Cosleeping Questions

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Cosleeping Questions
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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 4:33pm

Hey All, Sorry I've been MIA, just trying to get a lot done at home instead of wasting hours on the internet!

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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 9:37am
One more thing (since I posted my comment before reading the others):
I was interested to see how everyone else managed the sleep position. I also held my babies in the crook of my arm, and I moved them from one side to the other as they needed to nurse. They were latched on for much of the night. As for the bedding, I bought myself warmer pajamas, and only had blankets up to about mid-thigh (and no pillow) until the boys were over a year old. I always felt safe, and like many co-sleeping parents, I found that I was amazingly in tune with their movements and sounds. I never woke up to find them anywhere but right in my arm. (This did lead to elbow pain for me though!)
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Registered: 10-15-2001
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 9:21am

We co-sleep with our little ones.

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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 8:55am

But I'm wondering what all of you cosleeping Mommies do . . .

...for naps? HE slept next to me in our bed

...at night? just the same

What's your arrangement in terms of where the baby sleeps and where you and DH sleep? We all slept together in the same bed with a safety rail on my side so he wouldn't fall

Has it changed since the baby was small? Since we only have a double bed, things got tight pretty soon. So our solution was to bring a twin bed into our room, and so we kind of extended our bed into a sort of king size. Once he was 10 or 11 months we transitioned him into the same twin bed but on his own room (which kind of became my room since he nursed so much at night, but that's another story!)

Did you ever or do you now swaddle the baby for naps or at night? Nope we never did.

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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 10:26pm

With Kaeden, I started out with a bassinett next to the bed. Co-sleeping actually happened by accident. He would wake up for a night feeding and I will give him a bottle and fall asleep before I could put him back in the bassinett. I have almost always slept with him in the crook of my arm, or on my chest. Naps started in my arms, and either ended in his crib, or in my arms, depending on what I needed to get done. The sitter actually got him down for naps in the playpen without holding him or anything. She just lays him down and he falls asleep. This is more than I still can get done. On the weekends now, one of the older boys or DH will get him to sleep on their chest. Now, we are actually pretty well weaned from the co-sleeping. Every night, Daddy and Kaeden go to bed together, and I wait around half an hour for him to fall asleep before I come in and put him in his crib, where he usually spends the rest of the night. Last night, he woke up around 3AM for a cup and spent the rest of the night in bed with us. He has always slept between us in the bed. I think our co-sleeping was less organized. I just went with what worked for me and baby.

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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 9:37pm

So interesting to hear other mama's responses!

Naps:

Eliza now sleeps in her crib for her nap - I nurse her to sleep and then put her in her crib.

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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 8:03pm

For naps, Peter sleeps in the swing at daycare, and on me at home. He's actually asleep right now, and has been for around 30 minutes now.

At night, I lay him on his belly on our bed for about an hour while I straighten up. When DH and I go to bed around 9:30, I change him into a night diaper and nurse him back down. He lays on top of me and stays latched on, waking me when he's ready to change sides. Some nights, I can get him to lay next to me for a bit as long as we're in each other's faces.

Since he's on top of me, I (TMI) sleep shirtless and just keep the blanket down low. Since we're in a full-sized bed, this way works. We're shopping for a bigger bed now, so that I can work on transferring him to next to me, and then we'll worry about getting him out of the bed later.

This has been our arrangement since the beginning. The original plan was to have him in the cradle next to our bed, and then the crib in our room. But when breastfeeding turned into such a challenge, I needed to have him close some other way. I find that I don't move at all at night anymore. It kills my back, but it's what Peter needs right now, for sure.Photobucket

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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 6:49pm

I agree that it really does depend on the kid.

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 6:37pm
Yeah, James has a crib that converts to a toddler bed (basically all that means is that one side of the crib can be removed) and it would work to sidecar, assuming one of the height settings works with your bed.

David sleeps in bed with us, but he's always in the crook of my arm, and I keep the blankets down below my arms. I know that sort of co-sleeping isn't for everyone, but it works for us...
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 6:07pm

I'll have to look into the sidecar crib, Grace.

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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 5:37pm
Oh, one other thing, have you ever seen a side-car crib? I have some friends that did that and they really liked it. It will last longer than the sidecar co-sleeper, and you can still have them right there. If I had the room, I would probably do something like that. I think most convertible cribs can used as a side-car.
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