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Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer Review

Good choice for families who want a co-sleeper and a stand-alone option
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Price:   $200 List | $200 at Amazon
Pros:  Quick setup, portable, easy access to baby
Cons:  Use of flame retardants, has some flex
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% 3
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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. Unfortunately, this product has chemical flame retardants, which we aren't big fans of. However, it does offer a lot of freedom for keeping little ones nearby, and the price is one most families can afford.

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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.

Performance Comparison


Overall  the Baby Delight is a delight to use.
Overall, the Baby Delight is a delight to use.

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

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 bed.
The feet of the Baby Delight are sturdy and slide under the parent bed.

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

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 dryable.
The Baby Delight cover is removable and is machine washable and dryable.

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

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

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

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

Quality


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.

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

Eco-Health


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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz