Arm’s Reach Curved Mini Co-Sleeper Review & Giveaway (CLOSED 1/20/12) ARV $165

by Maria Moser on December 20, 2011

in Co-sleeping,Giveaway,Review

I’ve been talking about co-sleeping for a while, including my story, why I’ve wanted an Arm’s Reach co-sleeper, and why co-sleeping experts endorse Arm’s Reach. Please view those posts for all the details, as I won’t repeat them here!

I was incredibly blessed to not only have an awesome conversation with Arm’s Reach’s VP of operations, but also to receive a Curved Mini co-sleeper to review. I’m also super excited that I get to give one away too!

As of the publish date of this post, my littlest guy is almost 2 weeks old. I had every intention of getting the co-sleeper set up and taking pictures before he was born, but it didn’t happen that way. It sat in the closet a hubby & I thought “oh, we have a few more days.” We’ve had 3 babies, and all 3 of them arrived just as we uttered those words. You’d think we would have learned after the first two! So we (and by “we” I mean my husband) set it up a few hours after our son was born. Luckily, we didn’t have any trouble (again with the “we”…well “we” didn’t really have a baby, now did we? ;-) If he can take credit for that, I can take credit for the co-sleeper.) Unfortunately, that means we were back-tracking to try to take pictures 10 days later, taking photos out of order and not-quite-right (DH was holding the anchoring pieces up un-done to demonstrate, but he didn’t have them looped in correctly!

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Arm’s Reach is no longer just the original, full-size co-sleeper. They have beautiful and modern co-sleepers to fit virtually any style and budget. The co-sleepers aren’t inexpensive, ranging from $139-$349 depending on style. However, most can be used as a co-sleeper, bassinet and play yard, giving far more bang for your buck than similarly priced “pack & plays.”

co-sleeper co-sleeper

The Arm’s Reach Cambria and Sleigh Bed are a little more attractive than a pack & play, no? :-)

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I received the curved mini co-sleeper in toffee (above left, looks more cocoa colored in person like it does in my photos, looks more “natural” in Arm’s Reach’s pictures.) It’s more compact than the original at 34″ x 20″ x 31″, but still functions as a co-sleeper or bassinet until baby is about 5 months old (or pushing up on hands and knees) and as a pack & play after that.

Co-sleeper 1 front Co-sleeper 1-2 logo

It comes with a mattress, fitted sheet and carrying case, as well as an anchor plate to secure it to the adult bed. You must use this when using the co-sleeper mode, to ensure the baby cannot fall between the co-sleeper and the bed.

Co-sleeper 2 anchor instructions
Co-sleeper 3 anchor plae goes at opposite side Co-sleeper 4 anchor straps to cosleeper

The anchor is sort of like how a bed rail attaches to a twin bed. The anchor goes on the opposite side, under the mattress, then comes through a loop on the co-sleeper (not shown) before buckling securely and being tightened.

I did not want to lose my night stand access, so we put the co-sleeper further down the bed a little bit, leaving just enough room to open the drawer & grab a pair of socks!

Co-sleeper 5 close to nightstand

I do have to scoot a bit to get out of bed, but it’s not a problem. If you want to be able to move it freely, consider using the free standing bassinet mode.

Co-sleeper 6 lift tabs Co-sleeper 7 bar slides up to make a bassinet

We didn’t demonstrate that, but you unstrap the rail and slide it up basically.

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If you have a higher bed like we do, you’ll need the leg extensions ($22) to raise the co-sleeper from 24-30″ in 2″ increments.

Co-sleeper 8 leg extensions Co-sleeper 9 leg extensions 2

I didn’t realize that Arm’s Reach was going to send me the leg extensions too, so I bought some, and bought the wrong color! So if you notice “natural” leg extensions with my “toffee” co-sleeper in some of these photos, that’s why. Oops!

You can only use 1 set of leg extensions, so if you need additional height, you will have to build a platform so it doesn’t become unstable. Since our bed is actually more like 32ish inches, I was afraid we were going to have to do that. However the instructions (check out the awesome online assembly instructions…click the stars for photos!) say that the top bumper bar must be level with or below the top of the adult mattress, so I think we are just fine with it being slightly below.

Co-sleeper 10 from foot of bed

I love that there are pockets on both sides, so you can store diapers, wipes, burp cloths etc. within reach, no matter which side of the bed it’s on. You can also unzip and use the bottom compartment for storage when you’re using the co-sleeper or bassinet modes.

Co-sleeper 11 storage pocket 2 Co-sleeper 12 storage pocket
Co-sleeper 13 storage area

The organic cotton/rayon fitted sheet ($25 retail) they sent along is so ridiculously soft and silky, I wish they made queen sheets too!

Co-sleeper 15 organic sheet pkg Co-sleeper 16organic sheet pkg 2

The included sheet is very nice too, and is far softer than the typical crib sheet.

Co-sleeper 14included sheet

The little things Arms Reach has done to ensure your child’s safety amaze me. The sheet actually secures to the mattress, to make sure it can’t come loose.

Co-sleeper 17 sheet attaches to mattress Co-sleeper 18 sheet attached to mattress

Then, the mattress attaches to the co-sleeper!

Co-sleeper 19mattress attaches to cosleeper Co-sleeper 20 reach through storage area

The co-sleeper folds up like a pack & play for travel, and the carrying case keeps it clean & easy to carry.

Co-sleeper 21 to fold Co-sleeper 22 folding
Co-sleeper 23mattress around Co-sleeper 24carrying bag

One of my biggest concerns about having a third child was how I would function on zero sleep for months, and still be able to take care of my family, get my daughter to school on time, etc. I talked about how my other children wouldn’t really sleep unless held , and I was praying this baby wouldn’t be the same way!

Like any mother of a newborn, I’m not exactly getting tons of sleep, but the co-sleeper has made such a huge, huge difference for me that I want to shout it from the rooftops and give every new parent their own co-sleeper!

If my son makes a noise, I just have to peer over and look at him. I don’t have to drag my tush out of bed and down a cold hallway 25 times a night (only to find him not actually awake sometimes!) In fact, I find that I am pretty automatically waking and nursing my son when he needs it, and he never has to escalate to crying. I grab a diaper, wipe and changing pad and change him right there too. It makes it far easier to settle him, and even when he needs a little extra snuggling, it is soooo much nicer to sit in my own bed and do it. I have gotten several 1.5-2 hour stretches of sleep, and that was unfathomable for me when my other children were just weeks old! I’ve been able to settle my son down just by positioning him in the co-sleeper such that he can see me, sometimes also putting a hand on him. It would probably be more convenient if I moved my nightstand and positioned the co-sleeper even with the head of the bed, but where we have it works just fine for me, and I still have my nightstand!

I think the Arm’s Reach co-sleeper is so fan-freaking-tastic that I don’t think I can express how much I love this thing. My sole regret is not getting one 7 years ago.

Co-sleeper 25 point of view from my pillow

I realize that different things work for different families and different babies, but I’d highly recommend that everyone at least try co-sleeping with their babies in an Arm’s Reach co-sleeper!!

Shop directly through Arm’s Reach or use the store locator. Follow the Arm’s Reach blog, “like” Arm’s Reach on Facebook and follow Arm’s Reach on Twitter!

Giveaway: One reader will receive an Arm’s Reach curved mini co-sleeper in cocoa hibiscus (lighter with a darker hibiscus print) or toffee hibiscus (the color I received.) (ARV $164.99.)



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1 Milagreta Ramsumare December 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

This would be perfect for me. I’ve always shared my bed with my babies & quite frankly after the last one we thought that we were finished so we gave away our crib & all other baby gear to a family member. So guess who has to start looking for new baby gear for baby #4 – yours truly :(
This is a great giveaway & honestly I hope I win :)

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2 Maria December 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Congratulations on your sweet surprise! :-D I told DH we had better hang on to our baby stuff…if we get rid of it, we might get the same surprise, LOL.

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3 Milagreta Ramsumare December 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thanks, and it’s so true.
Good thing is that this baby will get everything new, bad thing is that means no $$ for us :(

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4 Ciera Ann Holland Beatty December 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

I would love a co-sleeper for my baby boy!:)

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5 rachael s December 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

i so would love one. my infant is only two months and was born early and is doll like and is always sptting up alot and has troubles sometimes. would love to have that as arms reach. peace of mind it would be!she is my world and i would love to be able to kinda like sleep next to her but her in her own bed…so i threw that idea out til i saw this. i am financially unable to get one n would love to get us one.

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6 Amanda December 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Oooh! Yes please! I have wanted one since my first son 9 years ago! :) I follow arms reach on Facebook and twitter, and keep saving for a cosleeper!

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7 Stephanie Phelps December 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

This is the most awesome item I have ever seen. Thank you both for the giveaway

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8 Mallory December 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

This is at the top of my list for things I want for my baby due in June. It’s a long list and it would be great to win!

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9 Kelly December 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Splendid!

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10 Emily R. December 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I will would be a perfect gift for my sister & BIL:)

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11 Courtney December 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I’m expecting my first baby, and I’m very cautious about sids. I’ve heard the co-sleeper is a great way to help prevent this since the baby is so close to mommy! :)

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12 Lara J December 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for offering this great giveaway – I would love to win!

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13 Sabrina Radke December 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Thanks for the thorough review! I would LOVE to own one of these!

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14 Brandy Anderson December 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm

This is an awesome giveaway! :)

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15 Bridget McLean December 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

My sweet baby Boy Oliver was born preemie so having him in an Arm’s reach co sleeper would mean my DH and I would not have to share our queen size bed with him. I thought about the angel care monitor but right now feel safer with him between us!
I hope it’s ok if I enter if I live in Canada! I know shipping can sometimes be a little more to here, so I would be more than willing to help out with that. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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16 Jess December 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I would love one! This would be wonderful to use when we welcome our new little guy into our lives!

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17 Johnna December 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I would love to have a real co-sleeper for this baby. Our daughter used a pack n play, but during those first few sleepless weeks even the short walk across the bedroom could seem like a challenge. We ended up doing a lot more bed sharing than I had planned, and frankly it still makes me nervous. Having the little guy in his own safe space right next to me would be so much better!

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18 Rebecca Orr January 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

This would be perfect for us if I won. Thanks for the chance!

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19 Jackie January 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

We are a co-sleeping family! My 22 month old still hogs our bed, and our 9 week old is picking up The habit…would love this co-sleeper, so that baby can have her own space… But still be close to mommy :)

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20 Joni Lackey January 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Oh my goodness I am hoping more than anything to win this! My husband would be so proud of me…he has been wanting our baby to sleep with us but I have been afraid to and we cannot afford a co-sleeper on our own right now. Thank you so very much for offering this wonderful giveaway.

jonimariemay@gmail.com

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21 Maria January 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

Your husband sounds like a wonderful man! :-)

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22 rebecca w January 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Oh, I wanna win so bad! thanks for the chance!

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23 Laura Sapp January 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

I would love one of these for my baby! I am due in 5 weeks with baby #5!

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24 Erin miles January 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thank you so much arms reach!

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25 Christa Agans January 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Entered through click ENTER, also liked on FB. Thanks for the chance

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26 garrett ward January 20, 2012 at 5:18 am

This does look very convenient. :)

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27 Meghan L. January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Those are much nicer than the few options we had when C was born.

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28 Michelle Wilkerson Mousa January 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Thanks! I entered! I really hope I win!

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