We're expecting our second next month and exploring options for co-sleeping. I LOVED sleeping with our first, but between our queen size bed and how aware we were of the baby our sleep was CRAP for all 6 months we co-slept. This time I'd like to do something different. I have been considering a side-car situation for the crib, but have had my doubts all along. The crib is just SO BIG and getting in and out of the bed seems like a real nightmare, especially for the first couple of months.
So, now I'm thinking about doing something different. I was looking for inexpensive options online and came across some really cool options. I'll share those below in links.
What I'm considering is something like this: http://pregonaut.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/im-such-a-hack/
We have a Jenny Lind changing table that has a second shelf that would be just the right height after adding a pad to it for sleeping on. I would only have to cover the back of it because they have bars on the sides that are close enough together to be safe. I would cover the back in the same way she has done in the link and I would strap it to the bed just as I would a crib that were side-carred. For the mattress, I'm thinking I'll have to make it custom. I'll need it to cover any space that might be left between the edge of the changing table and the mattress, so I don't think that even a changing pad would work.
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?
Here are the links to some other cool options I found. I really don't want to spend the money on these and would side-car the crib before I would buy any, but I thought you might enjoy looking:
Baby Bunk: http://www.babybunk.com/
A custom-made co-sleeper (Love this! Wish I could convince DH to make me one-though with sides that are more open): http://www.yes-have-some.com/2010/02/co-sleeper-construction.html