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OK ladies, please help me with a decision. My DS is 6 months old. We co-sleep full time and right now I do not see an end to it until he is big enough to be in a regular bed. Our crib is a hand-me-down in very good condition. It is in pieces in my basement, where it has been since before DS was born. I have a good friend who is 3 months pregnant. I know it would financially help her to have this crib. But "what if" we end up putting DS in it later? I really doubt this will ever happen, so the real reason I am reluctant to part with it is, what if we need it for the next baby? We love and believe in co-sleeping, but you never know...all babies are different and who knows how having 2 kids changes things? WWYD?
 

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could you let her borrow it instead? That way you could ask for it back if you really need it and she would get to use it in the meantime either way.
 

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We never used our crib for sleeping for DS (3.5) or DD (1), but we did keep it until just a few months ago. I will say, it made a GREAT laundry bin for all the clean laundry b/c the kids couldn't reach it, and I was a little sad to see it go! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyway, even though we never used it for sleeping, I did put DS in it many times when he was a singleton to play or when I needed a 5 minute break. Obviously you could use other gadgets to fill that role, but it was a safe place to put him on some occasions when I really needed it. I'm sure I would have found other solutions had the crib not been around.<br><br>
Does your friend know about co-sleeping? Maybe they will co-sleep and not need a crib either.<br><br>
People are always giving away cribs for free on Craigslist in my area. Maybe check that out and help her find one?<br><br>
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since it's been 6 months and you haven't used it yet you probably never will, with this child at least. Help your friend out and *if* you need a crib for your next child remember how often people are givving away/ selling for cheap their cribs.
 

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i agree with pp that letting her borrow it may be a good option. but then again, it could be kind of awkward to ask for it back if she's still using it. if you're not done having babies, i might hold on to it. ds has never slept in his crib, but im pregnant again and glad i still have it... like you said, you just never know. i have heard of babies that sleep better in the crib, although this has not been my personal experience. really i would look at YOUR financial situation... are you well off? if so, you could always buy another crib if you needed one and i would give it to your friend. if you are struggling, i would keep it just in case.
 

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I would keep it. You may find that when your little one gets older you may want to use your crib as sidecar sleeper. I know when my son got to be around 1-1 1/2 he became difficult to sleep with. Twisting, turning, kicking and his favorite thing to do was sleeping sideways. By using the crib we were able to extend our bed and everyone slept better. Tina~
 

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I would either keep it, or loan it to your friend. If you're not going to bother ever putting it together then definiately loan it to your friend, but make sure she gets her own mattress for it, as old mattresses give off nasty fumes.<br><br>
We co-sleep, but the baby does spend some time in the crib, reading and playing while I sort laundry or iron in the nursery.<br><br>
And we hope she'll transition her naps to the crib soon (she naps in the papasan swing still), so despite not having used it for nighttime sleep (nor planning to), we still get use out of it. Plus we have an organic cotton and wool mattress for it (from Dax stores) and I'd like it if she used that -- though maybe not until she's in a toddler bed.<br><br>
So I personally wouldn't give it away, unless I had no intention of setting it up at all, then loaning it out would be fine -- especially if your friend ends up co-sleeping too!
 

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I vote for giving it away if your friend wants a crib - iof not then you could educate her about the benefits of co-sleeping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have a crib that I have never used...well...I take that back...it has all the cloth diapers that are too small, some of dd#1's toys, and our fake Christmas tree in it right now...somtimes the cat is in there too!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I was all gung-ho on having one even though I planned to sleep with my babe. Now I have two and I have never put either one of them in there so I wonder why I bought the darn thing in the first place...letting her borrow it might be good too...off to write a midterm paper so forgive me if my brain seems fried!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I'm keeping mine for grandchildren if I'm not blessed with more kids...
 

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I would keep it because some babies don't like to co-sleep or be around people/be touched at all, etc, while sleeping. Even if YOU want to co-sleep with the next baby, the baby might not like it.
 

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I'd get rid of it.<br><br><br>
I keep our crib for several months, it was only used as place to stash the clean laundry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Then it got taken down and put in the shed where it sat for almost 3 years until we moved, and I got rid of it. Neither DD1 and DD2 have used a crib, and I don't want something in my house that I don't need or am going to use.
 
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