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<p>Ok, I know it's a little early to be thinking cribs & we already have one expect I hate it.  Baby will be sleeping with us mostly, but I still want a crib & now most cribs have fixed sides.  WTH are short Moms supposed to do with a fixed side crib as their baby gets older?  DS had to be rocked to sleep & then put in his crib...he got big fast & stood & walked early, so his mattress was moved down earlier than with most babies his age.  I had to do these crazy arm curl maneuvers to get him in there so we ended up moving him to a big boy bed with side rails very early.</p>
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<p>I am not looking forward to doing the same arm curls with baby #2.</p>
 

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I think this is a wonderful solution (if you have the space for it.)<br><br>
<a href="http://modernhomemodernbaby.com/montessori-floor-bed-in-action/" target="_blank">http://modernhomemodernbaby.com/montessori-floor-bed-in-action/</a><br><br>
Cribs never worked for us at all--we co-slept with DS till around his first birthday then transitioned straight to a floor bed in his own room. He loves it and it's safe! Best of all, we gave him a full-size mattress so there is space for a parent to lie down and snuggle or nurse, and he loves playing in his bed. It's a real comfortable sanctuary for him.<br><br>
Our plan for Baby #2 is co-sleeping again, and for naps a Moses basket on the floor so we can keep baby near, then when baby gets mobile he/she can take naps in DS's bed and eventually transition totally into that bed so the siblings will share a room and a bed.<br><br>
Our bed is on the floor too (for now, for safety) so DS's room and our room have very similar set-ups. I think it's made for the most natural/seamless transition into his own sleeping space. I would recommend this set-up to anyone! My 2 cents.
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<p>Although DS slept with us at nights, I occasionally put him down for a nap in his crib (which someone had given to us).  We had a Moses basket, but he outgrew that in under 3 mths (tripled his body weight in 3 mths instead of 6).  If I have a baby who grows at a normal pace, I'll be ok...if I have another boy who grows at the same rate, I will run into the same problems.  I don't know that I would want to use DSs bed for baby naps b/c then he basically wouldn't be able to use his room during nap times....maybe that wouldn't be a big deal though?</p>
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<p>I like the futon on the floor idea.</p>
 

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I don't know that I would want to use DSs bed for baby naps b/c then he basically wouldn't be able to use his room during nap times....maybe that wouldn't be a big deal though?</p>
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Could you maybe put your mattress right on the floor too? Then baby could nap in your room if big brother wants to play in his room. Having 2 floor beds in the house really solves a lot of problems! I think someday we'll put our bed on a frame again, but for the baby years I can tell this is really going to work for us!
 

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<p>my kids are 12 and 7 so I don't have a crib anymore. I loved the drop sides cause I'm short. I coslept with my oldest and my youngest preferred a crib until he was about 18 months then he coslept with his brother for a while before moving into his own bed.I think this time I want to do a sidecar/cosleeper. My husband is a little weary of full on cosleeping with an infant (one they're older he's fine) So I don't know if I want to buy a new crib just to take the side off - I've looked at the cosleepers online and they  look kinda cheap :/ So, I have no idea what we'll do yet.</p>
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<p>I plan to get this crib from IKEA <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60091931" target="_blank">http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60091931</a> and use it as a sidecar to our bed. One of the sides can be removed and I've seen other families' set-ups with this crib where it's either attached to the main mattress with bungee cords or it's placed between the mattress and the wall so it's secure. I'm not sure how we are going to do it yet but that's the crib we will use. This way the baby has their own space but they are still close to me. I've been looking at moses baskets for nap times.</p>
 

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<p>With my first we did have a crib, but ended up mainly co-sleeping. She sometimes slept in it for naps. For dd2 we never used a crib at all. She either slept with us or sometimes in a cradle. We put a mattress on the floor if we wanted her in another room and it worked out great. She transitioned easily to sleeping on the lower bunk in her sisters room by the time she was about 2, maybe younger. This time I've been reconsidering because we will have three. I may have one crib to start, that they all can sleep in. I'm just not sure if I should try a floor sleeping arrangement again. And I totally don't get how you are supposed to get a baby into one without a drop side.</p>
 

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<p>I don't recommend everyone do what I'm planning, but here it is. We still have our drop-side from DD1, and it's very sturdy and we've had no problems with it. I plan on keeping a careful eye on the hardware, and using it for this baby along with a monitor. At 4'11", I'm very reluctant to give up the drop-side. The mattress on the floor thing won't work for us, and I'm not a full-time cosleeper.</p>
 

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<p>I think I'm liking the mattress on the floor idea.  We bought DS a puppy dog sleeping bag for Christmas & that would work perfectly on a futon or tatami mat on the floor (he still climbs into our bed at night which won't work for me with an infant in the bed)...plus we could probably slide that under our bed (our house is on the market).   I can use the crib & Moses basket I have for as long as they works.  Right now, we have 3 beds, so I can easily put baby to sleep in one of the beds & use rails or pillows.  I could also look into a cradle that can accomodate a larger baby.</p>
 

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<p>I waited a long time to sidecar to our low, platform bed (over a year--before that, used a bedrail), and I wish I did it sooner.  Before that, I borrowed my sister's Arm's Reach co-sleeper for a week, but it isn't flush like a crib mattress strapped to your adult bed.  It has a 6" or so lip, which defeats the purpose of co-sleeping--prohibits the nurse, detach and roll manuever which was the only way DD would fall and stay asleep.  If I had to lift her into the co-sleeper, she woke up, so there was no point.  Since DD was about 1, I have just used a play yard for naps.  She's contained, has toys and books, and no worries about climbing out (she probably could now, but it wouldn't be a far drop--unlike a crib dive).  Side car is still up, still used, and will remain for indefinite future with baby #2.  (My crib was an $80 non-toxic metal one by cosco--no frills, very sturdy, converts to toddler bed, which I won't be using.  I guess now with banned drop-sides, you'll have to hunt for a crib with a removable side if you want to sidecar.)<span style="display:none;"> </span></p>
 
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