Best Cots for Co-Sleeping
Co-sleeping has become an increasingly common option for parents of newborns – doubling over the last twenty years according to this study.
And it is easy to see why many parents favour it. Despite the obvious convenience for night time feeds, co-sleeping in a bedside crib has been shown to help babies fall asleep quicker and enjoy more sleep over the course of the night – resulting in a well-rested infant and mum.
I have two children and we have used co-sleep cots with both of them, buying a new one for each – so I have plenty of experience with these bedside cots. If you’re considering going down the co-sleeping route and are looking for a suitable cot, then we have scoured the market for the best. You can see our five favourites below. If you are looking for a buying guide for your first co-sleeping cot, you can find ours at the bottom of the page – just click here to jump down now.
This is one of the best selling co-sleep cots on Amazon and it is easy to see why. Setup is really straightforward – taking just ten minutes. The attachment to the parent’s bed is secure and simple, and the Next2me features a six-point height adjustment at both the head and foot, meaning you can pretty much position baby any way she/he wants to sleep – really useful for any colicky babies.
The Next2me also has a removable panel, so can be used as a bassinet elsewhere around the house for daytime naps. There are even wheels at one end to assist with manoeuvring the cot (however we found that these tended to stick a bit and weren’t that practical, so would just end up forgoing the wheels and carrying it instead). This Chicco bedside crib also comes with a travel bag – so ticks pretty much every box as far as features go!
It comes in three different colours, although each of these is a slightly different shade of beigey white in truth. Price-wise, it comes in around the £125 mark at the time of writing, so perhaps may be too much for some budgets, as there are cheaper options available. Another minor gripe is that the zip is on the inside of the cot, meaning if you want to zip/unzip it while laying in bed, you need to reach in and zip – which is slightly awkward to achieve.
But all in all, this would be a really good co-sleeping option for most parents.
The UNO Crib from German company Kinderkraft is a slightly cheaper option if you have a tighter budget – coming in at approximately £100 at the time of writing.
But the cheaper price doesn’t mean you necessarily miss out on any features, as the UNO has height adjustment and six levels of inclination, includes a folding mesh panel to allow it to be used as a standalone crib, and even comes with a travel case.
Where we did find it lacked a little was the sturdiness, as it wobbled a little once assembled. Not to the extent that we had any concerns about safety, it just felt a little less rigid than some other co-sleeper cots we tested.
The aluminium frame means that the Kindercraft Uno weighs just 6kg – so it may be a good option if you are thinking you will move it around a lot for daytime sleeping.
Aesthetically, the CoZee from Tutti Bambini looks the business in our opinion. Looks may not be top of every parent’s agenda when it comes to buying a cot – but newborn cots can be a little drab and ugly so it’s nice to have an option such as the CoZee.
As far as features go, the CoZee has a fairly unique folding mechanism which means it can be folded and unfolded in around 30 – 40 seconds, which is very practical if bedroom space is limited and you don’t want a cot taking up a chunk of space during the daytime. The Tutti Bambini CoZee also has the six-point height and incline adjustments and included travel bag. It also has a nice little storage shelf under the cot which is useful for keeping nappies, wipes or other essentials tidy and off the floor.
In terms of negatives, it isn’t the cheapest (approximately £185 at the time of writing) which is probably a result of the stylish wood and other materials used in construction. This also means that it is fairly heavy at 10kg, so may not be suitable if you are planning on moving the crib upstairs and downstairs for daytime naps.
The Shnuggle Air is a more space-age looking cot. It is easy to assemble, taking around 40 minutes and also very simple to attach to the parents’ bed.
The legs are adjustable to help you provide an incline for the baby should he or she have colic or reflux.
The Shnuggle Air co-sleeper is unique in that you can separately purchase a conversion kit, to turn the co-sleeping crib into a standard baby cot, thus extending the life of the product from ~6 months to a couple of years. However, the conversion kit isn’t particularly cheap at around £100 at the time of writing. Given that the Shnuggle Air itself is nearly £200, some may find the total cost a little prohibitive.
It also isn’t the lightest at nearly 14kg, so not particularly portable.
It’s got an extremely stupid name, but the Snüz SnüzPod has a couple of nifty features that sets it apart from other co-sleep cots shown here.
Firstly, it is made from beech wood, so provides a different aesthetic from the other, mostly aluminium or steel bedside cribs. It also comes in 4 (fairly neutral) colours. Secondly, the bassinet actually separates and lifts off from the frame, and it is lightweight enough that you can carry it and move it downstairs for daytime naps. Lastly, as well as the usual reflux tilt, the SnüzPod gently rocks, allowing you to rock your baby and help them fall asleep.
At £200, it isn’t particularly cheap, but it does offer a couple of features that you won’t find on the majority of other co-sleeping cots.
Co-sleeping cot quick buying guide
If you’re looking for some help when purchasing your first co-sleeping cot, or just want to know what features to look out for – check out our buying guide below.
What is a co-sleeping cot?
Quite simply, it is a cot that goes right next to your bed and lines up with your mattress. It can also be called a bedside crib. There is a panel that allows access for you to pick up the baby for night time feeds (see the image below if you are unsure what we mean here. This should illustrate it better). In the past, some parents may have been tempted to put the baby in their bed, but you should NEVER sleep with your baby in your bed. Baby could be suffocated by the bedding, an adult rolling on top of them, falling in between the headboard and the mattress or some other similar tragedy. Bed-sharing has also been shown to increase the risk of SIDs (sudden infant death syndrome).
Also adult mattresses are not typically suitable for newborn babies. Baby mattresses are much firmer and thinner, providing support for babies lying flat on their backs.
But all of that is not to say you shouldn’t sleep near your baby. Indeed experts generally agree that it is good for mother and baby to sleep close to one another. Co-sleeping cots, therefore, allow this in a safe manner. For more information on safe baby sleep, see this page at the Lullaby Trust.
What features should I look for?
There are a few common features that co-sleeping cots have:
- Attachable fouth wall. This allows you to turn the cot into a more traditional bassinet and is useful if you want to use the cot elsewhere around the house, ensuring the baby can’t fall out. Some cots also slide out from the housing attaching the cot to your bed, making it really simple to use elsewhere in the house for daytime naps.
- Adjustable height. Most co-sleep cots should allow you to adjust the height to line up with your bed (I would actually suggest if a cot doesn’t allow this, don’t buy it. It’s pretty critical in a safe and comfortable co-sleep setup). Some cots will also allow you to separately adjust the height of the head and foot of the cot. This allows you to place baby to sleep on a slight incline, which can help with reflux issues and is a really useful feature.
- Travel carry case. If you can envisage you will need to take your cot with you when visiting relatives or while going on holiday, you may wish to choose a cot with a carry case which can make transportation much easier.
- Mesh sides. These are breathable and allow air to circulate more effectively to your infant.
How long can I use a co-sleeping cot for?
Almost all co-sleeping cots suggest around 6 months, or until the baby can sit up crawl and lift themselves unaided.
This is obviously from a safety point of view as the sides of co-sleep cots are not particularly high, and should the baby be able to lift itself out of the cot they could fall and hurt themselves. At this stage, it may be time to invest in a high sided more traditional cot (e.g. something like this)