with all parts and tools provided.
The ComfortAir liner can be easily removed and machine washed, and other parts removed and handwashed. Snuz recommend a waterproof mattress cover too.
The crib features an anti-reflux leg which can be added to either end of the crib.
Overall, I think the Snuz Pod 4 is a great crib, but slightly more expensive than the standard Next2Me crib, and fiddlier to put together, heavier and therefore not great for using for travel.
- New comfort air system to help regulate temperature for a good night’s sleep
- Snuzpod⁴ also boasts a lightweight removable bassinet and new breathable mattress with a 3d mesh cover for all-round better support
- Gentle reflux incline option & rocking stand.
- Fits more beds than any other traditional bedside crib (new max. height 73cm)
- Suitable until 6 months/until the child can sit/kneel or pull up – Max weight 9kg.
- Meets new bedside crib safety standard bs en 1130: 2022
3. Tutti Bambini Cozee Air
The Tutti Bambini Cozee packs in the features I’d like on a bedside crib, with some bonuses too. The Cozee Air crib is an upgraded version of their original Cozee but with extra features to increase ventilation; a second mesh window and a breathable mattressdesigned to disperse heat and wick away moisture to keep baby cool and comfortable. It also has a roll down curtain made of double layered brushed twill fabric, to reduce airflow on colder nights.
The crib also has rocking bars but with flip out feet which mean you have the option to stop it rocking when required.
The Cozee Air has a 30 second open/fold mechanism making it much easier to use as a travel cot than the Snuz Pod for example, especially with the travel bag. Having seen it being disaeesmbles completely I’d say the whole thing takes a couple of minutes but it is definitely one of the easiest cots I have seen!
The fabric lining is washable, and it also features a reflux incline option, both of which make it a very practical crib. It even has 4 removable wheels which I think would be especially handy on hard floors.
The Tutti Bambini certainly gives the Next2Me a run for its money, they really have thought of everything here.
- Suitable from birth – 6 months (max. recommended weight 9kg)
- Rocking Bars – Rocking feet on the CoZee Air allow you to gently rock your baby to sleep. When using in rocking mode, the flip-out feet allow you to secure the crib and stop rocking when required
- 2 x Breathable Mesh Windows – Breathable mesh windows give full visibility of your baby and allow air and moisture to pass through the crib easily
- Roll down curtain – Allows you to reduce airflow during colder nights, giving you the option of a one or two sided opening
- Height Adjuster – CoZee’s 6 step height adjuster ensure it can be set to the perfect height for your bed.
- Co-sleeping function – Drop side rail and stay in place connection system perfectly aid side sleeping.
- 30 second open/fold mechanism – Our innovative quick and easy open and fold function allows you to easily travel with your CoZee® Bedside Crib
- Handy Storage Shelf – Handy storage shelf to keep your little one’s essentials tucked away neatly
- Travel Bag – Handy travel bag allows you to transport and use the CoZee® Bedside Crib wherever you go
- Removable, Washable Lining – Washable fabric lining ensures your little one’s sleeping environment is clean at all times
- Incline Option – Useful incline function can be used to help aid congestion and reflux
- Breathable Mattress – Comfortable and breathable spacer technology designed to disperse heat and moisture away from your baby helping them stay cool & comfortable whilst resting
- Removable Wheels – 4 x removable wheels with a locking function allowing you to easily move the crib around
4. Maxi Cosi Iora
The Maxi Cosi Iora has many similar features to the Chicco Next2Me and one or two additional bonuses such as the large storage basket underneath which I have to commend as a very handy place to keep nappies and muslins etc for those inevitable night feeds and changes. The mattress is also billed as the ‘most comfortable’, meaning you’ll only need to find sheets for a comfy nights’ sleep. It can also be used as a standalone crib and comes with a bag for travel and storage. On the downside it is really quite heavy at 10.8kg, but sturdy and easy enough to assemble with parts which clip together.
It is height adjustable with 5 height positions to fit the parents bed, however there isn’t the ability to tilt it like the Chicco, which I would prefer. I do though love the stylishness of this crib and the modern grey and graphite colourways.
- Bedside sleeper for babies, suitable from birth to 9 kg
- Comfy mattress for sweet dreams after a day full of discoveries
- Easy slide function to easily slide and fit next to your bed
- Large storage basket of this co-sleeping crib fits all essentials for baby
- Foldable crib: Easy to fold, carry and take-along in its own travel bag
- Bedside sleeper and basket’s inner fabrics can be zipped off – Inner fabrics can be washed in the washing machine
5. Babylo Snuggle Bedside Co-sleeper Crib
The Babylo Snuggle looks quite similar to the Chicco Next2Me, however at a fraction of the cost. For a more budget option this co-sleeper still maintains the desirable features I’d want to see, including the anti-reflux tilt option, travel bag and easy assembly. It features a thick mattress though you may feel it is a little firm. It has 4 height adjust options to secure to your bed and breathable mesh sides for ventilation.
Perhaps if you are not 100% sure about a bedside crib and don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on one, this could be a good option as it is simple, does what it says and won’t bust the budget while also having the flexibility of using as a larger standalone crib if preferred.
- Maximum Comfort: The super soft crib has the thickest co sleeper mattress at 5cm depth.
- Four position adjustment: The design offers a snug and secure fit to your bed with a minimum height of 68cm and maximum height of 85cm. The multi-position extending feet provide a more flexible fit.
- Anti-reflux and anti-flathead incline position: The incline adjustment helps with congested breathing. Chemical free, breathable mesh sides provide healthy air circulations.
- EU & UK safety approved: Meets and exceeds all EU and UK safety standards to ensure the safest design for your baby.
- Co sleeping and standalone cot: Using the safety straps secure to your bed to use as a co sleeper or zip up the side panel and use as a standalone crib.