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Shnuggle Air Bedside Crib Review

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At a glance:

The Shnuggle Air Bedside Crib is truly a breath of fresh air, with its design based on 'breathability'. Its mesh sides mean you can see your little one at all times and has a hypo-allergenic airflow mattress offering 50% more breathability than standard foam mattresses. A gentle incline option helps to ease colic and reflux and the zip downside provides easy access to your baby during the night, for feeding and comforting.

Why do you think this product is so different to anything else on the market?

Alexa: The ability of this product to convert from a bedside crib into a cot is without a doubt this product’s unique selling point. Its longevity compared to other bedside cribs is certainly its best feature. If you haven’t already purchased your baby’s main cot then I would say this 2-in-1 product is definitely worth the investment. However, for just a standalone bedside crib, I find this product rather on the pricey side compared to other options available on the market. The mesh fabric on both sides of the crib allows better airflow and visibility compared to other competitive products.

Helen: This product is different because it is so versatile. It can be converted from a side crib to a cot when baby gets older. Since our baby was born, our house has become full of baby stuff, the pram, the bouncer, the changing table, the nursing chair. Whilst all this stuff is useful, it is great to find a 2 in 1 product that adapts and continues to be useful once baby is a bit bigger. We seem to be in and out of the loft at the moment, putting away things baby has already outgrown and retrieving things bought ready for the next stage. I have not come across any other products that adapt so well to baby's changing needs.

Jamie: This crib offers more longevity than other cribs on the market – if you buy the cot conversion kit you can have this crib from 0-2 year’s old meaning you don’t need to buy anything else which is great news for your wallet. The incline option for the crib is a great feature if your baby suffers from colic and reflux, I personally didn’t need to use it but it’s very beneficial for those that do need it.

Why does it change your life with your baby?

Samantha: The crib is easy to assemble and attach to bed, nice quality mattress and baby seems comfortable in it. It doesn't seem as hard as some newborn mattresses? The transparent mesh material allows you to always keep an eye on your baby when they are sleeping and you don't have to sit up out of bed to check on them, so a stressless night for us parents included and in theory more sleep. The mattress is breathable and the air design protects the baby from overheating which again gives you as a parent peace of mind that baby is sleeping safely.

Helen: Getting as much sleep as possible is vital for mummies and babies. Baby has slept really well in this crib possibly due to the fact it can be tilted to ease colicky symptoms. Baby sleeping comfortably and safely means that I sleep better. It has been a hot summer and having mesh sides that allow the air to circulate, has kept baby cooler. It also means I can see baby easily without disturbing him. Speaking to my new mummy friends, we have all woken up in the middle of the night disorientated and freaked out because we don't know where baby is. Seeing baby through the mesh sides instantly calms me down so I go back to sleep.

Alexa: The convenience of having baby in easy reach and sight of the parent’s bed is a godsend. With the drop-down side, it’s comforting to be able to look over to check on baby and give night feeds without having to get out of bed. I did find, however, that the fit between the bedside crib and my mattress was not quite as snug as I’d like. Despite this, the product is very sturdy and with the two straps to secure the crib to either my bed frame or around my mattress, I was assured that the crib would not come away from the bed. The fabric shelf underneath the crib is very handy to store various baby bits. No part of the product’s base sticks out so there’s nothing to trip over when creeping around it in the dark.

What excites you about this product?

Alexa: The contemporary design and build quality of this product are exceptional. In my opinion, this is what you are paying a premium for. It’s very sturdy, well-crafted and just looks stylish. The ability to extend the life of this product by converting it into a cot is also a fantastic unique feature. All the fabric of the crib is removable from the frame so it can be easily washed when accidents occur.

Helen: I haven't come across many other baby products that are so well thought through. I am looking forward to converting from a crib to a cot instead of dismantling and storing a crib and having to construct a whole new product when baby needs a cot. Having a new baby has brought a fair amount of building flatpacks that new parents could certainly do without. I find the design very pleasing as well. The neutral grey colour is chic and very current. The curved parts give the product smooth lines which are safe and aesthetically pleasing.

What one thing would you change about this product?

Alexa: AIll four legs have various height notches, not only to adjust to different heights for parent beds but also for the incline feature. However, the adjustment of the legs can only be achieved by using an Allen key (which is provided). Therefore I feel that once the legs are set then they stay this way, as it’s a bit of a faff to adjust them. You certainly wouldn’t be adjusting the incline in the middle of the night if your baby was uncomfortable.

Helen: Constructing the crib was not too difficult. I did it on my own in a brief moment that baby was sleeping somewhere other than in my arms. Considering how he is sleeping/wriggling in my arms right now, it must have been pretty quick. However, if I could change one thing, I would add some written instructions to the diagrams in the construction leaflet. I am not very good with picture instructions. It takes me a little while to tune in to the style of them and figure out what needs to be done. A few more words would have really helped me on my way.

Samantha: I would have preferred the side which zips down to go as low as the crib mattress so that it gives more options for me as a breastfeeding mum. For example, I could have breastfed my baby in the crib, instead I have to bring her into the bed to feed and then move her back or, should I choose to co-sleep, it provides a safe platform for my baby to move in to and out of my bed for feeds. Another thing I've come across is cleaning the product, it would make life a lot easier if there was a quicker way to remove the fabric for washing.... my newborn was sick a few times over the fabric and I found it a bit of a faff to take it apart to clean it but I realise that this would probably jeopardise the integrity of the product.

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