Mothers become attached to their babies even before they are born.

It is almost impossible not to be attached to someone who spends nine months in your belly. This bond influences the parents’ choice of sleeping options.

There are cribs and co-sleepers to choose from when the baby comes home. Increasingly, parents are choosing the latter.

The best co-sleeper does not interfere with your sleeping or your partner’s. It will not make the child’s dependent on you either. It only continues the bond between you and your little one.

Why Is A Co-Sleeper A Preferred Option?

You will be close to your baby, and so you can tell whenever they need attention. Babies make these adorable noises, which can be scary when you are watching over one for the first time. It does no harm to be close to them when they sleep.

You can nurse your baby in peace and for as many times as you wish in the night. It is cumbersome having to wake up to feed the baby several times in the night, and so having them close would make it easier.

Some babies are kickers! They will kick the blanket off and freeze all night long in their crib. The sad thing is that they can only cry and bear the cold before you pick them up. In co-sleeping, you note their every move and ensure that they are warm all night.

One more thing, they are going to be this young for only a short while. They will need all the attention and love you can give, and being in the same room with them is comforting.

5 Best Co-Sleeper Reviews 2017

Name

Dimensions

Mattress Material

Editor's Rating

Price

Arm's Reach Concepts Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

(Editor's Choice)

34 x 20 x 31 inches

Nylon

SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

(Editor's Choice)

14.5 x 32 x 11 inches

Polyester

The First Years Close And Secure Sleeper

17.5 x 16.5 x 6.2 inches

Cotton, Polyester

Arm's Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet

31 x 20 x 34 inches

Nylon

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet

18.3 x 11.8 x 34.5 inches

Polyurethane

1 – Arm’s Reach Concepts Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

The color of this cute co-sleeper catches your attention as soon as you walk into a room. It is dark chocolate, and it is made of fern pine.

The catchiest feature of this bassinet is the 360-degree view it gives you so that you have your eyes on the baby from any angle.

It measures 34 x 20 x 31 inches and weighs 26 pounds. While you may not prefer to take it with you on trips, (because it is unfoldable), you can fit it perfectly in your room. It is sturdy, thanks to its weight and the material, and so you cannot turn it over easily.

If you are worried about being too close to the baby, this bassinet puts a barrier between the two of you. It will feel as though they are in a crib while at the same time bringing them close to you. For five months, baby can share space with mommy and/ or daddy before they become smart enough to push the netting off.

The little bassinette adjusts in height. You will only need to play with the leg extensions to suit your preference. It also has four castor wheels so that you can move it wherever you are to keep an eye on your sleeping little one.

This is probably the best of all (okay, second best). It has an ample storage space where you can keep the baby’s items. Now you have space for their pajamas. A new Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper comes fitted with a mattress and a small bed sheet.

It is not the cheapest, but it is the best investment for parents opting for co-sleepers.

Things We Liked

  • Sturdy and easy to move from room to room.
  • Adjustable to fit the parents’
  • Easy to assemble.
  • JPMA certified.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Quite pricey.
  • Wheels are flimsy.

2 – SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

This white polyester-made sleeper is good for your baby until they become too wise and start pushing up or rolling over, which happens after the 3rd month for most of them.

At this age, they will be already to move on to a crib, and you will probably be more comfortable to let them go compared to when they were younger.

It measures 14.5 x 32 x 11 inches and weighs 6 pounds, which is light enough to carry around with you when you work. The Swaddle folds to 16.60 x16.10 x 5.70 in, which makes for easy storage and portability.

It is made of polyester, which is lead-free. The material is also free of fire retardants so that you can trust it for your baby. The sides are mesh to ensure air circulation so that the child is comfortable all night and to enable you to see them from your position.

The sides are made of sturdy metal, which not only ensures safety for the baby but also makes the sleeper last longer. The little bed does not incline, and so you can place a pillow on it if you feel like the baby needs support.

It comes with a thin mattress, which might be uncomfortable for the baby. If it is any consolation, the sleeper will be on top of your mattress, and so it doesn’t need to be too thick. It also has a fitted sheet. The fabric is not removable to wash, and so the only way to clean it is by wiping it with a damp cloth.

Things We Liked

  • Sturdy metal frame folds flat for travel.
  • The material is breathable and safe for the baby.
  • Affordable price.
  • Includes mattress pad and fitted sheet.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Unpleasant chemical smell to some.
  • The mattress is quite loud as it can wake your baby.

3 – The First Years Close And Secure Sleeper

First Years brings you a comfortable sleeper that is both sturdy and portable. It is about 13 inches high, and so the baby is almost on the same level as you are on the bed.

As long as they are young and innocent, (about 3 months and below), they will not turn or roll over, and so you can comfortably have them on this sleeper.

This sleeper is made of cotton and polyester. The sides are not as firm as most of us would like them to be, and so an adventurous baby might even roll over the flimsy mesh.  The upside to the mesh is that it increases air circulation.

It has a nightlight too, a feature that most bassinettes lack. The light is a bit too bright, but then again you will only need it to be on for nursing, and then it’s off before baby gets used to the light. The side is not collapsible, and so you would have to lift him or her up for feeding. The nightlight requires two AA batteries.

This sleeper is all material and not much metal, except for the feet and head barriers that minimize the risk of entrapment. Because of this, it folds easily for travel and storage. The middle part of the sleeper has a plastic handle for easy porting. It weighs 3 pounds, which is not much weight to carry.

The bottom part of this sleeper is thick, and it acts as the mattress. You will place it on your bed, and so the material will be comfortable enough. It does not come with sheets, and so you would have to improvise. It does not incline either, but at this stage, they are a bit young to care about such vanity.

Things We Liked

  • Has a nightlight.
  • Lightweight and portable, foldable to move around.
  • The mesh side makes it breathable.
  • Machine-washable sheet and cover.

Things We Didn't Like

  • It might be too small or short to some.
  • The mesh sides have no support.

4 – Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet

Bassinets make it easy to transition from co-sleeping to the crib.

In their usual fashion, Arm’s Reach introduces yet another sturdy bassinet with ample storage at the bottom for baby’s things. It is beautifully designed too, with cool off-white and brown impressions.

This bassinet attaches to your bed, and the height is adjustable to be at the same level with you. It is excellent for mothers recovering from CS, as the baby does not touch you at all.

Seeing that it is an independent unit, it does not take any space on the bed. The four castor wheels make it possible to take the baby with you anywhere within the house.

It is foldable, and so it is portable, but it weighs a whole 26 pounds! It lasts the baby longer than most sleepers as it is good for the first five months.

After this period, you will need to move the baby to a safer sleeping environment where they cannot roll over. Since they will have developed some level of independence, it will not be hard for them to move on to a crib. It even has a weight limit-23 pounds.

The little mattress that comes with this bassinet is quite stiff, and we would recommend substituting it with a softer one. The poles are wooden and sturdy while the sides of the sleeper are mesh.

Because the mesh is transparent, you can see the baby from any angle, and the sleeper will remain well aired for the entire night.

You can collapse one side of the bassinet to feel closer to the baby.

Things We Liked

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Very nice and sturdy bassinet.
  • You have ample storage at the bottom for your blankets and diapers.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The mattress is too stiff.
  • The set-up and takedown are time-consuming.

5 – HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

This bassinest from HALO is different from the rest we have reviewed, especially due to its unique base.

It swivels and rotates 360 degrees to make tending to the baby easier. It is all-white with a unique design that imitates a nest, hence the name.

The swivel stand is metal, while the body of the sleeper is mesh and polyester. The sides of the sleeper are flexible so that you can pick the baby without having to get off your bed.

You can firm it up if your wish. The swivel stand is adjustable to between 22 to 34 inches. As expected, the mesh increases visibility for the parents and fosters air circulation.

It features a nightlight and three soothing sounds. It has a nursing timer, which the mother sets, 3 lullabies, 3 soothing sounds, and 2 levels of vibrations.

They all shut off automatically after 30 minutes. The vibrations can rattle out of nowhere, and so you will need to either set them to run when you want them to or shut the function altogether if it scares your baby.

It has a polyurethane mattress pad that is water resistant and free of fire retardants.

Be warned, though, that the mattress pad is quite stiff and uncomfortable for the baby. It also has a machine washable fitted sheet. The polyester sides respond well when dabbed with a wet cloth.

Things We Liked

  • Collapsible sides for easy tending.
  • The nightlight and sounds comfort the baby.
  • Sturdy, stable 4-point base adjusts to fit most beds.
  • Made from polyester that wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Expensive price.
  • The base is quite heavy, and you would have to unscrew it from the top for traveling.

Do You Have A Favorite?

If you are not convinced yet as to why you should get a co-sleeper, this is for you. Your baby will need your assurance at this age. They will wake up in the middle of the night to darkness.

What will they do?

Cry their little hearts out in until you wake up from your beauty sleep to comfort them. With a co-sleeper, you, your partner, and the baby sleep soundly all night (well, almost).

The Arm’s Reach Concepts Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is our preferred sleeper for various reasons. It acts as both a sleeper and a bassinet, and it makes it easy to transition the baby to a crib after five months. It is long and features a storage facility for baby’s things. We do not hate the color and design either. It is a winner.