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Bednest Bedside Crib — review

May 21, 2015

We looove Bednest! When we had to decide where Oliver would have slept for the first few months before switching to his Montessori room, we agreed it had to be in our room. He had lived 9 months in my belly, and now having him sleep in a room alone, away from our smell and sounds felt very unnatural.

The only problem was to find a crib that was small enough, beautiful, nicely designed (yes, we love design!) and possibly one that we wouldn’t have to sell, throw away or store after a few months of use.

Bednest was exactly what we were looking for! Not only it’s perfect size for a small room like ours, but it’s also beautifully designed, comfortable, practical and it has that Scandinavian look that we very much love.

Amazing service.

Service was just great! We ordered (and paid in advance) our Bednest in December and planned for it to be delivered beginning of March: that’s exactly when it came, down to the hour.

It’s for rent!

I love spring cleaning and decluttering (we don’t even own CDs, DVDs or books in a material form because they take up space!). So we liked that we can simply rent our Bednest: after six months (we rented it for sixth months to be on the safe side, although we’re planning to switch Oliver to his room around 2-3 months) UPS comes, takes it away and we won’t have to worry about storing, selling or throwing it away.

Mattress and sheets are included!

It comes with mattress and two sheets, which—like every other fabric part—are new and you get to keep them at the end of the renting.

More pros:

  • You can choose the kind of renting that suits you better—you even get to choose between different mattresses and sheets.
  • You can order it in just a few minutes on their website and up to 7 months before the delivery date.
  • It’s very easy to “assemble” (if you’re thinking Ikea, this is nothing like that… there’s hardly anything to assemble!) and it’s so light you can move it easily to other rooms.
  • If you’re not happy with it, you have 30 days to try it and return it (which you won’t!).
  • It comes with straps to secure it to your bed, but it’s so stable we didn’t even use them.
  • And the best part is…

You don't have to leave your bed to breastfeed!

Bednest is perfect for mothers like me who breastfeed exclusively. It can be adjusted to up to 70 heights, so you get a perfect match to your mattress—basically it becomes an extension of your own bed! When Oliver wakes up, I can take him and put him back without getting out of bed. It’s just great!

So far, Bednest is on my top priority list of items you need when you have a baby and we will definitely rent it again for my second child.

Here's an update for you (after returning it)

Our renting period was over so we returned our Bednest. Here’s a few more thoughts on our experience with Bednest:

  • Two sheets are definitely enough and I'm happy I didn't and buy more.
  • I'm still using the mattress next to Oliver's Montessori bed.
  • It stores flat and compact so when we switched three-month-old Oliver to his room we kept it close for emergencies and actually used it once he had fever.
  • Returning it was super easy and fast. I printed the label, called UPS in the morning, they came in the afternoon, and a few days after I got confirmation that Bednest had received it.
  • At the end of the rental period, they offer their customers to keep it for a small price, but we decided not to (you know, spring cleaning, decluttering etc)
  • All in all, the experience was great! If only all companies were like Bednest!

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One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
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Living sustainably for me doesn’t only mean to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It means to make decisions that are sustainable for our planet, the people on it, but also for our life, our lifestyle, and our happiness. It means to take any daily chance to evolve and be happier, healthier, kinder, more responsible and more caring human beings—the only sustainable way for a meaningful future.
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