Bedside cribs and co-sleeping cots are a popular choice among parents who want to keep their baby close overnight during the first few months of their life, while adhering to safety guidelines that recommend babies sleep in a separate cot.
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These innovative cribs attach to your bed and allow for the side to be put down temporarily, making them ideal for breastfeeding and the soothing benefits of being in close proximity to your baby, while minimising the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome that are associated with bed-sharing.
They are also extremely beneficial for women who have had a caesarean or a difficult birth, as you don't have to get up and out of bed to care for your baby overnight.
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Here are eight of the best bedside cribs and co-sleeping cots on the market…
SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Cot
SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Cot, £1,145, Happiest Baby
It might be one of the pricier cots on the market, but if it will guarantee a good night's sleep for baby and for parents, then it's worth every single penny. No wonder the likes of Kate Hudson, Serena Williams, Gigi Hadid and Ashley Graham are all fans of the SNOO.
Created by Dr Harvey Karp, author of Happiest Baby on the Block, the SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Cot is essentially like having a 24/7 babysitter. It mimics the sound and sensation of being in the womb with its gentle rocking and soothing, meaning baby can sleep peacefully. It also automatically responds to baby's fussing - even while you're asleep - by increasing motion and sound, often calming babies in under a minute.
The bundle also comes with three SNOO Sacks to make swaddling easier and keep baby in the safest position, on their back, without overheating or at risk of suffocation.
One of the biggest USPs, however, is having access to sleep consultants seven days a week, 24 hours a day. So there's no need to pay extra for a sleep consultant weeks down the line when you're feeling tired and desperate! The SNOO also has an app that provides useful tips from Dr Karp and daily sleep reports.
SnüzPod 4 bedside crib
SnüzPod 4 bedside crib, £199.95, SnüzPod
One of the most popular bedside cribs, loved by celebrities including Charley Webb, the SnüzPod 4 is not only practical and multi-functional, but it is also stylish enough that you won't mind having it on display in your bedroom. The innovative bedside crib has dual-view breathable mesh sides so you can keep a close eye on your baby, as well as a zip-down wall for ease of feeding and comforting them plus a breathable mattress too.
Other benefits include the lift-off bassinet, which is lightweight and can be used around the home, a reflux incline feature to help soothe and reduce reflux symptoms, and nine height settings to fit snug to your bed.
It's also available in several shades, including slate, white and natural wood, to tie in with your décor. Suitable for babies from birth up to six months, or until they can sit up, kneel or pull themselves up unaided.
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Chicco Next2Me Magic crib
Chicco Next2Me Magic crib, was £239, Mamas & Papas
The Chicco crib is super versatile and features 11 height settings, making it easy to attach it to most types of adult beds using the safety straps provided to enable safe co-sleeping. You can also use it with including beds with drawers such as divan base beds thanks to the crib's telescopic feet.
The highly practical crib can also be moved from room to room if needed as it features four wheels, all with individual breaks for safety. What's more, the Chicco crib can be tilted by up to four levels to help with your baby's digestion and reduce reflux.
Tutti Bambini CoZee bedside crib
Tutti Bambini Cozee bedside crib, £151.98, Amazon
Suitable for use both side sleeping or as a standalone crib, the Tutti Bambini CoZee bedside crib also features a drop-side rail and a breathable mesh window for full view of your baby.
A six-step height adjuster allows for easy reach of your baby, and it also has an easy fold system and travel bag that will allow you to take the CoZee away with you, wherever you go. Suitable for babies from birth to six months.
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BabyBay 5-in-1 bedside crib
BabyBay 5-in-1 bedside crib, was £265.99, NOW £229.99, ;BabyMonitorsDirect
Promising the benefits of co-sleeping without the risks, the BabyBay bedside crib securely attaches to your bed and features a sustainable wood frame with a drop-down side for ease of access to your baby. Better still, when you have finished using it as a bedside crib, it can be transformed into a bench, desk or a high chair.
Maxi-Cosi Iora bedside crib
Maxi-Cosi Iora bedside crib, £189, Amazon
Lucy Mecklenburgh swears by her Maxi-Cosi Iora bedside crib for her baby son Roman, and we can see why. Suitable for babies from birth up to nine months, it is as stylish as it is functional, with an easy-to-slide drop-down side, a comfortable mattress and a large storage basket underneath.
It also folds down and can be transported in its own travel bag for trips away from home.
Kinderkraft Bedside Crib
Kinderkraft Bedside Crib, £119, Amazon
The main perk of the Kinderkraft cot is definitely how versatile it is. It can be used as an extra bed and an independent baby cot, as well as a travel cot if needed. The sidewall can be lowered in a few seconds, changing from a cot into an extra bed. Adapted to you baby's needs, it boasts a firm mattress and the lowered sidewall is protected by a soft material.
The cot boasts rave reviews on Amazon, with parents commenting on how easy it is to assemble.
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Shnuggle Air bedside crib
Shnuggle Air bedside crib, £167, John Lewis & Partners
Like many of the other bedside cribs, the Shnuggle Air can also be used as a standalone crib, and features dual-view mesh sides and a hypo-allergenic airflow mattress, designed to maximise airflow and breathability for your baby. As well as a gentle incline option and a zip-down side, it also has seven height adjustments that make it suitable for most beds.
Best of all, once your baby grows out of the bedside crib, you can buy a cot extension kit to transform it into a stylish cot.
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