A couple of years back when I was pregnant with Paisley, I read about something called the 4th trimester and it struck a chord with me. A couple of people have said that I shouldn’t keep picking Bridget up, that she needs to learn that she can’t constantly be held and I just don’t agree. With Dexter, things were different. I knew nothing about being a parent, I had never been one before. As a first time parent you get so much advice fired at you from all different directions on all manner of topics. It can all be a bit overwhelming and confusing.
But with Paisley and now Bridget, I’m so much more confident in what I know and believe to be right. And by right, I don’t mean right for everyone. I mean what is right for us. So when Bridget is told that she shouldn’t keep crying waiting for Mummy to pick her up or that she needs to learn to lay for a while, I challenge it. Because I don’t believe it.
I mean, let’s think about it. Bridget has spent 9 months in a warm, cosy, dark environment where she has heard just muffled noises. She has never been hungry or dirty. All of a sudden she’s in bright lights with changing temperature and lots of noises and smells. She gets hungry and then needs feeding, she fills her nappy and needs cleaning. Everything in her world is different to everything she has ever known. So if she needs to smell me, to hear my heart beat, to feel my body warmth to be happy and to feel safe, then that is what she will have. You cannot possibly spoil a baby with love. And that is why, when she sleeps – as her brother and her sister before her – she sleeps next to me.
The Chicco Next2Me Dream gives us the perfect way of doing that without compromising on my bed space or her safety.
The height adjustable crib stands right next to my side of the bed, up close and snug so that there are no gaps between her bed and mine. Each night at bedtime, I tuck her in to her sleeping bag, clean, fed and happy and after a few minutes of waving her arms about and kicking her legs, she will fall asleep. I can reach her without having to over stretch and occasionally she will hold my finger as she drifts off.
After around 4 or 5 hours Bridget will wake for a feed. I can reach over and pull her close to me. I don’t have to get out of bed. In fact I don’t even have to sit up. If I had known about the Next2Me Dream when I’d had Paisley, I can only imagine how much easier it would have made my c-section recovery. I feed her and she drifts back to sleep in my arms and then I gently slide her back into her crib. And there she will sleep for another 4 or 5 hours.
Occasionally, Dexter and or Paisley will end up in our bed. Both of them are contortionists and often I am way too tired to move them back to their own beds. Not only that, Dexter’s epilepsy means more often than not, I prefer him where I can see him or get to him easily – so to protect Bridget from their flailing body parts, I simply raise the side of the crib and she is safe – and we all sleep.
Bridget is 8 weeks old now and has slept in the Next2Me since we got home from the hospital. It was easy to set up and so simple to adjust. Upon receiving it back in march I recorded an unboxing and basic set up video that will tell you a bit more about it which you can watch below
On first impressions, the Next2Me Dream is so much bigger than I thought. Not in a ‘Oh my god, it’s going to take over my house kind of way, more in a ‘look how spacious it is’ kinda way. She can lay in it sideways. Or at least she could when she first slept in it.
Features of the Next2Me Dream
- The idea of the crib is to safely allow you to sleep closely to your baby without compromising on space in your own bed and without the risk of rolling on to them or them getting stuck in any gaps – providing it is used correctly. It also makes it wonderfully easy for things like night feeds. Firstly, the height is adjustable on 11 different settings meaning it is suitable for most types of bed. The previous model only had 6 levels. It is easy to adjust by lifting a catch on each end.
- You can lower the side of the crib with one hand using the catch in the middle.
- The feet can be turned inwards, meaning it can be pushed right up against the frames or bases of most beds including divans
- Included are some straps that you wrap around the frame or base of your bed and then tighten, meaning the crib won’t move away and cause gaps. There are also brakes on the wheels to keep it in place too.
- It has a rocking function on the bottom of the legs, which you just press down on with your foot. Not to be used in co-sleeper mode.
- One of my favourite features but one I’ve not had reason to use is the fact that you can make it slant. Brilliant for refluxy or particularly sicky babies or even when they have a cold and are congested.(Not to be used when in use as a co sleeper)
- It comes with a carry bag so it’s completely transportable. This will be very handy when we go away for the night some time later in the month.
- The mesh sides provide extra air circulation.
- Comes with soft padded mattress.
So what do I think of the Next2Me Dream? Honestly, I love it. I wish I had two so I could have one downstairs too.
Dexter and Paisley only had a basic moses basket when they were born and Paisley outgrew hers in no time. Not only is the Next2Me Dream lovely and spacious, it is comfortable, it is easy and it is safe. I’m just sad it wasn’t around from the start.