Post # 1
Has anyone tried one of these? Did you like it/think it was worth it? DH and I have somewhat of a dilemma–although I love the idea of a baby having their own room (mostly because I think nurseries are adorable!), I really think I would like the baby to be in our room, at least in the beginning because I plan on breast feeding. I hear a lot of good things about co-sleeping, and with a side-car thing, it really takes a lot of the hazards of rolling onto baby out of the picture. Also, DH and I are planning on moving to a different house, probably when baby will be about 5-7 months old, so I am really thinking that setting up an entire nursery might be pointless in this house. We are beginning to think that if we just skip the nursery in this house and get a side car co-sleeper, it might result in better sleep for both of us and eliminate the need for the baby to have its own room at this house. That would also be better news for us because we have two bedrooms on our main floor, each with tiny closets (100 year old house). Currently, our bedroom is in the upstairs attic-turned-loft area and we have plenty of space up there, but I refuse to carry baby up and down the super steep stairs, so we will be moving our bedroom down to the main level soon. This could mean we could have one room as our bedroom, and one room with dressers, a vanity, sort of a “getting ready room,” which would also be nice to not disturb the other/baby when DH and I are on really different sleep schedules (which is all the time).
So has anyone tried a co-sleeper side car? Or have you done co-sleeping normally with baby just in your bed? Did you really get more sleep at night in the beginning when you were breastfeeding (I plan on breastfeeding)? Any other thoughts about them? I am attaching a photo of an example below. Thank you!!!
Post # 3
We are currently in a 1 bedroom loft and are planning on moving when baby is 3-4 months old, or when baby is 10 months old (depending!). We thought about having an arm’s reach co-sleeper next to my bed, but I am really anti-“buying a bunch of stuff.” So, I am going with a really high quality crib that is made for small spaces.
I am not going to sugar coat though- I am very against having a baby IN an actual adult bed. I think the co-sleeper is much safer! I am judgemental about parents that put baby in the actual bed (and have only heard of this: A. Online and B. because babies get killed that way- there were several killed in my state that way recently).
I like your idea about the getting ready room. Our bathroom and bedroom is upstairs too- and I am not super excited about going up and down with baby.
Post # 4
I want to know too! We have a small apartment, and having something like that might help!
Post # 5
We wanted to have him sleep in our bedroom at first, and have an Arm’s Reach co-sleeper, but DS refused to sleep in it. Really he refused to sleep anywhere but in my arms. The first night or two we were home he slept in my arms while I dozed in a recliner. Within a week he was in the bed with us. Not something I planned, but it was the only way we got any sleep. DS is 5.5 months now and sleeps most of the night in a PnP in our room, but only after we started sleep training.
In theory I loved the idea of the co-sleeper; in practice it didn’t work for us.
Post # 6
I didn’t answer the poll because I don’t have a baby yet. But I’d be curious to know others’ experience as well. I have a good friend who loved her co-sleeper and we’d definetly consider one if/when we have a wee one.
Post # 7
I definitely want one. It seems much easier to breastfeed and check on the baby just to soothe. I also read that it decreases the risk of SIDS. Seems much safer than in our actual bed.
Post # 8
I didn’t vote because I’m still pregnant. A friend of mine is letting me borrow hers when our baby comes in June. Her son is 10 months old, and she loved it.
Post # 9
i used the arms reach and it was great.