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#1 of 11 Old 08-19-2013, 06:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Our bed is on the floor, and we're looking for some kind of infant bed that we could put right next to our bed (so we have somewhere safe to put the little one when our toddler is in bed with us). Any suggestions? I know moses baskets are popular. Are they great? Is there something that would work better or for longer?

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Moses baskets are really nice for a little while, but they outgrow them quickly. I've got a lambskin ( http://www.ecowool.com/nursery-baby-and-kids/nursery-bedding/ecowool-sheepskin-baby-rug.html ) that I've put on top of a folded blanket next to the bed. That works nicely for longer!
 

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Thanks, RedCanary. That's a good alternative to consider.

Anyone else have an opinion?

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My twins slept in bouncy seats for the first few weeks and still nap in them at times, it's another option and I like the bouncy seat as it is a nice way to set babies down for a few minutes where they can still see what's going on. I also have a travel size pack-n-play that is nice for little babies next to the bed and is a nice safe spot for them if your toddler is rambunctious, but definitely pricier than a bouncy seat or moses basket.

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LO slept in a moses basket the first month or so, then preferred the bouncy chair. The sheepskin is a nice idea, I had one growing up, but if your baby is an active sleeper you'll have to be careful about that since there doesn't appear to be anything to keep the baby on the rug.


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Curious whether anyone has used the Montessori-style "cestina basket," and if so, what the advantages are over a Moses basket?

My first is on the way and I'm trying to figure out what to use. Thanks!
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One of my facebook friends just posted this contraption.  I think it's super cool, but unfortunately over-priced.  It's really just a pack and play with no legs, and a zipper opening.  That zipper would be so handy though.  You could crawl halfway in to nurse baby to sleep, then sneak out and zip it up!  Or just sneak an arm through if babe just needed a little reassurance in the night. 

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Moses basket was great for us for about 4 months. Wish I had bought one with a shade to use it outside more.

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Were any of you able to find a moses basket (or other basket bed) that didn't have a foam mattress? Or am I over-worrying about foam?

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Depends why you're worried, I guess? I don't like foam for environmental reasons (non-biodegradable, supports big oil) but I'm not too worried for health reasons.

I hadn't realized they came with foam. :-( I thought they came empty. I was going to buy a lambskin. Hmmmm.
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I would just put a regular crib mattress on the floor next to yours.  If your toddler is very rambunctious and you feel like you need to define the space a little better for baby, you could use a co-sleeper thing like this :http://www.amazon.com/The-First-Years-Secure-Sleeper/dp/B00012CHFI/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1378138400&sr=1-1&keywords=cosleeper on top of the crib mattress until baby's bigger.


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