I knew that Elsie and I would co-sleep from the moment I knew I was pregnant. It’s a hugely personal decision and not one that everyone around me agrees with or has been able to do. Co-sleeping evolved for us throughout our parenting journey and now seems to make a lot of sense. So yes, we were thrilled to be asked to review the Snuzpod 3 in 1 bedside crib as a friend of the Little Green Sheep Flock. This is our review.
Our co-sleeping journey
Ten years ago, when The Big One was born, the midwives at the hospital showed me how to feed her lying down on my side. When we got home, I carried on feeding her that way and when she was done I would creep her back into her own bed again. That worked for us, and that has been the way that I fed all of my girls at night. (The School Boy, sadly, was so poorly with reflux that he was unable to lie flat at all and feeding upright was a must.) Throughout my third pregnancy I read all I could about safe co-sleeping because I knew that I wanted to cut out the little trips back to baby’s bed in the night. It seemed we’d all get much more sleep in the same bed all night. We invested in a Baby bay bedside crib so that we could bed share as safely as possible. Unfortunately, the open slats on this crib made for a chilly night and The Toddler preferred the warmth of my bed, next to me instead. Who can blame her?
And then safe sleeping took on a whole new meaning for us all. Suddenly we were faced with the prospect of a low birth weight baby but we still wanted to co-sleep. We wanted to protect her as much as we could as she slept, and a bedside crib seemed the best way to do this. When we first brought Elsie home from the hospital, we set up our Snuzpod in the living room downstairs, happy to show it off in all its glory with it’s beautiful sleeping bundle inside. This is one of my favourite photos from her first few weeks at home.
At night, Elsie ‘slept’ in the same bedside sleeper that her older sister has ‘slept’ in. Looking back, we spent many nights downstairs instead- Elsie peaceful in her Snuzpod and me glued to Gossip Girl! Not ideal. It wasn’t long before we moved the Snuzpod upstairs and relegated the old bedside crib!
How we use the Snuzpod
The Snuzpod can be used as a stand alone crib (as we did in the early days) , a bedside crib or a bassinet (the stand is removable) which means you can use it any way you like. For us this has meant a lot more flexibility than we were used to previously. During the day, we can take the Snuzpod downstairs as a bassinet for day time sleeps, and at night we have the stand attached to our bed (secured with clips that are provided) so that we can co-sleep safely.
The crib has a soft mesh panel on the side that faces the bed so it is not open (and therefore a lot more snug than some of the three sided bedside sleepers) and no bars means no drafts too. With the mesh panel zipped up, Elsie is in a cosy little crib and it means that I can pop her upstairs for the first part of the evening and she is perfectly safe. She usually wakes soon after I go to bed, so I unzip the panel and bring her into the bed to feed her. When she’s done, I pop her back into her crib again until the next time. The mesh panel means I can see her clearly without needing to get up or disturb her.
What we love
The Snuzpod is safe. It is a washable, breathable crib that stands on solid wood and is sturdy and secure. We also have a firm, natural crib mattress with a protective cover that we know is essential for Elsie’s safety.
The Snuzpod means that I can feed Elsie and return her to her own crib for sleep, all without much disturbance, Ok, so most nights she spends longer in bed with me but that’s human nature and you can’t blame her for that. Ultimately, she has her own space and we are able to co-sleep safely and happily.
The Snuzpod has handy storage space underneath where we can keep Elsie’s blankets and bedding separate from other linens. In the early days, this is so handy for nappy change storage! There are also handy rails at either end of the crib for hanging muslins and blankets well out of baby’s reach.
The Snuzpod is cosy but roomy. Yes, Elsie is a small baby, but you can see that she barely fills the crob at almost six months.
The Snuzod is not intended for babies over the age of around six months, or when they are able to sit up. At the moment we are still ok for a while as Elsie cannot yet sit up. We also use a Sleepyhead positioner in the crib to help with Elsie’s reflux, and this means that she doesn’t move around while she is in the crib.
The zip mesh panel is a fantastic idea and works so well!
What we’d change
For us, the Snuzpod has been fantastic. We use it every single day and Elsie really does sleep well in there. It has meant that our co-sleeping journey has been able to continue safely and that Elsie has a safe place to sleep when I cannot be by her side. If I was to change one thing it would be the colour- the natural wood is beautiful, but Little Green Sheep make this crib in other colours too- the white and grey are both lovely choices, but if you pop over to their Facebook page you could help to decide the future of new Snuzpod colours! I’d choose olive if I could have my time again.
I LOVE the Snuzpod and am truly sad that our time with this crib is nearly over. It’s been a wonderful addition to our bedroom and I’ll have fond memories of using it. I highly recommend, and hope that if you go for it you will love it as much as me. If you do go ahead and splash out on a Snuzpod, or any other product from Little Green Sheep, please feel free to use my exclusive code to get 10% off your purchase. Just enter LGSGHOST10 at the checkout.
We were sent one Snuzpod and bedding for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.