Post # 1
So I plan to breastfeed and was wondering if it would be easier to have a basinet in the bedroom or should I just put the baby in the crib from the beginning?
I was thinking that it would be easier to have the baby right there for feedings, but do they usually have to be changed during the night? In that case I would have to take them into the nursery anyways.
Advice is greatly appreciated. Can you tell it’s my first 🙂
Post # 3
I would say you will want the baby in your room for at least the first couple months. Yes you will want the baby close for feedings. I had a pack and play in our room which had the bassinet piece attached to the top. I could also change the baby’s diaper on it. The side had storage for diapers and wipes etc. There are also ones that go right up against your mattress so baby is just an arms reach away.
I was so paranoid about SIDS, I slept with one eye open for months to keep an eye on the baby. I would always check her to make sure she didn’t roll over and that she was in a good position.
My daughter stayed in our room for 4 months then I put her in the crib in her own room.
Post # 4
We have the bassinet in our room and it has worked out that way. I can get to him quickly when he starts fussing and usually get him back to sleep quickly.
Post # 5
@jolie0119- Thank you. I’ll look into that combo so I could even change it in the room if needed.
@Storm0075- Glad that is has worked out for you and your baby boy. It would be ideal to get the baby back to sleep as fast as possible.
Post # 6
yes definitely keep a bassinet in the room with you. I breastfed for almost 10m and some nights i was soo tired i would just lay her down with my in the bed and feed her laying down. itll make everything easier.
Post # 7
I kept the pack n’ play in the bedroom as well, just for changing though. It was so convenient to keep all the night time gear in one spot (an extra pair of pajamas, wipes, a little trash bag for night time diapers) than to walk to the nursery. DS slept in the bassinet for 4 months but it was so helpful to have him right next to me.
Post # 8
We had a co-sleeper next to the bed for 5 months with my daughter. You definitely have to change diapers during the middle of the night. We just had a little fabric bin with handles that had all the diaper changing necessities in it and just changed her on the bed. I figured the least awake I needed to be, the better. 🙂 We’ll do the co-sleeper with #2 but I think I’m going to go no longer than 3 or 4 months, if he cooperates. I’m hoping he’s a better sleeper than his sister.
Post # 9
I found this article (theKnot is already sending me theBump stuff?)
And I saw this on The Doctors. It’s called a Snuza. it clips on the diper, and sounds an alarm if the baby stops breathing. The one on the doctors vibrated first after so many seconds of no movement, and after that it sounds a alarm almost like a security alarm.
Post # 10
Yep! I still have DS (5 months) in our room because I breastfeed and don’t want to be up all through the night walking around the house to feed him.
I bought an AngelCare monitor and honestly, with him so close by, I’ve never used it. I do use the video monitor though if he’s sleeping and I want to go grab something downstairs, etc.
Post # 11
I quit changing diapers in the middle of the night unless they are poopy diapers, and it gave us much more sleep. My daughter doesn’t wake up as fully anymore, and she rarely does anything but pee anyway. No issues with diaper rash from just pee. However, for changing her diaper in the night I keep a caddy of diapers and wipes along with one of those hospital pads that went under the mattress (took it home with us). If she needs a diaper change, I spread that out on the floor. Our pack n’play is in our room but doesn’t have a changing station and in the night I find being on the floor is easier anyway. But again, I don’t change many nighttime diapers.
We ended up borrowing an arms-reach co-sleeper and it’s a godsend. I love having her right next to me so I can see how she is sleeping all the time, and just reach over if she needs soothing.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t have bought a bassinette, but someone loaned us one. It was fantastic. I Boyfriend or Best Friend so it was a HUGE help. As far as changing, just do it on the bed. That’s what I did.
Post # 13
Personally I always think it’s better to have more options, so you can try out a variety of things and find out what works best for you. If you’re not sold on the idea of using a bassinet at first, could you borrow one from a friend/family member until you know if you really want/need it?
We co-sleep, but I just walk DS into the nursery to change his diaper in the middle of the night; it’s only like 10 feet away, so it’s no big deal for me.
ETA: I should add that I still haven’t mastered changing a boy’s diaper, so for the sake of not soaking myself/my bed in the middle of the night, I’d rather wake up all the way and make the trip to the nursery rather than risk it, lol.