cosleeper, or bedside crib,
gives you all the benefits of
cosleeping plus the
extra safety and independence of a separate bed. That's an
excellent balance between the critical ingredients for developing
you being near for reassurance and easy feeds without
interrupting sleep and
having her own safe independent place
Disclaimer: Unsafe co-sleeping can kill your baby. The author(s) of this article are not responsible for your child's safety: applying safety guidelines properly and appropriately for your unique situation, and ensuring your baby's safety is your own responsibility (full disclaimer).
Using a bedside cosleeper appears to solve the dilemma of having a safe place for an infant to sleep while being close to the parent. So far, there is not enough research or data available for major pediatric health authorities to fully endorse their use. Please read this article on Bedside Co-sleeper Advice on PediatricEducation.org.
Why choose a bedside cosleeper?
How it works: it looks like a classic baby
side is dropped, and shifted to your bedside.
That means you have your baby within
for feeding or comforting at night. But she is also in a safe space, her
The general co-sleeping benefits are:
better: just like all of us, a baby sleeps better when she
feels safe and
Baby is safer:
in those first months, your presence when baby sleeps is a top
protector in the battle against SIDS, or cot death.
better: most parents worry less and therefore sleep better with
feedings: whether breast
there is much less fuss to get the feeding done.
That means you can
both stay in a dozing state, which makes it easier to go back to
sleep afterwards. This is critical to develop healthy sleep patterns.
And with the sidecar crib you also have these added benefits:
Crib safety: many parents
cosleeping because of suffocation danger and the alleged risk of SIDS.
With a cosleeper, your child is in her own safe place, with no risk of a
parent rolling on top of her there, in line with the cosleeping
safety guidelines. Or the risk of rolling off the
Baby practices sleeping by herself: many parents avoid cosleeping
because they fear baby will never learn to sleep alone. The bedside arrangement
The relative sleep independence can be
an important help later on when sleeping alone is high on the agenda.
comfortable: as snug as lying next to mom or dad is, many
babies sleep restlessly when truly cosleeping. Being in their own bed gives them all the comfort they need to sleep deeply.
Mom and dad
are comfortable: no struggling for your space in bed or
curling up to the side: you each have enough space to sleep well.
Fits in small
bedrooms: if you have limited space in your bedroom, the
cosleeper takes much less space than a standalone crib.
for twins too! A full size one is ample and safe for two
How to choose
There is no way around the price tag of a good bedside crib. But
it's not necessarily much more expensive than a good quality regular crib. And for
most of us, it is worth every last cent because of the positive
sleep experience and long-term sleep skills learned.
convertible ones are cost-effective, since they last
well into toddler hood and sometimes beyond (like the one that converts to
a bench (!)).
When shopping around for your preferred one, you may find it helpful to keep this checklist in mind:
A good bedside bassinet is (easily!) convertible to a
crib, play pen or play yard once you all grow out of sleeping in the
Make sure it is adjustable
to your specific bed height and mattress
size, if necessary with leg extensions
A built-in storage
compartment is not essential but can be very handy to keep
diapers, wipes and the likes at hand.