My experience with Chicco Next2Me bassinet
Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle-feed, using a bassinet for co-sleeping allows you to sleep close to your baby, knowing it's safe. This is my personal experience and my review of Chicco Next2Me Bassinet.
My baby liked this Chicco mini crib (or side-sleeping crib) from the first time we put it there. I figured he might feel out of place when he came home since the hospital bassinet was very small, but that was not the case.
It didn’t take me long to realize I’d made the right decision: when he woke up at night to feed, it was very easy for me to take him and get up to breastfeed because there were no bars separating us. Several times I tried to feed him lying down, but he didn’t like it and I didn’t feel comfortable, so I always had to sit down.
One of the best things about having him so close is that sometimes just touching him a little is enough to calm him down (which happens while you’re asleep, but your instinct wakes you up and when you do, you fall asleep right away). Besides, sometimes I saw him so peaceful and so still that I had to check that he was breathing well (I guess I’m not the only one that happened), and then I just had to open my eyes and put a small light to see a little.
From Newborn to Infant
As my little one grew up he started to turn around. Sometimes when I woke up I found his head completely glued to the side of the crib and deeply asleep, a sign that he was very comfortable. Also sometimes I woke up and I guess he liked to see so close to me because I never cried in the mornings. I think this has been a factor that helped him to be a child with very quiet awakenings.
I used this Chicco bassinet until I was 6 months old because I already needed something bigger. And my experience was more than satisfying. I would repeat it with no hesitation and I think its value for money is excellent.
Review of the Chicco Next2me side-sleeping crib
But beyond my personal experience, the Next2Me bassinet has very interesting features. It has wheels with brakes for easier mobility, a folding side to ease co-sleeping with parents and the possibility of adjusting the height in six different positions to fit the furniture.
It includes a comfortable mattress for the baby to sleep on, although it seems a little soft to me. As you know, it’s always recommended a firm mattress for newborns and toddlers. So you could upgrade this package with an extra crib mattress.
The Chicco Next2me cot can be placed in a semi-inclined position to help digestion and avoid colic. The legs are articulated to adapt to beds with drawers, also has a long adjustable strap that provides fixation and safety for the union. It has a removable and washable liner and a mesh window to watch the baby while we do the household chores.
It’s actually a very light bassinet. I appreciated how easy it was to move it in the room or even in the house. It comes with a travel bag so one could take it anywhere. I didn’t need to use this travel bag, but it would be very helpful if you visit your parents frequently.
This video explains very well what we can expect from this co-sleeping Chicco bassinet.
Have you been co-sleeping? And have you used a mini crib? I would love to read about your experiences!