I hadn't thought this far in advance about co-sleeping. I love co-sleeping, my DH tolerates it. So he thinks this is a sign to get our LO into his own bed. But we don't have a crib and weren't really planning to get one. Hmmmm. What are our options here? He always falls asleep BFing in bed and I just slip away, but obviously this would be made much mode difficult if I had to transfer him to another bed.
How have you made co-sleeping work at this stage? Or how did you transition from co-sleeping to sleeping separately?
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DD is very mobile and fast. i never turn my back on her when she's on the bed and i hold her foot when she gets to the edge.
i go to bed with her at 8 and either read or sleep and sleep with my arms near her so i wake up if she starts moving. she sleeps between dh and me for now -with pillow barriers on his side til he comes to bed.
we are going to set up a sidecar crib as soon as the wool mattress we ordered comes in so we can all rest better, though. dd sleeps best sideways and kicks dh in the face!
good luck figuring out the best arrangement for your family!
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We do have an original-sized (large) arm's reach at my side of the bed which we've never used for DD, but it works nicely as a catch-all for baby stuff I might need in the middle of the night, and as a barrier for her on that side. I'm wondering if maybe it might have to come into play more as DD grows.
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dh is against putting the mattress on the floor so we haven't yet.
I really hope I haven't jinxed us.
My 11 mo old uses the bed rail to dangle over (bent at the waist) and pull up to stand (he's not walking yet). I can already anticipate that he could (or will) go head first over the rail, as I have had to hold him by the ankles when he dangles himself over the bed rail.
So, just so you know...bed rails will only buy you minimal time. They are good for keeping your little one from falling off the bed when sleeping, but once awake, it's a no go.
Since I go to bed sometimes 3-4 hours after our LO, I have used very large pillows from one of our sectionals, but a few times already, when our LO has woken up and not made a peep right away, I found him attempting to scale the pillow. It's only a matter of time.
Unfortunately, I think the only solution is to put the mattress on the floor, which I was hoping to avoid too. The crib is right next to the bed, but I also nurse our DS to sleep and am able to cuddle him back to sleep or nurse him when he awakes at night, which he still does 2-3 times. So, the crib has been good for hanging laundry...sigh. I think I might experiment and try to see what happens if I put him in the crib to sleep. We'll see...
I've read other posts where moms will teach their LO how to get on their belly and get down off bed and onto the floor safely, but it depends on the age. For our LO, he isn't at that stage yet, since he can't stand on his own or walk.
I wish there were some netting (like trampoline nets) that could be wrapped around a bed for co-sleepers!
No advice on getting babe into own bed. We just aren't there yet. I hope she will be ready soon.
only 4 inches thick. On the floor next to our bed and can slide under our bed when not in use. That and a video monitor for when they are sleeping on our bed.
I hope this helps, I know I've learned from others' tips!