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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 | $219.98 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  ⋅  Feb 19, 2022
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  • Ease of Use - 35% 8.0
  • Breathability - 25% 8.0
  • Sleep Surface - 20% 8.0
  • Quality - 15% 7.0
  • Eco-Health - 5% 5.0

The Skinny

The Baby Delight Beside Me 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 babyBudget-friendly, super accessible and portableMesh breathability, swivel versatility, easy access to baby bedsideMesh breathability, budget-friendly, bedside capableBudget- friendly, versatile, better mattress
Cons Has some flex in the frameNot as eco-healthy, frustrating setupSpot clean only, hard to move from room to roomHard to move, unstable mattress, poor eco-healthHarder to use, some breathability concerns with corner fabric
Bottom Line Our favorite bassinet for most people works well as either a co-sleeper and a stand-alone optionGreat portable co-sleeping bassinet with a nice priceGreat 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 bassinet
Rating Categories Baby Delight Beside... Arm's Reach Clear-V... HALO BassiNest Esse... Fisher-Price Soothi... Graco Pack 'n Play...
Ease of Use (35%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
4.0
Breathability (25%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
Sleep Surface (20%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
7.0
Quality (15%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
Eco-Health (5%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
3.0
3.0
Specs Baby Delight Beside... Arm's Reach Clear-V... HALO BassiNest Esse... Fisher-Price Soothi... Graco Pack 'n Play...
Assembled Weight 17.5 lbs 22.1 lbs 33 lbs 22.3 lbs 22.8 lbs
Open Dimensions 26"-30.5"H x 39"L x 27"W 34.8"H x 34.5"L x 20.3"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
Age/Height/Weight Limit 5 Months or 20 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
5 Months or 18 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
Product Care Machine Wash Mattress: Wipe Clean
Mattress Sheet: Machine Wash
Metal Frame: Wipe Clean
Lining: Machine Wash
Sheet: Machine Wash
Base and Mattress: Spot Clean
Mattress Cover: Machine Wash
Frame and Mat: Spot Clean
Spot Clean
Bassinet Mattress Height Above Floor 14" - 19"
Adult Mattress Height
18.5"-24"
19.5"-25.5"
Adult Mattress Height
24"-30"
26.5"-33" 17.6" 19.7"
Special Features Foldable Adjustable Legs Rotates 360 Degrees, Sidewall Lowers Calming Sway Motion, Optional Lock-Out to Minimize Swaying Motion Travel Crib Accessory
Modes Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet
Bassinet
Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet
Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet Portable
Chemical Flame Retardant Free Yes Yes Yes Not Specified Not Specified
Portable Design Yes No No No Yes
Wheels Yes Yes No No Yes
Mesh Sides Yes - Full Partial - Fabric in Corners Yes - Full Yes - Full Partial - Fabric on Ends
Included Accessories Sheet Fitted 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
Available Accessories Waterproof Fitted Sheet Arm's Reach® Clear-Vue™ Au Naturel Mattress Pad, Puppy Luv Music Box, Replacement Strap and Plate Fitted Sheet, Mattress Pad, Mobile Sleepy Owl, Mobile Whimsical Birds, Storage Caddy, Newborn Insert None None
Set Up Time 6:50 29:20 (58:34 total with redo) 27:10 13:20 5:02
Materials Polyester, Polyester Fiber Batting Strong Nylon Cloth, Cotton Polyester Blend, Nylon Woven Strapping, Polyurethane Foam Polyester Fiber, Polyester Fiber Batting, Polyurethane Foam Polyester Fiber Batting. Polyurethane Foam Polyester Fiber , Polyurethane Foam

Our Analysis and Test Results

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

Performance Comparison


Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 is one of the easiest options in the group to use.


Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 Beside Me 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 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.

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 relatively portable both from room to room and for travel if you travel by car. The setup is simple and straightforward and the entire product is fairly flat when not assembled. While it does not have wheels it is fairly lightweight and when empty can be moved from room to room and used as a free-standing bassinet 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.

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 parent's bedside with the side down or it can be used as a standalone bassinet with the side up. You should pay special attention to the 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 setup is remarkably simple and straightforward. All of the parts snap together without the use of any tools. The legs come attached and fold out with a spreader bar and that is about all you need to do.

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 soon as your dryer buzzer goes off.

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 sidewalls 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, which rests against the parent's bed, is not entirely mesh, but it has mesh-covered batting.

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 Beside Me has one of the best sleep surfaces in the lineup.


The Beside Me 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 down on one side. The mattress fits the frame nicely and even needs to be pushed into place, so there is no gapping on any side.

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 secures to the frame by pressure without the need for Velcro or other securing measures.

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 Baby Delight's 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 Beside Me is actually very stable. The fabric and mesh are all soft and there is enough cushioning where it is needed for comfort for baby and parents. Everything fits together well and looks nice.

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer bassinet - 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 Baby Delight 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

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