Pros: Small, easy to set up
Arm's Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet - Natural
Pros: A good idea
Cons: My baby disliked it; grew out of it very quickly
I bedshared with my first child, but always felt vaguely worried in the newborn days. He wouldn't sleep anywhere but beside me, so we did what worked. With my second we decided to try the Arm's Reach mini-cosleeper bassinet from right away in hopes that she'd be used to sleeping near me, but separately. It didn't really work. My baby never seemed to like it. The cardboard-like mattress was too firm-- she always woke when set down no matter what we tried. She was 11 lbs 4 oz at birth and nearly filled the bassinet. Now she is three months old, 20 lbs and too long to fit in the bassinet at all, even if we were to try. Also, one of the selling points of this product is that you can attach it to your bed firmly, but we really struggled with the mechanism and never got it tight. Why is the adjustment on the co-sleeper side and not on the other end? It just doesn't work very well. I am glad we bought it used.
Pros: Perfect to keep baby close
Cons: Grow out of it after 6 months
Pros: Looks nice, keeps baby close
Cons: Outgrown Quickly, not tall enough
I was lent this co-sleeper from a friend for the first few months. I think it would have been a lovely sleeper except our bed is very tall so it didn't quite connect like I wanted it too. I DID like that it seemed comfortable, looked nice in the room, did not take up much space. But it didn't really get used that much. And it is grown out of quickly for the price.
Pros: Baby close enough to touch, baby in own space, relatively easy to assemble
Cons: Won't be close enough for some mom/baby pairs, a bit expensive, baby will outgrow quickly
Overall: Definitely better than a traditional bassinet if you definitely want separate space but you won't be close enough to be really bed sharing.
So, we bought this for our first baby in 2008.
We liked it just fine. It took a minute to assemble and figure out how to properly attach it to the bed, but it was do-able.
Baby slept in it for day 2 naps and maybe night 2? Quickly, we realized that if she was not able to snuggle up against mommy and nurse, it wasn't working for her. So, we didn't get much use out of it.
For your money if you want nursing access and close snuggles, I'd go for the humanity family bed product or something similar.
If someone has already bought you a crib and you definitely think you want a separate space, I recommend making a side-car of your crib. If that's not possible, this could be a good option for you.
Here's a picture to show how close you will be!
Pros: Small, babe is close
Cons: our kiddo NEVER slept in it!
So, the only time my almost 1 1/2 year old has slept out of my bed was the night he was born (not by my choice!). We had the co-sleeper set up for about 2 months, and it held laundry very nicely. I mean, I could probably fit 2/3 of the kid's clothes in there. I can see how people love these, and we had every intention of using it, but it was easier and more natural to keep the breast-loving kid snuggled up very close. By the time I was thinking, "Okay, maybe baby should sleep on his own for awhile" he was rolling over and it was unsafe to be in the co-sleeper. He was rolling around very early but it does seem like this product has a very limited amount of time that it could actually be used!!
Pros: baby is right next to me when she's not in our bed
Cons: wish it had higher sides
We loved our mini-cosleeper! Easy to nurse baby at night and put her in a safe place right next to me.
Pros: compact size, storage space attaches easy
Cons: only works for a few months
We had this gifted to us and is was wonderful for the first few months. After that, my DD outgrew it and was moved to her crib. It would be a great co-sleeper for someone who doesn't plan to or want to cosleep beyond the early baby stage or if you only had a very small space to put it in.