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Old 01-13-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Crib to sidecar?

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Does anyone here sidecar a crib? Can you make recommendations for ones that work well in this situation? Will any crib work? Should I do a full or mini?

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I sidecar. I would think any crib would work? We took the railing off one side of the crib, butted it up next to our bed and used a long blanket rolled up, and mashed it in between the crib and our bed to fill the gap between the two beds, then laid a blanket down over it. You should anchor the crib to your bed using rope or bungee cords but we found we didnt need this, the crib is extremely difficult to move on our carpet and it isnt going anywhere! Luckily the crib matteress was at the same height as our bed mattress. If yor crib mattress is too low, raise up the crib on blocks until its the right height. If you do that, then definately anchor the beds together with cord to prevent slipping.
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I just used an Arms Reach Co-sleeper on my side of the bed.

I'm not sure about regular cribs though. We bought one but didn't use it until we turned it into a full size bed.
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I just used an Arms Reach Co-sleeper on my side of the bed.

I'm not sure about regular cribs though. We bought one but didn't use it until we turned it into a full size bed.
I'd love to use the cosleeper, but at what point did your baby outgrow the bassinet feature? It seems like a crib would last longer. We want to do a modified family bed situation, so kiddo would be in it for a while.

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I'd love to use the cosleeper, but at what point did your baby outgrow the bassinet feature? It seems like a crib would last longer. We want to do a modified family bed situation, so kiddo would be in it for a while.

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The full size cosleeper goes up to 30lbs, but my kiddos would pull to standing by 6 mos, so that's as long as it lasts us.

I didn't sidecar a crib because we have a high bed, and the baby was usually in the bed anyway. I love the idea though.
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I just used an Arms Reach Co-sleeper on my side of the bed.

I'm not sure about regular cribs though. We bought one but didn't use it until we turned it into a full size bed.
So do all of their Co-sleepers line up easily with a regular mattress? I've thought of getting one this time around, but I see a lot of people trying to decide between a co-sleeper and a playpen, which is just a few inches from floor level, so that really confuses me.
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You can order leg extenders for cosleepers to raise it to the level of your bed, then one side folds down so there isn't a wall between the mattress and cosleeper. Playpens often have a bassinet feature that goes up to 15lbs, so maybe that is what people are considering instead of a cosleeper.
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We carside. We just use a regular crib on the tallest setting it matches to our bed perfectly. We have a body pillow stuck between the mattress and the side of the crib. It works perfectly for us. We use rachet straps on the frame of the bed and crib and its up against the wall so its not going anywhere.

Ignore the mess. The baby is sleeping under that blue blanket...so sometimes he doesnt even make it on to his crib.
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Re: Crib to sidecar?

We had a crib sidecarred for our last baby and we will do it again this time. It worked great and DH used ratchet straps to secure the crib to the bed, there was no way it was moving. It was the exact height as our bed but this time we're going to have to figure something out because our new bed is alot higher.
We kept our crib sidecarred until Lizzie was about 18 months old and then she went in her own room.

Here is a picture of our set up. I had taken all of the bedding out to wash it but you get the idea.
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Re: Crib to sidecar?

Our arms reach is too high to go level with our mattress so this time around I want to sidecar a crib. I think it would last a lot longer too since as soon as the baby can sit up on their own, the bassinet feature of the co sleeper doesn't work anymore.

We got a LOT of use out of the co sleeper as a travel bed on the playpen level though.
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