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Hi all,
This is our sleep situation:

We have a twin futon mattress that is currently on wedged between our matress (which is on the floor) and the wall. At the head of the futon is my end table and the end is open. There is a window on the wall also. Our bedroom has the basic baby proofing (electric plug covers, blind cords put up and cut, etc), but is not excessively protected.

For the last few months I have put DS down on the futon sometime between 6:30 and 8. We have a video monitor and watch him while we eat dinner, watch TV, etc. until around 10 when we go to bed. He usually wakes up and comes into bed with us sometime between 10-12.

So far this has worked for us because while he has been crawling for a while, he has always made noises for us to come to him as soon as he wakes up, and maybe will sit up but hasn't been crawling away. I've also been trying to teach him to crawl and climb up to our mattress when he wakes up, which he has done several times.

However, the last few nights he has woken up and immediately started crawling toward the end table or the window to climb up it. When I say something to him, he immediately comes towards me and wants to get into bed.

I would LOVE for him to ultimately sleep most of the night on the futon and just be able to come into our bed whenever he wakes up, but right now I am afraid to go to sleep with him not right next to him because I no longer trust that he will wake me up before trying to crawl away. I put some baskets at the end of the bed so that he would have to move those to get out into the room, and am thinking I could just move the end table somewhere else (although then there is a second window to deal with).

Does this just sound like an accident waiting to happen, or am I being overly concerned? Any ideas about other ways we could make this work? He has a crib, but will not sleep in it (LOVES to play in there though).

Thanks!
 

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I would only worry about the side table if there are things on it he could pull down on himself (lamp, clock, etc). How high are the windows? Also if he could get onto the table would the window become more of a hazard? I can't imagine a 7.5 month old would come up very high on a window, but then that depends on your windows. I know we lived in an old victorian house where the windows were only a foot and a half from the floor. So I think it depends on your situation. If the mattress were on the other side of the bed would that take care of the window issue?

We had this same set up for a while with ds and I never worried about him crawling off the end of the mattress. I didn't have any window issues, there was one window at the top of the mattress but about 2.5 feet off the floor.
 
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