Purflo ‘Keep me close’ Breathable Bedside Crib review

Our rating 
4.2 out of 5 star rating 4.2
User rating
£199.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

Allows parents to co-sleep with babies from newborn to 6 months when used in bedside crib mode, has a fully breathable, washable mattress and can also be used as a standalone crib
Ease of assembly
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Comfort
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Style
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Sturdiness
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Worth the money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Good quality, breathable, stylish design, easy to construct, reflux incline
Cons: No rocking function, stiff top rail, not portable, heavy
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You may have heard of Purflo in connection with its popular Breathable Baby Nests. The company’s founding premise was to create a fully breathable, fully washable mattress to reassure parents worried about the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). All Purflo products have this breathable ethos at their core.

The Keep Me Close crib functions in a similar way to the Chicco Next2Me and Jané Babysleeper and sits at the upper end of the price scale being slightly more expensive than the Chicco version. Its style is closer to the SnuzPod Bedside Crib, featuring wooden legs and a rounded, neutral design.

Tested by:

Sophie is currently on maternity leave and lives in Manchester with husband Jamie and 5-month-old son, Jasper. They’ve been using the Purflo Keep Me Close for all naps and sleeps for a couple of months.

Is it easy to put together?

The Purflo Keep Me Close Bedside Sleeper arrived in one box ready to be constructed. It was fairly easy to do on my own, taking just 20 minutes.

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Is the Purflo Keep Me Close Breathable Bedside Crib good value for money?

It’s at the upper-end of the scale for similar products (slightly more expensive than the Chicco Next2Me), but for me, the reassurance of it being fully breathable, along with the high-end materials used and its stylish look make it worth the extra money. You can also buy extra breathable mattresses and fitted sheets as needed, but, as they’re washable, this wouldn’t generally be necessary.

How does it compare to other cribs and cots you have used?

My son was 10 weeks old and had just grown out of his Moses basket when this crib arrived, and now at 21 weeks he still has a little room to grow in it. The manufacturers suggest the crib is suitable from birth to 6 months or 9kg, so it should last until he is ready to go into his cot in his own room shortly.

Its breathable mesh sides mean he was also much easier to see at a glance than in his Moses basket, and I was reassured that he would be safe in the crib even if he pressed up against the sides (which he often seems to do in his sleep!).

It was the first co-sleeping cot I’d used and secured comfortably to our divan bed by running the supplied cords underneath the mattress and clipping to the crib. Having him so close by made (breastfeeding) night feeds much easier – I would definitely use a crib like this from the beginning, instead of a Moses basket, if I were to have another baby, and would recommend it to other new mums who want to make night feeds a little easier.

I was really impressed with the look and feel of the materials, especially the mesh fabric of the crib and mattress which contributes to its breathability. Its wooden legs make it stand-out from similar products on the market like the Chicco Next2Me (£189 on Amazon) and the Jané Babyside, and its rounded sides made it feel less bulky. Once built, it felt very sturdy and reasonably hardwearing, and I thought its neutral colour scheme was very stylish and would fit in well in most bedrooms.

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How easy is it to access your child using the Purflo Keep Me Close Breathable Bedside Crib? 

If using the crib in bedside mode, i.e. with one side dropped, it’s incredibly easy to access your baby. It sits at a good level alongside our divan bed, meaning there’s very little dip between our mattress and baby’s. It’s designed to fit most bed types with its height adjustable to 6 positions. It’s also possible to raise/lower one end of the crib in standalone mode to aid reflux – we did this a couple of times and it was easy to do using the push button on one side of the crib and moving the bed until it clicked into place.

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How portable is the Purflo Keep Me Close Breathable Bedside Crib?

Once assembled the crib can be moved around the home and used as a standalone sleep space with the side-rail up, but it is obviously nowhere near as lightweight as a Moses basket – it weighs 11kg once constructed, so it’s doable, but it’s unlikely you’d choose to use this as a portable bed very often It does come with a decent outer bag to use for storing or transporting which is handy, although it’s not a product I’d buy for its portability. 

How comfortable does it seem?

My son has slept very soundly in this bed, making no fuss when I pop him into it, although I did fit another fitted sheet over the one supplied with the mattress as the mesh felt a little rougher than the cotton flat sheets he is used to sleeping on. I would however have liked the crib to have a rocking function to aid with reassuring him when waking at night.

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Is the Purflo Keep Me Close Breathable Bedside Crib easy to clean?

All the washable parts zip off for washing, including the mattress cover, and can be popped in the washing machine. The mattress itself can be wiped and left to air dry. 

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What’s the best part?

The best parts about this crib for me are the breathability factor which Purflo is known for and the incline option. I did find the top rail quite stiff to close though and it was quite hard to line up both sides and press quietly into place.

Where can I buy the Purflo Keep Me Close bedside crib?

It is available from Amazon, Boots and JoJo Maman Bebe.

MadeForMums verdict:

The Purflo Keep Me Close bedside crib is a lovely product. Its design and style sets it above other well-known bedside cribs, and its breathable ethos adds an extra level of reassurance for new parents.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Purflo
Model 'Keep me close' Breathable Bedside Crib
Price £199.00

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 6 months
Child weight Up to 9kg

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 11kg
Dimensions H:65cm–83cm W:54cm D:94cm

Features

Sleep height positions 6
Drop down / Removable side Yes
Rocking motion No
Made from Base: beech wood, Crib: 81% polyester and 19% cotton, Crib fitted sheet: 100% polyester
Features
  • Can be used for side-by-side sleeping or as a standalone crib
  • Breathable washable fabric lining with mesh sides
  • Drop side rail
  • Six height adjustments
  • Incline option to aid congestion and reflux

Accessories

Accessories included
  • Travel bag
  • Mattress 
Stand included Yes
Mattress included Yes