New Baby's Sleeping Arrangement

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New Baby's Sleeping Arrangement

What are your plans for where your new bundle of joy will sleep? In your bed, in your room, in their room in a crib, other? Also, for the BTDT moms, do you plan to do it the same as previous kiddos or wanting to do it differently?

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Same as the last three for me. There will be a pack n play in our bedroom that will be used during the day and part of the night. The rest of the night baby will likely end up in our bed. Now I just need to get my baby boy OUT of the bed, so there is room for the new one! My little guy is the most laid back little man... except when it comes to his sleeping preference. He is making it very well known that he likes sleeping in our bed! Oh well, time to get tough with him.

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Well, we have no empty bedrooms. DD is in one, DSD in the other and we have the master suite. Soooooo....new baby is bunking with us until he/she moves in with DD. I guess that's the plan. Our room is big enough, I'm just not a super 'rooming in' fan because of the issues it causes when they get older. Anyways, we have a bassinet in there for baby and if he/she is still in there when he/she outgrows it, we have room for a crib too.

With DD she slept in a bassinet in our room until about 5 weeks. Then she went into her crib in her own room.

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I'll do pretty similar to my last one most likely. Sleeping in my room in "mini crib" (kind of hybrid crib/bassinet weird thing I inherited) for a week or so, then move to his crib in his own room. My DS was/is a very loud sleeper so he only lasted in our room a week before DH couldn't stand it. With a newborn, I tend to bring them into bed with us towards the 2nd half of the night but always start them off in their own bed to get used to that. DH doesn't sleep as well with a baby in bed though so after the first few months, I don't do it as much and only after a certain time, usually 5:45 after DH gets up. I used to crawl in bed with my parents up until they got divorced when I was 10 so I'm pretty strict on letting my older kids get in bed with us.

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Baby will be in a bassinet next to me. As she gets older there is a nursery in our room she will go in the crib. With Elora we had a mini pack n play with the bassinet insert next to me. Then she moved to her crib in our room where she still is. Tho since bed rest she's been in the living room with us in a crib. I wanted her in her own room much much earlier but dh wasn't thrilled with the idea. His mom doesn't agree with kids in their own rooms and he follows her advice. I hope to have this baby out of our room much much earlier!

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At night, until baby is sleeping mostly through the night, or I can't stand it any more, he will be in our room in the cradle. Then he will be moved into his own room, which is right by our bedroom. During the day, depending on what we are doing at the time, he will sleep in the pack and play in the main part of the house, or his crib.

That is basically what we did for the other two. We moved DD out sooner than we did DS because she made all kind of noise while she slept! I don't mind them being in there longer if they can be quiet and let me get a little rest too! Sometimes my babies do end up in the bed with me , but this time around I may not do that. Sometimes one or both of my older two end up in the bed and I don't want them lying in the baby!

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I should add... all of our babies have been out of our bed by the time the next baby comes... so by 2! And then they aren't allowed back in!!! Okay, yes, there is the "occasional" time here and there (a rare bad dream or sickness) when they come in for a night, but that is definitely the exception, and not the rule. They have each other, so I think that really helps with the transition.

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We are in close quarters here, and this baby was a bit unexpected, so I haven't decided what to do yet. DH and I have a room, DD and DS1 share a room, and DS2 has a small bedroom. Baby will co-sleep with us for around 4 months, and then I have no idea. DS2's room is pretty small, I don't think I could fit another crib in there. I have considered moving DS2 in to the big kids room - they have bunk beds. My DD and DS1 always slept together in the same twin bed when they were younger, so I am wondering if DS2 would be OK sharing the bottom bunk with DS1 while DD is up top.

We just have to make it until the new baby is 1 year old and then we will be moving to a different place.....I can't decide what to do yet!

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This baby will stay in our room until it is old enough to bunk with DD. We have a very large master so it has half the room for crib and dresser and junk lol

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Same as the last three for me. There will be a pack n play in our bedroom that will be used during the day and part of the night. The rest of the night baby will likely end up in our bed. Now I just need to get my baby boy OUT of the bed, so there is room for the new one! My little guy is the most laid back little man... except when it comes to his sleeping preference. He is making it very well known that he likes sleeping in our bed! Oh well, time to get tough with him.

Change little guy to little gal and this is me exactly! Of my 3 kids, Malia is the only one who it's been hard to get out of my bed though and she's doing much better! She was in her own bed from 8:30 to 6:45 last night!!!!

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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.

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"angelover02740" wrote:

DS was a horrible sleeper and i couldnt figure out why until i realized DH snored so loud that it would wake him up.

We have the opposite problem. Elora sleeps best when she can hear daddy snore.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Sad 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.

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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!

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

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!

Good to know! I only have Kushies bassinet sheets. I haven't tried the change table one. I'm thinking of making one or two more sheets before wee one comes. I just have the one in the pic that I made.

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I was inspired by Pinterest and this baby is going to live in the closet. Smile

Seriously. My closet is very large. I can put a crib, a rocker and abookcase in there. It has heat/air vents and lighting. I already bought a large wadrobe for my room and moved all the clothes out of the closet. After my ultrasound we will start painting and decorating and making a real little room out of it. Baby will stay there for about 18 months and then we will reassess. We have three bedrooms. Tori and Lucas share their cool treehouse room we built them for Christmas. We might put a toddler bed in there and let all three share. I'm not sure.

The third bedroom doubles as a playroom and guest room. My family is large and spread out and I'm the most centrally located. I never have one overnight guest. I end up with five. Or seven. Or more. Having a guest room isn't really optional for us. We are going to put a bunk bed with a trundle so that it sleeps three. If one of our kids would rather move in there, we will figure it out.

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"PCCGirl813" wrote:

I was inspired by Pinterest and this baby is going to live in the closet. Smile

I've seen that before and it's a great idea. We have a VERY large closet too...totally a decent wee nursery size. Too bad it's so full of clothes we'd need 4 wardrobes and 2 dressers to hold it all! LMAO! Ok, not that much but you get the idea!

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I LOVE the closet idea!! Seriously love it. If DH and I were in the master bedroom I would absolutely do that. Unfortunately, our girls have the master bedroom, and baby boy will be in there for a couple years too (until the new little one is ready to share a room with him). There closet is in full use right now.

Hummmmmm, maybe I can turn the closet in the master bedroom into a boy's room at some point though....

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Hummmmmm, maybe I can turn the closet in the master bedroom into a boy's room at some point though....

That's what I was thinking when I first started reading your post! LOL

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Good to know! I only have Kushies bassinet sheets. I haven't tried the change table one. I'm thinking of making one or two more sheets before wee one comes. I just have the one in the pic that I made.

I used pillow cases. worked like a charm. And the baby room in a closet is a kewl idea. I will have to look that up, but I have PLENTY of room for us. We have a farm house with 3000 sq feet and 4 bedrooms. And our master used to be 2 big bedrooms but they tore down a wall and its now one HUGE room. I love it. I have space on one side for baby with extra and the other side has our king bed and dressers etc. our closets are tiny tho as it was built in the 1840's. Sad

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"quonsetmom" wrote:

I used pillow cases. worked like a charm.

That might work for a bassinet, but I'm pretty sure a Travel Lite Crib is too big.

Your house sounds lovely Kia!!!

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Wow, your house sounds really nice Kia!! Although, I think that would be too much space for me... I like space, but I don't like cleaning more space, and I can't imagine how much more it would cost to heat and cool, yikes. Our house is half the size, 1500 sq. ft, and 3 bedrooms. But we lived in 200 sq ft. for a year prior to buying this house, so it seems plenty big enough!! Smile

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

That might work for a bassinet, but I'm pretty sure a Travel Lite Crib is too big.

Your house sounds lovely Kia!!!

We had Travel Light Crib in pink! The pillow case worked Biggrin

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"quonsetmom" wrote:

I used pillow cases. worked like a charm. And the baby room in a closet is a kewl idea. I will have to look that up, but I have PLENTY of room for us. We have a farm house with 3000 sq feet and 4 bedrooms. And our master used to be 2 big bedrooms but they tore down a wall and its now one HUGE room. I love it. I have space on one side for baby with extra and the other side has our king bed and dressers etc. our closets are tiny tho as it was built in the 1840's. Sad

Sounds like my in-laws house. Me, I can't keep 1300 SQfeet clean!