Co-sleeping ( or sleep sharing ) means to sleep close to one or both parents, as opposed to in a separate room. It offers a variety of advantages that can benefit the whole family. From improving the sleep time for both mother and baby as you are next to each other, it also allows your baby to feel secure and warm beside you. Breast feeding is made easier and the chances of night-time separation anxiety lessens. Co-sleeping is a lovely time for parents to bond with their child and offers a safe environment to help develop confidence.
If you are considering a traditional bassinet, basket or bed, there are now many additional safe alternatives that allow you to enjoy co-sleeping next your precious little one. From bedside cribs to baby pods, each option is multi-functional and offers peace of mind for a restful nights sleep for the whole family.
Here are our top picks for confident co-sleeping.
Chicco – Next 2 Me Co-Sleeping Crib (AED 967.05 at www.mumzworld.com )
The Chicco Next 2 Me Co-Sleeping Crib is a firm favourite chosen by thousands of mothers due to its versatility as a regular crib with all of the sides up, or in co-sleeping mode with the side open and attached to a bed. It is adjustable and can be fitted to beds with fitted drawers. In crib mode, it can be tilted with two positions between one side and the other. It comes with a carry bag and breathable mattress and its lining can be removed and washed. This simple and safe system is suitable from birth to 1 year and comes in pink, beige, grey and dusty green.
Sleepyhead® Deluxe Pod ( AED 790 at www.mumzworld.com )
Suitable from 0-8months old, the award-winning Sleepyhead Deluxe Pod is a unique, multi-functional baby pod with anti-microbial properties and excellent air permeability. It is designed to be used as a crib or a cot insert and being a complete baby bed, is a perfect option for co-sleeping. The cover is made from 100% cotton and is machine washable, including the all-round bumper. The mattress also has a waterproof, machine washable cover and a wadding pad that can be removed for easy hand washing.
SnüzPod® 3 in 1 Bedside Crib with Mattress (AED 1,299 at www.mumzworld.com)
SnüzPod® is a multi-award winning 3-in-1 beside crib that allows you to sleep safely next to your baby with the reassurance and comfort that they are snoozing next to you in their own safe sleeping area. Much more than just a bedside crib, SnüzPod®’s clever and stylish 3-in-1 design has been made with mother and baby in mind so you enjoy the precious first moments together. The SnüzPod® can be used as a bedside crib and has a handy storage shelf for keeping night-time essentials close to hand. It can also be used as a standalone crib so you can gently rock your baby to sleep or as a moses basket/bassinet that you can carry wherever you go, perfect for daytime naps. It comes with a unique zip-down side wall and see through mesh windows which offer breathability and allow reassurance without disturbing your baby’s sleep.
The full range of co-sleeping products can be found at www.mumzworld.com.