Let’s talk about the best co sleeper bassinet. But before we do, let’s go over some safety information.
Co sleeper bassinets should always be placed on top of blankets, clear of objects (just like a crib), and not have sides like padding. Padding sides resemble bumpers in cribs which are not recommended because of suffocation concerns.
The American Pediatrics Association does not recommend any cosleeping device, including this one. That said, all the dangers that come with cosleeping devices I find this one avoids with its design.
SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
Product: SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
Dimensions: 14.5 x 32 x 11 inches
Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I chose this one because it had decent reviews on Amazon and the price. It is significantly cheaper than other options on the market.
Specs – The Pros
This co sleeping bassinet has great features designed with safety in mind.
The SwaddleMe has a metal frame. So Baby is protected from you rolling on him or her during sleep. The bed does not change shape.
The frame does collapse to allow easy access to baby. The four posts each have a latch that gets pushed in to pull the frame down. The top and bottom are not connected. The top collapses on its own as does the bottom. Both the left and right sides have to be collapsed at the same time to work.
The latches do stick sometimes especially during the first week or two. After that, they get worn in and are easier to use.
It is not possible for the sides to collapse without you intentionally pushing on the latches on both sides. So you can’t knock the sleeper in your sleep and make the sides come down.
Because the latches can’t be used accidentally, I find it a good thing that they can be a little tough sometimes. That’s more safety for Baby.
When I fed during the night, I would collapse the frame, feed Sara, then put it back up and go back to sleep.
Caution: not putting the frame back up is a safety hazard. The frame should always be fully in place when Baby is placed in it unsupervised.
SwaddleMe advertises the bassinet saying the mesh sides prevent overheating. It also provides easy visibility for parents.
The mesh provides breathing safety for babies as well. If they push their faces against the mesh, they can still breathe.
I was only able to properly appreciate the cushion after Sara stopped using the SwaddleMe. When I lay her in my bed, her back quickly starts to sweat. In the SwaddleMe, she stayed in my bed all night and never had an overheating problem.
The SwaddleMe is great for travel. When both the top and bottom frames are collapsed, it’s skinny and great for storage and/or travel.
The only Con for the SwaddleMe is its size. It’s big. That’s good for Baby, he or she has plenty of space. But that means it’s a tight fit for you and your partner.
We have a queen sized bed. My husband is skinny, and I’m an average postpartum size. Sleeping with the SwaddleMe was tight. Initially, we tried sleeping with the SwaddleMe between us. Then we pushed the bed against the wall, put the SwaddleMe next to the wall on the bed, and slept next to each other.
This sleeping arrangement meant I was in the middle in order to do nightly feedings. It was more space than the previous arrangement, but it was still tight.
While my husband was out to sea for a few weeks, Sara and I shared the bed alone. There was plenty of space for just the two of us with her between the wall and me.
When my husband got back, and the bed was a tight fit again, cosleeping with the SwaddleMe lasted a week. I couldn’t take the tight fit and moved Sara to her own bed.
Pros and Cons
Great for Travel
|Makes a tight fit in the bed|
The SwaddleMe is the perfect co sleeper. Its design avoids co sleeping concerns like suffocation, overheating, and parents rolling on baby.
But there are a couple of things it can’t avoid. Parents who smoke or who are violent sleepers. Sleeping with a baby when you smoke drastically increases the risk of SIDS. And violently sleeping can void the benefit of the metal frame. Flailing limbs can get over the sides and hit Baby.
We used it and loved it.
Just like other bassinets, the SwaddleMe only lasts for a few months. Once Baby starts rolling, it is no longer recommended for use.
Have you ever tried the SwaddleMe or other co sleepers? What are your thoughts?