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What do you do/are you going to do when they get too old for it? I use the arms-reach mini co-sleeper, and it works out very well. My son is 2 1/2 mos. old now and we have used it about 95% of the time since he was born. We occasionally put him in with us, but we're not small people and a queen sized bed is pretty crowded already. I was wondering what you guys do when they get too big for it?
 

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We transitioned dd to a crib since MIL got us one. She went pretty willingly and enjoyed it until recently -- we're now experiencing the joy of molars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> If you'd still like to keep ds nearby when he's too large for the sleeper, you could try putting a crib or twin next to your bed for the extra room (if you have the space). If dd continues to sleep with us when the new baby comes, we'll probably have to do this if the co-sleeper doesn't work for us again.
 

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Hi i donno how much help this is but alo of the people i have spoken to say they get a twin bed and just add it to the side of their bed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> its like your baby has his own bed and is co sleeping at the same time. they also mak special stuff to put on the side so you can avoid them rolling off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
hope it helps a bit
 

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I just started bringing her into the bed with me, since the reason we were using the cosleeper was for safety when she was so little. she wakes up to nurse alot, so my husband actually moved into the other room to sleep so he can get a solid sleep before his very stressful job. Works well for us so far.
 

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We didn't use a cosleeper because DS was okay in bed with us, but recentl;y, he's needed his "own space" while also being able to snuggle up to mama if the need arose (which it does, quite often <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">) We sidecarred DS's crib. <a href="http://pages.ivillage.com/gentlegoodnight/sidecar.html" target="_blank">This site</a> was very helpful in figuring out how to do it. We pushed the crib up against the wall in a corner, then pushed our bed up against the crib and tied them together. Keep in mind, the crib mattress will probably have to be pretty high, we had to put ours on the highest level, and you'll have to take extra care when DC begins standing. DS can stand and crawl, but so far, this setup hasn't been a problem for us. He only sleeps in there at night, and we monitor him pretty closely. It might work for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I've known families who out use their arms reach cosleeper. I think a friend of mine still has her 2 yr old in it at the bassinet level. If I remember correctly it can be like a pack n play and sit next to your bed with baby lower down in it.<br>
I had my 8 1/2 mo old daughter in a bassinet next to our bed until two nights ago, when my dh finally got the pack n play down and set that up next to our bed (she isn't doing well w/ it -- I think being down low is too far from mommy). She mostly sleeps with me anyway, dh has taken leave to the other bedroom until recently.<br>
She was getting to the point I thought she might pull herself up and over the edge of the bassinet. She has already tumbled out of our bed twice and fortunately is fine, really fortunate since we have wood floors and a high bed. (it's nap time issues that cause me more worry than at night b/c I'm w her at night)
 

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we used our cosleeper till ds was about 7 months old and then switched to a crib that is in our room, he didn't have any trouble moving over to the crib and we are still able to hear him at night and get him if he needs to nurse or needs extra love. i love this because we all have our own space to move, none of us like to be touching when we are sleeping, and we can still be together if anyone is needed.
 

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i would second what zack419 said...i think a crib would be the easiest. if you dont have one, you could always opt for the pack and play, although that puts your babe down lower to the ground, not near as easy to pick up. you could probably even use a toddler bed, if you bought the dorm room loft extenders for the legs to make it taller, then of course, secure the sides w/a rail or something.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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We used the crib as a sidecar. There's a thread here somewhere that describes how to do that. It's bigger than the cosleeper. DS went from the sidecar to a toddler bed just last month (he's 20 mos now). The toddler bed is pushed up against our bed, just like the crib was. Basically, we took one crib rail off, manipulated it so that the mattress was at the same height as the bed, and tied it to the bedframe. Just make sure it's nice and snug every night before you go to bed. We jammed blankets down the side of the crib mattress on the side away from the bed to make sure the two mattresses stayed tight against each other. It was wonderful, and he would probably still be in it if we hadn't been given the toddler bed as a hand me down from my SIL. I liked about the sidecar that I could always keep DS on the oposite side to me as DH was, but not worry about DS falling off the edge of the bed, because the crib rails would stop him.<br><br>
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It became my bed rail so that my son wouldn't roll out of bed. But you're not supposed to use the co-sleeper once they get mobile. I didn't realize that when I bought it or I would have saved my money and just bought a king size bed. We bought a queen and a co-sleeper and we finally just got a king this Jan.
 

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When side-carring a crib to the bed you can put the crib on something to raise the whole thing, rather than just the mattress; this gives you the mattress height you need but also keeps the cage-effect (if you'll forgive me for putting it like that).<br><br>
I found I never used the cosleeper. I used it as insurance he wouldn't fall out of bed, but he was just in bed with me anyway, and now he's either in his crib in my room, or in bed with me.
 

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oh, i thought you meant, what was I gonna do with the co-sleeper! LOL...b/c i was going to tell you that it makes an excellent book stand/catchall for the side of the bed and my cats love getting in there to sleep...and i would convert it to the 'packnplay' feature if i could figure it out...i think pushing a twin up next to your queen is a good idea
 

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I'm with LizD - the cosleeper is insurance that he won't fall off the side of my (very high) bed. When he gets too big for it, I'll leave him in the middle of the king, and put all the pillows around it. Typically, when they get to crawling age, I keep them napping closer to me, be it on couch cushions put on the floor, or a pile of blankets or what have you, until I've taught them well how to get off the bed feet first.<br><br>
Otherwise, when I'm with him, he'll be in the middle. Right now he's on the side as older dd is in the middle, and I worry she would konk him while moving about in her sleep, but he's getting big enough that it won't be an issue for much longer. At 19 lbs, he's half her size already! LOL! Also, dd is 4.5 yrs. now, and goes to sleep in her own bed, but comes in during the night at various times when she wakes.<br><br>
With the others we started putting them to sleep in their own beds at around 2-2.5, and they just jumped in with us when they woke during the night. The older ones stopped doing that nightly at about 5, and the in-between years give us more room when we're getting to sleep, at least. Most nights, ayway.<br><br>
My kids have all really liked to have their own space at that age, even if they were still with us for most of the night.
 

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We used it as a railing at the side of the bed until DS could sit up by himself. Then we moved it. Our co-sleeper model converted to a playpen & we kept it infront of the CD cabinet in the living room, so ds couldnt get to them & pull them all out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">: Used it as a playyard only a few times. Now its packed up in a closet.<br>
Ds sleeps w/ us & we just moved the bed frame & box spring out of our room because he is mobile & didnt want him falling out of bed.<br>
I never planned on ds sleeping w/ us. We bought the co-sleeper orignally as our "bassinet" and i'm so happy we did because he wouldnt sleep unless he was either in bed w/ us or in the co sleeper w/ my arm on him/next to him.
 

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Iam afraid she will crawl off when she starts crawling Alora is 4 months old so pillows work for now but she isa wiggler very active feet and arms always moving how do you keep them in your bed till they are 2.5 without them crawling to the edge and falling off at 6 months on? Darcy
 

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We had our king thick thick mattress on just the box springs on the floor w/ ds2. I taught me to wiggle feet first to the edge and down when he was 8 or 9 mo old. He surprisingly didn't fall off of our bed, he pushed himself off the double bed in his room while I was folding laundry at 9wks old!!!<br><br>
Our king thick thick mattress is on the frame for dd and she has fallen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: twice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: Once I laid her there to change her and moved away to grab a wipe or dipe and she wiggle off the end butt first, I saw it all happen and couldn't get there fast enough (the whole two feet away I was). The second time was more recently, I thought she was sleeping and she wasn't she pulled herself across the bed, over the blankets and the pillows boom to the floor head first <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
She is fine, just in case anyone is freakin out. She landed on the knot of her hat string that was on the floor and it left an indention on her forehead that I can still see. And with my dare devil ds2, I'm surprised we haven't made more than one trip to the ER (that was him, not her).<br><br>
I got out the pack n play for her to sleep in, but she screams everytime I put her in there. I had to move her out of the little basinet b/c I was afraid she would pull herself out and over it. But I have a feeling the basinet was more secure feeling and being bed level was probably warmer, I think the pack n play near the floor is much cooler as well. What to do???<br><br>
Unless the railings go all the way around the bed, they won't prevent nap time blunders. DD has never fallen out of the bed sleeping w/ us, just when left unattended (I don't suppose you are supposed to leave child unattended <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> ). I'm surprised with "crib" death that the crib manufactures haven't put labels on them like every thing else -- "Do not leave child unattended, may result in death." or something like it.<br><br>
I still use a pillow on the edge of the bed for nursing on the left and dh is the shield nursing right. I am trying desperately to keep her safe at nap time. I just don't have room to put up another bed (such as a crib in our room), my 2 1/2 yr old is still sleeping in the crib and I don't dare let him out until I'm up and ready to keep after him.
 

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Looks like you've had plenty of suggestions but I'll chime it too...<br>
We used the same mini colseeper with ds until he was about 3 months old. We also had a queen sized bed so we sidecarred his crib to the bed. That was ok but not perfect. Things weren't perfect until we gave in and bought a king size bed and had him join us completely. Maybe since tax season is coming up you could upgrade to a bigger bed. You can thank your little tax deduction for the gift to yourselves!! <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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It is 28 inches from top of bed to our hard wood floor my concern is Dd is someday going to roll or wiggle her way off the bed and what about when they start crawling? thinking about buying arms reach cosleeper but I guess they are only good so long? Darcy mommie to Alora 4 months
 
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