DS was a horrible sleeper and i couldnt figure out why until i realized DH snored so loud that it would wake him up so i moved him into his room and he slept like an angel . so im going to have a bassinet in my room if i feel like the baby isnt sleeping well i'll be putting the baby in there own room probably in the bassinet for a bit and then there crib.
Both our spare bedrooms are quite small but I do think we can do bunkbeds in one of them...just haven't decided which one yet, and the 2 boys will room together with new baby in her own room. However, at first probably 4 to 6 months baby girl with be in with DH and I. I will start watching CL's soon for a bassinet or cosleeper I like. We do have a pack-n-play already and DS2 mostly slept in our room in it until we moved him...probably around 4 months. We kept it at the end of the bed for space reasons but I'd like something smaller that I can have beside me and that is mobile to move around during the day.
AFA what we have done with previous...DS1 was a tough baby and very, very attached to mommy so we ended up cosleeping until he was about 8 months old and I was soooo sleep deprived that I had to make him go in his own crib. He wouldn't just lay next to me at night...I had to hold him on my chest or with my arm around him and if the position wasn't to his liking he was awake fussing. We also couldn't BF sidelying for quite a few months until he got older and more developed (I mentioned once before BFing was hard to develop for us due to his early start and initially learning to eat on a bottle in the NICU). But, once we figured out sidelying, I became a human pacifier and he would be attached to me at least 80% of the night. DS2 was totally opposite, I would bring him into bed at night when he wanted to eat but when he was done eating he'd start squirming and fussing until I swaddled him and put him back in the PNP. He has always liked his own space to sleep and did not want to cosleep. It worked out well b/c I wouldn't have felt safe with him in the bed with us since DS1 still comes and climbs in our bed in the early hours of the morning.
I also don't intend to cosleep with this little one for that reason...I would worry about DS1 climbing in bed on top of baby. He's probably old enough now to be aware but I would not rely on that.
For this LO, I plan on having him/her in our room in a pack n' play for the first few months. It's just easier on me for nursing.
We will move DS out of his toddler bed (crib) a little bit before the baby comes to adjust him to the big bed (which I think he will LOVE!) and move the crib into the spare room for the baby. I don't imagine more than naps in there at first.
When DS was little we lived in a studio apt, so his crib was 1 foot from me and it was like that for the first 8 months. Acutally, I really liked that little place for us. It was cozy.
I have decided to put a playpen in our room. Baby will most often be cosleeping but it's always nice to have somewhere else to put them. Our playpen is really old and damaged so I have been looking on Kijiji for a new one. I found a Graco Travel Lite with Stages for only $60 that has barely been used. It retails for $160 in Canada. I think I will like it because it is smaller than most playpens (we don't have a lot of room), AND because it has 2 stages for the bassinet attachment. That way I can use it longer with the bassinet (it moves to a lower level as baby gets bigger) and not have to bend all the way down to floor level to lay baby down on the bottom.
We did buy a "nest" thing with DS and it helped co-sleeping on the fussy nights.
The First Years Close & Secure Sleeper - product summary - Bing Shopping
I might get one again. We'll see how this baby is.
We only have two kids bedrooms, so we are working on moving DD in with DS (I'm sure he's going to love it, ha). The baby will stay in the pack and play for a couple of months...maybe more. DD stayed for 5/6 months because she wouldn't take a bottle at daycare and I needed to feed her all night. Then move the baby to it's own room. Eventually we will figure out where everyone will go, but I think this will work best for now.
Sandra - We have a Travel Lite Crib. I LOVE it. SO nice for traveling! We bought it when DD was too big for the bassinet part though. They were so hard to find used back then...so good score on the price!
We were going to have new baby in that in our room but we wanted a bassinet so that when we go camping we can easily just bring the top of the bassinet. It moves around the trailer better. Anyways, I'll likely set the Travel Lite Crib up on the main level as bedrooms are upstairs and it's nice to have a spot to put the wee baby where DD won't accidentally hop on him/her.
Here's a pic of DD sleeping in ours when she was 9 months old. She was able to use it a bit longer after that. Please note though, it's hard to find sheets that fit these. I made the one pictured here. Do you sew?
It fit perfectly between the hotel bed and the wall, so we wouldn't wake her when we were awake after bed time.
I've heard that you can use Kushies Change Table sheets for it, according to some reviews I read. Hopefully I can get my hands on some of those since I don't really sew!