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I'm hoping to hear some stories from anyone who's sidecarred a crib for the purpose of transitioning out of co-sleeping.<br><br>
-How old was your baby when you started using a the crib in the sidecar position?<br>
-Was he/she still waking frequently?<br>
-How long did it take before baby was "successfully" sleeping in his/her own bed? (i.e. to where the crib could actually be in another room if necessary)<br>
-What steps did you take to get to this point? (i.e. slowly move crib away from bed, etc)<br>
-Did you have any "tricks" that you found necessary when it came to using this method??<br><br>
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The sidecarred crib worked really well for us. We started using it when DD was crawling age. She was really restless at night and taking up too much space and everybody's sleep was disturbed. We needed more space, and sidecarring the crib allowed me to keep her next to us while still letting everyone sleep well. I didn't do it as a method of weaning her out of our bed. I had intended to have her sleep with us until she decided to move herself.<br><br>
In reality, though, it basically happened that by 15 months DD was sleeping alone. She really needed the space and the quiet and so did we, and it was best for all of us. I gotta say, though, that she had been sleeping through the night while cosleeping, before we even sidecarred. The nightwaking problem had been a new one.<br><br>
So around 12 months, I left the crib right next to our bed but put the rail up. That was because DD was crawling all over me in the middle of the night and wanting to play, and it was driving me insane. She was thrilled to just sit and play quietly in her crib until she was ready to sleep again, and then she'd cry for me, and I didn't have to stay awake the whole time.<br><br>
At this point she started sleeping through, after only a few weeks. It was around this time, too, that I started putting her down in the crib when she was drowsy but still awake, and just sitting with her while she fell asleep, rather than rocking her.<br><br>
At 15 months, DH and I moved our bed to a new room, and left DD with the old one as her own room. We decided it would be easier for her to sleep alone if she was in the same familiar room that she'd always slept in. We put a twin bed next to the crib for difficult nights, so that one of us could sleep in there.<br><br>
DD is two now. She now sleeps in that twin bed, and the crib is put away. I still sit with her while she falls asleep most nights, and DH sleeps in there with her roughly one night a week, when DD seems to really need it. I can't fit in the twin bed with my PG belly; otherwise, it would be me sleeping in there.<br><br>
Good luck to you, if you're contemplating beginning a process like that. It worked pretty smoothly for us, but we took a long, long time to do it really gradually. It was a gentle process for us.
 

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Awesome! Thank you!! Your reply is exactly the kind I was looking for!
 
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