What’s the best bedside crib for cosleeping?
Choosing where you baby sleeps can be a big decision. You probably want the closeness of co-sleeping but are worried about safety. A bedside crib is a great solution to help to sleep next to baby whilst in their own safe area. If you prefer to bed-share with your baby them check out our baby sleep pod and nest reviews.
Bedside cribs are quite new to the market so it’s difficult to know where to begin. We’ve designed this guide to help you find the best bedside crib for your family. The secret is knowing what features benefit you most.
Here a quick over view of what we’ll discuss in this article:
- 6 Best Bedside Crib Reviews
- Types of Bedside Crib
- Benefits of bedside cribs
- Cons of bedside cribs
- Bedside Crib Buying Guide
- Safe Room Sharing
Let’s start with reviews of the top bedside cribs on the market.
6 Best Bedside Crib Reviews
- Age Range: 0-6 months
- Colours: Denim, Fuchsia, Circles, Dove, Princess, Sky
- Frame: Fabric
Pros: Use as co-sleeper or crib, easy assembly, height adjustable, can incline, portable
Cons: Wobbly on wooden floor
The Chicco Next2Me is the best selling beside crib in the UK. As one of the first models on the market, parent have grown to love the design. It work by unzipping the fabric edge to fill the gap between the crib and bed mattresses. To keep it in place there is a strap which attaches to your bedframe. You can also use as a regular crib with the side up. The mesh fabric makes create great airflow for baby. This crib is extremely portable and can be folded away in the medium suitcase size storage bag.
The legs adjust up and down to reach your mattress height. You can also mismatch the leg height to create an incline. This is a great way to relieve reflux or tackle congestion and vomiting after a feed. A metres is included with the crib, however you’ll need to buy additional sheets. The mattress is quite firm so we recommend using with the separate mattress topper or even a towel underneath the sheet.
The main complaint of the Chicco Next2me was that it tend to become wobbly as you baby grows. This happens more commonly when on a hard floor surface rather than carpet. Also make sure you don’t use over the recommend age of 6 months.
- Age Range: 0-6 months
- Colours: Putty, Sherbet, Dove, Espresso, White
- Frame: Wooden and Fabric
Pros: Modular Design, rocking stand, storage shelf, very sturdy
Cons: Lots of assembly, need to dissemble to wash fabric
For a modern looking bedside crib the Snuzpod is the best. The frame is made from breathable fabric with a curved wooden frame. With a choice of frame colours you’ll be able to find one which matched your bedroom décor. The modular design means it can be used as a co-sleeper, stand-alone crib and a Moses basket for daytime naps.
The size is fairly compact compared to the Chicco Next2me. This makes it easier to carry around as a Moses basket, and perfect for smaller rooms. The frame is really durable and feels sturdy. We love the curved feet so you can rock your baby to sleep. For co sleeping the crib attaches to both divans and bed frames with straps and clips.
The fabric mesh side allows great airflow when using as a standalone crib. You’ll also be able to see into the crib easily to keep a close eye on baby. If using as a co-sleeper the side zips down and fold out onto you mattress. The fabric is soft and comfortable enough to sleep on to of. The biggest drawback was the amount of assembly needed to put it together. If this doesn’t bother you then it’s a solid choice.
- Age Range: 0-12 months
- Colours: Natural, White
- Frame: Wooden
Pros: Affordable, wheels, Use as stand-alone crib, height adjustable
Cons: Thin mattress, poor instructions
The Waldin co-sleeper is an affordable bedside crib option. It really is value for money compared to other models on this list as it can be used up until your baby is one. The frame can be used as a regular wooden crib or remove the side to co-sleep. The frame extends to fit flush with your mattress. There are no strap included to attach the crib to your bedframe so you need to buy these separately if you prefer this option. We suggest cable ties or bungee cord for a snug fit.
A mattress is supplied with the crib so you don’t need to buy separately. We found it to be a little on the thin side. A mattress topper may make it a little more comfortable for your baby as they get heavier.
The crib come available in a neutral beech wood or white colour to suit most rooms. The wheels make it really easy to move around and brakes to keep it in place. It does required some assembly. Make sure you are good at building furniture as the instructions are really poor.
Babybay Maxi Co-Sleeper
- Age Range: 0-9 months
- Colours: natural, varnished, dark brown, white
- Frame: Wooden
Pros: Modular, sturdy, height adjustable, suitable for twins
The Babybay is the best spacious bedside crib if you have a big baby or twins. It’s really spacious and suitable to use until you baby is 9 months old. It’s a very sturdy German design with extra use as your baby grows. You can buy separate accessories to use the Babybay as a stand-alone crib, playpen, high chair, child’s bench, desk and chair. It’s a great investment piece if you plan to have more one child.
As a co-sleeper the frame attaches to your bed with hooks which clip onto your bed. Its best to use with a bed frame, however divan users can use bungee cords to attach it to the bed base. The bed is really quick to set up, so no fiddling around with assembly. If you have any issues the customer services is excellent at dealing with return or replacements.
This bedside crib scored highest on our list for quality. The downside is that it’s quite expensive. The frame itself is costly, then you have to buy a separate ‘D’ shaped mattress and sheets on top. We do highly recommend this crib for the long term use if you have the cash to invest.
- Age Range: 0-6 months
- Colours: Beech, White
- Frame: Wooden and fabric
Pros: Modular design, washable, storage shelf, static and rocker base
The Knuma Huddle is another fab modular bedside crib to consider. If you like the idea of the Snuzpod, it costs a little less and does a little more. It’s designed to be a co-sleeper, stand-alone crib, and Moses basket. When you baby has outgrown it after 6 months it can be converted into a children’s table and chair to extend its usage. Unlike the Babybay you don’t need to buy any extra accessories to use in any of these modes.
The Huddle is suitable to use with bed frame and divan bases. There are security straps provided and its height adjustable with 10 positions for a flush fit against you bed. You can set the base as a rocker, however it’s not useful unless you’re using as a free standing crib.
The bed base and side can be removed for you to use as a Moses basket during the day. It’s handy for nap times or a safe place to put baby when the start to roll over but not sit up. As it quite a study design it means it can be a bit heavy to move around in this mode.
- Age Range: 0-5 months
- Colours: Grey circles, damask
- Frame: Fabric
Pros: Sturdy, modern, nightlight, sounds and vibration, full rotation
Cons: Expensive, not portable
The Halo Bassinest is our top rated co-sleeping crib for safety. The design allows you the closeness of baby being in your bed but with protected space. This means you can accidentally roll onto baby or cover them with a heavy duvet.
If you are breastfeeding of had a C-section it still works well as the flexible mesh make it easy to tend to baby. Plus the 360 degree rotation make it easy for the crib to sit over your bed and move out the way to get out. The height adjustment makes it easy to customise to your bed. The feet are quite large, however this makes it very sturdy. If you’re tight on space they can be placed under the bed so it doesn’t take up to much room at the side of the bed.
We love the additional button features which are a lifesaver for new parents. The night light means minimal disruption for you partner when seeing to baby. The vibration mode proves rhythm and a degree of white noise which will soothe even the most colicky of babies.
Bedside Crib Basics
Types of Bedside Crib
A bedside crib is designed for you to sleep side by side with your baby and give them their own sleeping area. They offer easy access to baby without the risks associated with bed-sharing. There are three different types of bedside cribs:
Three sided frame
This style looks just like a normal crib but with one missing side. The open side is attached onto the side of your bed. Once attached the crib and bed mattress should sit flush. Think of it like a bed extension. These should be securely attached to the bed frame or divan base to prevent any gaps between the beds.
The style looks like a crib or moses basket with flexible sides. The side are usually fabric and move up of down with springs or a zipper opening. You get the benefits of easy access to baby and the safety of a barrier when they are sleeping.
A modular bedside crib is one which can change into different modes. Popular modular designs such as the Snuz can be a co-sleeper, stand along bassinet or a portable moses basket. Some other models can change into furniture such as desks and chairs. They are usually costly but you get longer use overtime than a regular bedside crib.
Benefits of Bedside Cribs
Unicef, NICE and Lullaby trust guidelines all recommend that room sharing is the safest option for babies up to 6 months old. Combined with baby having their own sleep area will reduce your babies risk of SIDS. Let’s look at what benefits a co-sleeping crib gives families.
Having your baby next to you means you can be aware if they have any difficulties during the night. The designated sleep are means you avoid the risk of adult bedding or rolling on top of baby.
Having your baby next to you great increases your ease of breastfeeding. You will be more responsive to baby’s feeding cues. Simply position yourself beside them and enjoy breastfeeding as you nap. Women who co-sleep are known to breastfeed for longer than those who don’t. Night time feeds will improve your milk supply and reduce your risk of problems such as mastitis.
Being close to your baby allows you the benefits of skin to skin. This helps to release oxytocin, a hormone that helps bonding and baby’s brain development. It’s a great way to spend time together especially if your days are usually hectic.
Being beside baby makes you more responsive to their needs. Your baby will probably cry less as they can smell and hear you close by. This means less disrupting for your partner or siblings during the night. Also you won’t need to get out of bed to see baby. You’ll be able to drift off easier than if you had to walk around.
If you’ve had a C-section or stitches you’ll already be feeling tender. Lifting a baby over a crib side can feel quite strenuous in the first week or two after birth. A co-sleeper lets you feed and soothe baby easily in a lying position. This means less sitting or bending on those tender areas.
Dads are often against co-sleeping as they worry about rolling onto baby. A co-sleeper ensure baby is a mum’s side of the bed in their own space. It’s a great compromise between parents that offers a lot of family benefits.
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Cons of Bedside Cribs
Short Term Use
You’ll see from our review list that most co-sleeps are recommended for around 6 months use. This is when your baby starts to sit upright and pull themselves up. You’ll have to consider if the high cost of a bedside crib is worth the benefits of co-sleeping with your baby.
Love Life Disruption
Some parents are not comfortable with having your baby present during intimate moments. If you think it will be an issue for you or your partner that doesn’t mean you can co-sleep. Opt for a co-sleeper that is portable or has a removable moses basket. That way baby can sleep in another room and then back when you’re finished.
Bedside Crib Buying Guide
If you are struggling to choose? We’ve selected the key features you should consider before buying your bedside crib.
How much usage do you want from your crib?
- Sleep Area – The main aim of a crib is to use it as a sleep area for your baby. Most bedside cribs will be used for around 6-9 months. That’s quite short use for a high ticket item. You can probably recoup some cost by selling it second hand.
- Bedroom Furniture – Some modular cribs will change into various pieces of bedroom furniture. This means you get more use form it as your baby grows. It also keeps it practical if you plan to have more children rather than gathering dust in storage.
- New – A new bedside crib will cost between £70-£250 depending on the make and features. If you are keen to co-sleep the investment will be worth the benefits offered to your family.
- Second hand – If you are on a tight budget you might consider buying a second hand crib. You can pick up a high spec bedside crib for a great price. We highly recommend checking the internet for any recalls before buying. You also need to sure the crib is in good condition with no damage. Always buy a new mattress for any second hand crib, intended for use with the crib model. Its important you have access to the user manual for advice of safe use of the crib. These are usually available to download on-line.
This should be the highest priority feature on your list. The style of bedside crib you choose should always be safe to use in your bedroom set-up.
All bedside cribs should conform to the British Safety Standards BSEN716.
- Frame – The frame should be small enough to prevent an adult rolling into the space during the night. The base of the frame needs to be sturdy and designed to prevent toppling over.
- Sides – Crib frames are usually made from wood or fabric. Wooden sides should be narrow enough to prevent your baby’s head becoming trapped. Modern fabric sides should be breathable fabric so you baby get airflow should they press against them.
- Locks – For flexible and portable cribs locks are a must. They keep the crib in place and prevent it from rolling around or moving as your baby gets older and more active.
- Bed Attachment – Ensure the crib frame fixes tightly to your own bed frame. Usually clip are provided, however you can improvise with your on cable tie or bungee cord attachments.
Ease of use
With each model try to picture yourself using it whilst bleary eyed and sore from birth. Are the features handy or an annoyance?
- Assembly – Most bedside cribs will require some degree of assembly. If you aren’t great with furniture building you’ll need a simple set up with clear instructions.
- Footprint – If you are tight for space, make sure you have enough room at the side of the bed to fit the crib into. You may need to move other furniture around, so map the layout beforehand.
- Storage – Does the crib store away easily when not in use? The crib should be easy to fold away, compact and lightweight to carry around.
- Portability –Would you benefit from moving the crib wound the house? Or how about when baby is away from home? The most portable cribs have wheels, foldable or removable moses baskets.
If your baby feel uncomfortable in bed, they won’t sleep well. Try to make the area as comfortable as possible for baby to get a good night sleep.
- Mattress – Your baby’s mattress should always be flat, firm and waterproof to keep them clean and dry. The mattress should be no thinner than 8cm.
- Position – If your baby suffers from reflux or congestions a slight base incline can aid their symptoms. Baby should be supervised at all times in an incline position to prevent sliding underneath bedding.
- Space – When babies are small they like encloses spaces, however they soon learn to stretch out. Some babies really love their own space, so keep this in mind if you are considering a compact style crib.
Babies are messy creatures and that doesn’t stop at bedtime. Baby sick and nappy changes mean you’ll need to regularly clean your baby cot. Check for features which make this easier.
- Material – The frame of the cot should be regularly wiped clean. Wooden frames are the best for maintaining. Mattresses should be regularly wiped down and left to air for a few hours a week.
- Machine Wash – All bedding should be regularly washed and dried. Any fabric sides which can be removed should be cleaned regularly to keep the crib clean and fresh for baby.
You can get modern looking cribs that won’t look out of place in your bedroom. These cribs are often designed with functionality and ergonomics in mind.
- Colours – Both fabric and wooden cribs come is a wide variety of colours. Choose one which fits in best with your furniture, or a neutral tone.
- Storage areas – You may also want storage space on the crib for extras such as nappies or muslin cloths. Some cribs have storage shelves or additional accessory pockets to hang on the side of the crib.
- Additional features – You may be sold on additional features such as a rocker base or vibration to soothe you baby to sleep. It can help save you money on buying extra sleep aid gadgets.
Safe Room Sharing
There has been a lot of research into reducing the rates of SIDS. This has helped us recognise safe sleeping situations to reduce your baby’s risk. Let’s look at how you can improve the safety of your sleep space for baby.
As we’ve already discussed your baby’s mattress should be flat, firm and waterproof. This keeps baby clean and dry and supported. A good mattress keeps you babies head in a neutral potion to allow good airflow. Regularly check the mattress for splits, cracks or damaged.
You baby’s bedding should be kept minimal. Never user soft, bulky duvets like you would for an adult bed. Cellular blankets are the best option. Always keep the blankets below your baby’s shoulders and tucked into the side of the mattress. Lullaby trust agree baby sleep sacks are suitable to use, however make sure they are the correct size for your baby.
Your baby should always be positioned on their back and never on their fronts. This simple advice slashed SIDS rates overnight in the early 90’s. Your baby should be place with their feet touching the foot end of the crib. This prevents them sliding down the bed an underneath blankets.
Your baby should be kept at a temperature between 16-20⁰C. If you are unsure use a room thermometer for an accurate reading. Any bedside crib should not be positioned against a working radiator. You baby should never wear a hat to sleep indoors.