I am looking into co-sleeper bassinets, where one side comes down and the bassinet can sit right next to the bed. Are these considered safe? If so, are there recognised brands? I am looking into the Chicco Next 2 me co sleeper, but the sides don't look that breathable. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Red Nose recommends sleeping baby in a cot that meets AS/NZ Mandatory Standards. In Australia there are no mandatory standards for bassinets but general guidelines from Product Safety Australia. You could use these guidelines when looking at a co-sleeper for most of the information. https://www.productsafety.gov.au/products/babies-kids/kids-furniture/bassinettes
There are however specific concerns for some of the side-car cribs for the type of co-sleepers you describe.
It is important to ensure there is no gap between the co-sleeper & the adult bed where baby may become trapped (when side is down).
Ensure side is up when baby is unsupervised.
Red Nose has the following information about the use of side-car cribs.
Portable Sleep spaces - Side - Car cribs
Currently in Australia there are no AS/NZS Standards for side-car cribs or portable sleep spaces, with trials ongoing.
If a parent is thinking about using products where there are no AS/NZS Standards, they need to ascertain not only whether the product may be effective but also is it safe to use under all circumstances and where the baby may be unsupervised.
Are there any potential hazards such as entrapment, strangulation, suffocation or fall risks associated with using this product? The safety of baby needs to be ensured at all times.