So my nursery plans are definitely focused on budget, they aren’t babies forever so I’d rather spend my funds on living costs so that I can have as much time on maternity leave as possible.
However I’m not going 100% budget on everything. As a worrier and natural light sleeper I can see me waking every hour to check on baby (assuming baby hasn’t already woken me). But I also wouldn’t want to co-sleep for fear of hurting the baby. I initially thought a separate moses basket was a complete waste of money (why not put them in their cot?) until I saw the Snuzpod. The Snuzpod isn’t technically a moses basket but a side-sleeper / co-sleeping cot. It attaches to your bed (with straps so will work with most beds), it can be a standalone cot up to 6 months, it can rock and the bed unit can be carried around the house. But best of all there is a mesh panel in the side so you can watch baby sleep or zip the side down so you don’t have to sit up and lean over to get baby out.
- Easy access to baby during the night
- Ability to see baby from your own bed
- Simple design (much better than competitors)
- Proximity to mum is likely to reduce the risk of SIDS
- Can be used for longer than a standard moses basket (up to 6 months)
- One of the more expensive co-sleepers on the market
- You don’t need it, baby could always go straight into the main cot from birth
- Users have criticized the mattress is hard / thin
- If it is attached to the bed and you are using a movement monitor it will pick up the parents movements as well (so won’t be effective)…this is the same with any co-sleepers
- £199.95 brand new at nearly every retailer plus £29.95 for mattress
- Used Snuzpods are around £75.00-£125.00 on ebay, often with a mattress and some bedding (beware that you are advised to buy a new mattress for each baby)
Chico next to me crib
This is fairly similar in the way it works, it is slightly cheaper but to me the additional £30 is well spent on the design of the Snuzpod. This looks more cushioned which may appeal to some, however I have read that on a standard cot you should avoid cushioning around the bars as the baby could overheat…so this may apply to the Chico next to me crib as well??
Cost, typically £169.00
WALDIN Baby Bedside Cot
This is cheaper at £69.99 + £23.98 delivery on Amazon, but for me it’s a no as it isn’t quick and easy to put the side up and down. For most mums this is probably not a problem but I would worry about cats creeping in with baby without me realising.