babybay Unboxing: How to Prep Your Bedside Sleeper For Your Little One’s Arrival

Your co sleeping journey begins way before your baby sleeps on their made-just-for-them baby bed side co sleeper for the first time. 

It starts the moment you look around online for the best baby bedside sleeper on the market (hint: you’ve stumbled upon the right page!), chat with fellow parents about bedside crib and bedside bassinet models they love, and click the “Choose Your Babybay” button so that we can get your brand new co sleeper shipped straight to your door. 

Because when it comes to choosing co sleepers, it’s not just about finding one that will provide you with feelings of ease after your baby arrives. 

It’s about choosing a bedside co sleeper that is easy to unbox, easy to assemble, and easy to make  a part of your and your baby’s soon-to-be shared bedroom space.

That’s why when we designed babybay, we had ease in mind. 

Take an inside look at one family’s experience unboxing their brand-new babybay cosleeper: 

Properly assembling your babybay so that your co sleeper attaches to the bed takes just 12 steps, all easily accomplished with tools you already have at home (no trips to the hardware store needed). 

And though the assembly time might be short and simple, that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing a single ounce of comfort or security. 

Each babybay co sleeper has been given a gold-star for safety from top safety certification organizations (including ASTM International, TÜV Rheinland, and Confidence in Textiles Oeko-Tex). 

So that you’ll have confidence your baby is peacefully sleeping safe and secure, while you’re catching Z’s with full peace of mind.

How to Customize Your Baby Co Sleeper For Fullest Comfort 

Your little one is unique. And so is your family. 

Which is why we made it our mission to offer plenty of accessories and customizable color options that will make your bedside co sleeper easily blend into your home (or stand out in your home, if that’s more your style).

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Though all babybay bedside sleepers are made of 100% eco-friendly and fully sustainable beechwood (because we believe that caring for the Earth is just as important as caring for your family), you can easily choose untreated, walnut, white, or gray color options to help you personalize your co sleeper so it feels part of your space. 

(Don’t worry—we never use the harmful glues, chemicals, or paints that you’ll find in most cribs. With us, it’s all-natural, all the time.)

You can even deck your baby co sleeper out with a colorful canopy or choose a tie-on padded crib border that creates a soft nest for your baby while giving a pop of cute with stars or polka dots.

So that by the time you’re finished putting together your babybay, you feel fully ready to welcome your baby home with a soft space all their own!

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Convert to a Crib With a Bedside Bassinet Conversion Kit

Straight out of the box, your baby co sleeper attaches to bed and keeps your baby secure by sitting flush against your own mattress. But for families who want to have options when it comes to converting their bedside crib into a moveable bassinet, the bedside bassinet conversion kit is here to help!

The bedside bassinet conversion kit has a wooden guard rail that can be installed in minutes with wooden locking clips, allowing your baby to sleep soundly—even if your bedside co sleeper isn’t right next to your bed.

This is a perfect choice for families who have nursery space where their baby can nap (because yep–with the bassinet conversion kit and attachable roller casters you can easily roll your new standalone crib to another room), or who want to have options for how they use their bedside sleeper throughout their journey. 

After Unboxing: What to Remember As You Start Co Sleeping 

Your relationship with babybay doesn’t end the moment that your bedside co sleeper is unboxed! 

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We’re here to support you and be by your (bed)sidesee what we did there?through all stages of your co sleeping journey. 

Which means if the time ever comes when you feel like your babybay needs a little extra accessorizing—like a breathable, moisture-regulating, mattress pad upgrade or all-natural 100% organic cotton sheets—know that we’ll be here to help you out. 

And if a day ever comes when you’ve used your bedside sleeper for so many kiddos that you could use a few replacement parts—we’ve got you covered on that front too. 

Which is our way of saying, we’re here to help you for the long haul.

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A Co-Sleeping Timeline: Early Milestones to Watch

When baby first comes home, the ideal place for them to sleep soundly is by your side in a bedside co-sleeper specially designed to keep them safe, secure, and enveloped in a hug of love all through the night. 

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But over the next few months, your baby will grow from a newborn into a crawling, playing, keep-you-on-your-toes toddler. And when that time comes, you may begin thinking about the best age to transition from co-sleeping with your family’s own special timeline in mind. 

Every baby is unique, and so is every family. That means that every cosleeping journey will look a little different. 

But no matter your family’s special cosleeping timeline, it can be helpful to check in at different milestones during baby’s first few months to stay aware of both baby’s development and your family’s needs. Checking in during these early months can help you make decisions about the best age to transition from co-sleeping down the road (even if that time still feels far, far off for you!). 

No matter when you decide to stop co-sleeping, the good news is that co sleeping with your baby during their early life has left them well-prepared to take on sleeping (and the world, while they’re at it!) all on their own. 

Co-sleeping helps your baby develop sensory awareness, meaning that they’ll easily be able to tell the difference between comfort or crisis and restor call for your helpaccordingly. 

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Your baby has also had plenty of time to nurture a deep and meaningful relationship with you, which means they will feel surrounded and supported by your love even if you’re sleeping farther than an arm’s length away. 

This means when the time to transition from cosleeping comes, you and baby will be more than ready to tackle all the nights of snoozes and sweet dreams ahead. 

When to Stop Co-Sleeping: The 5 Month Milestone 

Baby’s first few months set the stage for a lifetime of healthy growth. 

That’s why co-sleeping during this part of baby’s life is such an important tool in their grow-big-and-strong toolkit. 

By catching their first few months of z’s in a designed-just-for-them bedside co-sleeper that fits flush against your bed (meaning you’re always close by!), baby will benefit from a boosted immune system and better supported emotional and physical development. 

That’s why it’s important to take full advantage of all the co-sleeping benefits your bedside cosleeper can offer in these early months of baby’s life.

Though Europe tests and endorses bedside co-sleepers through baby’s first year, the United States has yet to expand their testing and endorsement procedures past five months of age. 

However, experts agree that sleeping close to your baby is still best practice through the first year of their life. 

That means around five months might be the right time to start taking stock of how baby has grown and decide whether it might be time to start transitioning your baby into a crib or convert your cosleeper into a bedside bassinet or whether they’re still comfy-as-can-be where they are.

When to Stop Cosleeping: The 9 Month Milestone

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When it comes time to fully decide when to stop co sleeping, developmental stages and family needs are more important indicators than age. 

That’s because all babies are unique, and their growth stages are going to be just as unique as they are. 

Likewise, no two families are the same. What works well for one family might cause nights of restless tossing and turning for another. 

It’s a good idea to check in with baby at the 9 month milestone to make sure that co-sleeping is still the best sleeping solution for them (and you!). 

If baby has started feeling confident enough in their mobility to move from the safe space of their bedside co-sleeper into the maze of blankets and pillows that you keep on your own bed, it might be time to think about keeping baby more secure with a standalone baby bassinet or crib. 

Those blankets and pillows you love to curl up in and keep close can quickly become a safety hazard to baby. Though baby might be learning to be a confident crawler at this age, they still haven’t quite figured out the art of being an escape artist. 

(Ready to learn more about how to cosleep safely? We’ve got you covered!)

And when it comes to plush bedding that can easily wrap around them or cover their head, those escape artist skills are much-needed to assure fully safe sleeping throughout the night. 

But remember: at the end of the day, only you know the cosleeping timeline that works best for your family. 

The day when it’s time to stop co-sleeping with baby will come. 

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But when it does, be excited to walk with baby toward their next milestone!

Because baby has been cosleeping all life long, their body and mind are ready to take full advantage of all the developmental benefits and conquer every new adventure that comes their way during nights ahead.

And just because baby is ready to transition their bedside co sleeper into a bedside bassinet or sleep in a crib all their own doesn’t mean they have to go far. 

If you choose to stop co sleeping around one of these early milestones, you can still help support baby’s next stage of sleep by positioning their baby bassinet or bedside crib right against your bed, or moving it no more than a step or two away from your own mattress. 

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That way, baby will still be able to feel your loving presence offering comfort from close by, even as they adjust to the feeling of sleeping in this new space that is fully their own. 

As baby becomes more comfortable in their bedside bassinet or crib (and as space in your bedroom allows), you can slowly move baby’s sleeping space farther and farther from your own bed. This will help baby gradually develop confidence and awareness that you’re nearby to help, even when you’ve stopped co-sleeping and are farther than an arm’s length or two away. 

And on the day you decide it’s finally time to move baby into a room that’s fully their own, they’ll feel well-prepped for this next important step. 

What Age is Co Sleeping Safe for Your Baby or Toddler?

What age is co-sleeping safe?

As soon as baby is born, most parents invite their newborn into their bedroom to sleep nearby for a form of cosleeping. Experts agree that this is the safest method for caring for your newborn.

That’s because your baby still isn’t quite oriented to the differences between day and night—a truth that wreaks havoc on their (and your) sleep schedule. 

Until your baby develops their circadian rhythm—the 24-hour clock within all of us that regulates our patterns of sleepiness and alertness—baby will have a hard time sleeping for more than a few hours at a time. 

Partner their undeveloped circadian rhythm with a tiny stomach that has them calling for food every few hours and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a rocky night of sleep—for both you and baby. 

best safe cosleep age babybayWith baby in your bedroom, you’ll be able to catch some much-needed extra shut-eye while quickly responding to baby’s every nursing need. You’ll also be close enough to respond to any concerns that arise as baby gets used to the world and used to the rise and setting of the sun. 

Bedside co-sleepers like the babybay are designed to offer you and baby a safe co-sleeping solution to maximize rest time, emotional bonding, and healthy development during these important first months of baby’s life. 

babybays are specially engineered to properly support, care, and nurture your baby up until they are around 5 months of age. They offer a firm, stable surface away from the plush and not-baby-friendly softness of your own mattress and blankets—while keeping baby within arm’s reach all through the night.

What happens after 5 or 6 months? 

Similar models of babybay that are popular in Europe (used and loved by some pretty cool people like Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and German pro soccer player Sebastian Jung) are endorsed for and regularly enjoyed by parents and baby up through one year of age. 

Though the US only tests co-sleepers up through 5 months, most experts agree that you should be sharing your room with baby through at least the 6-month mark. Depending on baby’s growing level of independence and your needs as parents, you can start thinking about moving baby out of your bedroom after this point. 

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However, co-sleeping and room-sharing has been the natural and normal way for parents to bond with baby and get a better night’s sleep for centuries. (In fact, a study from anthropologist John Whiting found that almost 70% of the world’s children sleep and grow surrounded by loved ones!) 

For parents who want to continue to reap the emotional-bonding and healthy-growth benefits of co-sleeping past that 6-month mark, converting your safe co-sleeper into a bedside bassinet or keeping a crib in your bedroom may be the ideal method for continuing to support baby.

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What happens after 9 months? 

By now, your baby is becoming increasingly independent. No longer content to simply lay on their back all through the night, they’ll feel the urge to move and crawl around during any break from sleep. 

As your baby continues to explore their own mobility, your co-sleeping environment needs to be adapted to support their needs. Though by now baby is full of the adventurous spirit and can-do attitude they need to turn your mattress into a fun-filled playground, it’s better to save that kind of exploring for when you’re awake and watching. 

Truth is: baby might still be too young to be fully supported by the softness of your comfy-as-can-be mattress, blankets, and pillows. The wrong roll, twist, or turn during the night can leave baby struck with no clue how to get themselves out. 

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To keep baby safe, make sure that you move them to a space of their own by converting your safe co-sleeper into a bedside bassinet or standalone crib as soon as baby starts being filled with that must-move, must-dance, must-explore spirit. 

What happens after 12 months? 

Between one to two years of age, your child will grow from a tiny bundle of joy into a free-moving and free-exploring adventurer who doesn’t just know how to get themselves into some fun-filled situations…but how to get out of them safely as well. 

Around this time, your child should be able to naturally be able to move out of, rollover, and free themselves from any kind of restraining blanket, pillow, or comfy comforter that comes their way. 

Of course, every child is unique.

As your child continues to grow, they’ll become increasingly talented at getting themselves unwrapped and unwound during the night—allowing you to sleep easy with your child by your side. The same feeling of ease that you enjoyed while using the babybay co-sleeper for safe cosleeping in the first months of baby’s life can be joyously felt and luxuriated in once again. 

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Though the babybay co sleeper bassinet safely supports your baby through their first several months of life, you’ll have to use your own judgement when deciding when your baby is ready to leave their co-sleeper and crib to bed share with you.

That’s why it’s important to carefully determine where your child is in their development when deciding what age is co sleeping safe with a toddler in your own bed. 

But when that day comes…get ready for a long and restful night of cuddles, the kind of love-filled cuddles only your child can give. 

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