Sleeping arrangements for baby

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Sleeping arrangements for baby

So, I know it's still a little ways to go.. but what will your sleeping arrangement be? Crib? Co-sleep?

Baby will be in my room for a little while.. at least at first. Our room and the other rooms are on the other side of the house.. great lol

So I'm looking at cribs already, bassinets, etc. I really like this idea: Arm's Reach? Baby Bassinets - Baby Bedding, Furniture, Cribs, CO-SLEEPER&reg Brand Baby Bassinets But I wonder if it'll end up being kind of like baby sleeping in my bed and then turn into "I want to sleep with you when I'm still 4", like my son is now HAHA.

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There's a such thing as sleep with a new baby? LOL. I just got DS2 STTN a couple of weeks ago and now I get to start all over so yes I am already starting to think about a sleeping arrangement for this new baby. I used a pack n play last time, it had a newborn sleeper attachment but he hated it! I also had a newborn rock n play which was nice for daytime sleeping and sometimes at night, but the thing I found most useful was the swing! I think DS2 lived in that thing until 7 months. I also did alot of co-sleeping the first 6 months. I don't really care how they sleep as lonmg as they sleep IMO.

I thought about a bassinet this time but I think it might just be a waste of money because I'm sure the baby will rather co-sleep then be in there.

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Samantha, we have a bassinett set already that's been passed down.. but honestly, DH prefers for baby to sleep in his/her own bed. I don't blame him. It's tough to get kicked in the back, not sleep comfortably, etc. Even though we just recently got our King bed, I still know he'd rather baby sleep in his/her own crib! I don't mind cosleeping and I would prefer it but I don't want to lose sleep over it so as long as baby is in the same room as I am for a little while, I'm ok.

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I'd be scared to death to have the baby in the bed with me. My husband has accidentally punched me in the face during one of his dreams, so I'd be panicked if he slept with baby. I want to get a bassinet, but..may just opt for a pack and play. Or maybe someone in the family will buy me both...lol

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With DD we had a bassinet that I got for free. We had it beside our bed and it was great! Our bed is high so I could see in to get her in the night, nurse her, then put her back. I'd often change her bum in the night too so it wasn't THAT relaxing. LOL. When she was 5.5 weeks I moved her to her crib in her room across the hall. I'd heard SO many horror stories of older kids not sleeping in their own room and I didn't want that to happen. She did awesome at night, only waking once or twice to eat...but naps were rough. She hated napping in her crib and would often nap in the swing or on me. It all paid off though, she's an amazing sleeper now and loves going to bed. Smile

As for THIS baby, well, things are different. We have a travel lite crib with infant insert that we're planning on using at first. I gave the bassinet away. The travel lite crib isn't much bigger than a bassinet and will fit closer to our bed as it's rectangular. The main issue now is that we don't have a room for baby. DD is in one room and the others is DSDs. Soooooo....ya. I don't have a concrete plan on what's going to happen...but baby will be in our room for probably longer than I want. Our room is big and we have room for a crib and change table and all that stuff...so it won't be that bad. I'm wondering if I should put up some sort of privacy screen so baby won't get used to seeing us all the time? Not sure. Anyways, I guess eventually baby will move in DD's room...I'm just not sure when I want to start THAT nightmare. I have a friend who is in a 2 bedroom apartment and has had mega troubles with her younger one waking the girl my DD's age (as they share a room).

Advice on sharing rooms???? I could sure use some!

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I used the Arms Reach Co Sleeper with both my kids and LOVED it. It was attached to my side of the bed and I could literally reach over and get the baby. After about 8 weeks, baby moves to a crib in the kids room, but we'll see how good of a sleeper we have Smile

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LMAO... Don't even get me started. I'm trying to figure out how we're going to get the two kids we already have out of our bed before the new baby comes. I'm not going to co-co-co-sleep! LOL. Good thing we've got a king-sized bed.

ETA: Oops, I forgot to post what we plan on doing. We'll probably do what we did with DS1 and put the baby in the bassinet part of the pack-n-play until s/he is too big for that. Then we'll probably try to transition to the pack-n-play without the bassinet (this is where it went downhill with DS1 and we went to cosleeping).

With DS2, I have coslept since day 1. He had reflux as a baby and could not sleep laying flat on his back. So I slept with him on my chest every night for the first two months. After that, we had him on zantac and he was able to sleep a lot better on his back. But he ate constantly, so I just let him sleep with me.

We mostly just play it by ear. Of course the recommendations are a little harsher against cosleeping now, so we're going to try to do without it. We'll see how it goes.

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All our babies start off in the Pack and Play Bassinet and a cosy nest type co sleeper in our bed. When they start rolling we put them in the main part of the Pack and play and they room with us for the first year.

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We co-slept with DS out of necessity. He was on a feeding tube and heart monitor and the dang thing would go off if he moved. So I would be getting up more than once an hour...annoying!!! But, we all slept better that way. We also didn't have much trouble with him sleeping in his own room/bed once he was older. And I am not a fan of CIO so it was done without any of that too. This time, we will probably co-sleep again and use the top of the pack 'n' play until baby is rolling. I think the arm's reach is a great idea, though!

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We used the Arms Reach as well and LOVED it! We were originally planning to use the pack n play when a coworker offered to sell her Arms Reach to us for just $30..we figured, what the heck, couldn't hurt. Now, had I known how valuable it was I would def pay full price. DD stayed in the Arms Reach in our room for about 3 or 4 months when we moved her to her room. That was later than we had planned, but she nursed frequently for about that long and I didn't want to have to go to the other room every two hours over night. I work in a peds ICU and see scary stuff way too often to even be able to fall asleep with my baby in bed...I have horrible thoughts running through my head and can't relax even when I haven't slept (DD was a terrible sleeper and eater...). I hated it when we moved her to her own room, but after a few nights got used to it and everyone's sleep improved exponentially!

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"marymoonu" wrote:

LMAO... Don't even get me started. I'm trying to figure out how we're going to get the two kids we already have out of our bed before the new baby comes. I'm not going to co-co-co-sleep! LOL. Good thing we've got a king-sized bed.

I would just give the kids the room and go sleep in a different one. haha. Good luck! I know how hard it is. DS2 didn't leave my bed until he was 2 and I never got more then 2 hours of sleep at a time until then. Luckily DS2 likes to sleep now!

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"babywings1" wrote:

I'd be scared to death to have the baby in the bed with me. My husband has accidentally punched me in the face during one of his dreams, so I'd be panicked if he slept with baby. I want to get a bassinet, but..may just opt for a pack and play. Or maybe someone in the family will buy me both...lol

I was worried about the same thing but you'd be surprised how conscious you both are even asleep (read as: you never completely fall asleep or at least we didn't). DH doesn't like having a baby in our bed because he doesn't sleep as well. Truthfully I prefer to not have them in bed with me either but in the first few months, half sleeping is better than nothing. After about four months or so though, our kids aren't allowed in bed with us period. Just a personal thing...I used to crawl in bed with my parents every night until I was 10 and I swore I wouldn't let my kids do it. Works for some, just not me!

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"blondiess4u" wrote:

I would just give the kids the room and go sleep in a different one. haha. Good luck! I know how hard it is. DS2 didn't leave my bed until he was 2 and I never got more then 2 hours of sleep at a time until then. Luckily DS2 likes to sleep now!

LOL, we do have a guest bedroom. Maybe we'll just take the full-size bed in there and let the kids have the king. LOL. Wink I'm ready to start kicking them out of our bed so we have a good head-start with that before the baby gets here. The only comparison coming to mind was this.. We took the pacifier away from DS1 when he was 18 months. That was 2 months before DS2 was born and it was NOT enough time. He was obsessed with it and CONSTANTLY tried to steal it from the baby. That's how we decided to take it away from DS2 so early... It got to the point where he wasn't really all that attached to it, and DS1 was obsessed with it, so we just got rid of it. Anyway, maybe 6 months is a better amount of time to get them into their own beds.

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"marymoonu" wrote:

LOL, we do have a guest bedroom. Maybe we'll just take the full-size bed in there and let the kids have the king. LOL. Wink I'm ready to start kicking them out of our bed so we have a good head-start with that before the baby gets here. The only comparison coming to mind was this.. We took the pacifier away from DS1 when he was 18 months. That was 2 months before DS2 was born and it was NOT enough time. He was obsessed with it and CONSTANTLY tried to steal it from the baby. That's how we decided to take it away from DS2 so early... It got to the point where he wasn't really all that attached to it, and DS1 was obsessed with it, so we just got rid of it. Anyway, maybe 6 months is a better amount of time to get them into their own beds.

Oh my! Binky's are a whole other issue! DS2 still uses a binky and i am scared to death to ever take it away, he loves that thing. The only good thing is it has a little stuffed animal attached to it so I might just take the binky off and give that to him. DS2 never liked binkies so it wasn't an issue. I agree that 6 months might be a better time frame to get them ready.

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DS co slept with us until he was about 5 months old. DD slept in a bassinet next to my bed and then her crib around 3 months. I like co sleeping especially when it comes to nursing. It makes it do much easier. So with this one, I'm going to do the bassinet by my bed again. As much as I loved coalescing with my son, the transition with my daughter was so much easier.

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"2luvs" wrote:

DS co slept with us until he was about 5 months old. DD slept in a bassinet next to my bed and then her crib around 3 months. I like co sleeping especially when it comes to nursing. It makes it do much easier. So with this one, I'm going to do the bassinet by my bed again. As much as I loved coalescing with my son, the transition with my daughter was so much easier.

That's what I am thinking.. that if I do the bassinet thing and not cosleep the transition will be a lot easier. I know DH doesn't want to cosleep.. so I may just have to cuddle at nap time with baby Smile

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"nidia" wrote:

That's what I am thinking.. that if I do the bassinet thing and not cosleep the transition will be a lot easier. I know DH doesn't want to cosleep.. so I may just have to cuddle at nap time with baby Smile

DH insists I don't cosleep this time because DS2 woke up every 2 hours for 1 year. I agree that if you never start they dont know any different but it's hard to not do it when they are so little. I am definitely not the pro on sleeping.

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That was the same reason I coslept... Ease of feeding. Then they NEVER left, hahaha... Oh goodness.

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Cosleeping is not for us, we like our privacy! And I could never nurse all night and get good sleep. With both kids, they are in their bassinet for a couple months. DD was in our room longer because she didn't STTN as fast. I remember with DS, I wanted him OUT of our room because I was tired of having to tiptoe around every night getting ready for bed and ya know, doing other things. Wink With DD I was less inclined to because she just woke up SO much and her bedroom was on the other side of the house (which is really just a hallway away, but still) and DH really had to push me to do it.
With this one, the people who let us borrow their bassinet twice aren't around and I'd REALLY like an Arm's Reach - I think my extended family is going to go in on one for me. They are smaller than a pnp which is nice, and they have that side that folds down so you can just roll baby in and out. I usually nurse side-lying anyway so it makes it really easy. Then the baby will go into the nursery after he/she STTN/gets on a good schedule or when we can't stand it anymore!