Safer Co-Sleeping with the Chicco Next 2 Me Crib
I’ve always loved the idea of co-sleeping and really wanted to give it a try with Hugo but I was also incredibly nervous. My head would race with questions like what if I rolled over onto him? The Lullaby Trust advises that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in their own bed such as a cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months. I began to think that maybe co-sleeping wasn’t for us and that’s when I learnt about the Chicco Next 2 Me Side Sleeping Crib and everything changed.
Chicco Next 2 Me Side Sleeping Crib
The Chicco Next 2 Me crib allows you to sleep next to your baby without sharing a bed. This makes me feel much more comfortable knowing that I can’t roll on him during the night but gives me the ability to still be close to him. I can reach my arm over to soothe him with ease and we can see each other throughout the night.
Newborn babies like to be close to their parents particularly in those first few weeks of life. Everything is new in their world and everything they know has now changed. Each day is full of learning experiences, new sights, sounds and sensations. Suddenly they have to get used to wearing clothes, nappies and communicating when they want or need something. Having Hugo close to me during the night gives us both comfort and Hugo sleeps much better than in a standard Moses basket. The crib makes breastfeeding during the night easy too because when he wakes I can just pull him in close for a feed and then return him to his bed once he is finished.
Suitable right from birth up to around 6 months or 9kg
On wheels with brakes so can be moved around easily
Mesh window on both sides for breathability and airflow
Can be used with the side down next to a bed or as a stand-alone crib
Optional rocking mode
Soft Mattress included
Padded sides for comfort
Removable and washable lining
Can be tilted to different height levels which is great for babies with reflux
Simple and easy to assemble
Can be packed away into a travel bag for overnight stays or holidays easily
Dimensions: L 93 x W 69 x H 66 -81 cm
How did we get on?
Although I like the idea of a Moses basket I do feel they are somewhat impractical. I found that my first son Henry grew out of his quite quickly and had to be moved into a cot way before he hit six months. This poses a slight problem for us because we have a rather small bedroom without much room on either side of the bed. It is almost impossible to fit a full-size cot. This is one of the reasons I love the Chicco Next 2 Me Crib as it is far more practical in size than a Moses basket but it isn’t quite as large as a full-sized cot.
The soft sides and mesh windows mean that even if he wriggles around in the night he won’t bang himself. It is also handy having the crib on wheels so I can move it out easily to clean underneath. As a second time mum, I can appreciate the optional rocking feature too and is a great way to settle Hugo down if he is fussing. I wish I had a feature like this with my first it would have made the world of difference to us!
Having used the Chicco Next 2 Me Crib for the past few weeks I would say it is one of my must-have essentials. I find it easy to use, well-made and extremely practical. I’m grateful to have the ability to sleep close to my baby – safely something I thought wouldn’t be possible. The carry bag is ideal for travelling with the crib and means that no matter where we are sleeping my baby can sleep next to me without change. Assembly is simple and easy and just requires slotting a few pieces together. For added peace of mind, the crib also comes with straps to attach to the bed when using as a side sleeper. These are also easy to attach and detach as needed.
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Have you ever used a side sleeping crib like the Chicco Next 2 Me? Do you think it would work for your family?
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