How to set up a room for co-sleeping
Sharing a sleep space with a precious new baby is scary; especially if you’re a first time caregiver. Many times new parents are made to feel that an isolated crib or bassinet is the only option when bringing home baby. I thought so too. When we brought our first baby home, we had a little rock n’ play positioned near the bed, and it worked. It was functional, but she rarely wanted to sleep there. She wanted to sleep with me, and after all, I had been the only being she had known for nine months. Who wouldn’t want a familiar comfort?
So. We brought her into our bed. In hindsight, we didn’t do this safely. We had fluffy blankets and pillows, placed her in the center of the bed. All sorts of things that we now know were huge risks.
With our second baby, I was determined to make a safe sleeping space that was breastfeeding friendly and would allow me to get as much rest as possible. Because, with two kids, sleep becomes a luxury.
I set up our sleep space like this when I was 37 weeks along. Looks great, right?
What I failed to realize is that I was actually going to have to sit up to see my sleeping nugget and get baby out of the portacrib. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it was. Here’s the thing; I’m lazy. Don’t tell anyone. I wanted to be able to roll over and see my baby or roll over to nurse sidelying. I did not want to have to get out of bed to feed or soothe baby throughout the night. (Again, lazy with a hint of I need my sleep)
So after a few months we transitioned to this set up. My husband really thought I was bonkers when I suggested we move the crib to our room and completely rearrange our furniture layout, but it makes sense! It also gives us a little more space and I don’t have to worry about a baby rolling out of the bed anymore.
A friend mentioned that his wife wrapped the top of their crib with Christmas lights and I thought that was brilliant! So, I put some lights around the base of the crib, and at night, it gives the perfect amount of ambient lighting at night.
Little nugget likes the set up, and thankfully, we’re all getting a lot more sleep these days! Breastfeeding at night has never been easier and I’m actually waking up a little more refreshed.
There is no right way to bring home baby, and ultimately, you have to make decisions that work best for your family. That decision needs to be formed with good information about all the possible options. If co-sleeping and bedsharing seem like options that might work for your family, please take the time to learn more about them and make an informed decision.
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