What are the benefits of bedside cribs?

Over just a few years, bedside cribs have very quickly become the first choice for mums and dads. 

In fact, a 2019 Fanfinders survey for Nursery Today found that as many as 77% of parents have considered purchasing a bedside crib. But why exactly have they become so popular, and what are the benefits of bedside cosleeper cribs?

Baby in a Snuz bedside crib

A safe & stress-free alternative to co-sleeping

One of the reasons bedside cribs have become such a staple of baby prep shopping lists is the promise of having your baby closer to you, day and night.

When your little one finally arrives, it’s hard not to want to be by their side 24/7, especially as they nod off. Whilst sleep experts such as the Lullaby Trust advise on safe ways to co-sleep with your baby, bedside cribs offer a safe and practical solution that provides all the same benefits, while giving your little one their very own separate sleeping space next to your bed. 

A separate sleep environment means your baby will learn to sleep independently from the get-go, with a bedside crib being the perfect sleep arrangement to help them feel safe and secure by your side. This independence will almost certainly come in handy when you eventually come to transition your baby from crib to cot, too.

Bedside cribs can also provide reassurance to anxious parents! The award-winning SnuzPod Bedside Crib, for example, has a unique zip-down mesh wall to give you extra peace of mind once your little one has been fed and laid down to rest. Simply zip it back up to create a four-walled crib to keep out any stray duvets or bedding, while being able to watch your baby sleep peacefully from above, or by playing peek-a-boo through the mesh.

Snuz bedside crib with side down

Hassle-free feeds

Getting out of bed to feed might seem like an easy enough task, but it suddenly becomes a whole lot harder when it’s in the early hours of the morning! Bedside cribs like SnuzPod can help make feeding your baby that little bit easier, by having them easily accessible with you lying by their side.

Simply zip down the side wall, or lift your baby out of their SnuzPod when it’s time to feed, and then place them gently back to sleep when they’re ready. This way, you can both doze back off with minimal nighttime interruptions.

Comfort made convenient

Nothing beats waking up next to your happy, smiling baby. Relish in the small yet meaningful moments whilst easily being able to help them drift off to sleep from the comfort of your own bed. SnuzPod allows you to conveniently comfort your baby if they wake or stir during the night. Whether it’s mum or dad doing the fussing, the accessibility and ease-of-access bedside cribs provide can be beneficial for both parents where bonding is concerned. Plus, neither of you will be struggling for space at night, either! The whole family has plenty of space to sleep soundly with minimal disruption. Restful sleep, less stressed out parents!

Ideal for C-section mums

Caring for your baby after having a C-section birth can be especially challenging, with mobility more limited as wounds heal during recovery. Bedside cribs are loved by mums for their practicality, and the ease of access they provide to their baby during the night without having to get out of bed. This can help facilitate things during the first few weeks of recovery.

Mum and baby in bed and Snuz crib

Incline option

Reflux is an extremely common feeding issue that affects nearly half of all babies under a year old (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NICE). SnuzPod comes with a separate reflux leg that can be slotted in place at either end of the crib to provide a gentle elevation to help soothe and comfort your baby to aid with congestion and reflux.

Practical & portable

Many bedside cribs are portable, meaning that you don’t need to purchase a separate Moses basket. 

Unique to SnuzPod, its lift-off bassinet means that baby can nap anywhere in a consistent sleep environment, meaning you can keep your little one close to you throughout the day. The SnuzPod bassinet fits comfortably inside SnuzKot, making transitioning from side-sleeping to sleeping in a new nursery easier than ever. 

Your Bluebell Smart Baby Monitor can also help with your little one’s crib to cot transition by giving your all the information you need while you baby sleeps in the other room. Simply put on your Parent wristband, get into bed and rest assured that your baby’s breathing, temperature, and movements are being monitored. Perfect for use in their nursery, or while they’re still sleeping by your bedside in the early days; it’s that extra bit of reassurance for you and your partner.

Mum and dad looking at baby in their portable Snuz bedside crib

Store as you snore

One of the great things about bedside cribs is that they take up much less space that larger standalone cribs or cots. So even if your bedroom has limited space, you’re likely to still have room to squeeze your little one next to you in their cosleeper.  

If you’re also pressed for storage space when it comes to your baby’s toys & sleep aids, blankets & nappies, you’ll be pleased to know that many bedside cribs come with a built-in storage shelf beneath the bassinet for just such predicaments. If you’re still tight on space, Snuz offers clever Storage Pockets for SnuzPod that can be attached to either side of the crib. No need to lose anymore sleep over any misplaced essentials!

By your side 

Sleep easy and stay closer to your baby with a bedside crib by your side at night! With an easy set up and 9 different height settings, SnuzPod fits perfectly to ottoman, divan, and framed beds using the adjustable straps provided. 

Dad lifting up Snuz bedside crib


Cherish those special moments together with your little one, and keep them close for extra love, attention, and support in their first six months. Now you know the benefits, why not add one to your list when shopping for your new arrival?