Bedside cribs are a fantastic way to ensure your baby has a safe and restful night's sleep right by your side, but to those who are unfamiliar they can seem a little fiddly. The Babylo Cozi Sleeper is a popular brand of bedside crib and many parents find themselves struggling to put them up and take them down. In this article, we'll show you how to fold Babylo Cozi Sleeper bedside cribs and help you decide if this style of cot is right for you and your baby.
How to fold Babylo Cozi Sleeper front panel
Unzip the front panel from the top corners on each side of the bassinette. Detach the Velcro panels from the side frame. Pull the front frame to detach it from the side frame, and allow the front panel to fold down. You'll find fabric tags hanging down from the underside of the bassinette - one on each side - with press studs. These studs should be clipped to the frame of the front panel to keep it securely folded back.
How to fold Babylo Cozi Sleeper bassinette
On the upright poles of the cot frame, there are two raised buttons just beneath the edge of the bassinette. Press these down to release the bassinette. Lift it clear of the frame, then put it down on the floor or another firm, flat surface. The sides of the bassinette will simply collapse and fold flat. You can then take apart the frame and put this, along with the folded bassinette, into the carry bag provided.
Safety tips for bedside cribs
It's important to know how to fold Babylo Cozi Sleeper correctly before you use it for the first time. Infants should never be around loose sheets or folds of fabric due to the risk of suffocation. When unfastened, the front panel of a bedside crib should be securely pulled down and back away from where the baby will be sleeping. The front panel on any bedside crib should always be either be fully up or fully down and securely fastened in either position. Another important safety factor to consider is the height of the crib and its position beside the bed. There should not be a gap between the crib and the bed when the front panel is open, as this could pose a risk of the baby falling into the gap and getting trapped. The mattress of the crib should be level with the mattress of the bed, so be sure to adjust the frame height accordingly. Many bedside cribs have wheeled frames to make them easier to move around. It's important that the brake function is used once the crib is in position. This eliminates the risk of the crib moving away from the bed should you accidentally nudge it while sleeping. Finally, make sure that crib is completely stable before putting your baby in it. Most bedside cots have leg arms that should be extended out beneath the bed to ensure the crib doesn't topple over as you reach in for your baby.
What are the benefits of a bedside crib?
Bedside cribs are a brilliant option for parents who are interested in co-sleeping but are concerned about the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Co-sleeping is where babies sleep in a bed beside their parents. It is thought that this aids bonding and helps baby to feel more secure in order to help them get more restful sleep. Plus, co-sleeping could help to reduce tiredness in parents as it's easier to soothe or feed the baby when they wake in the night. However, there are lots of risks associated with co-sleeping. Parents could accidentally roll onto baby while sleeping and cause injury or suffocation. There's also the risk of blankets, duvets and pillows covering the baby's face and leading to suffocation. The NHS advises against
sharing a bed with your baby for these reasons. Bedside cots are a great compromise. They keep baby in close proximity to aid bonding and help them feel secure while giving them their own safe space in which to sleep. The baby will not be accidentally rolled onto or covered with sheets or blankets, but they'll be right by their parent's side to make the middle of the night wake-ups easier to deal with. Another benefit of these cribs is their portability. They are lightweight and reasonably easy to set up and take down, which is ideal for parents who travel frequently. Travel can be a stressful process for young babies, but using a bedside crib can help them to feel safe and secure at night since they're right by their parent's side.
Features to look out for in bedside cribs
A good quality bedside cot will have a good range when it comes to height adjustments. It will be simple to put together and take down to make it reasonably easy to travel with. Many bedside cribs have rocking functions to help soothe a fussy baby and get them off to sleep. Although bedside cribs are all of a similar size, their shape varies. Some have a rounded, cocoon-like shape. This can help babies to feel more secure because it limits their view and gives them a sense of being cradled. Cribs that are more rectangular in shape might offer you a little more room for manoeuvre when it comes to lifting baby in and out of the crib. Be sure to check out our full range of baby bedside cribs
to see all of the features on offer. You can also take a look at our collection of cribs and rockers
to discover if this type of cot might be better suited to your lifestyle.