The babybaby Bedside Sleeper is a cool co-sleeper that attaches to the parent bed but has design features in common with a traditional crib.
In 2003, Christian Pihale's wife Ruth gave birth to two children back to back. Knowing she would have to get up throughout the night repeatedly, Ruth asked for help. Because traditional co-sleeping can be dangerous, Christian designed a solution for Ruth to keep the babies close so she could stay in bed and still meet their needs. Christian's vision became the babybay bedside sleeper answering the need for parents to keep their children close, safe, healthy, and happy. babybay® is an internationally best-selling product.
The babybay isn't as easy to use as some of the competition thanks in part to its size and weight.
Ease of Use
The babybay earned an ease-of-use score that is a bit above average for the group.
Ease of use includes the features and functions you will use daily.
This bassinet is very accessible even while you stay in bed. The product will work with beds of various heights, and the lower sidewall means getting baby in and out, or comforting baby while you rest, should be no problem. The product has a system that allows it to safely attach to your bed. A long strap connects to the legs of the bassinet and runs underneath the parent mattress. The belt is kept taut by using a flat wooden addition on the opposite side of the parent bed. This structure holds the babybay snug against the parent bed and eliminates the risk of tipping
The babybay is not designed for regular movement and is not a good choice if you plan to move your bassinet from room to room. babybay does offer optional casters that would make it significantly easier to move.
This bassinet is one of the most substantial options we tested with a weight of 28 lbs and dimensions of 37.1"H x 36"L x 20.7"W. this unit is designed to be connected to your bed so it isn't portable and moving it from room to room would not be recommended. The heft and lack of folding also make it a poor option for travel. There are caster wheels available as an accessory, which would make moving the babybay significantly easier. However, the wheels would arguably be safer if you paired them with the conversion kit that turns the co-sleeper into a free-standing crib.
The babybay has a height adjustment feature that is easy to move up or down with a screwdriver so it can be tailored to the height of the parent bed.
The mattress platform is height adjustable, so you can choose a height that works best with your bed.
Ease of Setup
It took almost 40 minutes to assemble this bassinet. It isn't difficult so much as the directions aren't useful. Upon investigation, the company offers a video tutorial, and we can see why. We didn't realize there are written instructions at the back of the manual because the first part is all pictures with no indication that it exists.
This product wipes clean with a damp cloth. Nothing on this bassinet is machine washable, but the mattress pad can be hand washed.
Given the wood slat design of the babybay, it has excellent breathability.
The babybay earned a phenomenal score for breathability.
This unit is similar in design to a traditional crib, and unlike much of the competition that offers mesh sidewalls, this bassinet has wood slats with space between them. There is no fabric or issues that we can see to impair your baby's ability to breathe.
The babybaby performed well in tests for sleep surface and it is the only bassinet with different mattress options.
The babybay earned a relatively high score for the sleeping surface.
This sleeping surface is very stable with no low points, but it is easy to compress and may offer less support than some of the competition.
The babybay has the thickest mattress in the group with a slated bassinet bottom. We can push our finger between the mattress and the wood slats, but the pad doesn't shift or move indicating a good fit. We tested the Classic mattress in this review. Babybay does offer five versions for different needs, and each is each slightly different in composition.
The babybay is made with nice materials and a thoughtful design.
The babybay earned one of the top scores for quality.
It is easy to see the quality materials and designs when comparing this product against the competition. The wood is smooth and has meticulous connection points without rough edges. The wood creates a sturdy, stable, and durable product you can use for multiple children or sell when baby outgrows it. We love the overall fit and finish and feel like this bassinet is a real piece of furniture akin to a crib, unlike some of the competition that feels like limited use products that you won't keep around for the long haul. It is a simple, chic option that will compliment any decor.
Parents can sleep with peace of mind knowing that babybay has taken eco-health into consideration in their material and construction choices.
The babybay earned one of the highest scores for eco-health in a metric where none of the bassinets impressed.
babybay offers open transparency regarding the materials they use and their production process. We like that they provide an unfinished product with no MDF board to avoid most VOC emissions, and they have organic mattress choices that use natural latex and coconut fiber instead of the more popular polyurethane. The other finishes use water-based products, avoidance of toxic fillers, and the mattresses use Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 materials. We purchased the Classic mattress for testing, as it is the base model and the least expensive making it a popular choice for parents and a way to keep costs down with this already higher-priced option. This mattress is a polyurethane option that hurt its overall eco-health score as this kind of foam can off-gas. The babybay would have scored higher for this metric if the natural mattresses were standard or less expensive. However, this is still arguably the best choice for parents concerned with toxic materials and potential off-gassing.