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"A huge help for clingy babies!…"
This is a great piece of kit that we're still using for our first baby. Having a baby that didn't like to be put down (which included for sleeping) the co-sleeper meant that I could effectively lie right next to him with a hand on him at all times without worrying about having him in the bed with me. Now he's slightly older and less clingy he sleeps very happily in his cot but can still see us - it feels like a great step-wise way to gradually get him happy in his own (eventually completely separate) bed.
It's designed so the side of the cosleeper is level with your bed but the baby's mattress is slightly lower so there is no chance they can accidentally move from their bed into yours. There is a fabric side panel/sheet that can go from the cot side onto your bed (we have it stretched onto our bed but under our sheet) so there is absolutely no gap between the two beds that the baby could fall into.
It's easy to put up and down (I have done it myself several times and we lost the instructions....) and packs up to the size of a travel cot. We've taken it away with us several times which means the baby sleeps well on trips as he's in a familiar environment.
We haven't tried it in the playpen mode yet (with the base in the low position) but it's another useful feature for the future.
Ours was second hand so we felt it was good value - not sure if the £200+ price tag would be worth it given that the manufacturer says it can't be used with the mattress in the upper (cosleeping) position once the baby can roll or sit up.Read moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
When I found out I was pregnant, I obsessively looked into different sleeping options for the baby. This co-sleeper is amazing, it's so easy having baby next to you without being in the bed. I can just reach out anytime to sooth and instantly make sure that he is okay. Im sure one of the reasons that baby sleeps so well is that he can just turn his head and see us next to him.
3 months after giving birth, and it's the best thing I have.Read moreLess
"Best thing I have spent money on to do with children…"
I had a section looming and was keen to do everything in my power to make my life as easy as possible after it. In terms of lifting, twisting, and most importantly sleep.
We did alot of research and because of space tried to get some of the smaller co sleepers but they were out of our price range. I am so glad, I got my co sleeper for £75 from a local paper ad.
Its large but we sqeezed it in, it meant in the early days I could put other stuff in the cot safely and my DH could also reach over me safely to transfer baby back into it.
I cannot stress enough what a joy this has been. It has meant I can co sleep with my baby, I go to sleep and wake up right by her, she can see me at all times, but without the fear of proper co sleeping.
She has been an amazing sleeper and a contented baby and in the early days after the op, it was soooooo fabulous, its hard to sit up, there is no way I could have had a moses basket, with this I could just use my amrs from lying down to take her from and to the cot.
Finally, I have had minimal sleep disturbance as I can get to her and put her back without either of us waking up much.
Its been a joy. In my opinion new parents spend loads of money on the wrong things namely huge bulky prams. Get one of these!
I have two children and this has been the best thing I have spent on them.Read moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
"I did a lot of research into suitable sleeping arrangements…"
I did a lot of research into suitable sleeping arrangements for my LO and I found this to be the best for me. It really has surpassed all my expectations. Although Initially it seems pricey (overRead moreLess
10 people found this review helpful.
"Wish I'd had this with my first. None of my…"
Wish I'd had this with my first. None of my three children have been happy sleeping on their own even for five minutes, but with this they sleep a little longer as they can hear me right there. Also because it's so close to hand (i.e. I don't have to get out of bed each time they fuss and it is so easy to pop them back in) I can gently "wean" them over about six months or so into sleeping without being pressed up against mummy as they get reassured I am right there. Baby happy, I get to not be stuck in one position fully co-sleeping all night! Win-Win!Read moreLess
5 people found this review helpful.
"I got the Arms Reach Universal second hand from a…"
I got the Arms Reach Universal second hand from a well known auction site, and think it's a fantastic product and terrific value. It's not quite as portable as I was led to believe, as its quite heavy and sturdy (and there's some complexity in putting it together). It is also enormous, so was important to assess available space next to the bed. We had to rearrange the bedroom to fit it in. I believe there is a mini version, but we went for the full sized one as we didn't want to have to upgrade in a few months time.
This cot appears to hold its value well, and we intend to sell it after it has been outgrown.
I love being able to roll over to comfort baby or grab him for a night feed without getting out of bed.Read moreLess
6 people found this review helpful.
"I used this for both my babies - both c-sections.…"
I used this for both my babies - both c-sections. It was by far the best bit of baby kit I owned (and I owned a lot of bits and pieces over the years!).
The co-sleeper means that your baby is safely next to you - great for night feeds, yet not in your bed if you are worried about actual co sleeping. The co-sleeper was fantastic as I didn't have to bend over to get either baby out for a feed which meant no pain for me - I did try an amby that a friend loaned me but bending over to get my daughter out of a bouncing crib was a total nightmare and hurt quite a bit.
The co-sleeper also folds up like a teeny travel cot so your baby has its own bed wherever you decide to go and also fab for storing between babies (if like me your left gets packed full of bits!) The zipped compartment underneath (and pockets on the side) also store all you need in the way of nappies, wipes muslins etc so anything you might need during the night is right there next to you!
I really recommend this wholeheartedly as a fantastic, does what it says on the tin, USEFUL piece of baby equipment - especially if you have a c-seciton or are breastfeeding at night!Read moreLess
8 people found this review helpful.
"Loved it - highly recommend this. Again works as travel…"
Loved it - highly recommend this. Again works as travel cot too and makes safe co-sleeping.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"Having had a caesarean this cot was brilliant as it…"
Having had a caesarean this cot was brilliant as it meant I could lift baby in and across to breast feed without getting up at night. Used it next to the bed for 8 weeks and then we reconfigured it to a proper 4 sided cot, which worked really well until about 18 months when unbelievably she climbed out.Read moreLess
4 people found this review helpful.
"Love, love, love it! Have had one from America for…"
Love, love, love it! Have had one from America for years, but just bought a new one as they are now in the UK and I have two babies that will be close enough together so that one is still in the one that his brother used first while our new daughter will need one of her own. They are absolutely so fantastic for breast feeding and make co-sleeping very safe-the cots are like an extension to your bed, but babies can't be rolled on or caught up in your duvet. They can also stand alone and fold up for travel and also convert to a play pen. They are amazing value as you don't have to buy a lot of different products and they come with a mattress and one sheet and a liner that acts as a bumper. For what it replaces and how long you can use it (I move my kids out at about 2 1/2 - 3 years straight into a proper bed) I don't think there is any product that can compare value wise and function wise!Read moreLess
17 people found this review helpful.