The best co-sleeping cots and bedside cribs for safe sleeping

We've found, tried, tested and reviewed the best bedside cribs and cots, for a brilliant way to sleep closely and safely with your baby

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Co-sleeping safely

Co-sleeping cots and bedside cribs are becoming increasingly popular. They allow you to keep your baby close, while following safety guidelines to have your baby in a separate crib or cot.

Effectively, you’re lying next to your baby, but you’re not sharing bed coverings.

As the side of the crib can be put down temporarily, this means you and your baby can maximise the breastfeeding and soothing benefits that proximity brings, while minimising the increased risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) that’s associated with actual bedsharing.

This is especially useful if you’ve had a difficult birth and find getting out of bed to feed painful. Co-sleeping cribs attach to the side of your bed, so you can just reach over as opposed to getting up and walking anywhere. Some also double up as a moses basket, giving you more sleeping options away from the bedside.

The Lullaby Trust (formerly known as the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths – FSID) says the safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back, on their own sleep surface, in the same room as you, for at least the first six months.

What kind of bedding can I use?

To make sure you’re arranging your baby’s bedding as safely as possible, you can either:

  • Use highly-fitted sheets and blankets, firmly tucked in – not above shoulder height. And place your baby with his feet at the foot of his bed (so he can’t wriggle down and get the sheets over his head)… or…
  • Use a baby sleeping bag – which means your baby won’t need sheets and blankets at all. Be sure to buy the correct size (so that your baby can’t slip down inside) and the right tog for the room temperature and season.

See the best baby co-sleeping cribs on the market…

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1. Chicco Next2Me Magic, £239

Age suitable for: Birth ­to 9kg

Awards: MadeForMum Awards 2019, Co-sleeper Crib – Gold

The Chicco Next2Me Magic is the latest update on the original side-sleeping crib that has won fans for its versatility.

It can be used from birth for co-sleeping – helping parents bond with their new arrival, or as a standalone crib or travel cot.

It is slightly more expensive than the Purflo or Tutti Bambini cribs, but standout features include a one-handed drop-side for easy night feeds, 11 height levels, a lockable rocking function and 4 tilt options to help reduce reflux.

A large sleeping area, also found on the Jané Babyside crib, means more room for a bigger baby, plus you’ll find a travel bag included making it perfect for holidays too.

MFM judge Lucy says: “The Chicco Next2Me Magic is surprisingly lightweight so it’s a breeze to move around and set up, but also substantial and sturdy. The clever drop-down mechanism on the side panel can be used while holding baby in your arms, which is brilliant.

“It also provides a safe option for baby to lie in aside from the pram or a nest. I’ve used the Chicco in my kitchen for safe day naps when I need to be more focussed on my older child.” 

Available from: Mothercare, John Lewis and Argos

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2. Purflo ‘Keep me close’ Bedside Sleeper, £199

Age suitable for: Birth to 9kg (approx 6 months)

Awards: MadeForMum Awards 2019, Co-sleeper Crib – Silver

Suitable from birth to around 6 months old, the Purflo Keep Me Close has all the useful features of a modern bedside crib such as adaptability for side-by-side or standalone sleeping, an incline option to help aid congestion and reflux, and 6 height settings so it fits securely next to your bed.

The Purflo also rates highly for breathability with fully air-permeable mesh sides and a breathable mattress to keep baby cool.

The crib’s neutral fabrics, curved design and sleek wooden legs, means compared to bulkier cribs such as the Jané Babyside, it blends into most bedrooms.

MFM judge Sophie says: “The Purflo bedside crib is a lovely product – the materials and construction feel high quality, right down to the mattress, which my little one sleeps comfortably on. The crib was very easy to put together and feels sturdy as well as looking good.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Mothercare, Boots and Amazon

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3. Red Kite Baby Nebula, £125

Age suitable for: Birth to 9kg

Awards: MadeForMum Awards 2019, Co-sleeper Crib – Joint Bronze

Here’s a co-sleeping and standalone crib that offers great value and longevity. The no-frills Red Kite Baby Nebula may not have the premium finish of Bababou’s Hugg crib, or the colour options of the SnüzPod 3, but it still boasts all the features of a quality side-sleeper such as an adjustable height mechanism, reflux incline and breathable mesh windows.

You can use the crib until your baby is around 6 months old (or 9kg), and then there’s the option to turn it into a playpen – a nice bonus considering the low price.

MFM judge Laura says: The Nebula is for parents looking for a really good-value co-sleeper with additional functionality that will last when the child is a little older.”

Available from: Red Kite Baby, Amazon, Mothercare

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4. Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib, £185

Age suitable for: Birth to 6 months

Awards: MadeForMum Awards 2019, Co-sleeper Crib – Joint Bronze

The Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib impresses parents with its easy-to-use design. You can use it for side-by-side sleeping or as a standalone crib – so it’s a fab way to try out co-sleeping without buying a separate crib.

The CoZee’s 6-step height adjuster ensures the perfect fit to your bed and like the similarly priced SnüzPod 3, it has breathable mesh windows and an incline option for babies suffering from congestion or reflux.

A 30-second open-fold mechanism also allows for a quick set up in hotel rooms or when visiting family, and easy for transportation simply store the CoZee in the travel bag that’s included.

MFM judge Vanessa says: “This is a great crib that’s easy to put up and put back down again. It’s a good size and looks cosy for babies to sleep in. The crib is substantial enough to be used every day at home whilst its ease of folding makes it perfect to use away from the home too.”

When it comes to cleaning, the fabric lining can be removed and popped in the washing machine. A deluxe foam mattress is included with the CoZee and there’s a handy storage shelf too.

Available from: Tutti Bambini and Mothercare

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5. SnüzPod 3 Bedside Crib, £199.95

Age suitable for: Birth to 10kg (approx 6 months)

Awards: MadeForMum Awards 2019, Co-sleeper Crib – Finalist

The SnüzPod has won plenty of awards for its clever 3-in-1 design and is a favourite among new parents. It comes in slightly cheaper than the equally popular Chicco Next2Me Magic and can be used as a bedside or standalone crib, and as a rockable bassinet.

Suitable from birth to 6 months, the 9-height crib will attach safely to either a divan or framed bed thanks to a strong and secure attachment system and the fully zip-down side panel gives easy access for feeding and cuddles.

MFM judge Steve says: “The stylish SnüzPod is not just aesthetically pleasing, it’s functional, affordable and offered us peace of mind with our newborn baby. It has a breathable design with a great rocking function that’s useful when trying to get your baby back to sleep. It also has a reflux incline leg option – increasing our baby’s sleep time by reducing screaming fits caused by his uncomfortableness. The quality mattress helped provide a soothing night’s sleep while ensuring cleanliness too.”

By day, baby can sleep in the bassinet around the house, or it’s ideal when travelling, as it easily lifts off the off the base and is light to carry.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Snüz, Mothercare and Amazon

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6. Jané Babyside Crib, £199

Age suitable for: Birth to 9kg (approx 6 months)

The Babyside from Jané is a versatile crib that allows for co-sleeping with all types of beds (including divans), or it can be used as a standalone cot when your baby gets bigger.

Suitable from newborn to 6 months, this stylish co-sleeper has 6 adjustable heights, can be inclined to help with reflux, and has hidden catches to unzip the side – minimising accidental opening by a sibling.

The crib is much larger than the SnüzPod 3, or the Babybay, so you’d need to check the space next to your bed before buying, but this wider sleeping area does mean the Babyside has more longevity for a long/big baby. It can also be folded compactly and similar to the Chicco Next2Me Magic, has 4 swivel wheels that help when moving it around.

Our reviewer says: “This crib is great value considering everything is included from the mattress to the sheets. You don’t need to buy anything else. It’s an ideal first bed for a new baby as it’s adaptable, portable, well made and comfortable – and will last easily to 6 months.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Jané, Precious Little One and Amazon

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7. Babybay Convertible bedside cot, £199.95

Age suitable for: Birth to 9 months

The Babybay Convertible is a classic looking crib with modern functionality.

It can be used from birth for side-by-side sleeping by attaching to most beds with the crib’s clamp system.

Unlike the similarly priced Shnuggle and Jané Babyside cribs, the Babybay’s mattress isn’t included so you will need to buy this separately – along with the side rail that turns it into a standalone cot. This bumps the price up beyond that of the Chicco Next2Me Magic and the Knuma Huddle that have the function included.

Saying that, the innovative design of the Babybay means that you can keep it well beyond its lifespan as a bedside crib. After 9 months, join another crib to create a large baby/toddler cot that can also be turned it into a playpen by dropping the base. You can use the crib as a toddler bench by adjusting the height, or buy the converter kit to switch it into a highchair.

Our reviewer says: “While not cheap, the Babybay is an ideal solution for parents looking for easier night-feeds and more sleep. Just be aware that it’s small so your baby could outgrow it before 9 months.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Natural Baby Shower, Amazon and Wayfair

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8. Shnuggle Air Bedside crib, £199.95

Age suitable for: Birth to 9kg

The Shnuggle Air is a co-sleeping bedside or standalone crib that can be used from birth to toddler years – as it transforms after 6 months into a full-sized cot when you buy the additional conversion kit and cot mattress. This makes it great long-term investment that rivals the adaptability of the Babybay Convertible.

With its hypo-allergenic airflow mattress and dual-view mesh sides, the Shnuggle also boasts maximum breathability and a gentle incline can help ease reflux and colic.

Its 7 height adjustments mean a good fit to any sized bed and the zip down side allows for easy access for feeds and soothing during the night.

Available from: Shnuggle, Amazon and John Lewis

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9. Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 Co-Sleeping Crib, £219.95

Age suitable for: Birth to 6 months

The Knuma Huddle is a stylish and versatile piece of baby kit; it can be used as a bedside co-sleeping cot, standalone crib, portable bassinet and then when your little one is old enough, as a desk and bench.

The mesh sides of the co-sleeping crib make it breathable and see-through, and the base rocks – you can gently soothe baby off to sleep. Like the Shnuggle and Tutti Bambini cribs, there’s also handy storage space.

Our reviewer says: “The Huddle is roomy, so should accommodate your little one to at least 6 months and then it can be turned into another piece of furniture for the nursery. At the bottom of the crib there’s a shelf for storing essentials. I keep spare muslins on it, a dummy, wipes, my water bottle and anything else that we might need in the night – it certainly helps keep the bedroom less cluttered, and all the baby stuff together.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Knuma

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10. The Sustainable Hugg Crib from Bababou, £400

Age suitable for: Birth to 6 months

Awards: MadeForMum Awards 2019, Co-sleeper Crib – Finalist

Price wise, Bababou’s handcrafted Hugg is at the top end of our list of co-sleeping cribs, but for the big price tag it offers an eco-kind side-by-side sleeping option with some super-stylish design features too.

MFM judge Claire loves the chic design, and says: “The wooden bassinet and stand have a Scandinavian look and the bamboo linen and mattress are wonderfully soft. The drop down side is easy to use and there are accompanying straps to secure the crib to your bed. The piece – including the frame and the linen, is handmade in the UK so accounts for the higher price. If you care about sustainability and eco-friendly products though, then it is definitely worth the money.”

Similar to the functional design of the Knuma Huddle and the Babybay, after 6 months, you can remove the bassinet and integrate the crib stand as a piece of furniture – using it either as a mini desk table for young children, or as a stylish side table.

Available from: Bababou

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