What better feeling than watching your newborn child sleep with that divinely peaceful expression, and being able to snuggle up and reassure her any time during the night. Co-sleeping is becoming increasingly popular lately, as it allows you to keep your baby close, especially for breastfeeding mothers and moms with C-sections who find it hard to move around easily during those initial days.
A brilliant and safe way to do this, and also prevent any chance of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is to go for a crib, cot or bassinet that attaches to the bed, so that your baby is at arm’s reach from you at all times, but there is no chance of accidental suffocation as there is when you allow your baby to sleep in bed with you.
Table of Contents
- 1 11 Best Co Sleeper Cribs, Cots & Bassinets for Babies in 2017
- 2 Best Co Sleeper : Key Features at a Glance
- 3 Best Co-sleeper for Newborns (0-3 months)
- 4 Best Co-sleeper for Infants (3months to 6 months)
- 5 Best Co-sleeper for Toddlers and Older Babies
- 6 About Co Sleepers Attach To Bed
- 7 Best Baby Bassinet Attaches to Bed for C-Sections
- 8 Best Co Sleeper for Breastfeeding
- 9 Best Baby Co Sleeper for Bed Sharing
- 10 Best Co-sleeper for Travel
- 11 Best Portable Co-sleeper
- 12 Best Non-toxic Co-sleeper
- 13 Best Wooden Co-sleeper
- 14 Best Small Co-sleeper
- 15 Best Convertible Co-sleeper
- 16 Other Co-sleeping Products and Accessories
- 17 Difference between Cribs, Cots, Bassinets and Beds
- 18 Things to Consider before buying a Co-sleeper
- 19 General Information & FAQs
- 20 Co-Sleeping: Do It Right
11 Best Co Sleeper Cribs, Cots & Bassinets for Babies in 2017
I’ve reviewed these personally and have spent considerable time in creating this list. I hope this will be useful for you.
Best Co Sleeper : Key Features at a Glance
- A co-sleeper prevents the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- It helps moms quickly reach the baby without having to leave the bed (This is especially helpful for the first few days after delivery)
- The crib-side that comes down helps parents sleep right next to the baby while still in a separate bed. This makes breastfeeding or attending to baby during the night really easy.
- Being right next to the parent’s bed, a co-sleeper crib or bassinet helps to keep the child under constant parental vigilance for safety.
- It is usually smaller and lighter than a regular crib. This makes a cradle attached to bed an excellent choice for small spaces too.
I have reviewed and listed down my favorite co-sleepers below. Any one of these would ensure your baby’s safety and will let you cherish the warm experience of sleeping cozily with your bundle of joy. I hope that you will find the best co sleeper crib for you and your baby, with the help of my guide.
Best Co-sleeper for Newborns (0-3 months)
Arm’s Reach Concepts Bassinet Mini Arc
The Mini Arc works as a free-standing bassinet as well as a co-sleeper, so you don’t have to worry if you’re not entirely convinced about co-sleeping or having baby in bed with you. Its neutral color option blends well in any room with any décor, and the open mesh design allows for great ventilation and gives a clear view of the baby inside. It includes storage space which is highly convenient for keeping essentials for night time use, such as diapers and formula. It works best for younger babies from the ages of 0-5 months.
It fits well and attaches to any adult-sized bed for bed heights starting at 24” (Measured from the floor to the top of the adult mattress) and provides safe sleeping. It ships with a comfortable mattress and a fitted sheet. It also includes a nylon strap and plate that can be attached to the parent’s bed to convert the bassinet into co-sleeper.
It is JPMA certified and conforms to ASTM safety standards.
One side can be rolled down to connect it to the parent’s bed. Due to its convenient design, it is an ideal pick for nursing moms and those who’ve had a C-section.
It is portable and can be folded quickly into a nylon carrying case (10” x 10” x 32”) with a sturdy carrying strap. This carrying case or travel bag comes with the co-sleeper and doesn’t have to be purchased separately. It has wheels on one end for easy movement.
If its height suits you then you can use this bassinet as a changing table after the baby outgrows it. The attached storage compartments will be of great help for this. However, it does not have built-in leg extensions like the Clear Vue co-sleeper so, if your bed is greater than 24” tall, a leg extension kit has to be purchased at an additional cost.
Also, the folding up is very easy but could be tricky to understand in the first go (as the buttons that have to be pressed for folding are initially a little hard and hidden behind the fabric linings). I would advise you to look up at a few video demonstrations available online if you find the process difficult to understand by reading the instructions alone. (It might also help to know that for safety reasons, there is a defined order to set up and take down this co-sleeper. During set up, the top bars are locked first, and then the bottom. When taking it down, the bottom bars are released first, and then the top bars)
It’s available in a plethora of colors, ranging from Natural, Turquoise Geo, Toffee, Toffee Stripe, Chevron, Java Dot, and Damask.
Overall, it is a good quality co-sleeper crib you can trust and provides all the features that you might need in a co-sleeper. It is light in weight and a great pick for small spaced rooms and houses. It is one of the best mini cribs available.
Best Co-sleeper for Infants (3months to 6 months)
Arm’s Reach Concepts Clear-Vue
This is a good co-sleeper for parents who want the ability to use the crib as co-sleeper or lift-up the collapsible arm-rail for safe sleeping during the day. The clear mesh sides help parents to have a clear view of their baby at all times and the inbuilt leg extensions allow it work for almost any bed height. These legs adjust between 24” and 30” in 2” increments. Also, includes a nylon strap and plate that can be attached to the parent’s bed to convert the bassinet into co-sleeper.
It is a great co-sleeper for infants but won’t work for babies older than 5 months due to the height of the arms which will be easy to climb over for more mobile infants.
It’s made from durable material, with color options of Cocoa Fern and Natural. The included fabric liner is removable and washable. It comes with a large attached storage basket and one pocket on each side as well as a comfortable mattress and fitted sheet for baby. It has four castor wheels (lockable) that make it mobile and easy to move between rooms and the height and weight are ideal for the average bed.
It is JPMA certified and conforms to ASTM safety standards.
The mattress that comes with it fits great but since it is a thin one, some parents prefer to buy another one that is softer and organic.
When you roll down the co-sleeper side attached to the bed, it goes down around half way, and a little barrier (around 4 inches high) remains. Practically, this barrier helps to keep the baby in her place without letting her roll onto the parent’s bed, but some parents prefer it to go all the way down leaving no barrier in between. So please keep this in mind.
While the wheels could have slightly better grip, for the most part, it is the perfect co-sleeping bed that allows parents the option of co-sleeping with their child or using it as a crib, and a great pick for moms who prefer to breastfeed.
Best Co-sleeper for Toddlers and Older Babies
BabyBay Convertible Bedside Cot
The BabyBay Convertible Bedside Cot is ideal for parents who want a classic style bed for their baby in a co-sleeper format. It fits well for nearly every average bed with the option to adjust it with different attachments. Because of its simple core beech finish, it is an attractive option for parents who like to keep a minimalistic décor. Its solid build makes it a strong option for more mobile older babies as well.
The BabyBay co-sleeper is made from non-toxic materials, making it a good option for parents who are looking for safe products for their baby. Its solid color makes it possible for parents to combine colors and patterns, no matter the gender of the baby. It may be a little challenging to assemble, but most co-sleepers are. With a little patience and some knack, you can have one of the cutest and sturdiest co-sleepers available for your older baby and has a much longer life-cycle than most others.
About Co Sleepers Attach To Bed
A crib attached to bed, as the name suggests, is a crib that can be fitted right next to a bed to let a baby sleep along with parents while practically sleeping on a separate cot.
These kinds of cribs are commonly known as co-sleeper cribs but due to their smaller sizes, many of them fall in the category of bassinets and are referred to as co-sleeper bassinets.
Best Baby Bassinet Attaches to Bed for C-Sections
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet
This is an ideal co-sleeper for new moms who may have had to go through a C-section as its low arms make it easy to tend to baby without mom having to reach or extend herself too much. The side wall lowers so you can have baby sleep right next to you with an open space or you can lock it up if you want to be sure that baby doesn’t roll into your bed. It also swivels should you need to bring them in closer or move it out for easy exiting from your bed.
It is BPA free. It is JPMA certified and independently tested to meet or exceed all U.S. CPSC and Health Canada safety standards for bassinets. It is recommended as one of the safest alternatives to bed sharing by the CJ Foundation for SIDS.
It is available in color options of Classic Damask and Harmony Circles.
Because this bassinet is so easy to have close to the bed yet offers a separate sleeping space, it provides many parents with the peace of mind that baby will sleep safe and soundly throughout the night. It swivels smoothly and rotates full 360 degrees to reach the baby from any side easily. The full rotation also helps mom to easily get on and off the bed without letting the bassinet block her way. This makes it easy for nursing moms or moms recovering from C-Section to be able to attend to baby without too much effort.
It keeps the baby safe and lets him breathe without obstruction via see-through mesh sides. This also lets mom look at her baby to keep a check at all times. Sidewall can be lowered to tend to the baby easily without having to get out of bed. This side wall can also be locked when positioned upright.
Its height can be adjusted to fit beds anywhere between 22 inches to 34 inches tall. It has a stable four point base, half of which goes under the bed. It saves space.
It comes with a fantastic set of features together known as the ‘Soothing Center’. This Soothing Center includes Nursing Timer, Nightlight, 3 lullabies and 3 soothing sounds and two levels of vibration (All these features come with a 30-minute auto shutoff). However, do keep in mind that the Soothing Center requires 3 AA batteries which have to be ordered separately.
The bassinet includes a polyurethane mattress pad which is waterproof and contains no toxic flame retardants. It also includes a 100% polyester coordinating fitted sheet which covers the provided mattress pad and is made from polyester that wipes clean with a damp cloth. This sheet is machine washable.
This product is recommended for babies up to five months of age or 20 lbs (9.1 kg) in weight. Maximum weight limit is 30 lbs (13.6 kg). Use should be discontinued when infant shows signs of pulling up, rolling over or pushing up to kneeling position.
One thing to note is that the base needs at least 3-inch vertical clearance under bed to slide in. The side that pulls down has been reported to be a little hard initially in some cases. If you find so, try bringing it up and down several times to loosen its grip and make it softer to maneuver.
The bassinet has storage capacity with two storage pockets to store essential baby stuff. While it might be slightly heavy for assembly, once put together, it makes life so much easier for mom and newborn. Overall it is very sturdy and functional, and an excellent bassinet that hooks to bed; for nursing mothers and those recovering from C-Sections.
Best Co Sleeper for Breastfeeding
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
This swivel sleeper allows for easy breastfeeding as moms can have baby close by the bed without having them share the bed and when needed, swivel the co-sleeper close for nursing. It has a highly sturdy base for being a lightweight bassinet which also helps parents to be relaxed about baby’s sleep time. The mesh walls allow for visibility at all times for parents who want to be able to check on baby from the comfort of their bed.
It works quietly and smoothly which is a big plus for a good night’s sleep. It can rest comfortably on parent’s mattress when mom or dad want baby close and the height is adjustable. While it is slightly on the heavy side, the functionality of this swivel bassinet makes it ideal for small spaces and for mom and baby’s comfort and safety.
Best Baby Co Sleeper for Bed Sharing
SwaddleMe “By Your Side” Sleeper
The unique design of this bassinet is both functional and comfortable for infant and parent. The elevation in the incline helps baby to breathe easier while sleeping and the rocking feature helps keep baby asleep without mom or dad having to leave the bed. Since it can detach from the base, parents can have baby share the bed with them in the comfort of their own space, which is safer and better for baby. Mesh side allows for clear visibility at any time.
It’s easy to move and allows for safe and comfortable sleeping for newborns. While it is a large bassinet, this same factor helps to make it a sturdy and reliable place for baby to sleep comfortably while staying close to mom and dad. It’s a great option for parents who want the possibility of having baby share the bed with them in a safe space.
Best Co-sleeper for Travel
LulyBoo Travel Infant Bed
Some parents may need to travel and knowing that you will always have a safe space for baby to sleep is worth any price. The LulyBoo bed is an ideal option at an affordable price. Its portability is made possible with the ability to turn it into a backpack when not in use while still allowing a personal sleeping space for baby on parent’s bed. It’s large enough to provide baby with personal space while bed sharing with parents yet small enough so that it doesn’t take up too much space on the bed.
It works great for parents who are looking for bed sharing options that are reliable and safe and comes with a comfortable cushion for baby. It is slightly on the bigger side for small newborns and small for older babies, but works well for most infants, making it the ideal choice as a portable co-sleeper for travel.
Best Portable Co-sleeper
If you’re looking for a portable co-sleeper, but don’t like the idea of bed-sharing with baby, this Chicco Sleeper is the perfect alternative. It provides a sturdy base for a safe night of sleep while still allowing for portability. The open side provides parents to co-sleep with baby while allowing them to have their own space.
The mesh walls are perfect for being able to observe baby at any moment from any angle, and the adjustable height helps to make it ideal for any bed. It is easy to put together, and once set up; it’s a convenient co-sleeper for moms who want baby near to them at night. It doesn’t come with storage space, but being such a sturdy and portable co-sleeper, most parents won’t mind at all.
Best Non-toxic Co-sleeper
Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Bassinet
This co-sleeper cot, like all other co-sleepers from Arm’s Reach, is made from chemical-free materials, making it an entirely safe option for your baby. As a parent, I only want organic and non-toxic products for my children, and this is an ideal choice for co-sleeping.
It has wheels that make it easy to move from room to room and mesh sides for visibility and breathability. This Arm’s Reach co-sleeper also offers adjustable height so parents can fit it next to their bed, no matter the size.
The storage space on the bottom of the co-sleeper cot is a great feature making it easy for mom to reach for anything she may need during the night. While it may not be large enough for older babies, it’s an excellent option for newborns. The combination of the dark wooden frame with the light-colored cushion makes it an attractive bassinet while also providing a great use for parents who want to co-sleep with their little one.
Best Wooden Co-sleeper
Arm’s Reach Sleigh Bed
This Arm’s Reach co-sleeper crib is for those want a sturdy traditional crib that sleeps like a co-sleeper. With a wood frame that is both sturdy and durable, this dark brown crib will offer a stable and safe place for baby to sleep close to mom or dad. It has wheels on the bottom for easy transportation to and from rooms and offers height adjustment making it ideal for different bed sizes and attaches to bed without any hassle.
It is an attractive piece of furniture that is highly functional and dependable for parents who want something more solid than the average bassinet. Some parents worry about the durability of co-sleepers, but this wooden co-sleeper will provide long-lasting use for moms and dads who may be thinking about having multiple kids. While the included mattress may not to be everyone’s liking, it is easy to adjust and add more cushion. Overall, this is a sturdy, dependable, and fashionable co-sleeper that will look great in your bedroom.
Best Small Co-sleeper
Close and Secure Sleeper by The First Years
This small yet reliable co-sleeper is perfect for parents who may already have a crib but who want to have baby sleep in bed with them during the first few months. It comes with a removable nightlight which allows parents to check on baby during the night. It also makes for a great travel bassinet and folds up to make it easy to carry on trips. It’s also a highly affordable alternative to larger bassinets and co-sleepers.
Its arms are high enough to keep baby safe from rolling out but low enough for mom to be able to easily breastfeed when needed. While it isn’t ideal for babies over 4 months due to the size, it works well for moms and dads who are looking for a co-sleeper for their baby’s first months. While it isn’t the most protective co-sleeper, it’s a good idea for parents who are bed-sharing with baby and want some type of added protection against suffocation.
Best Convertible Co-sleeper
BabyBay Convertible Bedside Cot
The BabyBay Convertible Bedside Cot is ideal for parents who want a modular co-sleeper that can grow and adapt to your child’s needs. It fits well for nearly every average bed with the option to adjust it with different attachments and can be used as a bench seat for your child up to the age of 10. Investing in BabyBay Convertible gives you years of use instead of just the first few months that other co-sleeping cots offer.
The side rail attachment allows it to be used as a safe standalone cot. It fits easily and quickly with spring-loaded clips which make the independent unit secure and sturdy. The child safe clips make attaching or removing the side rail a breeze.
Once your child can sit up, it should no longer be used as a bedside cot. However, it remains useful as a daybed, bench seat or a desk. The optional highchair conversion kit gives you further years of use, making it exceptional value for money.
The Babybay Convertible Bedside Cot is designed and manufactured in Europe from a sustainable wood source of natural beech.
Other Co-sleeping Products and Accessories
As a parent, you’re always searching for the best products for your children and doing your best to keep them safe. Part of keeping your baby safe in a co-sleeper is ensuring that sheets fit perfectly, pillows are made from quality materials, and mattresses are firm enough for a safe night of sleep. To help you find the most reliable and best quality products to ensure your baby stays healthy and happy, I have thoroughly researched and compiled some the top crib accessories available.
Arm’s Reach Mini Co-sleeper 100% Cotton Natural Sheet
Any parent would want softness in their baby’s sheets as well as durability. These sheets by Arm’s Reach combine these two factors with their polyester and cotton blend. They fit co-sleeper bassinets just right, and the Velcro on the bottom of the sheet helps to keep it in place which is very important for a newborn’s bed sheets.
Organic Bassinet Sheet for Baby Girl or Baby Boy by Ely’s & Co.
This 2-pack of 100% cotton are so soft; they are perfect for newborns. Because they are organic, you can be assured that your baby will be resting on safe material and they fit any bassinet or play yard. The neutral tones make them perfect for either gender and lightweight fabric allows for breathability and keeps baby from getting too warm.
Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Fitted Sheet
For parents who are interested in the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper, you may have wondered about what type of sheets to buy. This Halo fitted sheet is specially made to fit the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper and they fit very well, although they may take some time to put on. It is made from cotton and provides long-lasting use.
Organic Latex mattress mini co-sleeper with Organic Cotton Cover
If like me, you’re concerned about keeping baby safe from toxins and non-organic material, this is an ideal mattress as it is made from organic latex and is free from a variety of chemicals that are often used in mattresses. It is also hypo-allergenic and anti-fungal. It fits most average sized co-sleepers (18” x 31”) and has a comfortable padding (3” thick) that is firm enough for baby to sleep soundly.
Overall, it is a good option as it promises safe and chemical free use and is one of the best mattresses available that will provide parents with peace of mind.
Arms Reach Concepts Inc. Mini Natural Mattress
A firm yet plush mattress, the Arm’s Reach Concepts Inc. Mini Natural Mattress is a step-up from the mattress that comes with the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper. It has quality fabric and is made from organic materials. This is always necessary for safe sleeping and healthy babies. While it isn’t as firm as some people may like, it provides sufficient firmness for safe sleeping. It is similar to the mattress that comes with the co-sleeper, but for parents who would like something a bit more comfortable and organic, this is a better option.
Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Replacement Mattress
Because the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper has a unique shape, it can be challenging to find a mattress that fits it well. The good news is that Halo created a replacement mattress for it. It fits any Halo bassinet and provides sufficient firmness for safe sleeping. It is made from organic materials, contains no PVC, and does not contain flame retardants either. For any parent looking for a safe and comfortable mattress for baby that they can trust is non-toxic, this Halo mattress is an excellent idea.
Baby Pillow For Newborn Protection for Flat Head Syndrome
Choosing a baby pillow is about finding one with the right features and this Baby Pillow helps to provide parents with peace of mind because it offers a slight elevation for babies with reflux, has a concave center which is essential for keeping baby from getting a flat head, and is made from completely organic cotton.
It has a mesh construction which means that it keeps cool which is important for keeping baby comfortable and breathing well.
Organic Cotton Baby Protective Sleeping Pillow by John N Tree
This organic cotton pillow is a safe option for baby and will help babies with plagiocephaly to start to sleep centered instead of on one side. It is also free from pesticides, chemicals, and dyes making it a safe pillow for baby to use without parents having to be concerned about baby breathing in toxins. The concave center is highly beneficial for children who may be getting a flat head.
Snuggle Me Organic Infant Lounger Portable Crib and Bassinet Mattress Pad
This Snuggle Me is a combination of bed, pillow, and mattress and can be used as a portable bed or for baby to co-sleep with you in your bed. The shape and build of this Snuggle Me product allows for comfortable and safe sleeping and makes it easy to move from room to room or even use it for travel.
The firmness is just right and the fact that it’s organic means that baby will sleep free of toxins.
Difference between Cribs, Cots, Bassinets and Beds
The Lullaby Trust (formerly known as the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths – FSID) says the safest place for your baby to sleep is on his back, on his own sleep surface, in the same room as you, for at least the first six months.
A cot or crib attached to bed (also known as a co-sleeper crib) is a crib that can be placed right next to a parent’s bed to allow a baby to stay by your bedside but on a separate cot.
A co-sleeper can be divided into the following categories: a bassinet, a crib, a cot or a bed. These are essentially very similar, with minor differences in size or shape, and are made for bedside attachment.
Since baby co sleeper attaches to bed, their size is usually smaller in comparison to regular cribs. Many of these smaller cribs are actually co-sleeper bassinets as they’re smaller in size, lighter in weight and cheaper in price in comparison to regular cribs.
There are a number of ways in which a co-sleeper can be placed. While selecting the right co-sleeper for you and your baby, you must decide if you want a co-sleeper that is positioned in bed with you (also known as bed sharing), co-sleeper attaches to the bed or is a bedside co-sleeper.
The best time to use a co-sleeping crib attached to the bed or a co-sleeping bassinet is during the first six to eight months after birth as this is the time when a baby is most vulnerable and needs constant attention and immediate feeding when hungry. It can, however, be used after eight months also as long as it supports the baby’s weight safely (The weight limit varies from product to product).
Co-sleeper Bassinets are often a single basket and do not have many frills or flaps that open up on one side. They are relatively more economical than other types, but their easy maneuverability and portability makes them especially appealing. They tend to cater to newborns or infants and often outgrow their usefulness by the time your baby is 3 months old.
Co-sleeper Cribs, on the other hand, are slightly larger than bassinets (6 months to 1 year), and sometimes come with a slide or flip down option for one of the sides so the parent can actually sleep next to the child, making night time feeds a whole lot easier.
Co-sleeper Cots are often bigger than cribs but without the frills and fancies of a proper bed. They serve their purpose, attach to a regular bed, and last until your baby is a toddler. This is an economical option if you’re planning for a co-sleeper that will have a longer lifecycle in relation to your growing child.
Another great option for a long-lasting co-sleeper with lots of usefulness is a co-sleeper bed, which initially attaches to parents’ bed, and often can be extended in length as the child grows, and can even become an independent crib, and eventually can be converted into a toddler bed for your growing child, often right up to the age of 5.
If multi-functionality and comfort is what you’re after then this is what you’re looking for, but do remember that an investment in these co-sleeper beds can often be far dearer than the other options, regarding cost, especially when you go for safe and non-toxic options.
Most co-sleeper cribs and bassinets can also be transported easily from one place to another because they are usually light-weight. Many of them are also smaller in size just like cribs for small spaces or apartment size cribs, which make them an excellent choice for small spaced rooms and houses or apartments.
Co-sleepers are thus ideal for newborns and infants, but can also sometimes be used with toddlers and older babies. They are perfect for C-sections and convenient while breastfeeding.
Things to Consider before buying a Co-sleeper
While co-sleeper are a Godsend in my opinion, especially during those initial nights with a newborn, there are a number of things to consider before making that leap of faith in choosing the one that’s right for you and your baby; mainly your child’s age, how much money you’re willing to spend on it, the Co-sleeper’s duration of use, it’s placement, and importance of avoiding toxins and chemicals.
General Information & FAQs
What is co-sleeping?
Co-sleeping is when parents share their bed with the baby. There are many reasons why parents opt for co-sleeping. Moms like me like to have the baby near them for providing some warmth and reassurance, and for quick breastfeeding so that baby doesn’t have to cry to be fed during the night. Many babies have a difficult time sleeping if they aren’t near mom and parents want to be able to comfort baby at a moment’s notice when needed. Some parents feel it helps to build a stronger bond between child and parents.
Is co-sleeping safe?
Co-sleeping can be safe or it can be dangerous depending on how you do it. A bed full of sheets and blankets and baby “freestyling” in the middle is not the recommended way of co-sleeping. It’s important for parents who are co-sleeping with the baby without a co-sleeper to have a large bed that provides everyone with plenty of room to sleep comfortably and to avoid accidents. Co-sleeping while bed sharing is much safer when the baby is in a co-sleeper as it provides a barrier between them and rolling into mom or into bed sheets which can be very dangerous.
What are the benefits of co-sleeping?
Co-sleepers often have a side that rolls down and allows you to easily reach your baby for breastfeeding or for cradling if he gets uneasy during the night, without having to get out of the bed. And this roll-down-side feature is absolutely safe as the crib body gets attached to your bed and ensures that your baby can in no way roll out and fall off during sleep.
Personally, I have always found the idea of keeping my newborn or infant away from me during the night a little difficult to accept. I have this primitive impulse of keeping my baby right next to me through the night.
Also, in my opinion, sleeping together during the initial months after childbirth forms a very intimate bond between child and parent which is missed out on when the baby sleeps in a separate room right from the beginning.
What are the dangers of co-sleeping?
Co-sleeping has to be a conscious decision made by both parents as it can be dangerous for the baby if parents aren’t prepared. Parents who co-sleep with the baby without the use of a co-sleeper bed are taking a significant risk as it is very easy for a parent who sleeps heavily to roll around the bed and possibly roll on top of baby without noticing and cause suffocation. Similarly, a bed with an abundance of sheets and blankets can be hazardous for the baby if they get rolled up in them and are unable to breathe. Even a co-sleeper can be a danger for the baby if mom and dad aren’t able to sleep without moving and rolling around.
Co-sleeping safety tips
Co-sleepers protect the baby against dangers like suffocation which have been reported in cases where due to alcohol, smoke or drug consumption or due to deep sleep, parents unknowingly rolled over their baby or covered the baby’s nose or mouth during sleep.
When a baby sleeps next to her parents, it reduces the chances of any accident as parents are able to keep a constant and careful watch over the baby. For all these reasons, I genuinely find cribs attached to bed a great invention for both parents and children.
Co-sleeping and SIDS
In some cases, the presence of many blankets or bed spreads in the parent’s bed led to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) through baby’s suffocation or bed’s overheating.
The best co-sleeping positions are typically by using a co-sleeper that is set up next to the bed. Baby is close enough for mom to be able to breastfeed or comfort baby, but the separate space helps to keep baby safe and free from getting entangled in blankets, and there is no way for mom to roll into the child’s space. If bed-sharing, it’s a good idea for mom or dad to have baby on their side of the bed with the opposite side being against the wall, so that baby in bed doesn’t roll out of bed or onto the other side of the bed.
Co-sleeping with newborn
The time to be most cautious in co-sleeping is when your child is a newborn. Newborns are much more delicate than older children and sleeping in bed with them without a co-sleeper bed is not recommended. Because they are still so small, it can be easy to roll on them without noticing and much easier for them to suffocate than older babies.
Parents who want to co-sleep with the baby should use a co-sleeper that attaches to bed to avoid accidents. If they do decide to co-sleep with baby in their bed, a small portable co-sleeper should still be used to keep the child from rolling into their blankets or sheets.
Co-sleeping with infant
When a baby is older, it may be possible to co-sleep with them as not only do they sleep better and breathe better than newborns, but it is easier to share a space with them without worrying so much about suffocating them. Co-sleeping with infants is possible, but parents who are on medications or who sleep very heavily should avoid bed sharing for the safety of their baby. While parents may feel confident in their ability to recognize that their baby is sleeping next to them, those who sleep soundly will typically not wake up to a baby’s whimper or notice where they are laying.
Co-sleeping with older children
Some parents co-sleep with their children until they are three years old (or sometimes longer). While this may not be the preference for every parent, many parents who do it appreciate the bond and the effect they feel it has on their children. It is believed by them that children who co-sleep are more confident, feel safer, and sleep better. Parents may feel more confident about bed sharing with older children as they typically can communicate well, sleep better, and breathe easier. Older children may benefit from the closeness with their parents as they can now recognize the bond they have with them which will help them to be more well-rounded and confident, thought this is absolutely up for debate.
When to stop co-sleeping?
While this is entirely a personal decision, many parents stop co-sleeping around the 6th or 7th month mark when they trust that baby sleeps and breathes well, while other parents don’t want to stop until their child is around 2 or 3.
While it is up to the parents, it is common for children to stop bed-sharing around 2 or 3 years old providing them with independence and finally giving parents some privacy. Some parents have been known to sleep with their children till around seven years old, but again, this is a personal choice. While children benefit from the bond and closeness with mom and dad as infants and toddlers, learning to sleep alone and be independent may be important for their well-being as well.
Co-Sleeping: Do It Right
Co-sleeping with a co-sleeper is an excellent idea for parents who want the peace of mind knowing that their baby is right next to them and sleeping well throughout the night. It’s also a good idea for moms who have had C-sections as they can have baby close for breastfeeding and comfort.
Because co-sleeping is a personal choice and a delicate matter which can be dangerous for baby if done wrong, parents should take great care in choosing co-sleepers and sleeping arrangements.
As a parent, you must take several factors into consideration, such as age and weight of your child, materials used, size of the co-sleeper, durability, and breathability. For this reason, the above products are highly recommended as they offer safe and healthy options to help you make that choice. Happy Co-sleeping!