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Due to dh's apparent sleep apnea and extremely deep sleeping, we've been investigating the various gadgets offered as alternatives to bedsharing. I'd rather not get anything with bars (<i>cages</i>... shudder), plus we don't have room to sidecar a full-sized crib. So far, I've seen the following:<br><br>
Small sidecars: <a href="http://www.armsreach.com/" target="_blank">Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper (in Original and Mini)</a> and <a href="http://www.babybunk.com/" target="_blank">Baby Bunk</a><br>
Hammocks: <a href="http://www.amby-baby-store.com/us/" target="_blank">Amby Hammock</a> and <a href="http://www.happyhangup.com/" target="_blank">Happy Hangup</a><br>
In-bed boxes: <a href="http://www.snugglenest.com/snuggle_nest.html" target="_blank">SnuggleNest</a> and <a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/product/osa/217761.html" target="_blank">Close and Secure Sleeper</a><br>
Also bassinets, Moses baskets.<br><br>
Are there any major options/categories I'm missing? The Arm's Reach seems too difficult to lift baby in and out of, with the Bunk barely better (alliteration! aaah! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">); the hammocks seem interesting but, again, difficult; and the in-bed boxes seem rather... sketchy. Bassinets/Moses baskets seem very high-sided, hard to get babe in and out, easy to tip.<br><br>
So... experiences? Alternatives? Less spendy options? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
TIA!
 

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I have an Arm's Reach and didn't like it the first time because it is not level with the bed (the edge of it is, but mattress is down lower) so you can't pull your baby close to you to nurse, but have to lift him/her out. It's kind of a pain and my baby didn't like being that far away either.
 

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We have the arms reach mini and really like it. Just like the PP said, the mattress is slightly lower than the side, but that keeps my active wiggler from hopping out of the bed! He is 8 months old and still using the mini for most of the night. He alternates sleeping in his crib in his room (for the first few hours of the night), then moves to the co-sleeper (with many, many nurses in between!) and ends up in our bed for about one 1-2 hour stretch in the night. The in our bed stretches have become less since he's gotten bigger. He is much more comfy being able to stretch out. I would definitely advise against any of the in-your-bed box style beds. They seem so tiny. I know that my son would've outgrown them in a few months and his arms hitting the side of the bed always wakes him up. I understand your situation with the small bedroom. Our room is 10 ft. by 10 ft. and the mini fits just fine on my side of the bed. Let me know if you have any more questions. We got a good deal on a mini through Ebay.<br>
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We had the arms reach for ds2. I hated it. The bar thing between the bed was raised so there was NO way to roll over and nurse without taking baby out of it altogether. We had ds1 in a moses basket by the bed when he was a newborn,but it was quickly outgrown. Can dh sleep on the other side of the bed? Can you sidecar a crib to your bed?
 

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we used the armsreach mini for 3 days, maybe. dd hated it. i think the mattreess is just too hard even though i tried to soften it up. we ended up bringing her in our bed and using <a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=6179&cmSource=Search" target="_blank">this</a>.
 

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arms reach is okay. she goes to sleep in it but when nighttime nursing comes she usually justs ends up in bed with us because you cannot really nurse them in the co sleeper.
 

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We use the mini arms reach and love it. I usually sit up and nurse though until the very last night feeding and then we side nurse.
 
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