I just wanted to say that I was super nervous about co-sleeping before I had my first babies (twins). I thought that I wouldn't feel comfortable with them right next to me (I am generally a deep sleeper). But I also thought it made the most sense (with nursing), so we planned to co-sleep eventually (and put our king-sized mattress on the floor), but started out with the babies in wicker moses baskets on top of our bed. This lasted for a few nights, but that's it because I discovered that I was actually MORE nervous with the babies in the baskets since I couldn't tell if they were still breathing or whatever. I felt safest with them sleeping right on my chest (one slept on dw's chest), so that I could feel them breathing (and I also read that it helps regulate babies' breathing to sleep like that), and then after a couple of weeks I started spooning them instead. But, anyway, for those who feel nervous about co-sleeping, I am guessing that this is one of those anxieties that will fade very quickly after the babe arrives and you see how very attuned you are to your baby and how very strong your tiny newborn really is (I tried putting blankets over my newborn's faces, and they quickly got them off and squirmed and squaked).
We have a hammock bed for this baby (www.ambybaby.com
) that I am really excited to use for naps, and possibly some in the night too (though I'm guessing I'll be waaaay to lazy to put the baby in it in the middle of the night). There's another model (www.happyhangup.com
) that looks good, and might be a good model to try and copy (for those who are creative and crafty like that) if $$ is an issue.
Everyone I know who bought one of the "co-sleepers" never ended up using it for more than a changing table/pillow holder. My babies were unable to stay sleeping in a crib of any sort (they only slept with us, in a sling, in the car, or in a baby swing), so I'm skeptical of all cribs!