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Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper Review

Great portable co-sleeping bassinet with a nice price
Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $220 List
Pros:  Budget-friendly, super accessible and portable
Cons:  Not as eco-healthy, frustrating setup
Manufacturer:   Arm's Reach
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jan 20, 2019
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  • Ease of Use - 35% 8.0
  • Breathability - 25% 7.0
  • Sleep Surface - 20% 9.0
  • Quality - 15% 8.0
  • Eco-Health - 5% 5.0

The Skinny

The Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is a bedside bassinet that can stand alone or be attached to your bed. This product is the most accessible in the group allowing parents to stay in bed while comforting or feeding baby in the sleeper next to them. The Clear-Vue has a four-wheel design that is easy to move, and the mattress is the best in the review with a tight fit to the frame and firm support. We like the breathable sidewalls and the machine-washable lining and sheets. This bassinet is an excellent choice for parents looking to safely explore co-sleeping or who want to keep an eye on baby without getting out of bed. This option is price friendly, and we think most families will like what it offers and the top performance that helped it earn an Editors' Choice award.

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Pros Budget-friendly, super accessible and portableNatural materials available, adjustable height, easy to reach babyQuick setup, portable, easy access to babyMesh breathability, swivel versatility, easy access to baby bedsideBreathable mesh, travel crib, machine washable
Cons Not as eco-healthy, frustrating setupExpensive, hard to moveHas some flex in the frameSpot clean only, hard to move from room to roomNot a co-sleeper, harder to move room to room
Bottom Line Great portable co-sleeping bassinet with a nice priceEasy access to baby in a quality wood co-sleeper that looks greatOur favorite bassinet for most people works well as either a co-sleeper and a stand-alone optionGreat for c-section moms and parents who'd like a safer alternative to co-sleepingVersatile free-standing bassinet you can use for travel
Rating Categories Arm's Reach Clear-V... babybay Bedside Sle... Baby Delight Beside... HALO BassiNest Esse... Lotus Bassinet
Ease of Use (35%)
8.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Breathability (25%)
7.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
Sleep Surface (20%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
4.0
Quality (15%)
8.0
10.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
Eco-Health (5%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
Specs Arm's Reach Clear-V... babybay Bedside Sle... Baby Delight Beside... HALO BassiNest Esse... Lotus Bassinet
Assembled Weight 22.1 lbs 28.6 lbs 17.5 lbs 33 lbs 13.8 lbs
Open Dimensions 34.8"H x 34.5"L x 20.3"W 37.1"H x 36"L x 20.7"W 26"-30.5"H x 39"L x 27"W 36.9"H x 45.3"L (base) 33.8" (bassinet) x 21.8"W (bassinet) 25.5"H x 47.9"L x 32.1"W
Age/Height/Weight Limit 5 Months or 18 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
5 Months
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
Discontinue As An Attachable Baby Bed When Infant:
Rolls Over Or Pulls Up To A Kneeling, Sitting Or Standing Position
5 Months or 20 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
5 Months or 20 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees, Pulls Up, Rolls Over, Sit Unassisted, Can Move Out Of The Security Of The Walled Sleep Area
18 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
Product Care Mattress: Wipe Clean
Mattress Sheet: Machine Wash
Metal Frame: Wipe Clean
Lining: Machine Wash
Wipe Down Machine Wash Sheet: Machine Wash
Base and Mattress: Spot Clean
Machine Wash
Bassinet Mattress Height Above Floor 19.5"-25.5"
Adult Mattress Height
24"-30"
3"-27"
Adult Mattress Height
10"-31"
14" - 19"
Adult Mattress Height
18.5"-24"
26.5"-33" 17.9"
Special Features Adjustable Legs Made From Solid Wood Foldable Rotates 360 Degrees, Sidewall Lowers Rocking-to-Stationary Base
Modes Bassinet
Bedside Sleeper
Bedside Sleeper Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet
Bassinet
Bedside Sleeper
Portable
Chemical Flame Retardant Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Portable Design No No Yes No Yes
Wheels Yes No Yes No No
Mesh Sides Partial - Fabric in Corners Wood Slats Yes - Full Yes - Full Yes - Full
Included Accessories Fitted Sheet None Sheet Fitted Sheet Fitted Sheet
Available Accessories Arm's Reach® Clear-Vue™ Au Naturel Mattress Pad, Puppy Luv Music Box, Replacement Strap and Plate Classic Mattress, Cooling Comfort Mattress, Eco-Organic Mattress, Cloud Comfort Mattress, Cooling Comfort Jersey Sheet, Snuggle Comfort Terry Sheet, Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Classic Comfort Mattress Pad with Cotton Cover, Cooling Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Organic Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Cloud Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, babybay Organic Babynest, babybay Patterned Babynest, babybay Solid Colored Babynest, Bassinet Conversion Kit, Rolling Casters, Canopy Holder, Organic Canopy, Patterned Canopy, Solid Colored Canopy, Bed Frame Anchor, babycare Organizer Waterproof Fitted Sheet Fitted Sheet, Mattress Pad, Mobile Sleepy Owl, Mobile Whimsical Birds, Storage Caddy, Newborn Insert Organic Cotton Fitted Sheet, Fitted Sheet, Bassinet Replacement Mattress
Set Up Time 29:20 (58:34 total with redo) 39:14 6:50 27:10 10:47
Materials Strong Nylon Cloth, Cotton Polyester Blend, Nylon Woven Strapping, Polyurethane Foam Beechwood, Water-Based Finishes, CFC Polyurethane Foam Polyester, Polyester Fiber Batting Polyester Fiber, Polyester Fiber Batting, Polyurethane Foam high-grade, low-voc polyurethane foam, and is covered with polyurethane coated polyester fabric on the top and polyester fabric on the bottom. The integrated mattress base is made of rigid polyethylene plastic. We do not add chemical flame retardants.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper bassinet
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper® brand bassinet began with new parent's need for safe sleeping space for their baby. Like many parents, they wanted to enjoy the advantages of co-sleeping but were concerned about the risk factors for baby-related to SIDS and other injuries. They created a way to have a baby within "arm's reach" but safely out of their bed and associated dangers. The result of their efforts can be seen in a variety of bassinets that stand-alone or connect to the parent's bed for increased bonding, easy late-night feeding, and the ability to carefully monitor infants without losing sleep.

Performance Comparison


Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper bassinet - the wall side attachment points on the arm's reach are hidden under...
The wall side attachment points on the Arm's Reach are hidden under the fabric and click in place on the frame.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Clear-Vue earned one of the highest scores for ease of use.


This metric includes the features and functionality that impact daily use.

Accessibility


The Clear-Vue is one of the most accessible bassinets in the group. It can adjust for mattresses of various height, and it has a flat part that connects to the opposite side of your bed via a long adjustable strap. This connection keeps the bassinet snug to the edge of your bed and allows you to reach your baby while you are lying down.

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper bassinet - the arm's reach has locking wheels to prevent the accidental...
The Arm's Reach has locking wheels to prevent the accidental movement of the bassinet when you don't intend it to.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Portability/Mobility


This product has four locking wheels and weighs 22.1 lbs. Despite the heavier weight, the wheels make it super easy to move from room to room without picking it up. It measures 34.8"H x 34.5"L x 20.3"W which means you'll have no trouble making it through interior doorways.

Never move a bassinet with your baby inside. No matter how tempting it may be, it is not safe to roll the bassinet with your baby on board.

The Arm's Reach has the deepest storage bin in the group and can...
The Arm's Reach has the deepest storage bin in the group and can hold lots of essential items.
The Arm's Reach has a side pocket for storage but it won't hold all...
The Arm's Reach has a side pocket for storage but it won't hold all your supplies just the barest of essentials.

Additional Features


You can lower the side of this product to use it as a co-sleeper, and it has a storage bin under the sleeping area (above left) The ends also have small mesh pockets for storing essentials you may need in the middle of the night (above right).

Ease of Setup


This product took us almost an hour to set up because we had to start over. This set up was less than ideal. It isn't hard to assemble so much as the manual fails to offer essential details on how to put the parts together like what direction the side rails go on. It would also be easier for two people because several pieces require balancing while you screw them in, which is much harder to do with only one free hand.

Cleaning


Cleaning this product is a mixed bag. The mattress wipes clean only, and the lining and sheet are both machine washable. It can be an arduous process removing all the Velcro to remove the fabric from the frame, and you have to line dry them both.

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper bassinet - the arm's reach mesh sides provide great breathability.
The Arm's Reach mesh sides provide great breathability.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Breathability


The Clear-Vue is above average for breathability, but not among the top scorers.


The majority of the side walls on this bassinet are breathable mesh, but it does have some fabric panels on the corners and running the length of one side. The side panel is higher than baby's nose or mouth would be, and while the corner fabric is thicker and harder to breathe through, we don't think a baby could position themselves in such a way that they would only be breathing through the corner fabric.

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper bassinet - the arm's reach has the best sleeping surface in the group.
The Arm's Reach has the best sleeping surface in the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sleep Surface


The Clear-Vue earned an excellent score for the sleeping surface.


This mattress is very stable, with no low spots or shifting. It performed well in our compression tests with results better than the majority of products providing baby with a more supportive surface for cozy sleeping.

The Arm's Reach pad is one of the best in the group.
The Arm's Reach pad is one of the best in the group.
The pad on the Arm's Reach attaches to the bassinet with Velcro.
The pad on the Arm's Reach attaches to the bassinet with Velcro.

The mattress is one inch thick (the maximum allowed) and fits inside the frame snugly with no reasons we saw for concern. The pad secures to the bassinet floor bottom with Velcro attachment.

Arm's Reach provides the following warning in their user manual.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Arm's Reach® Co-Sleeper® brand bassinet does not meet the Federal sidewall height requirements to be called and or used as a crib. Never leave a baby unattended in an Arm's Reach® Co-Sleeper® brand bassinet.

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper bassinet - the fabric on the side walls secures to the end fabric with velcro...
The fabric on the side walls secures to the end fabric with Velcro. The consistent stitching, the softness of the materials, and the way it all comes together give a high-quality appearance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Clear-Vue bassinet is one of the top products in terms of quality.


This product is sturdy with no tilt even with pressure applied to the top rails. The frame doesn't move when you press down on it, but it does rock slightly back and forth when you push on the sides. The mesh sides have a slick and smooth feel to them for easy cleaning, and we didn't observe any poor stitching or pulled threads on our product. Overall, however, this product looks frumpy and has a disappointing fit and finish. The fabric and Velcro are crumpled, and the warning labels look like someone balled them up before attaching them.

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper bassinet
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Eco-Health


The Clear-Vue came in slightly above the average score for eco-health. None of the gear in this category scored very well in this metric.


Arm's Reach offers more information on their materials than much of the competition, which we appreciate. Their products include organic cotton, natural wool, and natural latex as potential accessories you can purchase to replace the standard mattress that comes with the bassinet. Wool has inherent fire retardant properties that make the use of chemicals unnecessary. The Clear-Vue lost points for eco-health because the mattress pad that comes with the unit is CFC-free polyurethane foam, which can off-gas, and therefore, is not our favorite but preferred over foam that is not CFC-free. Even the standard sheet is polyester, and we wish it were organic cotton.

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