New baby in the house? After a few days of gazing lovingly at your perfect little creation, one thing the experts don't warn you about is the pressing need to put your newborn down for a moment. If you're solo parenting for any length of time during mat leave, popping your tiny tot down while you tend to your own needs can feel strangely heart wrenching. But even the lightest babies can start to give you arm ache after a while, and a woman needs to pee/put the kettle on/conquer the world.
During the first few weeks, newborn babies can snooze for up to 22 hours a day. While snuggles are essential for bonding, if your bubba only dozed in your arms for that entire time, you would never get anything done! So, if you want to provide a safe space for your little one to relax and give your biceps a break in the process, this is where baby nests step in.
From luxury print pods that will add style to the nursery, to easy-clean cocoons you can have in every room, keep scrolling for the best baby nests on the market.
What is a baby nest?
Also known as cocoons or pods, baby nests are essentially a mini cushioned day bed that comes with padded sides to provide your little one with a safe, snuggly and compact spot to relax. They might sound like an absolute luxury, but during those precious early days you spend a lot of time juggling your little one with life admin.
What's more, they come in the cutest designs and fabrics, so you'll find it impossible not to post Insta-worthy baby snaps all day long. And with celebrity fans including Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad, you know it's a baby trend worth getting onboard with.
Are baby nests safe?
They are great for freeing up your arms during the day, but baby nests are not recommended for use during the night or for unsupervised sleep. According to The Lullaby Trust, sleeping on anything but a firm, flat surface can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
'Babies are highly evolved to sleep in a very particular and safe way and certain things can interfere with this evolved type of sleep,' says Rachel Fitz D, Baby and Parenting Expert and speaker at The Baby Show. 'What parents should do if they are going to use a nest is only use them on a flat surface during the daytime in order to have a quiet, safe place to put the baby, to allow the parent to get on with other jobs. But they shouldn’t be used for overnight sleep or sleep at all if the parent is not going to be present.'
How to safely use a baby nest
To keep your newborn safe and snug, follow baby sleep safety guidelines outlined by The Safe To Sleep campaign:
- Always put your baby to sleep on their back for naps and at night.
- Never use soft objects, crib bumpers, toys or loose bedding anywhere in baby's sleep area.
- Always place a pod or nest on a firm, flat and stable surface.
- Keep your baby in the same room as you and never leave your baby in a nest unsupervised.
- Do not use baby nests at night. Check out our rundown of the best Moses baskets for night time snoozing.
- Ensure your baby does not get too hot during sleep. If it's cold, use a lightweight baby sleeping bag.
The best baby nests to shop now
From DockaTot's achingly cool designs to Cam Cam's Scandi-inspired floral nests, keep scrolling for the best baby pods to shop now.