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Bedsharing mamas - what do you do for keeping your LO safe in the bed after they've gone to bed for the night, but you haven't? Bedrails? Pillows? 

 

My 5 month old daughter goes to bed around 730pm every night, but DH and I do not join her until around 1030pm. For now, she is not rolling much, she stays on her tummy once she finds her way there, and I use a video monitor to keep an eye on her. Our platform bed does not accommodate bed rails easily, I ordered a couple from KidCo and had to send them back.

 

Curious to hear what other families have landed on. Thanks! 

 

ETA: I place her in the center of our king size bed with no sheets, pillows, or blankets. 


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I put pillows on the edge of the bed. My kids have never been movers while sleeping though so it's not been an issue really.
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Thanks ladies. She isn't much of a roller when she sleeps so right now just keeping an eye on her. If and when she gets more mobile while sleeping, we may have to try the mattress on the floor. 


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For me its not on the floor because of sleep rolling.. its if they wake up, and are completely silent,and either crawl or roll off the bed. My dd rolled off our guest bed while we were all awake, I was in the room with my back turned, she was just playing on the bed. She was just under 6 months old. Somehow, even though it wasn't that high and she landed on carpet, she managed to fracture her skull. A few weeks later, once she learned to crawl, she did silently wake from her nap and crawl off the bed. That time she wasn't injured (but sure cried a lot!) and our ER visit was so fresh, I was SO freaked out and crying along with her, because in my head, she fractured her skull again, and we'd go back to the ER twice within a short time span for the same reason and they were going to report us for abuse! (no hospital visit needed for that one.. thank goodness) it freaked me out enough that I insisted dh take apart our bed and send the frame/box spring up to the attic! ds1 has managed to wriggle/inchworm his way off the bed, from the center of a king bed, when he was 2 months old. It was on the floor, so he wasn't hurt. That kid though.. he's always been crazy active. He gives me a run for my money!!

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Wow LilStar, that is so scary! I'm so glad both your LOs were okay, a skull fracture my goodness. I am also afraid of her moving off the bed when awake, once she becomes mobile. She is very energetic and though she stays put when she wakes up now, I wouldn't be surprised if she turns out to be one of those babies who is ZOOM gone in a flash. She's been wanting to crawl since she was just a couple months old. For now she can roll both ways but seems to have temporarily forgotten what to do when she gets on her belly so she just kind of flails and whines to be flipped back over. My husband will not like the idea of taking our precious bed apart but if it is safer for her, no question that's what we will do.

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We have our mattress on the floor, but I've heard of a bed rail product that goes under your fitted sheet -/ kind of like a pool noodle? I can't think of what it is called though...

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We have a king size mattress that is pushed up to a corner wall in our bedroom with him next to the wall. When my guy was that age I also put pillows around the edge just incase he rolled over. Our mattress and boxspring are on the floor, so not too high. We live on the damp foggy coast and having a mattress directly on the floor = mold fast! 


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YIKES. My daughter crawled off the bed around that age, but didn't get hurt, fortunately. We have our mattresses on the floor now and I actually love it so much I might never go back! Something about sleeping that way is very soothing.

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We have our mattress on the floor, but I've heard of a bed rail product that goes under your fitted sheet -/ kind of like a pool noodle? I can't think of what it is called though...

We used pool noodles under the sheets for a bit, but one of my twins was very active and learned to scale them quickly.

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