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Hi. We want to co-sleep with our baby, but I can't figure out what where the baby sleeps when it is too big for the co-sleeper and you are not sleeping with her. If she sleeps in our bed to take a nap, how do we make sure she won't fall out?
 

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Options:<br><br>
- Bedrails on all four sides of your bed<br><br>
- Put your mattress on the floor<br><br>
- Get a crib/toddler mattress for the floor
 

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If a parent isn't actually napping w/ their baby, is there any advantage to having baby nap in the family bed as opposed to a crib, pack n' play, etc?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If a parent isn't actually napping w/ their baby, is there any advantage to having baby nap in the family bed as opposed to a crib, pack n' play, etc?</div>
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A lot of ppl don't want to buy a crib, etc. when it'd only be used for naps. Which is why a mattress on the floor is good enough.
 

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We ended up putting our mattress and boxsprings right on the floor. Now it's a lot easier for <i>me</i> to get in and out of bed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">If a parent isn't actually napping w/ their baby, is there any advantage to having baby nap in the family bed as opposed to a crib, pack n' play, etc?</div>
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I usually nurse DD down for her nap, so the big bed was always easiest for us. She spent a lot of time napping on my back when she was younger, and in that case I'd just place her down wherever (couch, floor, etc <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">).
 

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I second putting the mattress and box springs on the floor. The are so flippin' high these days anyway, nobody can tell it's not on a bed frame.<br><br>
Ursula, I think youll be surprised how much space you will have in the co-sleeper, but quite frankly, it just didn't seem that comfy to me (I know you can't have a baby on a soft mattress, but theirs is so thin!), but I like the looks of the pillow thing they advertise in the back of MDC. It looks like a log cushion (keeps the baby from rolling out) on a blankie. You'll probably love snuggling with your little one.
 

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We had a cosleeper for my DD and she started trying to crawl out of it at 6 months old. So, from 6 - 10 months we either put her on our bed for a nap with lots of pillows around as a baricade, or put her in the pack n play. When we finally moved into our own apartment (we were living with family before) we got a queen sized mattress/boxspring and put it on the floor, then put our old full matress on the floor in her room. She sleeps on her own bed now most of the night. She does get up sometime and come crawl into bed with us. It's so cute, b/c she brings her binky and bunny with her and stands by me so I can pull her into bed with us.
 

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I put my DD on a lambskin to nap, either in my room or the living room. The lambskin we had was shorter shorn.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I put my DD on a lambskin to nap, either in my room or the living room. The lambskin we had was shorter shorn.</div>
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Oh, we're getting a lamb skin from my in-laws in Australia! That makes me so excited!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I would think a pack n play if you are worried about the baby rolling out of bed. Otherwise I know with my dd a lot of her naps were on a blankie on the floor close by where-ever I was so I could keep an eye on her.
 

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We have 2 pack n plays, one for each floor. Though this time I saw an adorable moses basket at the resale show really cheap, and I thought that would work well for naps around the house, and it might keep the boys from stepping/rolling/tripping over the baby! We also used a bouncy seat a lot for our first son who really liked napping in it (until he was 3 months old and too heavy for it).
 

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We cosleep but will probably use a pack and play for when I need to lay him/her down for naps during the day simply for the baby's own safety from other kiddos. I will have a 2 yr old toddler then and if I laid the baby down in the bed (we also have a mattress and box springs on the ground) it is possible my then 2 yr old will jump on the bed and hurt the baby. For the first month or two I typically hold the baby 24/7 anyway.
 
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