**Product received for this review.
Sleep, eat, diaper change...sleep, eat...sleep some more. Needless to say, if there is one thing babies do a LOT of, it's sleep!! And for me personally, I always wanted my babies near me when they were sleeping thoughout the day...the crib was just not an option, I wanted something downstairs and portable. For my son we had a moses basket that served its purpose wonderfully, but with baby number two, it did not seem like our best option...in the months before baby sister's arrival, big brother seemed to think it was used to carry baby around! Yikes! We knew we needed another great portable sleep option! So when I received the Taggies Snuggle Me Sleeper for review for review, I was thrilled!
The first thing that I noticed when I opened the box was the softness...I wanted to lay in it myself!! The plush fabrics are ridiculously soft, and just perfect for baby's sensitive skin. And the style was very cute too! While I would perhaps have preferred something a little more girly (we love the pink here!), the subtle leaf design is perfect for both girls and boys. I also love that its cute, without being overly baby-ish. The taggies still make it fun and visually appealing for baby, as does the fun attached giraffe toy, but it's not over the top- something I personally appreciate in baby items like this. It was also super easy to put together...10 minutes or less and it was done. Much easier than some other baby gear I've put together in the past. I also thought it was a great height. It sits lower to the ground than a bassinet, but higher than some other similar products I've seen. It's the perfect height to sit next to the couch or chair and be able to see and reach baby perfectly. It does sit a bit lower than our bed personally, but not so much so that it's uncomfortable to reach in and pick her up while in bed, if using to replace a bassinet. Already, Mommy was a fan, we just had to wait for baby to arrive to test it out firsthand.
When Finley made her arrival, we quickly learned that she is VERY particular about where she wanted to sleep. Even in the hospital, she refused to sleep in the bassinet, and preferred laying on mommy or daddy's chest. Once we arrived home, we found the same to be true with her bassinet here...she was NOT a fan!! Again, she wanted to be held while sleeping...which just isn't always an option! So we decided it was a great time to give the Taggies Snuggle Me Sleeper a try, and were pleasantly surprised to discover she loved it! Aside from with mommy or daddy, it is the only place our little princess will sleep.
For babies that need a little extra comfort, the sleeper offers a soft vibration feature as well. We've personally used it both with vibration and without, and truthfully didn't seem to notice that it made a difference to our baby girl one way or another, but of course there are probably some babies who do prefer it to be on. It also features a cute little peek-a-boo blanket that folds into the harness. We found it too be a bit too large for a newborn, but I can certainly see that being a fun addition for a slightly older baby!
Overall, we absolutely love the Taggies Snuggle Me Sleeper. To be entirely honest, before Finley came along, I probably would have just considered this a nice extra, and not necessarily a must have...but now that we have it, I could not imagine NOT having one! It has truly been a blessing, and definitely makes our list of Top 10 essentials this time around. If you have a baby who doesn't like sleeping in a typical bassinet and/or you intend to travel a lot and want a portable sleep option, I highly suggest giving this sleeper a try. Or even if, like me, you prefer to have your sleeping baby near you while cooking, showering, etc and want something that can be moved throughout the house easily.
Want to purchase your own Taggies Baby Sleeper? You can purchase at Babies R Us for just $59.99!!
Disclosure: I received the above product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I received no monetary compensation.