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post #21 of 32
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Originally Posted by rparker View Post
I am in the exact same position that you are and I'm not sure how it's going to work out. Both my husband and daughter take up way more than their fair share of space and I currently sleep squished between them. (We have 2 full sized mattresses pushed together, so slightly larger than a king.) I think that my solution for the first few months is going to be to put my husband in the spare room and place the baby between myself and the wall... unless Alice begins to very reliably sleep through the night EVERY night in her own room before then. Currently she comes into our room anytime between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. ish.
My DH is in the spare room by himself so DD and I share a super king bed. Plenty of room for DD and I
post #22 of 32
I'll probably go the same way as with my first daughter.

We had her in a bassinet right next to me, or sometimes sleeping next to me until she outgrew her bassinet, then I put her in a cot in the same room, some nights she slept with me, but mostly right next to me until she was nearly 1, then we moved her into her own single bed in her own room, she loved it, she went to sleep much better than being in the room with us, she self settled easier, and if she woke very early she would amuse herself with toys until she got bored and then knocked on the door to be let out. Doing any changes around the age of 1 is easy, and I am glad we did it then! She is a great independent sleeper, as was I at that age.

We don't feel that for her situation that bed sharing was beneficial when she was nearly 1 years old, she would always play up and not sleep, wake up frequently and be very disruptive, but once she had her own bed, she was getting great sleep and happier child in general, her behavior did a 180.

So from this experience, we shall do the same, unless of course, our next child has an opposite personality and we will compensate for that.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by virgo View Post
It sounds like it's tough to figure out what will work until after the baby is born. I think maybe I will do the mini co sleeper and possibly a crib that converts into a toddler bed (in case it never gets used as a crib).
This sounds like a great idea. We changed our sleeping arrangements so much with DD. She started in a bassinet, then a cot, then side-carred, then bed-sharing, then side-carred mattress on the floor (our mattress was on the floor too), then mattress on the floor in her room. All in the pursuit of more sleep

Side-carring was the best arrangement for us. I cant even remember why we changed it..something must have changed. Babies change their tune quite a bit
post #24 of 32
Honestly, we tried the whole crib thing with DD1 and DS2, and they both hated it, and we ended up cosleeping. I am not even getting it out this time. The babe will be in bed with us until they move to a toddler bed around 18 months.
post #25 of 32
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I'll probably go the same way as with my first daughter.

We had her in a bassinet right next to me, or sometimes sleeping next to me until she outgrew her bassinet, then I put her in a cot in the same room, some nights she slept with me, but mostly right next to me until she was nearly 1, then we moved her into her own single bed in her own room, she loved it, she went to sleep much better than being in the room with us, she self settled easier, and if she woke very early she would amuse herself with toys until she got bored and then knocked on the door to be let out. Doing any changes around the age of 1 is easy, and I am glad we did it then! She is a great independent sleeper, as was I at that age.

We don't feel that for her situation that bed sharing was beneficial when she was nearly 1 years old, she would always play up and not sleep, wake up frequently and be very disruptive, but once she had her own bed, she was getting great sleep and happier child in general, her behavior did a 180.

So from this experience, we shall do the same, unless of course, our next child has an opposite personality and we will compensate for that.
That sounds wonderful and I'm jealous I wouldn't have been still bed sharing when Alice was 1 except at that age she was still nursing as much as a lot of 6 month olds which included a lot of night nursing. Even if we'd put her in her own room she would have been in our bed within a few hours wanting to nurse (or crying for me to come to her). I began trying to night wean her when she was around 18 months and it took several tries and didn't stick until she was almost 2.5... I'm not sure if she would have even done it then except this pregnancy helped it along by decreasing my supply so that the waking up began to seem less "worth it" to her (plus she really upped her solid food intake at that point).

It seems like A LOT of transitions are easier to accomplish in the year between 1 and 2 than they are between 2 and 3. I seriously wish I had emphasized toilet learning during that period instead of waiting until she turned 2.
post #26 of 32
We will cosleep for at least the first few months, and then probably go to a start the night in the crib, move into our bed routine until baby sleeps better. We'll likely transition the baby out of our bed completely between 1-2. Neither of our kids still cosleeps, although both like to cuddle in the mornings.
We also have a cradle which is a family heirloom-- we will photograph the baby in it and use it downstairs a few times to make my mom happy.
post #27 of 32
I'm going to get an arm's reach sleigh bed cosleeper. it holds like 500 lbs, which i think will be important because my 2 year old doesn't always listen to "no" and I forsee her trying to get in it when it's unoccupied. That will be in our room and we'll do a pack n' play in the living room for some naps. I have a crib and it was set up with DD, but she never spent more than 10 minutes in it. I'll get it out if/when I think this new one isn't going to need to nurse all night, but until then, I want him/her close.

And, DD is still cosleeping. I don't see that going away soon--I love my snuggles.
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post #29 of 32
We plan to co-sleep, as we did with our previous babies, but we may need another solution if, for example, I end up working night shifts once I go back to work. I guess we'll cross that particular bridge if and when we come to it, though I think I'll register for a playyard with bassinet or something similar.
post #30 of 32
I finally figured out our sleeping arrangements this morning . I have been wondering where the heck me and the new LO are going to sleep, seeing as my bed is way too high and my son's bed is not comfortable for me. Futon mattress on the floor! But I want a bassinet too for daytime naps out in the living room, or wherever.
post #31 of 32
We had our DD in a bassinet right by our bed until she was 6 months, then she moved to her crib (which we will soon have to convert into a toddler bed, since she is starting to get ideas about climbing out of the crib). I expect we will do the same thing again unless this babe tells us he prefers otherwise.

I was open to the idea of cosleeping when our DD was born, but she was just never good at sleeping in bed with us. Even as a tiny thing, she would flail around and poke our eyes and grab our noses and kick us and whack us so much it wasn't even funny. As soon as we put her in her own space, she would calm down and fall right asleep. It's still true today. She's almost 2, and if she's in bed with us she wants to play or be cranky, even if she's really tired and should be sleeping. We all sleep much better if she has her own space. She does end up sleeping in our bed sometimes (like if she wakes up in the middle of the night and just can't fall back asleep for some reason), but we couldn't do it all the time.

I liked the bassinet right by the bed when she was younger so that I didn't have to get up and go anywhere in the middle of the night for night nursing. We moved her to her crib at 6 months because that was the age limit on the bassinet, although I would've liked to keep her close longer. But by then she was night nursing less, and usually DH would get up when she cried in the night and bring her to me so I could nurse her in bed. Sometimes after that we'd all fall asleep together, or sometimes she'd be restless and I'd take her back to her crib.
post #32 of 32
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Originally Posted by mistymama View Post
We'll use an Arm's Reach mini-cosleeper - mainly for a spot to put baby when he/she is tiny but we'll be co-sleeping. Dh is a big guy and I feel safer having a place to but an itty bitty baby for the first few weeks.

I will also set up a nursery and buy a crib. I co-slept with ds, but he also always started out the night in his crib and napped there. When he woke around 3-4am for a feeding I would move him to bed with us & he would stay there until we all got up. It worked really well for us .. who knows if it will work for this one, but I can hope.

So we are buying an Arms Reach mini & crib.
we are also doing an Arms Reach co-sleeper because DH is a VERY hard sleeper and it worrys me to have a wee little one in bed with us. With DD we had a bassinet and it worked good but for the first week or so she slept with us but I didnt sleep very well cause I was worried that DH would roll on her. So this time it will be much easier with the co-sleeper, I will use the bassinet for around the house. We also have a crib but baby wont use that until 6 or 7 months old.
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