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If there is no crib where do they nap? Do you have to watch over them in the big bed or is there a safe alternative..

What do you all do for naps?
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My dd naps in the family bed. It is a queen and a twin pushed up next to the wall and she sleeps nearest to the wall. I put a pillow near the edge of the bed but she knows how to safely get down. I do check on her a lot while she naps though. Also, she fusses the second her eyes open so I am in there within seconds of her waking.

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At 8 mos, I now put him down in the portable crib next to the ks bed. I plan on using this solution for about a year.
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in my lap

she wakes up if i try to set her down. however, there have been a few times where i was able to set her down in her swing and she stayed asleep for a good 30 minutes. usually though, we just will nap together- she's not a fan of taking a lot of naps anyhow.
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In the sling, swaddled in the bouncy chair or like a pp, in a bed that has been pushed to the wall with a pillow barrier on the floor side.
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Until she was about six months old, my dd slept either in my arms or in a sling. Then I started to successfully nurse her down in our bed for naps. I often hang out in bed with her during naps, reading and sometimes catching up on some sleep myself. If I leave her, I put pillows around her. I always hear her when she wakes up because she always cries. I really worried about her falling off in the beginning by rolling or crawling, but she just wakes up and cries for me instead.
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Lets see...for the first 5 months or so he napped in the cosleeper because he couldnt pull himself up or crawl yet. Half the time he napped in the sling as well. After that he went through a period of time where he always napped in the ergo.

Now he sleeps in our bed with a baby moniter on. Our mattresses are on the floor for safety. He is 18 months.

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Many varied places
* On a folded-up blanket on the floor of the family room.
* On a lounge chair.
* On our bed (queen mattress on the floor)
* on the couch in the kids play room.
* on my lap
* in a sling

I feed him to sleep and always have, but lately he likes to finish up on the boob and then turn his head over and go to sleep on my lap. Sometimes also he gets off my lap and goes to lay somewhere to sleep. He's 20 months. When he was a newborn I had a portable bassinet. When he was a little older, I'd put him on a cot mattress on the floor in the room where I was, or in the next room (if I was doing something noisy).
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Our little guy is only 10 wks, but so far he doesn't like to be in the bed unless we're all in the bed, so we use the swing or his stroller. I like the stroller because I can wheel him wherever I go on the first floor, so he is never alone.

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I moved my mattress to the floor. It wasn't such a big deal since I had been living out of country where beds are not so plush. I would nurse her until she fell asleep, or she'd fall asleep in the sling. I recently got a futon which seems to be a safe alternative, although I don't have to worry so much now that DD's older.
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My DD started out sleeping in our bed, then would only sleep in arms. Now she's back to sleeping in our bed, but I tend to stay in the room w/ her. Oh, we have guardrails on our bed.
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On the bed, no need to watch over them. When they're small barracade them in with pillows. And remember, falling out of bed is NORMAL, most kids will once or twice - can't really avoid it!

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mine naps in a crib. she sleeps much better down in a crib than in a sling or on me or anything like that. if you have a crib and your baby will tolerate it, IMHO it is the best way to do naptime. we just spent a week away from the crib, and a couple times i put DD down for naps on a "big bed" and it was just a lot of trouble because now she's mobile and i was constantly checking on her.

of course, if she napped in an adult bed at home, we'd probably have it set up a lot better for that (on the floor, etc.)

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baby naps well in his swing, but is almost too big for it. that scares me!
he naps the best if i nap next to him and let him use my breast as a pillow for his sweet little face. honestly, i like it, too.
if i lay him in our bed (cuddled by pillows) he wakes and cries within 20 (if i'm lucky) minutes.
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[QUOTE=Momma2SoSweet;10151755]My dd naps in the family bed. It is a queen and a twin pushed up next to the wall and she sleeps nearest to the wall. QUOTE]

Same with us. We put our beds on the floor as soon as our son started to roll. Now he is older and walking, and when he wakes he either calls for me to come snuggle a few minutes or gets himself up and walks into the living room to find me. Total cinch!

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mostly on my lap (my only chance to get online
or in the carrier
sometimes in the car
I wish I could put him down, but sneaking away rarely has ever worked, so I don't even bother trying. sigh. I guess it's better though. If I could put him down, I probably wouldn't take anytime to slow down during the day.

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I am so glad someone finally asked this question! I read far and wide and couldn't find even a mention of naptimes for co-sleepers!

I had to come up with my own "solution" because I was also carrying her around, letting her sleep on my chest, nursing to sleep and often sneaking away and putting a pillow in my place on the couch . . . I now think it was silly!

I had to teach her to go to sleep (in my bed) on her own so she wouldn't depend on me anymore and it went surprisingly smoothly (no crying or I wouldn't have done it!), but that might not be so for all babies.

The next step was something I thought I would never EVER do, and that was putting her in her crib to sleep. That's why I put "solution" in quotes. I just realized I wasn't being fair to her. Jade now always knows what's going to happen, where she's going to sleep, when she can go to sleep. She naps for most of the day, like a little baby's supposed to, she's much more alert and energetic (and eerily smart) and I have tons of free time! That is a bonus!

I really, REALLY miss sleeping with her and at first I was really nervous leaving her in another room in a death trap, but I crank the monitor so I can hear every breath and have relaxed enough to start sleeping well again. Our "connection" is still alive and well and I always wake up a few minutes before she does when she's going to call me for "food". And every now and then I still take her to bed at night, especially now that she's teething. She gets a lot more quality sleep by herself, though (isn't it funny that I get the independent baby when I wanted to co-sleep so bad?).
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DS sleeps in various places as well! He usually sleeps in our bed which is a queen. I don't line him with pillows for two reasons. One, he doesn't roll at all in the bed, and two- because as soon as he wakes up, he will fuss. None of that hangin out in there alone stuff with him. He will also sleep, rarely, in his swing. Sometimes in his bassinett and once he slept in our recliner but he did roll around on that thing so no more recliner sleeping for him...
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It depends on the age of the child. As a tiny infant, DD napped in my arms, in a baby carrier, in a swing (if I was desperate), or in bed with me. She also napped in the co-sleeper once in a while. Once she outgrew the co-sleeper, we moved the mattress to the floor next to the wall and she napped there. Now that she can get in and out of bed safely on her own, our bed is back on it's frame, next to the wall, and she naps there.
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Either in the big bed (pillow here and there when she was little, if she fell off, there was another pillow in the floor, she was getting up and down by herself before she turned one)
Or on a mat in the living room floor (hard to heat house).
Or in my lap, the sling, or Dh's chest as an infant
Or the carseat-- but very rarely and only after age 2

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We put our mattress on the floor next to a double mattress as soon as DS could roll. He sleeps in there for naps, or just recently we started putting him in a pack 'n play, since he often wakes up soon after I set him down (after nursing and rocking) and crawls all over the room.

At bedtime, I can put him down on the big bed and he settles himself down. We put him in a blanket sleeper so he can't crawl all over at night time.
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On the sofa because ds can safely get off of it, I am working on the crib thing.

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I am so glad someone finally asked this question! I read far and wide and couldn't find even a mention of naptimes for co-sleepers!

I had to come up with my own "solution" because I was also carrying her around, letting her sleep on my chest, nursing to sleep and often sneaking away and putting a pillow in my place on the couch . . . I now think it was silly!

I had to teach her to go to sleep (in my bed) on her own so she wouldn't depend on me anymore and it went surprisingly smoothly (no crying or I wouldn't have done it!), but that might not be so for all babies.

The next step was something I thought I would never EVER do, and that was putting her in her crib to sleep. That's why I put "solution" in quotes. I just realized I wasn't being fair to her. Jade now always knows what's going to happen, where she's going to sleep, when she can go to sleep. She naps for most of the day, like a little baby's supposed to, she's much more alert and energetic (and eerily smart) and I have tons of free time! That is a bonus!

I really, REALLY miss sleeping with her and at first I was really nervous leaving her in another room in a death trap, but I crank the monitor so I can hear every breath and have relaxed enough to start sleeping well again. Our "connection" is still alive and well and I always wake up a few minutes before she does when she's going to call me for "food". And every now and then I still take her to bed at night, especially now that she's teething. She gets a lot more quality sleep by herself, though (isn't it funny that I get the independent baby when I wanted to co-sleep so bad?).
How old is your little one? What age did you transition her to the crib for naps? (I started her taking naps in my bed today and she's still conked!) I want to get her take naps in her crib but she needs my booby to sleep and wakes right up if I try to nurse and then move her.
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Family bed with a bed rail.

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My DS (almost 5 months) naps best in a sling or on me after nursing to sleep. Sometimes I can put him down (veeeery gently) after nursing and he will sleep for 20 minutes at most. Sometimes it is in bed, sometimes on the couch. He generally doesn't nap for longer than 15 or so minutes unless I wear him.

He also wakes up at night after nursing when I try to roll him away from me a bit. He is such a light sleeper that my DH build a "shelf" for him to sleep on for his long stretch. It is contiguous with our bed but has a head and foot board. He hasn't managed to squirm out of it yet.
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