Alternatives to the Sleepyhead

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I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m a big fan of the Sleepyhead. And with number 3 on the way, we’ll almost certainly be buying another (we gave the last one away and now I’m cursing myself). But it’s sensible consumer behaviour to look at alternatives when making a relatively big purchase and check it’s definitely worth it!

So in the course of my research into Sleepyhead alternatives, I’ve made a load of notes shared here for anyone considering their own options.

Before we get into this, do check out Lullaby Trust’s safer sleep advice relating to products. Lullaby Trust doesn’t recommend overnight sleeping in pods. With our Sleepyhead, we only ever used it during the day. Our son slept in a Moses Basket and then a cot overnight. Equally, I know plenty of Mums who use pods overnight too. Read up, check out the science but of course, you’ll ultimately make your own decision.

Sleepyhead Alternatives in Summary

The quick version of this is the table below, with pricing (accurate as of 9th April 2020) and key ratings. More information about each product follows.

ProductPriceNumber of Reviews (Amazon as of 9/4/2020)Avg Rating Based on ReviewsCheck it Out
Babymoov Cosydream Sleep Aid£37.9517854.5Amazon
Purflo Newborn Sleep Nest£54.95124.3Amazon
Venture Easy Dream Baby Nest£39.99454.7Amazon
Tiny Star Baby Sleeping Pod£50.00334.4Amazon
TEALP Baby Nest£39.991254.4Amazon
Babymoov Doomoo Cocoon£69.99344.8Amazon
Clevamama Baby Pod£87.842404.7Amazon
Chuckle Multifunctional Baby Nest£26.9964.6Amazon
Luchild Baby Nest£37.998354.5Amazon

These are the 9 Sleepyhead alternatives we checked out when looking for a baby sleep pod. They’re all cheaper than the Sleepyhead and they all rate relatively well and below are the key features, pros and cons we determined of each.

Babymoov Cosydream Sleep Aid

Babymoov cosydream sleep pot

The Babymoov Cosydream sleep aid is pitched by the manufacturer very much as an aid to help babies sleep better particularly when their sleep is disturbed by colic and reflux.

By far and away, this is the Sleepyhead alternative with the most reviews on Amazon and it rates incredibly well. It’s significantly lower cost than the Sleepyhead and is available in a range of colours.

Its key features in summary:

  • Outer fabric is a cotton and polyester mix
  • The internal material is polyurethane
  • It can be washed on a 30 degree C wash
  • 58 x 38 x 8cm in terms of size
  • Very portable given its relatively compact size

People seem to love:

  • Reviews suggest people love the fact their babies are more comfortable
  • Slight raising of legs keeps babies with colic more comfortable
  • Lightweight

People do not like:

  • Most of the negative reviews centre around the fact that people have. discovered after purchasing that the Babymoov Cosydream is not safe sleep approved by Lullaby Trust. However, bear in mind that this is true of all sleep pods, even the Sleepyhead.

Purflo Newborn Sleep Nest

The Purflo newborn sleep nest is, at the time of writing, £54.95 in white, though both the pink and blue versions are a little less at £49.95 right now.

It’s designed for use from birth to around 6 months, much like the original Sleepyhead is and like many other sleep nest alternatives we’ve included here. Some of its key features:

  • Allergy UK approved as hypoallergenic
  • Portable and foldable so you can take it with you wherever you go
  • Complies with British standards for breathability

People Love:

  • Baby appears more comfortable
  • Great value in comparison to other sleep pods like Sleepyhead

People Don’t Like:

  • Packaging. Some complaints of packaging arriving dirty
  • The fact this, like all newborn sleep pods in this round up, is not safe sleep approved by Lullaby trust

Venture Easy Dream Baby Nest

The Venture Easy Dream Baby Nest is £39.99 at the time of writing, making it significantly cheaper than the Sleepyhead and amongst the best value of the newborn sleep pods and nests we looked at in the course of our research.

In terms of the key things you need to know:

  • Suitable from birth to 8 months
  • Light and portable
  • Mesh fabric
  • You can remove the covers and wash them

People Love:

  • Removable covers
  • High quality fabrics
  • Generous sizing

People Don’t Like:

  • Can be “fidgety” to remove covers
  • The fact nests like these are not Lullaby Trust Safe Sleep approved

Tiny Star Baby Sleeping Pod

At £64, the Tiny Star baby sleeping pod is amongst the most expensive on our list, but the price tag still comes in way under that of the Sleepyhead. It’s a hand sewn product and very portable. It’s key features:

  • 100% cotton outer fabric
  • Filling is 100% hypoallergenic polyester
  • Whole pod can go into the washing machine

People Love:

  • Lightweight
  • The 100% fabrics
  • Design

People don’t like:

  • Some complaints of the product not being safe sleep approved in the UK. But again this is standard with all newborn sleep nests and pods of this nature

TEALP Multifunctional Baby Nest

With a 100% cotton outer, the £39.99 price tag on the TEALP Multifunctional baby nest seems great value. This one has a LOT of different designs available too, so if you’re looking for something specific or to co-ordinate with other things you’ve bought for baby, this is a solid option.

Core features:

  • Easy to transport anywhere
  • A lot of positive Amazon reviews (over 120 at the time of writing)
  • Washable if you remove the padding and mattress

People Love:

  • The sizing
  • How well it washes
  • The look

People don’t like:

  • The fact it isn’t safe sleep recommended in the UK (above point stands – no baby pod is at the time of writing)
  • There are a few complaints about the quality of the fabrics in use

Babymoov Doomoo Cocoon

This is the second product from Babymoov to make this list and the Doomoo Cocoon has a lot to live up to after the rave reviews of the Cosydream. It’s more expensive than the Cosydream at £69.99 (as of April 2020 but this also reflects a £20 discount on the usual £89.99 RRP) but still significantly cheaper than the Sleepyhead with that discount.

It’s much more of a traditional type of pod product than the Cosydream. Key features:

  • Suitable from birth
  • Adjustable size to keep baby feeling cocooned when they’re smaller but with room to grow
  • Removable cover, machine washable at 30

People Love:

  • The high quality is frequently referenced in the 5 star reviews
  • Easily portable

People don’t like:

  • Not much! At the moment all reviews as positive and the only negative listed is the fact that sleep pods aren’t recommended for overnight sleeping in the UK

Clevermama Baby Pod

This is the most expensive baby sleep pod on our list at £87.94 (still cheaper than the Sleepyhead as all the nest we’ve included here are). I think is is probably the baby nest most similar to the Sleepyhead, with the notable exception being the lack of a clip at the bottom for extension.

Key features:

  • Cover can be removed for machine washing
  • Breathable fabrics
  • Suitable from birth

People Love:

  • Lots of comments that people find it as good as the Sleepyhead
  • Ease of washing
  • Portability

People don’t like:

  • The fact the outer is not 100% cotton
  • Some comments suggesting baby grew out of it inside 3 months

Chuckle Multifunctional Baby Nest

This is amongst cheapest of baby sleep pods on the market but has fewer reviews than many competitors. That said, for those expecting only to get a few uses out of a baby nest, sometimes it’s simply not worth paying a lot. Here are the key points of the Chuckle multifunctional baby nest:

  • Clip at the bottoms allows you to “expand” the nest which typically means you get a bit longer out of it
  • Washable
  • Reasonable warranty

People love?

Well, it’s a bit tricky to say. At the time of writing, this low cost sleep nest is the one with the fewest reviews so it’s difficult to determine common loves and dislikes. So rather than try and pull anything out from what we consider way too small a pool of reviews, we’re not going to include that here.

Luchild Baby Nest

At £37.99 including vat it’s amongst the best value sleep pods in this round up and the Luchild Baby Nest has well over 800 reviews at the time of writing.

Key features:

  • Washable if you remove mattress and padding
  • Light
  • Portable

People Love:

  • The fact it can open at the bottom meaning your baby is likely to fit in it a bit longer
  • Comforting
  • Easy wash

People don’t like:

  • Some complaints over the quality of the materials

Best Sleeping Pod for Baby?

Having researched thoroughly and read the reviews, we’re torn between another Sleepyhead and one of the Babymoov pods. If anyone does buy one of the above, do let us know your thoughts on it!

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  1. Kate Smithies
    10th April 2020 / 11:25 pm

    We bought the Tiny Star for our second after having the Sleepyhead with our first daughter. It’s really good quality and it’s as good as the Sleepyheads imho

    • stacey
      10th April 2020 / 11:26 pm

      Good to know, Kate. Thanks very much for the heads up!

  2. Ashley
    15th September 2020 / 3:59 pm

    We got the Kally Sleep baby nest and its honestly one of the best maternity purchases! Every bit as good (if not better) as the sleepyhead and was only £60.

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