A few weeks ago when my other half was unwell I got into the habit of co-sleeping with Archie so that after a night feed he didn't wake Greg up when I put him back in his cot. It worked great at the time but since then he wouldn't go back in his cot. Chicco have kindly sent us the Next2Me side sleeping crib to make co-sleeping with Archie easier and safer as he is still in his own crib. I was so relieved when it arrived as every morning I had back ache where I had slept all night with my arm around Archie, sleeping perfectly still as well as being paranoid that he was in our bed with us.
It is designed so that you can sleep next to your baby without sharing the same bed which is recommended by baby experts as obviously it is much safer. When it arrived I put it together in literally two minutes then you can either use it as a four sided crib or use the simple attachment system to fasten it securely to your bed and adjust the height so it is in line with your mattress. There are six height settings to choose from so it will fit any bed, even ones with drawers.
You can use it as a crib when your baby is a bit older and when your baby is younger you simply remove one of the sides to make your baby feel like they are in bed with you. Sleeping with your baby next to you is proven to help strengthen the bond between Mother and baby and help your baby to develop the skills to become more sociable and have more self confidence.
The crib comes with a soft, breathable mattress for your baby's maximum comfort. The net side allows air to circulate when used as a four sided crib. The two features that surprised me the most and are amazing ideas is that you can adjust the height of the crib so it is at a slight incline when your baby has a cold to help them (and you) get a peaceful nights sleep. The other was that it comes with a travel bag and it all fits inside it making it perfect to take with you on your travels.
The crib itself is so spacious, in fact I was surprise at how large it is and how much room Archie has in it. It comes in three different colours; fuchsia, silver and the colour we have, dove grey. The crib looks great to and the neutral colour fits perfectly into our bedroom.
I really love the Next2me and it is perfect for parents that want to sleep with their baby but also having the piece of mind that they are safe sleeping in their own space but still in arms reach. I have really enjoyed sleeping with him so close and it also makes the night feed quicker and easier. I am so pleased we got the chance to review the Next2me and would recommend it to any parent looking for a bedside cot to co-sleep it is fantastic, I cannot fault it one bit. It will last a lot longer than the usual moses basket as it is so big and the mattress is really soft and comfortable. Archie sleeps brilliantly in it! 10 out of 10 from us!
Disclaimer: We were sent the Chicco Next2Me for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own. We really love it!