I'm new here and came by way of a search for opinions about floor beds. I've just decided to go with it a month ago, when my son turned 1.
I've been wanting to get rid of the crib for a while now because his room has sloping ceilings, and the less tall furniture in there, the better. Also, I wanted him to let us sleep a little more instead of crying to be let out of the crib in the morning. So I just took the crib mattress and laid it on a rug (with an anti-slip mat underneath) in a corner of his room.
Of course, the room was also babyproofed.
It's working out pretty great for me. No more crying in the morning, but he's not quietly playing with his toys either as I had hoped. Instead, he makes a beeline for the gate and sort of chirps until I go to him. Better than crying though.
It makes me wonder if I should have done this earlier. Or if I should be doing something different. Just looking for other people's experiences and learn something so I can do better for #2. So...
- At what age did you start your baby/toddler on the floor bed? Or was it a milestone (like when he/she started to roll over)?
- Did you start with a crib? Co-sleeping? Some other arrangement?
- Were you concerned about cold, drafts, dust, dirt, mildew, pets, older children, etc? What did you do about it?
- What size mattress did you use?
Also, on a less practical note, is anyone using some kind of frame? I've read about the Michael Olaf and the Lord Company ones but, IMHO, they're kind of pricey. Something about a mattress on the floor looks unfinished and disorderly to me in my son's rather put-together room.
Thanks a lot!