Crib in bedroom?
Unfortunately I don't think we will be able to co-sleep like I wanted (I wanted the Summer Infant in bed co-sleeper/crib thing) because our elderly bulldog is proving harder to re-train out of the bed than we thought. I feel bad though as he was here first and he's 12 and he won't be around much longer.
We are trying to find a way to have baby in our room in the beginning with the dog there. We don't know how he will be around baby so we need something sturdy enough to put baby in but not be reachable by the dog. He's almost blind though so I'm not too worried. He sleeps in bed with us and is pretty oblivious to the world.
I'm thinking that bassinets or other similar items would be too unstable if the dog decided to jump on it. And a pack n' play with the mesh sides might not be safe enough if the dog pawed at it.
Should we just put the crib in our room and then move it later? I was hoping to have something close to the bed and I know they have mini-cribs now but that might not be worth the cost...
The pack n play should work. Put it in your room early for the dog to get used to it being there and there should be no issues. Moving cribs is a pita!
This was going to be my suggestion too... If you do one with a bassinet piece (not the cuddle sleeper but the insert tha basically just raise th bottom halfway up).. You could put it next to the bed and be close to baby that way.
I liked the idea of the pack n play ones with the higher up bassinet tray/thingy but when I saw them in store they didn't seem sturdy at all. And with our king size bed we only have about 1.5 feet between the wall and bed on either side so limited space....
With DS1 we had borrowed a bassinet so I can't remember the brand, but the structure was all metal and it was really sturdy. It was also quite high above the ground so I wouldn't have been worried about a dog jumping on it. Maybe check out some bassinets? They are narrower than a crib too. How would you fit a crib in 1.5 ft of space?
The one we had was kind of like this one:
Briarwood Rocking Bassinet: Nursery Furniture : Walmart.com
Oh, if we put the crib in the room it would be on the other side of the room near the closet. We have room there. I would love to find something small enough to put beside the bed though. We do have an alcove/bay window on one side of the bed that has more room but I'm worried because it's all windows that it might be too cold (and it's DH's side of the bed which means a bed re-org).
Are the pack n play ones with the bassinet tray sturdy enough?
We bought BIL a small basic play pen for their 2 yr old to use as a bed while they stayed with us. If they leave next week we will see where it fits in the bedroom in the meantime.
The one we had was. I bought it at Zellers so I can't even go online and try and find it. Robbie actually did not sleep in our room for long as he "talked" in his sleep and kept up up all night.
Originally Posted by raingirl28
We have Wynn in the Pack and Play with the bassinet attachment, it is actually quite sturdy as far as not being worried about it falling or something, it is attached over the top on all side and there are clips that attach at each corner, so all in all there are 12 points of contact, even if one or two comes undone it is still quite secure. It also has two bars under the mattress (which has a rigid bottom) to add stability. It will sway when you push on the mattress but this has worked in our favor many times to help soothe her back to sleep. And if you are still worried about stability (and possibly what to do with the masses of boxes of diapers from your shower) I found that the lower area fits the large diaper boxes perfectly and that would in turn add stability to the mattress.
We had a standard bassinet with our son, well a couple of them, one of the metal and fabric ones the first few months which was great in a small space and easy to move, and then a wooden cradle type for a few months until he was really on the move and I worried about him getting our of it.
I agree with the others, which ever you decide to go with set it up a bit early and get the dog used to it.
ETA: We also love the Rock and Play.