Post # 1
If you are a FTM, what’s your plan for baby sleeping right when you get home from the hospital? If you have children, what worked for you?
We suddenly realized we have way too many sleeping options for our baby (due in 9 weeks) and aren’t sure if we should return one of them. The baby will most definitely sleep in our room for the first few months. Our master bedroom is huge, so we have room, and most importantly, it’s really far away from the nursery.
So far, we have:
– Crib set up in nursery
– Dock a Tot
– Rock n Play Sleeper – we don’t want to make this her main sleeping device since we heard it’s hard to switch to crib sleeping when the time comes, instead will use as a place to set her down during the day or short naps. Of course, if this is what she prefers and/or has reflux, then we’ll roll with it.
– Halo Bassinest – to be use as a cosleeper beside our bed WITH the Dock a Tot (it fits!)
– Pack N Play with bassinet – can also use Dock a Tot with this set up and can put in our room near my side of the bed. The one we have also has a changing pad we can use in our room for overnight changes.
We are thinking of returning the Halo – she’ll probably grow out of it quickly (especially in conjunction with the Dock at Tot), it’s super heavy, non-portable, and we don’t have a lot of storage to store it after she’d done with it. It’s also pretty pricey. This leaves the Pack N Play + Dock a Tot combo set up in our room, which is cost-effective and practical since we’ll need a travel crib eventually. Anyone used this set up before? Will I regret not being able to reach over to touch her (i.e. make sure she’s breathing) during the night (advantage of the Halo)?
Thoughts? Thank you!
Post # 2
We have a rock n play sleeper and a crib. My daughter just turned 3 months and we use a combination of these- depending on the day- as her preference varies. She hated her bassinet and now scoots around too much for it so we’ve ditched it already.
Post # 3
Our daughter slept in a bassinet in her pack n play for the first 6 months. It was in our bedroom. When we were away from home, she slept in a rock n play. When she was 7 months old, we put her in her crib and that’s where she sleeps now.
Post # 4
Baby Moses basket at first worked for us.
Post # 5
Daughter slept in her crib in our bedroom. I would definitely recommend this, as there was no adjustment period when we moved her and the crib into her own bedroom at 6 months, other than my own adjustment to not having her three feet from me.
ETA: I’d never heard of DockATot and just looked it up. It doesn’t look…safe to me. It looks like a suffocation hazard, to be honest.
Post # 6
We had one or those things that is like a tray that goes in the bed…it had hard sides so you couldn’t roll over onto it. I called my friend crying after 3 weeks of not getting a wink of sleep and she got it for me…the nearest store I could find it in stock was 3 hours away. It was life-changing.
Eta: my baby started out sleeping in her crib right next to my bed. It did not work for us.
Post # 7
We got a pack n play that has a sling bed type insert on the top – he slept in that for 5w then we moved him to crib in nursery. He’s a fantastic sleeper now. I’d get rid of the dock a tot personally but it sounds like you are really looking forward to using that!
Post # 8
Love your idea of putting the crib in our room. Hadn’t even thought of that! Our crib is actually lighter than the Halo Bassinest!
Definitely get your concerns over the Dock A Tot. When I first saw it, I did a double take too as it looks like it goes against everything they tell us NOT to do. But I did extensive research on it (developed in Sweden, HUGELY popular in Europe – called The Sleepyhead – and my doctor even said it’s an amazing product that she feels safe for us to use) and we made the decision based on that. Obviously, everyone has to purchase things based on their own thoughts, but we feel 100% confident about it.
Post # 9
We used the Arm’s Reach co-sleeper until we moved our baby into his own room and crib. This time for baby #2 (due soon) we have a Halo bassinet but I don’t love how bulky it is. I wish our master bedroom was bigger but at least the nursery is just a few steps from our room.
Post # 10
Also, my brother and SIL use the dock a tot for their 5 month old and love it. They’ve highly recommended it to us and while I agree it looks unsafe, like you said it isn’t.
Post # 11
this is way too much. Have an option in your room (we had a regular bassinet), a crib in the nursery and and an option where you spend most of your time. Simple simple simple.
Post # 12
Glad to hear you did your research. Hope you find a solution that works for you. And good luck!
Post # 13
As of now I’m planning on keeping him in our bedroom to sleep for at least the first 6-8 weeks, and using a pack n’ play with the bassinet type insert that fits into it. After that, it’ll be the crib in the nursery. I had thought for the longest time I wanted a Halo too because you can pivot it right into place and our bed is somewhat high up to climb in and out of…but ultimately I can’t justify the expense for the limited amount of time it’s useful.
So, guess I’ll see if that plan works for us or if we need to readjust. My mom has said to me that I’m delusional to think about doing co-sleeping because you sleep too lightly after having the baby and every noise he makes will wake me up…not sure if that’s true? Not sure how it would be different with a baby monitor and crib in the nursery…just seems like it’s more work to get up every time…but she’s very insistent that I’ll give up on having the baby in our room.
Post # 14
We had a little Moses basket on a stand next to our bed at night, but which could be also carried around the house, and we used that for the first 5 1/2 months. We used the crib mostly for playing during this time. As for naps… I admit that for the first four months, she was mostly napping either on top of me, or in the stroller. At 5 1/2 months we tranisitioned to the crib in her own room and that was it. At that point, naps aso got better.
Well, for the first 3 months, the baby will eat during the night. For me, it was in the winter, so having the baby next to our bed was priceless. The way we did it, I could pick up the baby without getting out of bed, breast-feed, put baby down and go to sleep. If you bottle-feed, things are different – you have to get up anyway, so maybe it doesn’t matter that you have to go to the baby’s room.
Obviously, starting at 4 months you will be (probably) more than ready to stop feeding through the night and get the baby to sleep, not to speak about getting some alone time with hubby, so at that point, it makes perfect sense to move the baby into its own room. (We did it at 5 1/2 months).
Post # 15
I put the crib in my room for both kids. It worked out really well. They were in the crib pretty much from the beginning (the second slept on me the first 4 weeks but finally gave in to the crib after that) so I didn’t have to transition them- just moved the crib to their room when I was ready. I think the halo would be okay but I didn’t want an extra piece of equipment I’d only use for 3mo. I moved my first to her room around 5.5 mo and my second is now 5.5 mo so I’m thinking maybe at 6mo i will move his crib into his room. I guess you could use the halo to soothe them by patting but neither of my kids would have put up with that, when they woke up they wanted the boob so I would have to get them out anyway. Crib was a couple feet from my bed so easy enough.
I have a portable crib (pack and play) but only use it for travel, not at home.
I did use a rock n play, bouncer, and swing. I let them nap in it the first 3 mo or so. So they napped out in the living room or wherever. Sometimes you need to put baby down so they are useful for that, but not for overnight sleeping. I wouldn’t use them for overnight sleeping unless it’s a last resort.
I hear people like the dock a tot. I wouldn’t have gotten one (as it’s just more baby junk) unless I was having issues getting baby to sleep.
Personally I don’t think you need the halo or the dock a tot. Portable crib is useful if you travel, so I’d keep it for that or a lot of people will put that in their room for baby to sleep in.