This is the most wonderful invention ever. I have had mine for 6.5 years and it has done 3 kids. You don't have to get out of bed when the baby wakes up if you are breast feeding you just shuffle your baby over and then either fall alseep or push your baby back over.
When you put your baby down for a nap put all four sides up and you know your baby is safe.
My husband and I put ours together with no problems and we had no problems getting it through doors to move rooms - or houses for that matter.
The bed base is fully adjustable so we made it flush with our bed. Our 2.5 year old is crashed out in it now. I put her to bed with all 4 sides up and then when we go to bed we flip over one side so she can snuggle up to mummy if she wants to in the night.
I co-slept with my first two children, and bought a Brio (now global) bedside cot for the third, thinking he'd have a safe daytime sleep spot out of reach of his rampaging brothers, and more room in bed for me plus if a big brother clambered in. We used it for him (although he usually ended up snuggled next to me like the big brothers), tried but soon gave up for the fourth baby, and now baby 5 is due any day I've completely given up on it. Here are the problems:
1. It's huge and the sides are too high to use space-savers like crib-top changing tables. Now unless you smoke or are going to bed drugged up/drunk, the theoretical risk of co-sleeping is gone by 4 weeks old. Therefore if your primary concern is smothering, you only need a bedside crib big enough to accommodate a baby of a few months old at the outside. This cot is amply big enough for a 2 year-old. When I bought ours, four years ago, I wasn't aware of the Bedside Crib, which is much smaller - it sounds much more appropriate. This is one of those hybrids which is NOT the best of both worlds! It's not a good bedside unit and it's not a great cot either.
2. The swing-over cot side sounds like a good idea but I found it terrifying. It drops down with quite a bang and I hate to think what would happen if a baby got in the way of it. It's unwieldy and not that easy to do - would imagine that amother who'd had a caesarean might find it hard to manage in the first few weeks.
3. It didn't sit snugly at the side of the bed. The drop-side mechanism sticks out a bit, making it hard to align the cot closely with your mattress. You end up having to stuff towels down a gap somewhere - for safety I put them on the outside edge of the cot, pushing the cot mattress towards my bed, and put a sheepskin over the join. You still end up with a dip where the mattresses join, though,. and odds are someone will end up sleeping on it (often it was me!)
4. It has castors. Even with the castors on locked mode, ours still slid out of place quite easily. Worse still, the castors in ours were not very securely fixed in and several have come out. This is a design/build issue btw - not to do with how I put it together!
5. I'm very experienced in building flatpacks, but this took ages and the instructions were not clear.
Best source of info on safe co-sleeping is www.babyfriendly.org.uk .... if you are breastfeeding and not drugged/drunk then the risks of cosleeping in an adult bed are vanishingly small (much smaller, for instance, than having your baby sleeping in a separate room!) and I'm not sure that this cot is worth the space, hassle or money. Next time I'm either going to get a bedside crib (much smaller) or a cheap, small cot and just push it next to the bed..
We really like co-sleeping. Our baby daughter is a little cuddle monster, and especially now, in the clingy stage from seven months onward, having her in with us makes it far easier to tend to her at night. Since I'm breastfeeding on cue, she can basically crawl up to me and serve herself should she feel peckish ;)
Even before the current safety warnings about co-sleeping in a bed, we opted for a bedside cot that could be attached to our bed in a sidecar arrangement. It's the only way of co-sleeping that Health Visitors will tolerate, and they do have a point - there's no way you will roll onto a baby who is in her bedside cot, but she's still within arms reach if you need her.
We bought the Global bedside cot (formerly Brio). Because of its wheels (as noticed by an earlier reviewer), it tended to slip on our laminate floor. Well, we thought, we just need to be careful and keep adjusting it to be snug with our bed and nothing much will happen.
No such luck, I'm afraid.
Tonight, our wriggly crawler managed to create a gap between the cot and our bed that was big enough for her to fall into. Luckily, she was in her grobag and fell on her feet - the worst thing was the shock. But DH immediately went and fastened the cot to our bed with adjustable braces.
So, bottom line: If you buy a bedside cot, make sure that it comes with a way of securely fastening it to the parents' bed. You don't want any accidents.
We bought this cot while I was pregnant and I constructed it in the nursery, as there was no point in putting it in the bedroom until needed. The idea of a bedside cot was really appealing, especially as we fully intended to have our baby in our bedroom for the first 6 months, as is now recommended. It was really tricky to construct, and even the instructions recommended 2 people do it. I was very proud (stupid?) to have done this all by myself when I was 6 months pregnant. I then thought I'd move it into the bedroom to see how it worked next to our bed. Whoops, I hadn't checked whether it would fit through the door frame. Even if it had, I could not have turned it the required angle to do this anyway. After this discovery, we purchased a bedside "crib", which works on exactly the same principle, but on a much smaller scale. It too is made by Brio/Global (I think these companies are related) and is much more manageable. I love the crib, which I use both ways, next to the bed or across the room, and it is roomy enough to stand a chance of lasting 6 months, unlike a moses basket. But I even have trouble getting out of bed with this one next to me, so really don't think I would have got on with the larger cot next to the bed. So the cot stays in the nursery waiting to be used by my son when he moves to his own room at around 6 months. We are using it as a changing station at the moment, which works very well. However, when I tried to raise the height so that my back didn't suffer so much I found it impossible. I am rarely defeated by any practical task, being quite a handy sort of person. But this was impossible and having taken the whole thing apart I had to put it back again at the same height, how frustrating! Wish we'd bought a standard cot with an easily adjustable base height.
We bought a Brio Bedside Cot before our son was born. It seemed like a nice compromise between having him in our bed, and having him in another cot. He would sleep in his cot, but right next to our bed. I could just roll over to breastfeed in the night, rather than getting out of bed. The last part was true - I did just breastfeed in bed, because he was right in the bed. But we never ended up using the cot at the bedside - when we placed it beside the bed, it left me no room to get out of bed! Between my bedside table, the cot, and the footboard of the bed, I wouldn't be able to get up in the night to go to the loo, ensuring a bad night for everyone! And although the wheels lock, I did worry that the gap between our bed and his might grow, and he might get an arm or leg trapped, or worse, slip down into the gap. So while he was in our bed, the cot stayed in our room, and the cats slept in it. If you don't have a footboard, or if you can manage without a bedside table, this cot might work for you. A new baby who can be moved in his sleep would also help, so you could move him from your breast to the cot, would also help. The idea is certainly lovely, and should make sleeping with the baby easier. We ended up moving the baby out of our bed at 3 months, so I could roll over in the night, in peace. He does use the cot now, it works very well as a standard cot. We could have saved some money by just buying one of those.
I wasn't sure that a bedside cot was the right option for me, but I liked the styling of the Brio Bedside and the fact that it is made out of beech (most cots seem to be made of pine) so I decided to give it a try. I figured that I could always just use it as a normal cot if I didn't like it as a three-sided cot... In the event I had to have an emergency caesarian, and when I got home from the hospital I was so grateful to have the bedside cot waiting for me. It meant that I didn't have to painfully haul myself out of bed several times a night - I could just reach over and pick my son up from next to me. Even now that my scar is no longer uncomfortable the bedside cot allows me to pick him up, feed him,and put him back in his cot with the minimum of movement, which makes it so much easier to get back to sleep... Sometimes he cries out and wakes up during the night, and I have found that usually all I have to do is touch him and say a few words to get him back to sleep - I can do this easily from my own bed before he wakes up fully. I would not have felt comfortable letting him sleep in our bed with us (due to fears of rolling on him or smothering him with the duvet) so this really is the next best option, both convenient and safe. There are several other brands of bedside cot on the market but I feel the Brio is the most stylish. It is also the only one I have seen where the side flips up and over the cot rather than storing underneath or having to be removed altogether... this is certainly an advantage for us as we have limited space. The Brio bedside is a very solid cot and was fairly simple to put together. It is also one of the few cots I have seen with wheels, which makes it very practical. There are a few things to be aware of though if you are planning to buy a Brio Bedside Cot. Firstly, it is taller than many other cots so depending on the size and layout of your house you may need to build it in the room wh
ere you plan to use it or risk having to take it apart again afterwards to move it. Also, be very careful when setting the height - you need to do this with the cot mattress in place and line it up very carefully with your bed mattress, I got it wrong by an inch when I put mine together and had to start all over again. It's also worth noting that if you plan to alternate between using this as a bedside cot and a normal cot (eg a bedside cot at night and normal cot for naps) you won't be able to attach anything such as cot bumpers or mobiles, which stop the side from being flipped over. I would recommend the Brio Bedside to anyone whose baby sleeps in their room. I use it as a bedside cot at the moment (locked next to the bed both day and night), and as a changing table (pushed away from the bed with me sitting on the edge of the bed) and will use it as a traditional cot in my son's room when he is older. It is no longer available from Mothercare but can be bought from several online stores.
We bought this cot when our daughter outgrew her moses basket(which she hardly slept in,prefering our bed!).I managed to put it together on my own although it would have been even easier with two of us.You can line up the base to match the height of your bed but buy the mattress first. (Not included). The wheels can be locked on and the cot side moves up and over to make a conventional cot.We only use it with the three sides - right by our bed.At first we called it an expensive bedguard!Our daughter was mostly in our bed as she was breastfeeding and helping herself in the night.I had peace of mind that she wasn't going anywhere while we slept.Now that she is older she tends to flop into her cot (sometimes upsidedown!)in her sleep.We have had VERY few 'bad' nights, and she is happy and secure.I so wish we had had this cot for our other two children.All I can say is ,what price a good nights sleep for everyone?
I had already had a cot loaned to my when I had my daughter, but when she developed eczema and had trouble sleeping at night, I decided to take her into bed with me, so that I could soothe her back to sleep quickly and get back to sleep myself. However, what I found was, that although she slept better in bed with me, I found it really uncomfortable, and had to move around really carefully so as not to disturb her. One day whilst browsing through a Mothercare catalogue, I found the Brio Bedside Cot, which can be converted into a bed when baby gets older. It has 27 adjustable heights, so you can make it level with your bed, and you can take one side off, so effectively, it's like being in bed with Mum, but with your own space. PERECT! Now that her skin is much better, I have put the other cot side up. It's a drop side with a foot operated lever, which makes it all so smooth. It's my best baby buy so far!
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