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If you're pregnant and deciding what baby sleep gear to put on your registry, you've probably figured this out: There are a heck of a lot of choices of places for a newborn to sleep. Just to name a few: a bassinet, a co-sleeper and a Moses basket.
Babies sleep in a variety of places for a variety of reasons. Need quick access for middle-of-the-night feedings? Something smaller than a crib that you can put beside your bed is best. If baby has reflux, moms might let baby sleep upright in a safe swing, bouncy seat or car seat. The truth is, we moms do what works and often end up in a game of musical beds, switching from one apparatus to another until the crib becomes the norm. So, if you're trying to figure out what to buy and are totally perplexed, you're not alone. We did an informal poll and found that cribs are the most prevalent choice, but babies sleep wherever they can catch some Zzzs.
Here are the results:
Car seat - 3
Co-sleeper - 1
Bassinet - 20
Crib – 23
Beach canopy - 1
Pack and play - 2
Swing - 4
Bouncy seat - 3
Moses basket - 2
And these are some of the reasons moms gave:
"Mine slept in a portable crib in the bathroom with the shower running all night. Huge water bill! Lasted for about a year. Can you say 'colic?!'" --Dana
"When they were wee babies, the co-sleeper or their car seats... Odd, I know." --Amy
"All three of my kiddos slept in a cradle beside my bed until they could roll over, then in their own room in a crib. My oldest also went through a stage where he had to be in his vibrating chair... we all got some shut eye on nights when we did this!" --Kim
"I was the crib Nazi." --Candice
"My youngest was in a bassinet that I put in my closet so she wouldn't have to listen to the tv all night... my twins were in some circular dome canopy thing that was made for the beach... but they slept so well in it together that it stayed next to my bed." --Denet
Before choosing place for your baby to sleep, note that, because of the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against using a "chair, sofa, water bed, cushion or sheepskin" and also says that it's not safe for baby to sleep in your bed. Double check with your pediatrician to be sure the place you've chosen is completely safe.
Where did your newborn sleep -- and why? Chime in below!