I had hoped I would start this post by proudly announcing that Ryan and I have finally assembled Ralphie’s cot. But it hasn’t happened yet. The weekend got quite away from us. The sun was shining and Harry Potter was on the tele – a dangerous combination for avoiding chores.
So it’s at least a few more days in the Snuzpod for Ralphie. I’m sure he doesn’t mind; he’s quite cosy in there. And it means he still gets to sleep next to me!
Now six and a half months old, our boy is getting maximum use out of his little bed. The good folks at The Little Green Sheep recommend you use it until your baby reaches the six month mark, when they can roll over, sit, or pull themselves up. Ralphie can do the first two, but we’ll definitely have him in his cot before he shows any signs of being able to escape. We hope!
It’s quite an investment. Including the mattress, the Snuzpod will set you back about £200. And then you have the mattress protector and sheets on top of that – pretty hefty compared to most moses baskets.
Luckily for us, ours was a generous gift. And it has been by far our most useful, particularly considering that I ended up having an emergency Caesarean section.
For the first few nights, Ralphie slept on his dad’s side of the bed, because I couldn’t twist to pick him up, but after that it was ideal for me. When he woke up for a feed, I could easily whip him out, latch him on and then, when he was done, put him back. Even if I was half asleep – and I usually was – it didn’t take much effort to return him to his own safe sleeping place. I don’t know why, but I was absolutely paranoid about falling asleep with him in the bed with us. I used to wake regularly with a start and frantically ask Ryan where the baby was. Of course, he was in his crib. Crazy lady!
But let me start at the beginning. How did we fair building it? Not too bad, which is pretty good for us! We’ve been known to have raging arguments when assembling furniture together. A rocking chair once nearly ended us.
I was heavily pregnant at the time, so relegated to the role of assistant – passing Ryan the parts and reading the instructions. It was our most successful team build yet. A few minor mistakes and a couple of hours later and we were done – and we were still talking to each other.
The quality of the crib is second to none. You could tell that before we’d even unpacked it; the box was so heavy. Solid beach wood, thick cotton sides – it’s a robust bit of kit.
It looks great too. I didn’t know it at the time, but you can buy it in different colours. We have the classic beechwood, but it also comes in grey, white and black – very cool for you monochrome lovers out there.
For the first three months, we had the Snuzpod attached to our bed with the included straps. I had the side down and it was lovely being able to lie next to Ralphie and hold his hand or stroke his head if he was a bit unsettled.
Since then, we’ve used it as a standalone bed. It’s still right next to me, but after sleeping better in his very cosy carrycot when we were away, I thought I’d see if he slept more soundly being a little more enclosed. I think it was the right move.
Although Ralphie has now exceeded the recommended age for the Snuzpod, I’m in no rush to turf him out. There’s something very reassuring about having your sleeping baby next to you. Plus, he does still wake in the night for a feed – or two – so it’s easier for me. Of course, we could have his cot in the room with us instead, but it’s big and I’m not quite sure where it would comfortably fit.
It’ll be a sad day when we pack the Snuzpod away and move Ralphie into his nursery, but the time is coming. And this, I would say, is its biggest flaw. You mean we have to unbuild it in order to store it? We’re not exactly blessed with much storage in our house, so putting it away whole is not an option. Actually, I don’t even know where we’re going to put it once it has been unassembled!
So would I recommend the Snuzpod. In short, yes. But if money is a bit tight then I wouldn’t say it’s an essential. When we go to my mum and dad’s, Ralphie sleeps perfectly well in his carry cot, which we prop up on a stool. At home, we would have to lug this up and downstairs, which admittedly would be a pain, but not the end of the world.
What I will say is that I feel very glad to own one, and we will be keeping hold of it for Ralphie’s future siblings (I hope!). In the meantime, if anyone has somewhere we can store it, feel free to get in touch!