Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer Review
Pros: Quick setup, portable, easy access to baby
Cons: Use of flame retardants, has some flex
Manufacturer: Baby Delight
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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.
Ease of Use
The Beside Me Dreamer is one of the easiest options in the group to use.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 Dreamer quality is better than average even if it misses the mark compared to more expensive options.
This bassinet has 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.
The Dreamer did not impress in our tests for eco-health.
This low score is in large part thanks to the use of chemical flame retardants in the product. As laws governing the use of flame retardants have altered, many companies are taking the opportunity to remove chemical flame retardants from their products as it is no longer deemed necessary or there are other ways to accomplish the same level of protection. Sadly, the Dreamer is not one of these options. The product is primarily polyester with polyester batting with no other information provided by the company.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz