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Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer Review

Our favorite bassinet for most people works well as either a co-sleeper and a stand-alone option
Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $200 List | $191.54 at Amazon
Pros:  Quick setup, portable, easy access to baby
Cons:  Has some flex in the frame
Manufacturer:   Baby Delight
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Oct 14, 2020
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  • Ease of Use - 35% 8
  • Breathability - 25% 8
  • Sleep Surface - 20% 8
  • Quality - 15% 7
  • Eco-Health - 5% 5

The Skinny

The Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer is a mesh-sided bassinet with a firm sleep surface. This economical option has a drop side and parent bed attachment strap, as well as height adjustment for the bassinet for a proper pairing as a co-sleeper. We like the breathability and accessibility of this semi-portable option, and it offers a quick setup. We did experience more flex in the frame of this option than some competitors, but it wasn't a safety issue that we could tell. This bassinet offers a lot of freedom for keeping little ones nearby, and the price is one most families can afford.

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Pros Quick setup, portable, easy access to babyMesh breathability, swivel versatility, easy access to baby bedsideMesh breathability, budget-friendly, bedside capableBudget- friendly, versatile, better mattressInexpensive, easy to move from room to room
Cons Has some flex in the frameSpot clean only, hard to move from room to roomHard to move, unstable mattress, poor eco-healthHarder to use, some breathability concerns with corner fabricSmall wheels, flimsy construction, fabric limits breathability
Bottom Line Our 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-sleepingHard to use option that is hard to move from room to roomInexpensive, versatile option good for travel and bassinetPoor quality with disappointing breathability
Rating Categories Beside Me Dreamer HALO Bassinest Esse... Fisher-Price Soothi... Pack 'n Play On the Go Deluxe Sweet Beginn...
Ease Of Use (35%)
8.0
6.0
4.0
4.0
6.0
Breathability (25%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
2.0
Sleep Surface (20%)
8.0
8.0
4.0
7.0
6.0
Quality (15%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
2.0
Eco Health (5%)
5.0
5.0
3.0
3.0
5.0
Specs Beside Me Dreamer HALO Bassinest Esse... Fisher-Price Soothi... Pack 'n Play On the Go Deluxe Sweet Beginn...
Assembled Weight 17.5 lbs 33 lbs 22.3 lbs 22.8 lbs 9.4 lbs
Open Dimensions 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) 28.3'H x 36.2"L x 22.4"W 28.8"H x 41.1"L x 28.6"W 31.5"H x 34.3"L x 19.4"W
Age/Height/Weight Limit 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
20 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
15 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
15 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
Product Care Machine Wash Sheet: Machine Wash
Base and Mattress: Spot Clean
Mattress Cover: Machine Wash
Frame and Mat: Spot Clean
Spot Clean Spot Clean
Bassinet Mattress Height Above Floor 14" - 19"
Adult Mattress Height
18.5"-24"
26.5"-33" 17.6" 19.7" 22.3"
Special Features Foldable Rotates 360 Degrees, Sidewall Lowers Calming Sway Motion, Optional Lock-Out to Minimize Swaying Motion Travel Crib Accessory Electronic Music Module With Nightlight
Modes Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet
Bassinet
Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet Portable Bassinet
Chemical Flame Retardant Free Yes Yes Not Specified Not Specified Yes
Portable Design Yes No No Yes No
Wheels Yes No No Yes Yes
Mesh Sides Yes - Full Yes - Full Yes - Full Partial - Fabric on Ends Partial - 2 Panels
Included Accessories Sheet Fitted Sheet Deluxe Overhead Mobile, Light Projection Unit, Music and Sounds Unit, Calming Vibrations Features on certain models: Toy Bar, Storage Bag, Fitted Sheet Adjustable Canopy, Electronic Music Module with Nightlight, Rocking Base with Locking Retractable Casters
Available Accessories Waterproof Fitted Sheet Fitted Sheet, Mattress Pad, Mobile Sleepy Owl, Mobile Whimsical Birds, Storage Caddy, Newborn Insert None None None
Set Up Time 6:50 27:10:00 13:20 5:02 32:26:00
Materials Polyester, Polyester Fiber Batting Polyester Fiber, Polyester Fiber Batting, Polyurethane Foam Polyester Fiber Batting. Polyurethane Foam Polyester Fiber , Polyurethane Foam Polyurethane Foam

Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Delight is a company that keeps the daily lives of babies and thier families in mind. They strive to create products that are functional, easy to clean, and useful to everyday life. The company luanched with the Snuggle Nest and creates a variety of restful products for babies.

Performance Comparison


Overall, the Baby Delight is a delight to use.
Overall, the Baby Delight is a delight to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Beside Me Dreamer is one of the easiest options in the group to use.


One side of the Baby Delight can drop-down for easier nighttime...
One side of the Baby Delight can drop-down for easier nighttime co-sleeping accessibility to your baby.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Accessibility


The Dreamer is very accessible for parents as a co-sleeper, assuming your mattress setup is the right height. The one side of the bassinet that fits against the parent bed has a zippered drop side and the bassinet mattress height is isn't too deep. The height of the basinet is adjustable up and down and there is a long strap that fits under the parent mattress to help secure it to the parent bed.

The feet of the Baby Delight are sturdy and slide under the parent...
The feet of the Baby Delight are sturdy and slide under the parent bed.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Portability/Mobility


This product is relativeyl portable both from room to room and for travel, if you travel by car. The set up is simple and straightforward and the entire product is fairly flat when not assembled. While it deos not have wheels it is fairly lightweight and when empty can be moved from room to room and used as a free-standing basinet with the side up. Our bassinet was about 17.5 lbs put together and measures 26"-30.5"H x 39"L x 27"W, with a mattress height of 14-19 inches possible.

You should never move any bassinet with a baby on board. No matter how reluctant you are to rouse a sleeping infant, it is not safe to move an occupied sleeping space.

The bassinet height on the Baby Delight is adjustable by turning the...
The bassinet height on the Baby Delight is adjustable by turning the knob to raise or lower it as needed.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Additional Features


This bassinet can be used as a co-sleeper attaching to the parents bed side with the side down or it can be used as a standalone bassinet with the side up. You should pay special attentio tot he height limitations to avoid being frustrated with a product that doesn't work with your bed. It has adjustable height legs that move relatively smoothly up and down by turning a knob. The leg "feet" are also adjustable in and out for added stability.

Ease of Setup


The Beside Me Dreamer set up is remarkably simple and straightforward. All of the parts snap together without the use of any tools.The legs come attaches and fold out with a spreader bar and that is about all you need to do.

The Baby Delight cover is removable and is machine washable and...
The Baby Delight cover is removable and is machine washable and dryable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Cleaning


You can clean this bassinet fairly easily with a cover that unzips and can be tossed in the washing machine and the dryer. This design makes it one of the few that can be good to go as sson as your dryer buzzer goes off.

The majority of baby contact sides in the Baby Delight are...
The majority of baby contact sides in the Baby Delight are breathable mesh with one side (against the parent bed) being mesh-covered batting.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Breathability


The Deamer is one of the most breathable options with side walls being primarily mesh with very little fabric panel portions.


This option has a fabric rim but three sides accessible by napping little ones are mesh. The 4th side, that rests against the parent's bed, is not entirely mesh, but it has mesh covered batting.

The mattress on the Baby Delight is 0.75 inches thick. The maximum...
The mattress on the Baby Delight is 0.75 inches thick. The maximum allowable thickness is 1 inch.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sleep Surface


The Dreamer has one of the best sleep surfces in the lineup.


The Dreamer has a good stable, hard mattress base. The frame on the bassinet flexes a little, but it isn't enough to cause the child to shift even if you press donw on the one side. The mattress fits thte frame nicely and even needs to be pushed into place, so there is no gapping on any side.

There is little to no gap on any side of the Baby Delight with the...
There is little to no gap on any side of the Baby Delight with the mattress pad in place.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The mattress is 0.75 inches thick and fits snugly with no reasons for concern in our tests. The pad secrues to the frame by pressure without the need for Velcro or other securing measure.

The Baby Delight offers a quality product that has a nice overall...
The Baby Delight offers a quality product that has a nice overall fit and finish of materials and attention to detail.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Dreamer quality is better than average even if it misses the mark compared to more expensive options.


This bassinet has a significant side to side flex when it isn't attached to a bed, making it more stable when used as a cosleeper than when it is a free-standing bassinet. The flex arises from the legs, while the body of the Dreamer is actually very stable. The fabric and mesh is all soft and there is enough cushioning where it is needed for comfort for baby and parents. Everything fits together well and looks nice.

While there is much to love about the Dreamer, they appear to use...
While there is much to love about the Dreamer, they appear to use chemical flame retardants in their production process.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Eco-Health


The Dreamer had a slightly better than average score in our tests for eco-health.


The product is primarily polyester with polyester batting with no other information provided by the company.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz