I have one and wish I had it from day one when I was spurting breast milk everywhere....great for light pee leaks, vomiting, spitting up - not waterproof so get it off the bed fast. It works great as a bed rail and if the child is between you and the pillow part the blanket doesn't get on top of the face. I love mine - when my son is older I'll use it on his twin. It's nicer than a bed rail - softer and you can lie against it.<br><br>
But if you want to save some money buy a bedbugz (<a href="http://costco.com/target" target="_blank">costco.com/target</a>) or a snugtuckpillow (google it) for under $50 and sleep on towels or use an old thin blanket. You can also take a bolster and slip it under the sheet to prevent roll offs. Bedbugz is a PVC<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> tube (deflatable for travel) covered by cotton....the snugtuck looked less toxic.....than the bedbugz.<br><br>
One con to the humanity family bed is if you need to change it often (my kid vomits a lot) - it takes a lot of room in the washer and lots of drying time (I hang it in front of woodstove or outside) it's also a bit difficult to zip up but not too bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> . I also found it quite pricey - but it's had a lot of use.
I have very similar comments as the previous poster. I bought the humanity bed when ds was about 2 months or so and he is now 13 months. I was very happpy when I found it and we have used it ever since. I do, once in a while, when I come across a tube-shaped pillow in a thrift store and regret not just getting one of those and basicall just putting it under the sheet or making an actual sheet attach to it with a zeeper. That would have been so much cheaper! It does take a while to dry and you are not supposed to use the dryer. We did put ours in a dryer by accident and it shrunk but since then we have always dried it in the dryer. I do love the way the fabric feels - so warm and cozy. It is also very absorbant (we ec, so it doesn't really absorb accidental pee but does absorb millk very well). Anyway, I am very glad we bought it but had I been more crafty, I could have made one like that myself.
Lovely to sleep on.<br>
Feels very secure though a baby pushed up against it is at risk from suffocation and overheating as it's effectively a big pillow - so some sense needed.<br>
I agree about drying time - takes all day!<br><br>
Very very expensive. Worth it for us but a good sewer could make an alternative.<br><br>
Basically - agree with pps.