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Carrycot, moses basket, snuzpod, bednest, chicco next 2 me confusion!
Having our first one early next year and quite overwhelmed with choice!
We are planning to buy a uppababy vista which comes with a carrycot. I had the bright idea of using the carrycot as a moses basket, and buying a cotbed to place next to our bed. However, cotbed tend to have specific heights levels, which is an issue in Itself!
Today a colleague recommended the snuzpod. Seems quite a bit of money for effectively 6 months, unless I'm missing something?
Was just wondering what baby sleeping furniture people tend to buy? Is the snuzpod, bednest or chicco next 2 me a very nice to have? Or not worth the money?
With DD1 I had a moses basket next to the bed. I didn't like it - it creaked when I tried to put her down and woke her up, and I couldn't see her from the bes without sitting up. She outgrew it in 6 weeks too and we had to being the cot into our bedroom which was very cramped, but did work.
For DD2 (now 11 weeks) I have hired a bednest which I love. She is close and I can see her. I like that you can tilt it to help with reflux after night feeds. My plan is to keep her in it until she significantly stops night feeds, then she can go into the cot in her nursery. My SIL had the Chicco next to me and loved it, but as we aren't planning any more DC I thought hiring would be better tban the outlay on a new piece of kit.
Tbh though, if you have a big enough bedroom I might be tempted to set the cot up in there and use something like a snuzpod to keep the newborn cosy within the large cot. That bypasses cribs etc altogether.
Re cotbeds a Mothercare one lasted DD1 till 2.5 and is now ready for DD2 when she needs it.
Don't buy a Moses basket - you're right you can use uppababy part for day time and around the house. Also Moses basket at night is an absolute nightmare. Buy a next to you - best thing we ever did. We have it with our second baby and didnt with our first. Best thing is being able to see them without craning your neck and lift them easily without stooping over. Minimises disruption to them and you.
DS slept in a moses basket until he was 6 months, it was an old fashioned one so slightly bigger than the normal ones otherwise he would have outgrown it in about 6 weeks as he was a long baby but he loved it. I'm currently expecting another baby and she will sleep in the moses basket too mostly because we already have it.
We have a mammas and pappas cot bed which has 4 height levels, great for me as I'm short
Chicco next to me. We use it as a stand alone cot as baby happy just in our room and not next to me. Everyone I know who has used it has had great sleepers. Our first DC was in a little crib and never slept. This one sleeps amazingly.
It's got the added benefit of being a travel cot too and you can adjust the height of the base and/or tip it up on one side of baby has cold.
We use the pram bassinet as a Moses basket downstairs too. We also have an uppababy - you might find you need to roll up cellular blankets and pop along either side in first few weeks to make more cozy as pram quite wide - be super careful these couldn't suffocate baby tho! If you swaddle too (which you should!) then they sleep quite well.
We had a fabimax bedside cot for DC2 after seeing it mentioned on here - it is height adjustable to fit most beds. It lasted until she was crawling. Actually it's sitting under the spare bed waiting for me to get round to selling it so let me know if you're interested!
We had a next to me, which was, erm, next to me for the first 10 weeks. Moved to the corner of our room and he stayed in that til 6 months (and there was still room despite him being 91st centile). Transition to own cot was pretty seamless. We bought ours second hand (new mattress) but when looking at the price bear in mind they have good resale value. We also had a Moses basket which was a bit of a waste of time as the bassinet from the pram mainly got used downstairs. Also... a sleepyhead. The most expensive bit of foam we've ever bought but I would have paid 10 times the price for how well DS slept in it.
Another co-sleeper type that's worth looking into is the Babybay, ridiculously priced if you order in the uk. You can order from Amazon.de and get the cot / mattress for about £140 including delivery. They hold their value for resale on eBay too:
I'd second a Babybay direct from Germany. We got the larger Babybay maxi as DH is tall and we thought DS might be too. DS is one now but already bigger than next door's two and a half year old and he still fits in it whenever he comes in with us. It is so easy to adjust that I always threatened DM and MiL that we'd fix it to the futon they slept on when they visit!
It really helped with breastfeeding too as there is so little disturbance to us both and he even did his first few back to side rolls out of it into my arms when he wanted a feed.
I also think it's the nicest looking one. I was initially concerned if it would be safe until a German friend told me that it's used in lots of their maternity hospitals, which are known for being very safety conscious.
We had the Chico next to me , I found it really good. Especially when they have a cold and you can tilt the bed.. only down sight looking back now is that the breathing monitor that we have on the cot doesn't fit in the Chico. I just found I slept better with it on when they moved to the cot so next time thinking about getting one you can put the breathing monitor on
Sleepyhead here. First few weeks I had it next to me in double bed (dh retreated to spare room after 1st week!) then she went in her cot in it, till 6ish months. Great as we could take it away with us easily, and have it downstairs for naps at the start. No need for anything else IMO!