Considering getting a bedside co-sleeper for my baby. Parents who've used these, were they worth the money in your experience?
is five weeks old, and has a little crib/cot like this
in our room. She will sleep in it, but only reluctantly - for a few hours at most, after midnight, only if she's asleep deeply enough when we put her down, only if she's swaddled tight enough and the mattress is pre-warmed for her, only if the stars are aligned just right, etc etc. When she wakes for a feed or a change, it usually takes at least an hour of cuddles, rocking and sleeping on one of our chests before she'll settle back in her cot.
She'll sleep happily on our chests or laps, or lying next to us in our bed (when we're awake). She's breastfed and I usually feed her lying down for her late-night cluster feeding sessions, and she's happy drifting in and out of sleep lying next to me in a way that she just wouldn't be in her cot. I am pretty sure that if I felt safe having her sleep in our bed with us, we'd all be getting a lot more rest at night. But, I just don't feel safe with the idea (the bed's small, I'm a very thrashy and flaily sleeper). So we're stuck with the current arrangement, which seems needlessly stressful and exhausting for all concerned - she spends most of the day being held or carried, but at night we spend exhausting hours trying to get her to go against her instincts and sleep on her own, and worrying like mad ourselves in case we fall asleep in bed while holding her.
Therefore, the idea of a co-sleeper bedside crib. I know they claim to be the bests of both worlds: the advantages of bed-sharing, but with the baby still in its own space. Perfect! But I don't know how they feel from a baby's POV, and they're expensive things to buy or hire if they don't work any better than the cot she's already in.
So I turn to you, people who've used them before. Did your baby sleep well in one of these? If you got one after trying a standalone cot, did you find you got more rest and a less disturbed night with the co-sleeper? Would you recommend them? The one I'm thinking of is this
because we could rent it for six months rather than buying outright, but your experience of any sleeper of this type would be appreciated.