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#1 of 3 Old 06-06-2013, 09:38 AM - Thread Starter
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So DH and I are rearranging the bedroom this weekend and I'm wondering what's the best way to set up the sleeping space. Originally I was planning on just putting the mattress on the floor but now I'm reading that that ruins the dang thing. I'm wondering if it would be better to just take the futon off the frame and put it on the floor instead and put the bed in the garage for a few months. Right now we sleep with the bed consisting of a box spring and king size mattress, no frame. DH thinks I'm being paranoid that I think that is too high off the ground, which might be true. Thoughts?


Edit: I'm due in July and plan on sleeping with LO from day 1

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In what way is it bad for the mattress?  Even for futons, the reduced air flow is not great, but if you are talking safety, or at the very least, peace of mind, I would put the mattress or futon on the floor unless you have extreme allergies.  You need all the help you can get when it comes to sleep, and personally I feel like the decisions should be the mom's since she is doing the bulk of the nighttime parenting at this stage.  You simply cannot reason yourself into getting a good night's sleep.  Your Mama Alarm is going off, and it is difficult to turn it off without giving in.


As for futon vs. mattress:  a new futon can be quite squooshy on top.  A mattress is a bit more taught, but unless it's firm enough you risk having a Family Taco, which can be devastating to infants.  Futons can stay tighter against a wall.  An older futon will have a firmer top layer-- that would be my first choice personally.

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I've read that some mattresses become moldy if put on the floor (of course depending on climate, household air circulation, etc.) Our solution to get DD very close to the ground is to get a very low bed at Ike's that has slats underneath for support and doesn't need a box spring. Essentially the mattress is about 4 inches off the ground, which is less than the depth of our boxspring. It's a very supportive and comfortable bed and DD loves it. I would only use a firm mattress as a sleeping surface with an infant so I would count the futon out for sure.
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