Originally Posted by vannienicole
Has anyone found a good cosleeper? I am not going to have a ton of money at first so those nice $200-300 ones are almost out of the question
I used the Snuggle Nest that sits between the two adults' pillows. Our room is small but we do have a king sized bed, and this worked pretty well for us. It is much cheaper than the next-to-the-bed ones, but you must have room in your bed for it!
I've seen the newer ones now have a small nightlight built into the top of the nest--I think that would've made mine perfect! I used a little booklight to help me get him latched on when he was tiny.
If you haven't seen these, they are about a foot (or 15 inches?) wide and maybe 2.5 feet long. There is a small "wall" around the top sides and top that will keep your pillow from sliding onto baby. The bottom sides and bottom are open. The sides are something firm (plastic?) covered with a lightly padded fabric. There is a fabric base, plus a small waterproof mattress that comes with a specially-sized "fitted sheet" (more like a pillowcase--it slips over the whole mattress.)
Baby sleeps with his/her head up in the "walled" area. When you want to nurse, you just slide baby down about 8 inches to the open bottom area and can nurse with him/her still on the pad.