I was reading about this a lot yesterday. I am a first time mama, so I am really glad we have the experienced mamas here to tell us how its done! I also can't take the bed off the bedframe or move it against the wall. I have a king so there is plenty of space, and I would probably use the Arm's Reach co-sleeper with anything smaller than a king.
The top 2 contenders for co-sleeping products for me at the moment are the Snuggle Nest:
They sell this at places like Babies R Us, and I am a little concerned about just how "natural" and non-toxic this type of product would be...
And the Humanity Family Bed:
The Humanity Family Bed is a little pricey, but I think it's worth it for something you and the LO will sleep on every night for a long time (and cheaper than a crib!)
A much more cost effective solution that I'm also considering are these bumpers:
I'm thinking I might get the Snuggle Nest for my peace of mind in addition to whatever bumper we end up using, in case I don't feel secure with a tiny newborn right there next to me with no separate space. I also like that a little separate space means the baby can sleep between DH and I. Outside of the Snuggle Nest the baby will sleep between me and a bumper, with DH on other side of me.
My biggest question is what do you do with a napping babe if mom needs to leave the room? Before and after they are mobile?
Edited by element2012 - 9/9/11 at 8:11pm