Updated 9 March 2022
Do you want your baby close at night but not in your own bed? A bedside crib gives you easy access to your child, and can be helpful to make night feedings more smooth during the first months with the new addition to the family.
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Stylish bedside cot that can easily be attached to most beds
External dimensions: 84 x 45 cm Bed dimensions: 81 x 42 cm Height: 79 cm Max and min height for bed base without mattress: 7-52 cm Material: Wood Accessories: Mattress, bumper pad, side rail and other parts purchased separately.
The Babybay Bedside Crib Original with mattress is a stylish cot with many well-designed functions that has warranted it with a string of glowing reviews. The cot is easy to install, with clear instructions showing the order in which the parts should be put together. Despite being made from wood, it's not heavy and can be moved around the home easily. You can also buy casters separately if you want to make it even easier to relocate the cot or to raise the bed base a little more. The Babybay is one of few bedside cots that worked with all the beds we tested it with. This is partly because it doesn't have legs that stick out beyond the bed base, when viewed from above. Bed frames that are solid right down to the ground, such as the IKEA Brimnes, also work for attaching the Babybay to, as the two anchoring hooks can be rotated and hook onto the parents' bed from above and below. The Babybay can also be firmly attached to a bed that consists of just a sprung mattress base with legs.
The height of the Babybay bed base can be adjusted separately and the smallest permitted measurement between the base and the upper edge of the bed is 27.5 cm. If you raise the bed base higher than this, which is completely possible as there are no stops, there's a risk that the child could fall out of the cot. This applies even more so when the child is a little older and more mobile. The Babybay Bedside Crib has a half-moon shaped bed base, which means that you have to buy the brand's own mattress for it to fit properly. Over time the screws that hold the cot's hooks to the parents' bed tend to come loose and may need tightening now and then. However, we first noticed this when the cot had been moved and handled rather roughly. During normal use the cot never came undone. The cot fits a normal sized baby nest and works well for children up to six months. After this, the Babybay Cot feels too restricted and the child's arms and legs tend to hit the bars. For toddlers you will need a new model, but for the early months, the Babybay Bedside Crib is an attractive, safe and clever solution for creating extra sleeping space for the baby in the parents' bedroom. You just need to buy a mattress and fitted sheets for that mattress separately.
Attractive, adjustable and easy to use bedside crib, ideal for the family with a small bedroom
External dimensions: 95 x 55 cm Bed dimensions: 80 x 58 cm Height: 74 cm Max and min height for bed surface without mattress: 40 cm - 50 cm Accessories: Mattress and storage basket
The Maxi Cosi Iora is a bedside crib that can also be used as a freestanding bed. One long side of the bed can be opened up with zips and then folded right down to mattress height. The Iora is a bit smaller than a normal cot, which makes it easier to fit beside your own bed even if you have a small bedroom. The maximum weight is 9 kg, so the period of use depends on the child’s weight.
The Iora is delivered pretty much ready to use, and the small amount of assembly it requires is easy to do and doesn’t require tools. The quality is good. The frame is stable and the textiles the bed is made from feel durable on the outside but soft on the inside. The bed can be adjusted to five different heights and can also be tilted at the head end, which is useful if the baby has a cold. Maxi Cosi have plenty of information videos showing how all of Iora’s functions can be used.
The Maxi Cosi Iora works very well in terms of practical stuff. It’s easy to open the side to get to your child, and you can lie comfortably in your own bed with your hand on your sleeping child. The storage basket underneath is very practical for collecting things you want close to hand at night. If the bed gets grubby, it’s a big advantage that the fabric can be removed and washed.
The Maxi Cosi Iora is a good, neater alternative to a normal cot. Just like with all bedside cribs, the period of use is limited to the bed’s maximum weight. We’d also have liked to see a way of attaching the bed firmly to the parent’s bed. And wheels would have been handy to move the Iora around. At the same time, the stable legs mean that the bed doesn’t slide across the floor, which is good.
The Maxi Cosi Iora is an attractively designed bed for the baby’s first months, which won’t offend anyone who wants to retain a neutral style in the bedroom. This bedside crib is easy to assemble and easy to fold up and take with you on car journeys – the weight of 11 kg means it’s not too heavy to pop in the boot of the car. The Maxi Cosi Iora is perfect for the early days for families lacking space in the bedroom.
Multi-function bedside cot with bed base that can be set on an angle and a lowerable side rail
External dimensions: 93 x 69 cm Bed dimensions: 82 x 50 cm Height: 66-81 cm Max and min height for bed base without mattress: 33-49 cm Material: Aluminium and polyester Accessories: Attachment straps, mattress and storage case
The Chicco Next2Me is a model of bedside cot with a unique design, as the cot has an aluminium frame with textile upholstery. The mattress that's included is substantial, with a hard baseplate but still nice and soft for your baby to lie on. The bed base is generously proportioned, which makes it ideal for twins in some circumstances or useful for your new baby for longer as he/she grows. The Next2Me is almost as wide as a normal standard cot. However, Chicco recommend a maximum weight of 9 kg and a max age of six months. After six months you may need another type of crib. With the help of an easy-to-use catch on each short side, the bed can be easily raised and lowered to six different increments. At its lowest, the bed base is 33 cm from the floor, but you need to add 5 cm to account for the mattress. The child could be a maximum of 54 cm above floor level at the highest level. Chicco's recommendation is that there should be a maximum of 2 cm height difference between the child's and the adults' bed. One interesting function is that you can raise the cot at just one end, which is perfect for keeping the child's chest higher when he or she has a cold.
The Next2Me can be used both beside the parents' bed and as a freestanding cot. When you want the side rail down, you simply open the cover with zips and take the frame apart, then fold the edge down and fasten it under the bed base. For this type of use to be safe, the foldable Next2Me must be attached to the parents' bed with the included straps - and you therefore need to sure you have a bed frame that you can tie straps around. The support legs on one side of the cot can be folded in towards each other so that there is no gap between the Next2Me and the parents' bed. The Chicco Next2Me is easy to assemble and can be relatively quickly dismantled again. Bearing this in mind, and the fact it includes a storage case, you can also use the Next2Me as a travel cot. The cot is perhaps not quite as stylish as those white wooden versions often are. But the many intelligent functions outweigh aesthetics, making the Chicco Next2Me a practical cot for the child's first six months.
External dimensions: 95 x 47 cm Bed dimensions: 89 x 39.5 cm Max and min height for bed base without mattress: 38-56 cm – with casters +6 cm Material: Birch and pinewood Accessories: Side rail, four casters – which can be locked
The Troll Bedside Crib Sun is a classic model of smaller cot to be placed beside the parents' bed. It's manufactured in wood with a stylish design that is likely to suit all homes. The assembly was relatively uncomplicated, but you need to read the instructions carefully so that you screw the parts together in the right order. The bed base is rectangular, so standard mattresses work just as well as Troll's own mattresses that come recommended. You can set the bed base in 12 different positions. Four lockable casters are included with the bed, and by installing these you can raise the bed base a little further. One side rail of the Bedside Crib Sun can be raised and lowered - and can even be removed completely if you prefer. The function for locking and opening the side rail is both simple and attractive. A wooden rod with a spring inside is pressed in when you want to lower the side rail. The side rail then stops so that the upper edge is level with the bed base, but you can press the rod again so that the side rail is lowered right down to the floor. You can easily move the side rail with the child in the cot. However, it's quite noisy so if your baby wakes up easily this might not be something you'll want to do when the baby is sleeping.
The quality of the Troll Bedside Crib Sun is high, and even after several months of daily use, the cot is just as stable as it was immediately after assembly. The casters have a rubberised surface so that the floor doesn't get scratched. The primary disadvantage of the cot is that it's completely lacking an option to attach it to the parents' bed. Regardless of whether it's used with or without casters, it sometimes moves away from the parents' bed. If the side rail is up this isn't a problem, but if you want the cot close by to have easier contact with your baby, this isn't a very good option. Although there's undoubtedly a way of creating your own solution with separate straps, this function should be included, particularly given the price of the cot. The cot will suit newborns up to a max age of six months, and the bed base is sufficiently large for an average-sized baby nest without it being cramped. After six months you will probably need a different model. The Troll Bedside Crib Sun is a classic model with some intelligent functions, but to get a higher score it should be able to attach to the parents' bed and the side rail should open and close more quietly.
Folding bedside crib that can be easily height adjusted and comes with attachment belts
Bed dimensions: 85 x 50 cm Height: 85 cm Max and min height for bed surface without mattress: 48-66 cm Material: Aluminium and polyester Accessories: Attachment belts and mattress included
The Hauck Bedside Crib is a mini cot that can be seen as a more substantial baby’s travel bed. It’s foldable, which means it’s relatively easy to take with you on your travels. But it isn’t so small and compact that you’d want to fold it up regularly. The bed is delivered in parts and includes a mattress, but you’ll need to buy sheets and a mattress protector for the cot. The instructions on how to assemble it could have been clearer. Don’t be afraid of manhandling it, as some parts have to be knocked together quite firmly.
Once assembled, the Hauck Bedside Crib it is easy to use. The bed’s height can be adjusted and the catches you pull out to do this are easy to access. But it’s important to pay attention to what you’re doing, as the crib doesn’t stay up once the catches are undone. With five different height positions, it’s easy to find a level that suits your needs. The recommendation is that you should have your own mattress level with the opening for the Hauck Bedside Crib.
The crib can and should be attached to the parents’ bed. This is because a gap presents a risk of both falling and suffocation. The Hauck Face To Me Bedside Crib includes two long attachment belts. These should be attached to the bed frame. If you have a continental bed, you should wrap the belts around the entire bed base and then tighten them. This is a bit fiddly, but it’s worth the time and effort. The fact that the belts are included is a major plus point, as this isn’t true for all bedside cribs.
The Hauck Bedside Crib can be used as a freestanding bed with all four sides up. But as a bedside crib, you open up one long side. This makes it easier to reach the child. But you can’t avoid noticing the edge at the opening of the bed, which isn’t very pleasant to rest your arm on, for example if you’re bottle feeding, holding your baby’s hand or popping a dummy back in during the night. We’re also a bit dubious about the material the bed is lined with. It’s easy to keep clean but has a tendency to rustle when the child moves.
If you want to make the Hauck Bedside Crib a bit cosier you can place a baby nest inside. The bed surface isn’t very large, but sufficiently spacious for use during the first six months. After this, you should change to a bed with higher edges or one with a lowerable base. Nor is this model the most attractive in terms of design. But the Hauck Bedside Crib is adjustable in height, can be folded up and perfectly fulfils its function as an early bedside crib.
External dimensions: 101.5 x 50 cm Bed dimensions: 89 x 39.5 cm Max and min height for bed base without mattress: 38-55.5 cm – with casters +6 cm Material: Wood. Accessories: Side rail, four casters – which can be locked
You can't fail to notice that the Carena Väddö has a design inspired by the classic Troll Bedside Crib. However, the Väddö has a decorative strip on the top, which neatly conceals a number of screw holes, while also makes the cot's external dimensions slightly larger. The bed base has standard dimensions, which makes it easy to find a mattress that fits. The cot is big enough to fit a baby in a baby nest for up to 6 months. After this, it is recommended that the child should sleep in a cot with a lowered base to eliminate the risk of falling out. The Väddö has multiple height positions for the bed base, and it's easy to find the recommended height so that the cot is level with the parents' bed. The cot is equipped with wheels that are lockable can be used to raise the bed a little further. The quality of the cot is good, construction is stable and after several months of use it's still in excellent condition.
Unfortunately, there is no option to attach the Carena Väddö to the parents' bed as it includes neither straps or hooks. If you want to attach it so that there is no gap between the cot and the parents' mattress – which you should - you have to be creative and find your own solution. And regardless of whether the cot is used with or without wheels, it tends to slide outwards. This can cause scratches on some floor surfaces. If you choose to put furniture pads on the feet of the cot, this unfortunately makes it slide even more – but at least your floor would be protected. The Carena Väddö is generally easy to use and the fact that one side rail can be moved up and down is highly desirable. This cot with drop side means you can also use the cot freestanding. The lowerable side rail can be adjusted in terms of position, but you must be conscious of the fact that it's quite noisy when you move it up and down. For newborn babies who sleep lightly, this makes it difficult to adjust the side of the bed in practice. However, the Carena Väddö is a good value for money bedside cot, and if you can find a way to attach it to your bed it can be a useful addition to the bedroom if you don't have much space.