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#1 of 4 Old 12-17-2011, 11:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We just got a new king size all natural latex mattress a few days ago (yay!).  Our previous bed was a queen, so right now our mattress is on the floor.  So far, DH and I think it feels weird sleeping with the mattress on the floor.  Our previous bed was fairly high up, which doesn't help the transition.

 

DS isn't quite mobile yet, so I am sure we'll see more of the value of the mattress on the floor once he starts moving around on his own.... and I'm sure we'll get more used to it as time goes on.

 

But, for now, does anyone have any advice for getting used to the mattress on the floor?  Both for the look and feel of it.

 

I'm toying with the idea of getting a really low profile platform bed, but I don't want to make any premature decisions and then regret it when DS starts moving around!


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Huge fan of the mattress on the floor! It feels normal now. You'll get used to it over time. Aside from obvious fall prevention benefits, it also makes the bed feel bigger. With a frame, a few inches on each side of the mattress feel unusable, since it gives you a "falling off" feeling. On the floor, you can comfortably sleep right up to the edge. Now.. having transitioned from a queen to a king, you might be feeling like its plenty big anyway. Well, if your baby hasn't already started spinning perpendicular on the bed..lol. Or, you'll get up to pee, and come back to find that someone rolled and dh and baby are now perfectly arranged on the bed in such a way that there's not *quite* enough room to be comfortable between them, and not quite enough room on either edge. Seriously, the more space the better! These days I actually feel pretty stressed when sleeping at someone else's bed on a frame with a cosleeping baby or toddler. Its so SO much better on the floor. 

 

Oh, and my oldest fractured her skull rolling off a bed (while wide awake with my back turned an arm's length away, not a cosleeping accident) when she was just under 6 months. it wasn't a high frame either. And it was onto carpet. Such a freak thing. After that, we're not going back to frames until we're done having babies :)


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Did you also switch type of mattress?  Maybe several things to get use to.

 

I like the mattress on the floor.  Only hard thing was getting up.

 

I wild strongly suggest a small platform.  For me, and many that I read, mildew can really be a problem with the bed directly on the floor (carpet and wood)


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Oh, and my oldest fractured her skull rolling off a bed (while wide awake with my back turned an arm's length away, not a cosleeping accident) when she was just under 6 months. it wasn't a high frame either. And it was onto carpet. Such a freak thing. After that, we're not going back to frames until we're done having babies :)


That just reminded me of something.... when I was a baby, I rolled off a bed and broke my leg.  My mom had laid me there to change my diaper!  

 



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Did you also switch type of mattress?  Maybe several things to get use to.



Yes, we went from a conventional mattress to latex, so definitely getting used to that too!


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