Originally Posted by here we are
I think there's definitely some wisdom in not thinking ahead for sure, but...do you mean if a crib is converted to sidecar then it can not be used with the fourth wall later...? & then you may need another crib?
I think most convertible cribs (that is, ones that are meant to become toddler beds later) do fine going back to being used with the fourth wall if sidecarring doesn't work out. The crib I found in the barn is not a convertible crib (though it may be a drop-side? I am not sure, it was kind of disassembled), so it *may* not function after my engineer partner gets it all set up for sidecarring. That's okay with me, since I found it/it was free. If I were buying a crib for sidecarring, I'd buy a convertible with a removable fourth side.
I am loving this idea because after a test set-up to see how everything fits, it looks like baby will have her own cozy space if that's what she prefers, but she'll be right there for easy nursing. And if she's a cuddler, that will be great, too. And the crib sidecarred will *definitely* last longer than the Arms' Reach.
For your situation, it sounds like you got an Arms' Reach, right? In that case, I would just go with that for now! Trust that you will KNOW if something is not working for your baby or your family. If something is not ideal, you can handle a couple of non-ideal nights while you go out and get a crib or whatever. But right now you've got an answer to this question, even if temporary. Your baby has a place to sleep right next to you. If you love that arrangement and s/he outgrows the cosleeper, you can buy a bigger one or sidecar a crib. If you don't like cosleeping after all, you can buy a crib. But that's later, you know?