Chicco Close to You review

I’ve seen one too many baby products trying to do it all and coming up short in at least one quality aspect.

Chicco Close to You Bedside Bassinet

Top Pick
Chicco Close to You Bedside Bassinet
9.6/10 My Score
  • Quilted, reversible mattress
  • Portable bassinet
  • Changing table with height adjustment
  • Bedside sleeper
  • High-end soothing functions

That’s what I love most about the Chicco Close to You bassinet – it sets ambitious goals and delivers on all points.

The Chicco is a portable bassinet, a bedside sleeper, and a changing table. Over the last few years, I’ve reviewed dozens of baby sleep products, so I know what’s what when it comes to bassinets.

I can say with confidence that even if you compared this Chicco to classic bassinets, bedside sleepers, or changing tables, it would stand its ground in most quality categories.

You don’t see that every day. And when you do, it costs more than this Chicco…much more.

Chicco Close to You features at a glance:

  • The three modes – portable bassinet, changing table with height adjustment, and a bedside sleeper
  • High-end soothing functions  work through vibrations and music – features two vibration settings, 6 calming melodies, and a nightlight
  • Removable and machine-washable fabrics
  • Quilted, reversible mattress
  • Handles double as brakes
  • Swivel wheels with a locking mechanism
  • Full-length mesh fabric for the bassinet walls

Specifications (use relevant specs if appropriate for the product)

Dimensions33.5 x 28 x 46 “
Weight33 lbs
Height adjustableyes
Warranty2 years for manufacturing defects
Weight limitBassinet: 20 lbsChanging table: 35 lbs

Main benefits of the Chicco Close to You

If you were to show me this eye-candy and ask me to put a price on it, I’d easily guess 50% higher than it actually costs.

That doesn’t happen often. In fact, it rarely happens. Over the years of reviewing baby products, I developed a pretty accurate sense of price points.

This Chicco is one of the very few surprises I’ve seen recently.

Versatile and well built

Who doesn’t love the idea of a product that does it all, right?

Chicco Close to You 3-in-1 Bedside Bassinet - Heather Grey

As long as it does it well.

You don’t want a light bassinet that will tilt because the leg hub is not robust enough. I’ve seen it happen.

You don’t want a clunky changer that doesn’t age well and looks worn after 3 months.

These are all common issues with some of the lesser combo products.

Not this Chicco – it does all it’s advertised to and does it well.

Dad-friendly height range

The range of height adjustment is almost 10 inches (24 to 33.5).

This not only makes it work well for most beds but allows you to stand when using it as a changing table. Standard changing table height is 32″, which makes this Chicco more dad-friendly than a classic changer.

The height-adjustable sides also make it a great choice for both a bedside and co-sleeping bassinet. It pairs well with pretty much any bed height.

Easy to move around without damaging your floors

I love the build of the legs and the wheels. The added layer of rubber adds to the solid look and feel and does a good job protecting your hardwood floors.

Chicco Close to You 3-in-1 Bedside Bassinet - Heather Grey

My first impression was that the mobility might be compromised by the robust build. So far so good, the wheels are taking it like a champ.

I’ve seen no problems with moving it through shaggy carpets, which is the ultimate mobility test.

Quality materials

The pad feels just right, firm enough to maintain shape but not firm to the point of feeling uncomfortable.

Flip it over, and you have a nice, soft changing pad made from non-absorbent fabric, which makes it easy to clean up when leaks happen.

The fabric is easy to zip-off and wash in a machine.

Multiple Soothing modes 

What you typically see in products similar to Chicco are pretty basic soothing modes.

There’s nothing basic here. The 6-melody/2-speed vibration system feels well-built and, more importantly, it does the job.

The night light is a nice touch and does make it easier to see your baby at night. I’ve seen mixed reviews about it, and most of the people that didn’t like it talk about how it looks.

My take on this is that the light is not there to be interesting to the baby; it’s there to help parents change and care for their baby in the dark.

What I personally like about it

Very easy to set up

If you find the Chicco Close to You hard to assemble, you’d be absolutely frustrated with most similar products on the market.

Chicco Close to You 3-in-1 Bedside Bassinet - Heather Grey

The only thing that needs screwing in is the vibration/sound machine. Other than that, it all just clicks into place and stays there.

The height range

As a father who takes an active part in all the messy stuff, I appreciate that the Chicco bassinet can go as high as 33.5 inches.

The few extra inches are not life-changing for me, but for some people out there, they might be.

It also shows the effort to over-deliver, which I always loved about Chicco’s products.

Strikes the right balances…

…between versatility and safety

If you’re gonna make a bassinet that’s going to double as a changing table and a bedside sleeper, you better make sure it stays in place.

This Chicco gets that balance right. Nothing tilts or moves when you get it back to the bassinet mode.

Both the wheels and the bassinet lock safely into place.

…between robustness and weight

This balance is crucial for mobility. It feels well-built and sturdy without being heavy.

Chicco Close to You 3-in-1 Bedside Bassinet - Heather Grey

There are lighter similar products out there but, in daily use, it becomes a moot point. You’re not going to carry the thing on your back.

Sturdy panels, nice mesh

Apart from the top and bottom handle areas, the side panels of this Chicco are all breathable, see-through mesh that doesn’t feel flimsy.

The handles feel sturdy and double as brakes, which is a nice touch.

In a word, it ticks all the safety boxes.

What could be better

In an ideal world, this Chicco would feature at least a small basket attached to the leg. It wouldn’t have to be anything fancy, just a handy place to dispose of wipes temporarily.

I’d also love to see a wider range of sheet options for it.

Conclusions

When I spend 10 minutes looking at a product and trying to come up with things I’d improve, I know I have a winner on my hands.

Chicco Close to You 3-in-1 Bedside Bassinet - Heather Grey

This Chicco is well-made, feels high-end, and is a pleasure to look at.

If you’re in the market for a height-adjustable bedside sleeper, this Chicco is a good penny-worth.

Chicco Close to You Bedside Bassinet

Top Pick
Chicco Close to You Bedside Bassinet
9.6/10 My Score
  • Quilted, reversible mattress
  • Portable bassinet
  • Changing table with height adjustment
  • Bedside sleeper
  • High-end soothing functions