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My 9 month old dd is a real monkey. Unlike her big sister, who was a pretty good bedmate until she was 3 and ready to move on (also didn't like waking to her newborn sister's squirming and crying, LOL), Sophia is not very fun to sleep with. She's an "active" sleeper (i.e. she kicks, squirms, punches, pulls hair, flips and flops, and otherwise takes up more than her share of space!). She is definitely the kid we'll have to bolt the bookcases to the wall for!
Also she's learning to crawl, so if she wakes up or even half wakes up, she tries to crawl off the bed. So clearly she cannot be in the bed alone before I go to sleep (and I don't want to go to sleep at 8 pm, which is when she goes down for the night usually). We do have a bed rail thing up, but that's no good if she's awake because she'd try to climb right over it.
The main problem is space...we have the bed up on a frame because we live in a small 2 bedroom apt. and we need the storage space. Also dh has allergies and can't be so close to the floor. And there really isn't room in the room to sidecar her crib. I do have a pack n play I sometimes put her in for short periods, but she doesn't like it much. Eventually we want the girls to share a bedroom (this will be true also if we move into a bigger house), even a bed if possible and they want to (right now they adore being in a bed together in the early morning when we all doze together).
Any suggestions? Can you use a cosleeper for a 17 lb. 9 month old who crawls?
Ack! Help! Dh is sleeping on the couch because there's no room for all 3 of us but I really miss him and want to be all together. Any good ideas?
"Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible." (William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar)