The First Years Carry Me Near Sleep System, Cream (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Portable sleeper, bassinet, play seat, and changing table all in one convenient product
- 100% cotton, easy to clean, vinyl covered changing table
- Three sleep modes allow you to keep your sleeping baby close to you wherever you go
- Ergonomically designed handle
The First Years Carry Me Near Sleep System is a portable sleeper, bassinet, play seat and changing table all in one convenient product. Thanks to the ergonomically designed handle, you can comfortably carry your sleeping baby from room to room while in the portable sleeper. A night light is built into the handle along with the following options: gentle vibration and five peaceful audio selections. You can also put the portable sleeper in the full sized bassinet that features a sturdy base that you can rock back and forth or lock into place. The portable sleeper also folds for easy travel. The bassinet has a removable mattress cover for easy clean up and when you need to change your baby's diaper in the middle of the night our easy to clean, vinyl covered changing table offers a separate surface from the sleep area. When you just want a secure, comfortable place for your young baby to play, the bassinet becomes a play seat complete with fun plush characters that dangle from the canopy. The large lower storage keeps all the necessity close at hand. Requires 4 AA batteries (not included).
The First Years Carry Me Near Sleep System is a portable sleeper, bassinet, play seat and changing table all in one convenient product. Thanks to the ergonomically designed handle, you can comfortably carry your sleeping baby from room to room while in the portable sleeper. A night light is built into the handle along with the following options: gentle vibration and five peaceful audio selections. You can also put the portable sleeper in the full sized bassinet that features a sturdy base that you can rock back and forth or lock into place. The portable sleeper also folds for easy travel. The bassinet has a removable mattress cover for easy clean up and when you need to change your baby's diaper in the middle of the night our easy to clean, vinyl covered changing table offers a separate surface from the sleep area. When you just want a secure, comfortable place for your young baby to play, the bassinet becomes a play seat complete with fun plush characters that dangle from the canopy. The large lower storage keeps all the necessity close at hand. Requires 4 AA batteries (not included).See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
*DIFFICULT TO ASSEMBLE/CAN'T FIND INSTRUCTIONS*
While it's true that the instructions weren't loose in the box, they were pretty easy to find. The bassinet folds in half for portability and that's the way it's packaged in the box. The instructions were sandwiched in-between the two halves. He found them right away and didn't have to look it up online or assemble anything extra. He said the instructions were very straight forward and put it together quickly. Being a teacher, I can't help but think that the people who complained about how hard it was to assemble didn't read the instructions.
*BASSINET DOESN'T ATTACH TO THE BASE*
There's a short little strap with a snap style buckle on each side of the base. It's a little hidden by the ruffles, but there's a slit in the fabric where you can pull them through. Once he snapped it into place, it was very secure. He was able to lift the entire unit from the handle of the bassinet.
*IT'S TOO TALL FOR A BED*
When he first put it together, it was very tall. I mentioned how people had said it was too tall to fit comfortably next to a bed. It turns out that the legs are adjustable and have 6 different height settings. We put it on the lowest and it's below my bed level- and I have a pretty average bed.
*THE HANDLE WON'T FOLD DOWN*
I read a couple of reviews that said how they wished the handle would go down because it's hard to get the baby in and out. He found little buttons you press at the base of each handle.Read more ›
Here's what I liked and didn't like:
* Carrying the bassinet around was a bit of a nuisance (if the baby is in it, it's kinda heavy- if not, you gotta put down the baby, relocate the bassinet, get the baby again...).
* I never used the changing table- you have to take the bassinet off the unit. Who wants to deal with that in the middle of the night? Easier to use a real changing table.
* The rocking feature is nice, but I didn't use it that often. It was a bit of a hassle popping the wheels in and out.
* An extra fitted sheet for the mattress would have been nice.
* This may be just a problem with our particular unit, but the vibrating control sometimes works and sometimes doesn't despite fresh batteries. Not a big deal since the sounds work fine.
* Ability to adjust height. If you have a tall bed, low bed, don't worry: there are lots of height options here.
* Cute toys hanging off tall hood. If you don't want them there, you can easily remove them. The toys are in sight, but beyond reach.
* The Number One reason I like this bassinet a lot is because of the mesh siding. It lets air circulate- something that is very good if your baby, like ours, moves around and ends up with the head turned facing the side. I always move my baby toward the middle again, but it was reassuring to know that the mesh was letting fresh air in- just lift the outside ruffles out of the way.
All in all this bassinet has a whole bunch of extra features we really didn't feel were necessary. We might have been happier with a plain and traditional bassinet, except that we loved the breathable mesh siding. You can use this bassinet until your baby can roll over or push up or when your baby is 17.5 lbs- whichever happens first.
As for the features of this bassinet...we have not used the changing table or the bed leveler. We have it on a rocking feature although, rocking the bassinet doesn't seem to soothe our baby. We have taken the top off a few times...in the mornings I will carry her into the bathroom so she can sleep nearby when I shower (you can't hear using a monitor.) When we visit grandparents we also take this along so the baby can stay on her sleep schedule. (Why don't we just use the carseat at their houses? My pediatrician told us NOT to allow the baby to sleep in the carseat when we are not in the car.)
As for other's criticisms:
I used Carters bassinet sheets...they fit great.
The mattress is a bit flimsy, but we use one of those baby positioners that prevents SIDS on top of the mattress which is firm and comfy for baby. Occaisionally the SIDS thingy is in her crib and I didn't want to run down stairs...baby does not seem bothered by the mattress.
One word of advice...this bassinet cannot function as a cosleeper. You can make it the same level as the bed but it has a high side so its not like you can reach out and easily soothe baby using this feature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good buy for tight spaces or the in-between when you want the baby in your room with you. My son loved this and my toddler loved to play in it!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This basinett is WONDERFUL, it has held up through TWO grand babies and is still in great condition. It has a detachable top for moms convenience with a changing table underneath. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cristal Holmes
This is the best bassinet a parent could get for their baby. It has everything you would need in a bassinet. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shay D
I really liked this bassinet. It has every feature imaginable. The only negative is that, since it is portable, the matress support folds leaving an uneven surface. Read morePublished 16 months ago by B. Shoemaker
My mom got this bassinet when I had my first baby and it is fantastic and has held up. My second baby is three months and we use it for her as well. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Heather Ellis
This was the one thing we bought for our new baby that was worth every dime! So convenient and easy to have baby close to me after coming home from hospital and the built in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by BadWolfGirl
I'm stuck on the last 2 steps. Can't figure out how to use the brackets and 2 short screws. If anyone else reads this please email me at OndreaMichael@gmail.com if you can assist. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ondrea Michael
My husbands friend is selling this for $25 & I was reading reviews & was pretty pleased but it was short lived when I found out what I was hoping for was not the case.. Read morePublished 22 months ago by T. Brown
Not so fun of it my baby was just 3pound 12 ounces after a week of use it started digging in so I was forced to get her out of it,I will not recommend this to anybodyPublished 23 months ago by joyful joy