The best sleeping pods and nests for babies and toddlers

We've found the best baby sleeping pods and nests for newborns to toddlers, and include the latest safe sleeping advice

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Baby nests, or baby pods as they’re also known, are essentially mattresses with padded sides that offer a narrow and cosy sleeping area for your baby or toddler.

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They are becoming an increasingly popular choice over the traditional Moses basket as a portable sleeping space for daytime naps.

Are baby sleeping nests and pods safe?

You may have seen the warning from The Lullaby Trust that baby sleeping pods and nests do not meet the safe sleeping guidelines that it promotes.

“The evidence shows that the safest way to sleep a baby is on a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in a cot or moses basket and we would not recommend any sleep surface that does not conform to these guidelines,” The Lullaby Trust told us.

According to the Trust, pods and nests don’t meet the guidelines. This warning only applies to babies under the age of 1.

We’ve investigated all of the scientific evidence that the Trust has based its warning on. Perhaps because pods and nests are fairly recent products, we couldn’t find any specific research or recorded SIDS cases relating to them, but there is evidence that raises concerns around the padded sides and some pods that have soft padded mattresses.. 

Therefore, although the risk is very small, we recommend:

  • Choose a pod or nest with a firm mattress. Soft mattresses have been linked to an increase risk of SIDS. A firm mattress shouldn’t sink more than a few millimetres when your baby is placed on it. Avoid memory foam mattresses
  • Never leave a baby in a pod or nest unsupervised. That means they’re not recommended for overnight sleeping until your baby has reached the age of 1
  • Regularly check that your sleeping baby is not overheating or has moved their face into the side padding. Both have been linked to an increased risk of SIDS and the latter may lead to accidental suffocation

When using a baby nest, they must always be put on a flat, firm, stable surface and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 

These are the best baby sleeping nests and pods on the market…

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1. Sleepyhead Deluxe Pod, £120, MadeForMums Awards Gold Winner

Age range: Birth – 6-8 months

Can it be used for unsupervised or overnight sleeping: Not recommended

Suitable for tummy time: Yes

This gold award-winning sleeping pod was the original pod design and can be used from newborn to 8 months, for daytime sleeping and for tummy time.

The bumpers are 100% breathable. It’s lightweight and portable, and everything about the pod is washable (the covers and bumpers can go in the washing machine and the mattress pad is handwash only), plus the fabrics are all hypoallergenic.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Sleepyhead Deluxe Pod:

We absolutely loved this product. It fitted nicely inside our bedside crib and we have been using it since our baby was born. He settles in it really well and it makes him feel so cosy. We love that it’s so portable so we can take it when we visit family.” Mum of 1, Charlotte

The Sleepyhead has a lovely design and unlike many baby items, is not an eye sore. Our newborn loves the cosy feel of the sleepyhead and rests very well in it . It is wonderfully light and portable so we can move it easily from room to room. I love that the exterior is all one piece so it makes washing and putting it back together much easier.” Mum of 1, Sarah

Read our full MFM review of the Sleepyhead Deluxe


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2. Moba moses basket, £99, MadeForMums Awards Silver Winner

Age range: From birth until baby can roll over or sit up, or reaches 9 kilos

Can it be used for unsupervised or overnight sleeping: Yes

The Moba is a great alternative to the traditional wicker moses basket – a stylish, modern first crib that rethinks the role of this important first baby item.

Created with advice from midwives, the silver award winning basket is designed with safety and sustainability in mind, in fact, it is the only moses basket to be associated with safe sleep charity The Lullaby Trust.

It is made from recyclable, BPA and phthalate-free material, is hygienic, super strong and with integrated handles. More than 300 air holes make it breathable and encourage air flow, it comes with a luxury mattress and cotton liner, but no added frills, padding or hood to comply with health care professionals’ recommendations.

It is lightweight, and comes in a fantastic choice of colours, from pastels to popping primes – one to suit any nursery.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Moba moses basket:

“Love it! It is made of plastic with little holes all around to keep it airy. This makes it wipe-clean so it is much more hygienic and the material around is so easy to get on and off which means we can throw it in the wash very easily. The mattress is basic but seems very comfortable, and again the mattress protector comes off easily.” Mum of 1, Hannah

“Great idea for a moses basket! Certainly different to others I’ve seen. I have found it a perfect secondary moses basket to use around the house (in lounge or study for example) for daytime naps, and it’s great for travelling as it fits in the car easily and is very lightweight.” Mum of 1, Emma


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3. PurFlo Breathable Nest, £59.99, MadeForMums Awards Bronze Winner

Age range: Birth – 4-6 months

Can it be used for unsupervised and overnight sleeping: Not recommended

Suitable for tummy time: Yes

The fact that one of our MFM mums, Kat Dziekan, reviewing this baby nest told us she “couldn’t imagine life without it” is a pretty great endorsement for this pod.

It’s really light and portable and can be used for supervised daytime naps. The Purflo Breathable Nest is air permeable, and it is hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial to reduce exposure to dust mites that aggravate allergies. The cover is easy to take off and wash, and with a sleeping area almost as large as a moses basket’s it’s a comfortable and practical place for little ones to sleep during the day.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the PurFlo Breathable Nest:

“I loved this item. I put my little girl in to it as soon as it arrived and she fell straight to sleep. I love the design, the feel, great quality and love that the cover can be washed.” Mum of 2, Keren

“I love that everything has been thought of. The cover is washable, it’s fully breathable and also antibacterial! It is an excellent price compared with its competitors on the market and has some lovely fabric designs to suit any nursery or bedroom. It is also one that I would choose to buy over others on the market and it is an excellent size.” Mum of 2, Jenny

Read our full review of the Purflo nest

Available from: Boots


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4. Snuggle Nest, £65

Age range: Birth – 4 months

Can it be used for unsupervised or overnight sleeping: Not recommended

Suitable for tummy time: No

Mum Shristain tells us she’s really happy with her Snuggle Nest after alternatives didn’t work. “She never settled in a Moses basket, but we were very happy with this purchase and it wasn’t too expensive.”

One other bonus is how portable it is – it folds up neatly and is perfect for travelling and for reducing the space it takes up if you’re short on room in the home.

Available from: Amazon

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5. Enfant Terrible Sleepyhead Grand Pod, £149

Age range: 8 – 36 months

Can it be used for unsupervised or overnight sleeping: Yes, once your child is over 1 year

Suitable for tummy time: Yes

Mum Monaz Dumasia gave this sleep pod a 5 out of 5 when she reviewed it for us. While being on the pricey side, she loved the fact it was so easy to use. It aids better sleep and is suitable for unsupervised sleeping for your toddler over 12 months.

It’s the larger version of the Deluxe Pod which is designed for babies – the Grand goes from 8 to 36 months.

Monaz sums up her review by saying: “For sleep-deprived parents experiencing issues with getting a child to go to sleep or for those who want peace of mind that their toddler won’t roll out of a junior bed, the Sleepyhead Grand is unquestionably worth considering if you can afford it.”

Available from: Amazon

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