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The Best Co Sleeper Bassinet

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
Price: $34.99
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.

Metal Frame

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.

swaddleme sleeper in use
swaddleme sleeper in use with parents next to baby

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.

Mesh Siding

mesh siding of co sleeper
mesh siding of co sleeper

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.

Own Cushion

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.

Travel

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.

Cons

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

 

Pros Cons
Metal Frame

 

Mesh Siding

Own Cushion

Great for Travel

Makes a tight fit in the bed

Wrap Up

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?

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Roger Bohn
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Thanks for sharing this website. I think pretty soon my brother is getting another baby into this world.

Stefan
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Stefan

I’m so glad to have found this post now. My granddaughter is soon here 🙂 It is Christmas time soon and my daughter needs her new co sleeper bassinet. I want her to come over as often as possible that’s why I’m looking for a co sleeper that she can easily carry with her car when she comes for a visit. I’don’t think the big size is a con, in the beginning we use some pillows and blankets to reduce the room but when the little girl starts growing there is still enough space for her and she can use… Read more »

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GeeEss

I was searching the net for a bassinet as I want to gift it to my brother as a Christmas gift for his newly born daughter. Your nicely written article hooked me into the the SwaddleMe bassinet. I have already ordered the co sleeper but after ordering I have started experiencing post order pangs. You said that the co sleeper is big so it might create problem for well built couple. Also you said every time you feed Sara you need to collapse the frame and put it up after feeding. What will happen if Jessica (my brothers wife forgets) is my… Read more »

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Fiona

I found that as a newborn, my son would transfer quite well to his bassinet, so a co-sleeper bassinet wasn’t really needed for us. Now that he is older, I’m struggling much more and he ends up sleeping in bed with us. He’s too big for a bassinet now – have you come across any great co-sleeping cots you would recommend? A co-sleeper would be a much safer option than just having bubs in bed with us. 

Daniel
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Daniel

Thanks a lot Nicole for such an awesome review. My sister will soon get a baby and I think that this bassinet can be a great present for a New Year. What is very important to me is that this product is safe for baby. I also like its design so I will definitely order one before New Year.

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amosk

I think the metal frame is better.You are honest in your article the disclaimer on the American Pediatric association is very important and well noted.

Apart from the metal frame and the mesh siding, is there wooden one that you can also recommend with possible safer features ?  compared to these one? 

So till what age do you recommend the usage of bassinets for babies?Thanks

Margarette
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Margarette

That’s a great way of keeping your newborn close and safe.  I didn’t even know they made Co-sleeper bassinets.  My kids are in their twenties.  

I like the safety features of the SwaddleMe Co sleeper bassinet.  They’ll put a new mom’s mind at peace.  As a new mom, you wanna keep your baby as close and safe as you possibly can.  I will definitely get one if I have another baby or perhaps give one as a gift.

Sondra Meyer
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Sondra Meyer

Nicole, thank you for sharing your experience with this sleeper.    A friend of mine asked for one as a gift.   Yet, I’m not 100% sure that it would work for them as because they have a queen size bed also.  I think I prefer to find a gift that will be used for a longer period of time.   Yet, I liked the way you organized this review enough so that I wanted to comment.   After I read through your review once, I went back to the top.  Your little menu allowed me to quickly jump back down to your cons to re-consider… Read more »

Henry
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Henry

Hi! It has been very useful reading your experience using the SwaddleMe. Reading about the arrangement you selected (moving the bed against the wall and placing the SwaddleMe next to the wall) gives so much insight into how it would work for a queen sized bed. I greatly appreciate this insight. Even though you have described it as a bit big, I think SwaddleMe is the right choice. Thank you very much for this review!

Alice
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Alice

A bassinet that allows moms to sleep with their newborns? I’m impressed! I was just looking around for some baby stuff to get for my youngest sister who will give birth to her first child in early Jan. My husband and I have actually already decided on giving her a crib along with some blankets. But then I thought why not look for something else that will make being a new mom more fun for her. I understand that moms would love to sleep with their baby. However, the thought of accidentally rolling on them in the middle of the… Read more »

Suzana
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Suzana

Hi Nicole, it’s great that I ran into your post, because my friends recently got their baby girl, 3 months ago and they bought a crib, but didn’t mention something like this. I think that this could help them, because they put the girl on their bed all the time. In this way, the baby would be protected and they could sleep beside it. Size of it wouldn’t be a problem, they could actually put maybe two of these! : ) I’m really not exaggerating, they have a giant bed, king size 🙂 I don’t have kids, so I can’t… Read more »

mathieu
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mathieu

Hi Nicole,

Im so happy that I read your article because my sister is now pregnant for 6 months already and I think it could be a nice gift for her. I like the fact that it’s very safe for the baby. My sister is a traveler and that’s very nice the fact that it is easy to bring it when travelling. They have a king size bed, I do not think that the size will bother them.

Thank you

Mathieu

Oliver
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Oliver

Great read! however didn’t see your contents due to the pink on white backing (just my bad eye sight i bet) however never knew co sleepers existed, my friend is having a baby soon and just researching into bassinets , I’m just wondering how easy is it to bring down the frame as well as any chance that it could be accidentally undone during the night? 

DorcasW
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DorcasW

Hi; the swaddleme Cosleeper Bassinet is a good idea to keep your baby safe in your bed while you are asleep. But I do not consider it as altogether safe for baby.

 Of course becase baby is closer to you You will be better able to feed and change your baby during the night. 

But dont you think the body heat of Momma and Daddy will be to strong for baby while sleeping? As the body heat can penetrate the Bassinet?

DorcasW

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