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We have a 3 week old son. He'll sleep great on his tummy on my chest, but I guess that position worries me a little. I am very aware of him, but for one, it seems to get pretty warm...he's also on his belly not back, I have a large chest (G cup while bfing), and I'm afraid of what will happen if he starts to get more mobile. I have a cosleeper to sidecar to our bed, but he doesn't sleep well "on his own" (i.e. out of my arms) Our bed isn't really safe for him to really cosleep...we have a pillow top mattress, and while I don't use heavy bedding my husband uses 3 pillows, the down comforter, and a silk blanket. I am not sleeping that well as it is and I don't sleep as well if he's on me b/c I am too worried (even though I'm extremely aware of him). We tried swaddling, which works great during the day, but at night he'll wake up and scream like he's petrified b/c he can't move his arms.<br><br>
I'd like to make the most of what little sleep I get by having him in the co-sleeper...is there any way to make that easier on him?
 

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If he's comforted by rocking or bouncing motions, you might want to try an amby bed. You can have it right next to your bed so he's still close to attend to and comfort. <a href="http://www.ambybaby.com/Home/" target="_blank">http://www.ambybaby.com/Home/</a>
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> new mama (and congratulations!). I remember being where you're at. We never got ds to sleep in the co-sleeper, although we tried everything. He'd wake up as soon as we put him in there. What about ds sleeping on daddy's chest? That's what we ended up doing. Or you could try sleeping in a recliner, putting a pillow or boppy on your lap and holding ds in cradle position (we did this, too). You might also think about getting a cheap regular mattress and sleeping separately from dh for awhile. There's also the Snuggle Nest, although I have no experience with it. Good luck!
 

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we have a pillowtop and cosleep. We bought it when I was pregnant. We opted for the pillowtop because beleive it or not, the top was less poofy than the same model in a non-pillowtop. It's not less soft, but the quilting is tighter so it doesn't have poofiness.<br><br>
So not all pillowtops are necessarily no-nos.
 

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Have you tried the "sensory" tricks?<br><br><br>
Warm the sheets before you lay baby down with a heating pad. Don't let him sleep on the pad itself. (mock body heat)<br><br>
Keep your yesterday's yucky shirt in the crib with him. (for smell)<br><br>
Some babies like the smell of mama's soap. Take an old pantyhose and tie this in this crib with your bar of soap in it. (smell again)<br><br>
Darken the room. If you must move around at night, use an red light like astronomers and dark rooms do. (womb like)<br><br>
A tape of a steady heartbeat or a fan for white noise, helps some babies. Try this and see. I knew a mom who made a tape of running water and played it continuosly for her babe. (womb again)<br><br>
Last resort, swaddle baby firmly. This helps them feel like they are still inside. I used a recieving blanket and safey pins. I think one is sold now with velcro strips.<br><br>
Good luck.
 
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