I am due in November and have been considering how we will make our bed safe for co-sleeping. I originally thought I wanted one of those infant beds that go on your bed, but with only a queen mattress, having enough space to be comfy is crucial. So I started looking into side rails which clamp down on top of the mattress so there is no gap. I like this idea because I can keep baby right next to me and not have to lift him up to be able to nurse. While I was researching the rails, I stumbled across a product called Magic Bumpers which is a foam wedge that goes under the sheet and lines the edge of your bed so baby can't roll out. I though this would be better than a rail since I would be able to get in and out of bed easier than with a rail in the way. Lol, now while doing some research on these, I found that most people complained that they smelled terribly of chemicals and they instead rolled up towels to "nest" baby in.
I am drawn to the towels since it is the most economical and does not introduce any nasty chemicals or hard plastics. I am curious what people's experience have been with these different methods.
-Virginia- Stay at home, homeschooling, birth doula-ing mama to DS (2/00), DS (8/05), and DS (11/12)
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
I have used a rolled towel quite a bit, while on trips away from home.... they work pretty good. DD2 was 17 months and was able to roll off even with the towel (2 nights in a row... CRAZY). I have never had any other problems with the towel though. I do worry about them putting their faces on the fabric and not being able to breath when they are super small, so I didn't use the towel until they had head and neck control.
I also have a bed rail that i use at home. We are going to have 5 in our bed coming Feb, so baby will have to be on the outside and I have one of the bedrails with the mesh fabric, so we will be using that.
We do have a king and a twin pushed up together, so there is plenty of room for everyone.
SAHM to Chloe«- 6/2008 (10 lbs, 5 oz), Hannah- 9/2010 (9 lbs, 12 oz), Liam- 2/2013 (9 lbs, 6 oz)