I've been thinking about getting rid of our crib. It takes up too much room, it's got teeth marks in it, and I'm fairly sure it was recalled at some point (the side rail drops down). I'd really like a less bulky solution. We will have 5 kids divided up among two bedrooms until we are able to sell this house and get something bigger (and who the heck knows when that will happen!). Time to get creative with our space!
We don't use the crib until the baby is about... oh, I don't know... maybe 4 months? Maybe a later? I honestly can't remember since every baby is different and the decision to move them out of the room varies with each baby.
I was just reading a montessori article about using a "low bed." It's basically just a crib mattress on the floor. You have to baby-proof the room really well because they will eventually start crawling or rolling out of the bed and exploring.
Anyone do this? Thoughts on it? It's hard for me to picture putting a baby to sleep on the floor and letting it just scoot around unattended. I'd definitely want one of those video monitors! Would it be strange to surround the mattress with one of those baby corral things (don't know what they are called)? It would take up space but it could be put away fairly easy during the day.
Any other alternative to cribs? (besides the family bed) A pack n play seems like it wouldn't be supportive enough, but maybe it could made to be more supportive.
Maybe I should see what other people do in other parts of the world. I know in the "old" days parents used to put the babies in a trundle bed right next to their beds.
Sorry for rambling!
Corrie, "trad" Catholic, wife to DH and Mom to DD (4/07), DS (2/09), DD (2/11), DD (4/13), two angel babies.
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