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Old 07-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Nontraditional/non cosleeping options

Baby girl is getting to big for the bassinet. I need to move her into something since I can't bed-share w/ her like I did our son (I sleep way to soundly now). While I know a crib is traditional, I really don't like them. I want her to be close, out of my bed and safe from me rolling on her when I'm sleeping. We thought about side-railing a crib, but our bed frame would leave to big of a gap that she could get stuck in. Are there other options out there or are we stuck w/ baby jail?

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Old 07-18-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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Re: Nontraditional/non cosleeping options

Have you checked your local craigslist for a full size Arms Reach co-sleeper?
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:40 PM   #4
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How long can a baby use the full Arms Reach Co Sleeper? Until they start pulling up?
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I saw a setup on a blog once where the crib was a side car. They ran bungee cords from the cord to the other side of the bed so it was nice and tight, and then stuffed the gap with high-density foam. That way, there wasn't a dangerous gap. I hope you find a solution that works for you!
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Yup, I would side car a crib. That's what I do. A crib will last longer than a Arms Reach Co Sleeper. My DD can use it as a toddler bed and then it converts to a full size bed frame. I didn't secure the crib with bungee cords though. The crib is heavy and doesn't move on our carpet. I rolled up towel and a couple pool noodles between the crib mattress and the crib rail so the two mattress are tightly squished together.

If you're afraid of DD rolling onto your bed, you can always put up a bed rail between you and the crib.
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Our bed frame is like that too, if I'm imagining what you're taking about right. What about a pack n play with a soft bottom? Do any of them have soft bottoms or are they all thin and hard? I haven't had one in a while and I don't remember
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I'd do the mattress on the floor. We did that with DS, and then when he was ready for his own room, the transition was pretty easy, because he got to take his bed with him.
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For DS1 and DS2, I did the "side car a crib" thing and I just stuffed some pillows into the gap so they wouldn't fall into the crack.

DS3, up until last night, slept on a twin size mattress on the floor next to my bed. Again, I stuffed pillows into the small gap between the mattress and my bed.

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Our bed frame is like that too, if I'm imagining what you're taking about right. What about a pack n play with a soft bottom? Do any of them have soft bottoms or are they all thin and hard? I haven't had one in a while and I don't remember
I bought a 3" foam mattress for our Pack N Play at Buy Buy Baby. Love it!
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