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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
We love the idea of this co-sleeper and we've been using it for the past 2 months. It's the perfect size for our newborn and I expect that she won't grow out of it until she's at least 6 months old (and we might anyway move her to her own crib by that point.) I love being able to see her while I'm sleeping, especially because she will fidget and move in her sleep and I can lean over and shush her or place a hand on her chest and she'll go right back to sleep.
I know that a lot of people complain about how lumpy or hard the mattress is but I don't find it that much harder than any other infant-approved mattress. What I don't like is that because the bottom is mesh, it is not even when we put in the mattress, so our baby tends to roll to the right. She wriggles while she's sleeping anyway (even swaddled), so I have found her with her face wedged up against the unventilated side of the co-sleeper (against my bed mattress). Because I'm right there, I've been able to shift her back over to the middle but it worries me and we never let her sleep in the co-sleeper unattended.
That being said, I think the co-sleeper has saved our sleep and sanity because we have a small bedroom and needed something to watch her at night.
Two tips:
1. There's no need to buy any extra sheets for the mini co-sleeper. You can simply use an ordinary king-sized pillowcase which fits perfectly over the mattress.
2. The Arms Reach risers are extremely rickety and I would not recommend them. We bought the Kennedy Black Bed Risers available on Amazon and they are awesome. The co-sleeper feels very sturdy on these risers and I would highly recommend them (and they're cheaper than the Arms Reach variety, too.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am a single mom of a baby girl and need all the help I can get so having baby right next to me at night is perfect. I can use this for storage after she grows out of it. She is 3 months now and still has a while before she'll move up to a crib. The ONLY downfall is that it's a pain in the rear to lock the sides into place. I have to use all my strength and put it up against something to lock the sides into place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2006
This co-sleeper was really good and joined right next to our bed. It was very easy to pick up my son during the night. I would recommend that if you don't have a space issue then to get the bigger co-sleeper. My son outgrew this when he was 4 months old. He fit in it, however because he had started to roll over, he did not have any space to turn or move and would hit the sides.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2006
This is better than a Bassinett for the following reasons - when you bring your newborn home... you want to keep an eye on the baby, every breath and noise your baby makes you want to be able to quickly look over to see whats going on. This co-sleeper makes that possible. I baught a bassinett first and the next day i made my husband get the co-sleeper. I was constantly sitting up (straining my fragile post-birth abs) throughout the night. It doesn't look as 'pretty and fluffy' as a bassinett but it is the best purchase. We use the bassinett during the day in the living room or when I am up and walking around anyway. But for sleeping at night this is the BEST. Porta crib sheets fit right onto it too. It doenst come with music or anything but your newborn doenst need that for quite a few weeks. It has great storage underneath it aswell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2009
This was the best baby item I've purchased. My daughter has just turned 8 months old and we are still using it. Now that she is sitting up and crawling, however, I can't put her to bed in the co-sleeper unless I am next to her. I would never leave her in the co-sleeper unattended now that she is mobile because she could easily fall out of it .... or crawl onto my bed and fall off of that. So, I bought a small sized (portable) wooden crib to put near the foot of my bed. I put her down in the crib initially each night or whenever she is napping unattended. Then when it's time for me to go to sleep, I just pick her up out of her crib and place her in the co-sleeper next to me. She usually doesn't even wake up. She LOVES sleeping next to Mommy, and when she looks over and smiles at me first thing in the morning it starts my day off just right!

My only complaint is the flimsy "mattress" that comes with it. Originally, I looked at Babies R Us for an upgraded mattress to fit inside the co-sleeper but they were all the wrong size. So I went to a discount store and bought a firm twin-sized memory foam mattress for $20 and literally "cut" it down to fit inside the co-sleeper. I placed the memory foam mattress on top of the flimsy one it comes with. And underneath both of the mattresses, I placed a piece of particle board to provide a firm surface for her Angel Monitor (goes off if baby stops breathing...another must!) So, I guess you could say our co-sleeper is a little "rigged" lol ... but it all works out and has been absolutely wonderful! I plan on using it until she gets too long for it or outgrows the 23 lb weight limit (at 8 months she weighs 17 lbs).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2012
I received this and set it up before the baby was born. I had a c-section and exclusively breast-fed the baby.

Pros:
1) I loved having her sleeping right next to me in a safe area.
2) Breastfeeding was so much easier, I would just pick her up and feed her (normally wouldn't just put her back though, because babies need their diapers changed A LOT at that age!)
3) The mesh sides were great; for some reason baby loves sleeping with her face against something, so having the mesh there made me feel so much more comfortable that she was safe.
4) Easy set up, and used the storage (still using it, even though she is sleeping in her own room!)

Cons:
1) I didn't move my nightstand because I wanted easy access to the lamp and the notebook where I was keeping track of her feedings, so her head was lower than mine (I'd just scootch down and sleep face to face with her).
2) Since the co-sleeper was lower, it was harder for me to get in and out of bed, especially with the recent c-section.
3) Only really lasted for 4 months, because she moved to her own room at that age. I think any more than that and she would have been too large for it anyway.

Overall I'd recommend buying this if you don't want to co-sleep, but still want baby sleeping in your room with you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2004
When our son got too big for his bassinet we opted to purchase the mini co-sleeper. It has been perfect for us. It lasts longer than a bassinet or the bassinet insert that pack & plays come with. He is nursing so it makes middle of the night feedings wonderful for us because I hear him as soon as he begins to get hungry. A really wonderful buy & well worth the money. We also bought extra sheets which are nice to have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2013
This is my first ever Amazon review. I've never been more compelled to write one. This cosleeper gave me a lot of anxiety about my baby suffocating in it. The side of the sleeper that fits along the bed is made of fabric. It's not breathable mesh like the other three sides. Naturally, I'd wake up to find my baby's face pressed up against the fabric side. I barely slept; I was constantly checking him and repositioning him away from the fabric side! Furthermore, the mattress is hard and lumpy and creased where it was folded in the box. It feels and sounds like it's stuffed with newspaper and the backing feels like a hard piece of plywood. How a parent keeps it clean (even with a sheet over it) is beyond me. No wonder my son thrashed around on it before falling asleep. I had more piece of mind putting the baby in his crib at 4 weeks! We all slept better and we had no difficult transition to crib. Get a Pack N Play for the bedside during the early weeks/ months. Much safer and more useful down the road.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2013
Please see my email to the company:

Hello,
I am writing to voice my family's anger over your unsafe, cheap co-sleeper. If you recall, I had a problem with my newly purchased co-sleeper back in May, which I immediately called about and was told to send the frame back. At that time, I asked to speak to a supervisor about the situation, and was told that I would be contacted shortly. However, Mayra was the only one who I was able to speak with, after numerous attempts to be put in contact with the supervisor. After a huge delay due to mistakes on your end, I finally got the co-sleeper sent back to the company, after speaking with Veronica on June 13th.
At this time (June 13th), I asked to speak with the manager of the company, and Veronica told me that Sharon was not in at the time, but would be in later that day. I obviously never heard from Sharon, or anyone else from this company, for that matter, from that point on. I was inquiring to speak with the manager after voicing my concern over just repairing the frame, instead of receiving a new product.
We received the frame shipped back to us, without so much as an email or follow up from Arm's Reach. The entire process to get our frame back took over a month from the time I first contacted customer service. (I had initially asked for a replacement frame, since our daughter had been used to sleeping in it by this time, and I did not want to completely disrupt her sleep pattern while waiting for the repair, which it did). The frame came back to us in a box with one sheet of paper, which did nothing to describe what was wrong with the frame, or what was done to "repair it".
I use the term "repair" in disgust, since it clearly was never properly repaired. We assembled the co-sleeper, again, according to exact instructions in the manual. Two nights later, I noticed that now if I barely touched the rail of the co-sleeper nearest our bed, that it would collapse and had to be pulled back up into the lock position. Obviously, we felt very uncomfortable using the co-sleeper, but after having dealt with your awful lack of customer service the first time around, I did not waste my time trying to reach Mayra, Veronica, or Sharon again.
To avoid the problem of the collapsing side rail, we have been careful to not touch or even brush against it, for fear that it would collapse with our daughter in it. Without touching it, it does stay up. Tonight, (July 23rd) however, I laid my daughter down from the other side of the co-sleeper all together, and the other side rail immediately collapsed when I laid her in the co-sleeper. She was in it!!! I had not put any pressure on the side rail, it just collapsed. After taking her out, waking her up in the process, and moving her elsewhere to be put to sleep for the night, I attempted to re-lock the side rail. It took several tries, and does not seem secure at all.
I can not believe that your remedy to fix the situation of a faulty co-sleeper was to send our same frame back to us "repaired", which still breaks and is worse off than when I first contacted you. I am so turned off by your company, not only because of the safety hazards associated with putting a baby in this piece of crap product that you make, but the complete lack of care from the supervisor or manager. You would think that someone would be concerned that their products for babies are faulty and unsafe. These are babies we are talking about here! Not pets, not adults...innocent babies who need the safest place possible to sleep. Your company disgusts me, and I am honestly surprised that you are still around. Not for long, I am sure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2006
Bought with first baby and attached it to bed. It could've been a little lower so I could look in without having to sit up in bed. But we loved it, it was nice to have the baby close but not in the bed. It has some pockets for extras like diapers but I didn't really use them.

Now I have baby #2, and we used it again. Still love it, used the pockets this time. Wish they were deeper! It's nice to be able to store extra bedding beneath the sleeper part too. Good buy!
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