Congratulations! You are pregnant, and now you have a ton of decisions to make and things to buy! When it comes to baby products there are so many different versions of everything, cribs, car seats, high chairs, swings, bouncer, swing and bouncer combos, the list goes on and on. I bet that is why you are here, you want to know about the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper, and I am going to tell you about it.
I am going to start off by saying, I have this product, my mother bought it as a gift for me when I was pregnant with my daughter, and it has one of the best gifts ever! As a pediatric nurse, I am an advocate for safe sleep, meaning babies do not sleep in the bed with mom and dad, and they sleep on their back, in their own bed, with nothing in the bed with them. This does not mean, however, that I am against safe co-sleeping, and that is exactly what the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper is, it is a safe way to co-sleep with your baby.
What is a co-sleeper?
The Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper is just that, a co-sleeper, but it is also so much more! The company has many different styles, but they are all along the same lines, but for this review, I am going to stick with the one I have, the Arm’s Reach Mini-Arc Convertible. Actually, the one in the picture is the exact one I have.
So what is a co-sleeper and why is it convertible? I am sure you have heard about parents talking about co-sleeping. Co-sleeping generally means sharing your bed with your children. This can be very unsafe for newborns and infants because there is a high risk of suffocation. A co-sleeper makes it possible to safely co-sleep with your baby.
There are many different versions of co-sleepers. There are some go in the bed with mom and dad that are just like a little basket for the baby. Because of the raised edges, this keeps the baby safe. I did not like the idea of these, and that is when I knew I wanted a freestanding co-sleeper like the one from Arm’s Reach. As you can see from the photo, one side of the co-sleeper folds down slightly, this allows you to push it up to your bed and with the side down, your baby is on the same level as you and easier to get to in the middle of the night.
But why is it convertible?
This was the main thing that attracted me to this particular brand. It can be both a co-sleeper and a bassinette. My husband and I travel frequently out of town to visit with family. If you want just a bassinette, you can just leave the side up, and viola, it is a bassinette and not a co-sleeper. When being used as a co-sleeper or bassinette, it is similar to other bassinettes in that babies will out grow it fast. I didn’t want something that I would use for a couple of months, and then have to put away, especially if I costs a lot. That was another reason I was drawn to the Arm’s Reach Mini-Arc Convertible. Once you are done with the co-sleeper or bassinette, it is just a regular play-yard. Remember how I said my husband and I travel frequently, well, playpens make great on-the-go cribs, and I don’t have to use the ones from the hotel that who knows how many people have used.
- Convertible – Like I mentioned before, the fact that is was convertible and I would be able to use it for an extended period of time was a huge bonus for me.
- No need for multiple items – I just had the co-sleeper and a crib. I didn’t need to buy a bassinette, co-sleeper, pack-and-play, and playpen this covered all of them.
- Easy to clean – The playpen part and pad is easy to wipe down. The rest of it is machine washable. You can buy a protector to save the pad and several sheets (in different colors), just like your crib.
- Great for traveling – Just like a pack-and-play, you can fold this up and take it with you. The inside pad wraps around the whole play-yard. There is a bag so that you can keep bugs and dirt out of it, and take your sheets with you.
- It is a safe way to co-sleep with your baby – As I mentioned earlier, I am a pediatric nurse, meaning I am an advocate for safe sleep and this product does just that. This whole company is geared toward safe sleeping. Your baby is within arm’s reach (hence the company name?), which is great for breastfeeding, or any middle of the night feedings for that matter!
- The pocket on the side it great! – There is a little pocket on each side of the Co-Sleeper is a wonderful addition. It was a great place to keep a few extra diapers and wipes, keep the dirty ones until morning, and even a extra night outfit.
- Could substitute for a crib – If you do not have a lot of money or space for a crib, the Arm’s Reach Mini-Arc Co-Sleeper is a great option. Once the baby outgrows the bassinette or co-sleeper, you can just use the play-yard as a crib. It is only $200, and a crib can cost a lot more!
- It folds ups compactly – When folded it is 10″ x 10″ x 30″
- It is large – When it is up it is 34″ x 20″ x 32.5″, so it is not huge, but it does take up room in your bedroom. I have a small room with a queen bed and this took up what little space I had left. If I had opted for a co-sleeper that just goes on the bed, I wouldn’t have given up the space, or if I had opted for a regular bassinette, it would have been smaller.
- Going from co-sleeper to bassinette is difficult – When rolling the side up or down it is difficult to say the least.
- It is difficult to fold, at first – I guess this is to be expected, but the first few times it is difficult because it is still a little stiff, and you are learning how to fold it, but after a few times, it is simple.
- The mattress is 4 inches lower than yours – This is not really a con for me, but I have heard a lot of people complain. It is a safety measure to keep the baby from rolling onto your mattress. Some people had issues because you cannot just roll over and breastfeed, you have to actually pick up the baby. My opinion is that it is better than having to get up out of bed.
So, is it really worth it?
For me, it was an essential and I will use it again in the future. I love it and it made those first couple of months easier. I was able to keep my baby close and the only reason I had to get out of bed was if I had to pee. If you want to keep your baby close, then a co-sleeper is the way to go. If you do not have a lot of money, then the convertible co-sleeper is for you.
Did you use a co-sleeper with your baby? Or do you plan to use a co-sleeper?
*All opinions are my own and I was not compensated at all to write this review. I decided to review this product because I feel that parents can benefit from this product.*
*This post originally appeared on frugalmomclub.com.*