Last updated: August 4, 2021

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Welcome to our big baby nest test 2021. Here we present all the baby nests that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best baby nest for your child.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying a baby nest for your child.




Summary

  • The baby nest protects your child while it sleeps and gives it the feeling of security of the womb thanks to the shape of a cocoon. Multifunctional baby nests can be used in many ways: in the cot, on the sofa, in the pram or as a travel cot.
  • Cosy baby nests are also very useful during the cold seasons, as they keep your child warm and protect against colds.
  • You can choose a baby nest according to the age and size of your child. Some models have adjustable sizes or even grow with your baby.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a baby nest

What is a baby nest?

The baby nest provides reliable protection for the baby against injuries during sleep. The nest is attached to the baby's cot to avoid bumping into wooden bars or the back of the bed.

Baby nests are great for protecting your baby in the cot, on the sofa or in the pram. (Image source: unsplash.com / The Honest Company)

The baby nest is also used on the sofa or in the pram. In addition, the baby nest keeps your baby warm, so that the child will not freeze in bed and will not get watery eyes.

The baby nest is also an excellent help in case of a cold: the baby's head can be placed higher so that breathing becomes much easier.

What should I look for when buying a baby nest?

Before you buy a baby nest for your baby, you should formulate your personal ideas and think about how and where the nest should be used.

If you want the baby nest both in the cot and as an easily transportable baby travel cot, then multifunctional baby nests are ideal.

The most important criterion is of course the quality, which includes such features as material and filling.

Skin-friendly fabrics such as 100% cotton and air-permeable materials are best suited for a baby nest. You can also look for a Stiftung Warentest logo that identifies high-quality products.

In any case, you should carefully read the customer reviews and product ratings of the respective baby nest, as these can help you make the right choice. The customer feedback will tell you, among other things, how durable the baby nest is.

How much does a baby nest cost?

The prices for baby nests vary from about 15 to 300 Euros. On online markets, such as Amazon, you can find particularly inexpensive models for as little as 15 euros.

Price range Description
ca.15-30€ particularly inexpensive models at online marketplaces such as Amazon or Ebay
approx. 30-50€ two-sided cuddly nests made of 100% cotton with side restraints for safety, anti-allergenic silicone filling, multifunctional models
approx. 50-90€ multifunctional baby nests from well-known manufacturers, 100% cotton, anti-allergenic, suitable for numerous uses
from approx. 90€ high-quality "grow with" models with adjustable size. air-permeable materials

However, we recommend that you first look at baby nests from brands that specialise in baby products. These models have a very good price-performance ratio and cost from about 40 euros.

What alternatives are there to a baby nest?

The bed snake, also known as a bed sausage, bed worm or baby storage pillow, is the best alternative. But baby blankets and baby sleeping bags also serve some of the same purposes as the baby nest.

The bed snakes serve as bed surrounds to protect against injuries on baby bed walls and can be used in different ways. The bed snakes vary in length (approx. 2-3 metres) and can make baby beds of various sizes more cosy.

The bed snake is a practical alternative to the baby nest - in a variety of sizes and designs. (Image source: unsplash.com / Felipe Salgado)

In addition, the bed snakes, also like baby nests, have high-quality skin-friendly materials and cute designs.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate baby nests

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate baby nests. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular baby nest is suitable for you or not.

The criteria you can use to compare baby nests include:

  • Material and filling
  • Age recommendation and size
  • Weight
  • Accessories

Material and filling

It is very important that the baby nest is made of high quality materials. For this reason, you should pay attention to the information on the materials and fabric used.

The fabric should be soft, skin-friendly and offer antibacterial protection. Air-permeable fabrics ensure that your child does not sweat during sleep.

Foams are a good filling material because they offer a durable protective function.

There are also possibilities to have the baby nest sewn according to personal wishes and ideas, using certified organic fabrics (for example organic cotton) and organic fillings.

Age recommendation and size

Many manufacturers provide information on age recommendations.

If you are still not sure which size of baby nest best suits your child, then you should also take into account the dimensions of the sleeping area given for the respective baby nest and compare them with your child's measurements.

To determine the right size, measure your baby from the shoulder to the sole of the foot and add about 10-15 cm for extra room to grow.

Standard size baby nests (approx. 60×30 cm) are usually suitable from birth to approx. five months.

Size Age recommendation
approx. 60×30 cm from birth to approx. 5 months
approx. 65×30 cm from birth to approx. 7 months
approx. 75×35 cm approx. 5 months - 1 year
approx. 90×50 cm approx. 7 months - 1.5 years

Larger baby nest models (approx. 75×35 cm or approx. 90×40 cm) are designed for babies aged approx. 5 months - 1.5 years.

The approximate measurements and age recommendations can be taken from this table as a guide. However, these values may be different for each child.

Weight

The weight values for baby nests are approx. 1-2 kg. You should pay attention to the weight of the baby nest if you want to use it as a travel cot and need a lighter model.

Most baby nests are multifunctional and can also be used as a travel cot thanks to the simple carrying straps. Therefore, the baby nest should not be too heavy to make transport easier. (Image source: unsplash.com / Minnie Zhou)

Multifunctional models that are particularly suitable for travelling weigh about 1 kg. However, there are even lighter models of about 900 grams.

Accessories

Accessories for a baby nest include such products as a canopy, nursing pillow and toys. The carrying straps for transporting the baby nest as a travel cot are included with multifunctional models, so you do not need to buy them separately.

The canopy, breastfeeding pillow and toys are not necessary extras for the baby nest. However, they make the nest an even cosier place for your baby. Some experts advise against adding extra decorations to the nest, especially when the baby is sleeping in the nest.

In any case, it is recommended to place cute decorative elements in the baby's nest only under your supervision and make sure that they are of excellent quality (for example, Stiftung Warentest) and that the toys are placed with fall protection.

Facts worth knowing about baby nests

How do I wash the baby nest properly?

The recommended temperature for washing a baby nest is 30 degrees. The washing machine can also be set to a hand wash programme or to the gentle wash for this purpose.

Baby nests are best dried lying down. It is best not to wash baby nests made of cord wool, as cord wool shrinks quickly and becomes matted.

Use a cover (100% cotton) so that you don't have to wash the baby nest so often. When washing, bile soap is a great help against stains!

The material itself is dirt-repellent and is not suitable for washing in the washing machine. In addition, this fabric regenerates when exposed to humidity.

What safety measures should be taken into account?

There are some safety aspects that parents should definitely consider when it comes to purchasing a baby nest in the baby cot.

It is best to avoid over-furnishing a baby nest with stuffed animals, pillows, canopies and other decorative elements. These objects, if they fall down, can cover the baby and take away its air.

Pillows can only be used from the age of twelve months. The stuffed animals should be removed from the baby's bed as soon as the child is placed in bed to sleep.

If you want to fix the baby nest in the bed, also make sure that the fastening cords are tightly knotted and that your child cannot touch them.

  • the less decoration the better
  • no pillows in the baby nest or baby cot up to twelve months of age
  • stable fastening of all parts

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