The Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is a great multipurpose bassinet, perfect for families that wish to co-sleep but also want the option of a free-standing sleeper.

SAFETY | Safe Co-Sleeping Option

Safety is a first thought with the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper design. This bassinet is made to be a co-sleeper that keeps baby right at the bedside, but with a separate sleeping area for best sleeping practices. Many parents are opting to co-sleep and room in with their families for longer periods of time because of the bonding in addition to the safety concerns of SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that babies sleep in parent’s rooms until six months of age to decrease the risk of SIDS.

This bassinet is made to be a co-sleeper that keeps baby right at the bedside, but with a separate sleeping area…

The Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper has a side rail that also has a 360-degree view of baby with all mesh sides. This also creates better airflow and breathability for your little one as well as having soft, no gap siding. Bumping or getting caught on the side won’t be a problem when your baby is able to move around in their sleep as they grow older.

360-Degree mesh walls

360-Degree mesh walls

One downside to the safety to of the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is that any mattress made before 2013 is treated with flame retardants and other chemicals. However, an organic mattress is available for purchase that is made specifically for this bassinet. Even though Arm’s Reach doesn’t make their products out of completely organic materials, they are still members of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) which is an independent safety organization. This is always a good point to look for when shopping for baby products, as it shows that the company goes above and beyond and isn’t just scraping by on minimal safety standards.

COMFORT | Close and Secure

The greatest comfort feature of the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is that the bassinet is able to be used right next to parent’s bed, keeping baby feeling close and secure. Because it is able to be used as a bedside bassinet, the Clear-Vue enables you to reach over and draw your baby close for feeding, comforting, and bonding.

Because it is able to be used as a bedside bassinet, the Clear-Vue enables you to reach over and draw your baby close for feeding, comforting, and bonding.

The mattress pad is the perfect mix of firm yet comfortable for baby as well. It attaches with Velcro making it secure and unlikely to bunch up or wrinkle as baby sleeps. A fitted sheet is also included that makes for easy and quick cleaning, as well as added comfort for baby.

Organic Arm's Reach mattress pad

Organic Arm’s Reach mattress pad

EASE OF USE | Versatile With Great Storage

Size

The size of the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is a little on the bulky side, but it is easily adjustable to fit different bed heights. The Clear-Vue is made for bed heights that start at 24 inches high measuring from the floor to the top of the adult mattress. The legs are adjustable in 2-inch increments up to 30 inches high to the top of the parent’s mattress.

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…it is easily adjustable to fit different bed heights.

It’s also easy to assemble and has dimensions of 34 inches x 20 inches x 31 inches (although the height is adjustable). What makes this bassinet a little bulkier is the great storage underneath the baby bed. It also weighs in at 25 pounds, making it a little heavy to easily transport around the house.

Performance

The Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is a versatile bassinet as it can be used as a co-sleeper or a freestanding baby bed. When being used as a co-sleeper, parents can lower a side wall of the bassinet and sleep comfortably next to baby while still having their own safe sleeping space. This allows parents to roll over and tend to baby without ever leaving the bed.

The side wall folds down for easy co-sleeping

The side wall folds down for easy co-sleeping

The Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is a versatile bassinet as it can be used as a co-sleeper or a freestanding baby bed.

However, it’s good to note that there still is a little wall that separates parent from baby, so mom or dad still has to actually lift baby out of the bassinet to slide them into bed, unlike the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper, where the side rail bends down making it easy to slide baby right into bed without sitting up. Still, this is a great bassinet for moms with a difficult recovery, as there is no need to get out of bed multiple times per night to care for baby which makes recovery a little easier.

When being used as a Freestanding bassinet, the side wall can easily be put back up so that baby has a secure area to sleep in. There’s a patented attachment strap and plate the folds down or up and secures, created that enclosed area for sleeping. Still, even with walls up or down, the 360-degree mesh walls make it easy to view baby from all angles, as well as creating optimal airflow for your little one.

The 360-degree mesh walls make it easy to view baby from all angles…

The innovative design of the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper has built in leg extensions to adjust to varying bed heights, with the minimum height starting at 24 inches from the floor to the top of the adult mattress, and a maximum of 30 inches. There are also four castor wheels that make it easy to slide the mattress across the floor, or throughout the house. This is a great feature as you don’t have to carry the bassinet everywhere, and can even roll it around the house with baby inside. There is also the option of removing the wheels for a stationary bassinet (a great idea if there are other little ones around to give baby a free joy ride!) That being said, this bassinet is a little on the bulky side for easy transport around the house, unlike the BabyBjorn Cradle which is extremely lightweight and easy to maneuver.

Lastly, the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper has a convenient and very large attached storage basket underneath the bassinet. This is awesome for diapers, wipes, burp rags, clothes, and blankets, everything you need in the middle of the night to completely care for your baby. This is a great feature for parents who have kids sharing rooms, as you don’t have to sneak into your older kiddo’s room to retrieve baby items in the middle of the night. In addition, there is a removable and washable fabric liner that makes for easy cleaning when the Three P’s happen (Pee, Puke, and Poo!)

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper has a large storage basket below the bassinet

Large storage basket below

PRICE + LONGEVITY | Reasonable Price, Average Longevity

Longevity

The co-sleeping and bassinet modes are only for infants up to about 5 months of age or when baby starts to push up on hands and knees. However, many parents have said that their babes outgrow the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper as soon as three months depending on baby’s size and wild sleeping habits. The mattress dimensions are 31 inches long by 17 inches wide, so if you have a bigger baby, this bassinet might not last as long.

…if you have a bigger baby, this bassinet might not last as long.

There is also a 23-pound maximum weight limit, although most babies outgrow bassinets in size before they hit the weight limit.

Price

The price for the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is reasonable, but many parents say that the quality of materials isn’t comparable to other comparable bassinets on the market. The fabric on the outside of the bassinet is made of Nylon and the mattress pad is made of 100% polyester fabric (210D), EVA, fiberboard and polyurethane foam. The quality of the fabrics aren’t the best, but it is still a great bassinet structurally and Arm’s Reach has made statements that they are creating more safe materials in their newer products.

Included in this package are the bassinet, the mattress pad, and a fitted sheet for the mattress.

Included in this package are the bassinet, the mattress pad, and a fitted sheet for the mattress. The fitted sheet is a great plus, as many bassinets don’t include this. However, many parents might wish to buy the organic mattress pad that is made for this bassinet as it’s a little on the safer side…and the expensive side as well.

PROS

  • Can be used as co-sleeper or freestanding bassinet
  • Large storage basket underneath
  • Adjustable heights
  • 360-degree mesh walls
  • Wheels for easier maneuverability

CONS

  • Lower quality materials
  • Bulky size

THE BOTTOM LINE | Great Multipurpose Bassinet

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All-in-all, the Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is a great option for families that want to co-sleep safely, or for moms that have a difficult post-partum recovery. This bassinet can be used either by the bedside or as a freestanding bassinet as well. The bedside option makes it easy to tend to baby at night without getting out of bed multiple times. It also gives baby and parents the security of sleeping close.

If you are looking for 100 percent organic materials that meet the highest safety standards, this bassinet might fall a little short. The fabrics are not of the highest quality, like some higher-end bassinets that we’ve reviewed. However, safety standards are still great as this is a JPMA certified sleeper, an independent certification that has great safety standards for child products. The Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is an awesome multipurpose bassinet, making it a great option for any family and baby to create sweet dreams in.