Three in the bed! A safe co-sleeping round-up


I was never very good at co-sleeping with my babies, mainly because the safety recommendation that you shouldn’t be ‘excessively tired’ with an infant in the bed essentially ruled me out. Every night. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop putting the bassinet as close to my bed as possible. For co-sleeping fans, there are a number of specially designed bassinets that allow parents to co-sleep while maximising safety.


It’s hard to believe that just six years ago, many co-sleeping bassinets were nothing more than a design concept. We previewed the beautiful Bloom Bassinet (above) as well as the striking Culla Belly Co-Sleeper from Italian designers Manuela Busetti and Andrea Garuti, which has since gone into production (although the design that is available to buy – shown below – looks quite different to the original concept).



If you’re seeking style combined with a co-sleeping arrangement, look no further than the Bednest (shown above and at top). The Bednest is height adjustable, clips onto the side of the bed or can be used as a stand-alone bassinet, packs flat for easy transport (so you can use it instead of a port-a-cot) and has sides which can be adjusted up or down.


The Arm’s Reach Mini Co-Sleeper is also a popular choice for parents and like the Bednest, can be attached to the adult’s bed or used as a stand-alone bassinet. With a lowering side and adjustable legs, the Mini Co-Sleeper gives you flexible night-time sleeping arrangements.


The Snuggle Nest Surround puts baby in the middle in a secure way. The Snuggle Nest Surround has rigid ends top and bottom to help keep its shape and flexible sides filled with breathable mesh. It also includes a soft nightlight unit which plays a variety of white noise sounds and music to help keep your baby relaxed.


Finally, the BabyBjorn Cradle Harmony is as close as you can get to co-sleeping, without technically co-sleeping. The transparent mesh fabric means you can see and hear baby, and easily pick them up if they’re in need of a feed or cuddle. It retails for $420.

For more information about co-sleeping and important safety guidelines, visit the Raising Children Network. For more about choosing a bassinet, check out our previous posts.


  1. I used the BabyBay as it is quite common in Germany where I was living and found it really good.

    In fact, you can rent the bed and just buy a new mattress and linen…

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  2. Being a single mum I co slept with my child. I used the Tetra bed. Very easy put on the lounge or bed. Baby doesn’t move about and nice and close to you. The sides make sure mum doesn’t roll over on bubs. You can get them at Big W $50-$100. When bub could roll over I put him in the cot. you can also use Tetra in the cot.

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  3. The Arm’s Reach range is available now in Australia and New Zealand. Go to (in Australia) and )in New Zealand)

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  4. Some of these would be excellent when travelling, far less bulky to transport than a port-a-cot, yet practical.

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  5. BabyBay is now available in Australia. Visit for details.

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  6. The Bednest gets so much positive feedback from happy parents. They particularly like that they can adjust the side whilst in bed and that there is no gap between the unit and the main bed. Many are also finding the tilting option of the stand a great help with reflux and colds. Visit to see feedback.

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  8. Babyhood original cosy crib designed 13 years ago for their grand daughter
    Is still a healthy alternative . Co sleeper ,firm noodle cushion stops parent rolling over onto baby ,firm support ,Cotton with quilted zip off mattress ,dust mite proof bonded fibre no foam ,cool environment ,fully washable ,environmentally friendly ,recyclable . consumers have asked for larger size due to babies loving their environment ,perfect gift ,and best of all take it anywhere you go has it own bag for pack n go situation
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