We put our mattress on the floor in anticipation of cosleeping. Armie sleeps on his own blanket in between us, so we can change what's under him if necessary without redoing the whole bed (though once he projectile pooped in the middle of a midnight diaper change (which we just do in bed) and we had to immediately wash EVERYTHING anyway). I keep the boppy next to the bed, but I am using it less and less. There is a burpcloth (mostly for me leaking), pacifier, and noise machine in bed too for easy access (above his head). Sometimes we swaddle him, sometimes not. Sometimes we use a light gauze blanket to cover his body. We like having him between us so either one of us can change him, and lately I've been pumping a bottle in the evenings so DH does one middle-of-the-night feeding.
DH and I each have a sheet that we use for warmth. I have no idea what to do when the weather gets cool and we need heavier blankets, but Armie is still young enough that I'll be scared of smothering him. I had thought that I would just wear more pajamas, but now that I'm nursing I'm concerned about having easy access too. Any ideas?
We sidelay to nurse occasionally, but I feel like we aren't really good at it yet, and I never know whether to burp him or not. If I do, then I'm getting up which defeats the whole point to me. After sidelaying, Armie often falls asleep on his side, and this makes me nervous for SIDS, so then I roll him onto his back... and that wakes him up. I see that many of you are not nervous about baby sleeping on his side. Should I get over it and be more relaxed about it? I'm also afraid that from the side position, he'll end up on his stomach, which I have seen him start to do...
I also debate whether to change the diaper in the middle of the night and when... if I change him when he first starts to wake, he wakes completely and wails with hunger. If I wait until after we feed, it wakes us both up again and he wails. If I don't change him, it just seems gross and uncomfortable. Plus we are battling a nasty yeasty rash, and leaving him in his own waste too long will just make it worse :(