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Hi mamas, my baby has recently learned to "scooch" around, and we need to make our bed safer. We've pushed it against 2 walls, and for now we barricade the open edges with pillows. I know that's not going to work much longer, and I'd prefer to make it safer before he takes a header off the side! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I read about rails, but I also hear that they don't really work that well. I read about putting the mattress on the ground, but I'm not wanting to revisit college living just yet (although we gotta' do what we gotta' do... heck it might put some spunk back in our sex life, by bringing back memories of being 20 again! :LOL).<br><br>
I'd love to hear some real life stories about what you do to make your bed safe for your baby. Thanks!
 

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We did go for the bed on the floor route- i also really think it helped me sleep better because we actually used all of the bed so there was more room and I didn't lose sleep trying to keep everyone on the bed- my boys will sleep right through rolling the 6 inches off just the mattress.<br><br>
But if you are comfortable with it at night, with the baby by the wall or in the middle, then you can just put him down on the floor for naps or before you go to bed at night.
 

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We did put our mattress and box spring on the floor but it still seemed kind of high - if he were to crawl to the edge after a nap for instance and fall off.<br><br>
So we put a couch that we have that is the same height as the mattress + box spring up against the bed. LIke yours the bed is in the corner so w/ the couch up against it, that takes care of 3 sides. On the fourth side I just put a big comforter folded several times on the floor beneath the bed.<br><br>
Basically, I think you have to keep shifting the set-up as the babe goes through each stage. Pillows piled up only last so long, 'cause then they become just more fodder for climbing.<br><br>
But putting the mattress on the floor, or closer to it, is probably inevitable if you want him to nap on the bed when you're not in the room. I kept imagining if ds fell off the bed in just the wrong way, on his head or neck, and feeling really scared about it.<br><br>
anyway<br><br>
just my thoughts - HTH!
 

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Hey there. We have a very small house and could not put our mattress on the ground as we have so much stored under the bed. I opted to put a futon on the floor in my dd's room. I nurse her to sleep there for naps and upon making the room totally babe friendly, it means I can just close her door. I also nurse her down for bedtime there and let her sleep there until dh and I go to bed. I then take her into bed with us. It does mean we both must get up at the same time but nap times are nice. She has learned to just crawl over to her toys or books and play when she wakes up.
 

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We now have two beds on the floor in our house. Had to do it. He'd try to get off the bed without even opening his eyes most of the time.
 

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My son is almost three, and we still use pillows if he is not between us on the bed. I don't think it would keep him from going over if he wanted to, but he doesn't want to. It just provides a mental barrier if he should bump against it. He has never gone off the sides of the bed. He has only wiggled to the end of the bed and fallen off - once - he was two. And I think he's a pretty active bugger.<br><br>
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Dh taught both our girls how to slide off the bed once they started being mobile. Granted they did have a few falls till they figured out that Daddys way of getting off the bed by going feet while pushing ones self off the bed on tummy. Our youngest has found it even better to slide off the end of the bed onto her crib matteres that on the floor.<br><br>
All of that rambling to say for us it didnt take the girls long to pick up on what Daddy was teaching them.
 

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Our mattress is on the floor without the box springs. We have it shoved in the corner. We have a king size bed that's very high off the floor so we just didn't have any choice. Aidan is highly mobile and a real climber!! DH was kind of resistant but he knows that safety is the best thing. We call our set up "bohemian chic" and all the kids love it. It's very comfy although much firmer now without the box springs!!! Aidan is learning how to scooch off feet first after having a few tumbles!<br><br>
My friends all laugh at us because we had a beautiful bed before, but I don't care. I know it's temporary and they're only little for so long. It's better to be safe than sorry!<br><br>
Erin<br>
Trevor, 9<br>
Hunter, 5<br>
Aidan, 8 months
 

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We took a crib we got at the thrift store for $25 and side-car(ed) it to the bed. We removed the rail that raises and lowers - you know what I mean? Just unscrewed it from the crib. Then we raised the crib to the height of the bed - it's sitting on concrete blocks, very sturdy. It is shoved right up next to the bed. There was a gap between the bed mattress and the crib mattress. So we scooched the crib mattress right up next to the bed mattress and filled in the gap on the other side with firmly rolled up towels.<br><br>
It works great. Baby sleeps in the crib portion of the bed and I'm right there when she needs me at night. I sleep better, because I know she isn't going to fall out, because the other three sides of the crib surround her.<br><br>
She is 11 months, by the way.
 

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isnt it a suffocation hazard to use pillows in the bed with a baby? esp alongside them or if they roll onto them on the floor? i always have debated about this. ds is 19 mos and i have just put my futon back on the frame due to a poisonous spider infestation in my house....so i am using blankets and pillows to keep him from rolling off. i think futon on the floor is the best though, even though we cant do that anymore. there was a really cool pillow thingie that soemone posted a link to that works like a bed rail and is designed so that babies cant suffocate if they roll alongside it. i cant rememver the link but maybe someone else will know it. they are like 45 dollars but if you have the money , they seem great.
 

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We have our crib and bed in a sidecar arrangement. It worked for a while, but now, we're having some troubles.<br><br>
1. Normally DS wakes and fusses a bit right away. Saturday after his nap, he fussed only after he'd scooched out of the crib, across the bed and fallen on the floor.<br><br>
We are very lucky he wasn't injured. No more naps in the bed for him. He climbs right over pillows. He's also trying to pull up and I think bedrails would be only a minor obstacle and perhaps more of a safety issue.<br><br>
2. Last night I woke to his whimpering. He was by my feet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br>
Another six inches or so and he'd been splat on the floor again.<br><br>
My husband is ready to put the crib together the "regular" way, but I'm not ready for sleeping without my baby. I seriously doubt he'll go for putting the mattress on the floor.
 

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my dh won't put the mattress on the floor. simply doesn't want to. & he'd love to have all the kids out of our bed. #1 & #2 start in their room, & one or both usually join us at some point during the night. none of us sleep well. it's a king bed, but 5 humans & 2 dogs is too crowded. we had a twin side-carred for a while...dh hated that, too, & it took up too much of the room.<br><br>
first two dd's were out of our bed by the time they were talia's age (9.5 mos), so this is the first time we're dealing w/this.<br><br>
so what i'm doing for now (started last night, lol) is nursing her down in the rocker, then putting her into the crib. she wakes up, i nurse down again in the chair. this isn't different yet--before, i'd nurse her down in our bed. she just started crawling around in our bed a couple of nights ago. crawled elsewhere for mos, but just started in bed, for whatever reason. i'd been dreading this point!<br><br>
so i guess i'll keep putting her down in the crib til i go to bed. she's latched on most of the night once i stay in w/her...something else i wouldn't mind changing. i need to sleep! i'm thinking for now that if she gets used to the crib for little bits (waking up in it, if not going down awake), then i'll slowly work on increasing that.<br><br>
my dh is really a wonderful guy...he's just not happy w/our night time situation, & honestly, much of the time, i sleep pretty durn poorly, too. so we'll see where we go!
 
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