Stylish bedside cot that can easily be attached to the majority of 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 is a stylish cot with well-designed functions. 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 move the cot or to raise the bed base a little further. The Babybay is one of few bedside cots that works with all the beds we tested it with. This is partly because it doesn't have legs that stick out beyond the bed base, 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 both 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 more than this, which is completely possible as there are no stops, there's a risk that the child can fall out of the cot. This applies above all 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 about six months. After this the Babybay feels a bit too restricted and the child's arms and legs tend to hit the bars. 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.
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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 gives it a longer duration of use. Above all the Next2Me is almost as wide as a normal standard cot. However, Chicco recommend a maximum weight of 9 kg and a maximum age of 6 months. With the help of an easy-to-use catch on each short side, the bed can easily be raised and lowered to six different levels. At the lowest, the bed base is 33 cm from the floor, but you need to add 5 cm for the mattress. The child can be a maximum of 54 cm above floor 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 Next2Me must be attached to the parents' bed with the included straps and you should therefore make sure you have a bed frame that you can tie straps around. The support legs on one side of the cot can be folded into ward 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 that it includes a storage case, you can also use the Next2Me as a travel cot. The cot is perhaps not quite as stylish as white painted wood versions can be. But the many intelligent functions outweigh aesthetics and the Chicco Next2Me is a very practical cot for the child's first six months.
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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 pine wood 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 fits into 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 ones. 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 wakens easily this might not be something you'll want to do after the baby is asleep.
The quality of the Troll Bedside Crib Sun is very high, and even after several months' daily use the cot is just as stable as 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 slips away from the parents' bed. If the side rail is up this isn't a problem, but if you want the cot close to have better contact with your baby, this isn't very good. 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 use period is about six months and the bed base is sufficiently large for a normal-sized baby nest without it being cramped. The Troll Bedside Crib Sun is a classic model with some intelligent functions, but to get a higher score it should be possible to attach it to the parents' bed and the side rail should open and close more quietly.
External dimensions: 101.5 x 50 cm Bed dimensions: 89 x 39.5 cm Height: - 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, but 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 many different height positions for the bed base and it's easy to find a good height so that the cot is level with the parents' bed. The included four lockable wheels can be used to raise the bed a little further. The quality of the cot is good, construction is stable and after several months' 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 nor hooks. If you want to attach it so that there is no gap between the cot and the parents' mattress, 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 sensitive floor surfaces. If you choose to put furniture pads on the feet of the cot, this unfortunately makes it slide still more easily. The Carena Väddö is generally very easy to use and the fact that one side rail can be moved up and down is very practical. This means that 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 always quite noisy when you move it up and down. For babies who sleep lightly, this often makes it difficult to adjust the side of the bed in practice. However, the Carena Väddö is a very good value for money bedside cot, and if you can find a way to attach it to your bed it can be a very useful addition to the bedroom if you don't have much space or if you want your baby close to you at night.
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