Are you pregnant or have a newborn, and are interested in buying a co-sleeper cot that attaches to the side of your bed? We’ve been reviewing the SnuzPod bedside crib from Little Green Sheep for the past ten weeks. Here’s how we are getting on (update: with a new discount code at the end).
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Sleep – or lack of sleep – is such a huge topic for parents, isn’t it? Our first baby was never a fan of the moses basket – or of sleeping in general, really – so we were really keen to explore other options with our second. Anything to help us all get some more sleep all round. I’ve read so much about the benefits of bed sharing but it wasn’t a full-time option for us as we only have a standard double bed (and a toddler that sleeps in it at some point on most nights). So with Florence I wanted something that would offer the comfort, closeness and convenience of co-sleeping, but within our own spaces. This is where the SnuzPod seemed like a perfect fit.
As we’ve had 10 weeks of baby sleep, here’s 10 things you might want to know if you’re considering buying one.
10) So what is the SnuzPod? It’s a 3-in-1 bedside crib that you can use as a standalone cot, a co-sleeper crib attached to your bed (with a see-through mesh side that can be folded down or zipped up) and as a separate bassinet if you take it off the stand. We’ve used it solely as a co-sleeper with the side zipped down, so it’s an extension of our bed.
The SnuzPod is made by Little Green Sheep, a company that was founded in 2006 to offer products for baby bedtimes. There’s an emphasis on green and organic materials, and 60% of things sold are made in the UK.
9) How easy is it to assemble the SnuzPod? I had a slightly relaxed approach to baby prep with my second pregnancy, but at 36 weeks pregnant I suddenly panicked that the baby would be early and made my husband put the cot together at 10pm (in the end I didn’t go into labour till 40+4, but hey, we were all ready).
Despite all this panic, it was easy to assemble the frame – the only problem we had was fitting the wooden poles through the fabric walls of the cot. The loops the poles go through were a very tight fit, and if they’d only been a millimetre looser it would have been a lot easier – we resorted to pliers in the end.
There are various different height options to line up with your mattress, and the whole thing attaches to the side of your bed using fabric straps. This was really easy to do, despite us having an odd Ikea bed.
8) How long can my baby sleep in the SnuzPod? Up to about six months, so much longer than your standard moses basket. As it’s recommended that babies sleep in your room for that long this is a big bonus and means you don’t have to move lots of furniture around or buy an interim cot.
7) So…how does our baby sleep in the Snuzpod? Well, like a baby really. For the first few days she refused to sleep anywhere other than on one of us. Once we started swaddling her she slept a lot better and she’s been fine in it since – apart from the usual multiple night wake-ups, of course (the SnuzPod is brilliant for many reasons I’ll come on to, but it’s not a magic wand for baby sleep – unfortunately!) One of the big problems with Eliza in the moses basket was that putting her in it would often wake her up, which is where the SnuzPod is a lot easier – as there’s no side, we can slide sleeping Florence back in with less disruption.
6) What about bedding? As the cot is bigger than a moses basket but smaller than a standard cot, you will need to consider this when buying sheets (our patterned one in the photo was specifically made to fit a Bednest – another bedside cot that’s a similar size).
Little Green Sheep sell a range of organic bedding, including sheets designed to fit. We were sent some sheets, a blanket and a mattress protector along with our cot. The blanket in particular – made of a really soft t-shirt fabric – is lovely and has had a lot of use. The protector is a great idea as it means you can wash this instead of the mattress. It’s a worthwhile investment if you have a sicky baby (we do).
5) How does the SnuzPod look? It’s fantastically minimalist; all pale wood and cream fabric. The model we were sent to review is the natural wood version, but it also comes in darker wood and dove grey. It’s distinctly non-gendered and neutral.
Apart from the assembly issues, the only other slight negative I would point out is the gap between the bed and the cot, as the mattresses don’t actually meet. However, it’s not huge, and when folded down the cot side can be used as a bridge (and we also have a fleece blanket rolled in the gap).
4) So…what did we think? 10 weeks into using it, I absolutely love it. We’ve had it attached to the side of the bed the whole time, and kept the side down pretty much all the time. It has so many benefits and has made my life so much easier. I don’t have to get out of bed to bring her in with us, and don’t even need to sit up to check she’s OK. We do have a baby monitor with a motion sensor, but there’s nothing like the reassurance of just being able to look over and see the baby breathing. And although I sit up when breastfeeding, I’m able to reach and slide her over with minimal fuss. It offers all the closeness that I wanted, but within our own space.
3) My two favourite things. Being able to just reach to the side and touch the baby, soothe her, and hold her tiny little hand at any time. I can’t really convey how lovely this is.
And 2) being able to sleep directly facing her and just look and see her at any time. This is so reassuring.
1) So finally, would I recommend the Snuzpod? Yes, absolutely. I’m a firm believer in doing what you can to make your life easier as a parent, and the Snuzpod bedside crib is definitely something that does, especially if you’re planning on breastfeeding. At £169 it’s more expensive than a standard Moses basket, but it will last longer and offers so much more. I only wish we’d had one first time round.
You can also read more about the Snuzpod in my post on six questions about the SnuzPod
We were sent the SnuzPod, mattress and bedding to review.