Poll: Where will your baby be sleeping when you get home?

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Where will your baby be sleeping in its first few weeks of life?

In the nursery on its own
In your bedroom
Co-sleep in your bed
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Poll: Where will your baby be sleeping when you get home?

Postby littletoe » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:06 am

I'm interested to find out what people's thoughts are for where baby sleeps when you arrive home (I'm talking first month of life or so).

Some people say in a moses basket in your bedroom, others prefer in either moses basket or straight into the cot in the nursery, others prefer to co-sleep (which seems to be a big no-no here?) I read some stats that sleeping in a moses basket / crib in your room gives them the best odds against SIDS, followed by sleeping in their own room, with co-sleeping being the riskiest option for SIDS. (According to this research).

What are people's thoughts? We're thinking about a moses basket in our room for first couple of weeks, before transferring baby into the cot in the nursery in the next room. Our friends put their girl in a bassinet and put the bassinet in the cot from day 1. She has no trouble sleeping and she's 2 now.

We're about to go and buy the moses basket and I wanted to find out people's opinions on this before we get the credit card out!!

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Postby jools » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:11 am

Well my DH has had 2 children and he says that with both he had them sleep alongside their bed in the moses basket for about 6 weeks. Then as they were getting into a regular pattern they were put into the nursery in the moses basket in the cot, for extra safety. So I am going along with this for our little Sian, as he is more experienced in these matters than me!
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Postby Candy800 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:04 am

We wheeled a bassinet into our bedroom for our DD and kept her there until she outgrew it before moving her to her crib. We plan on doing the same thing with this baby.
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Postby Soon2BMayMommyX2 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:18 am

We will use a bassinet in our room for the first 6wks or so then Cooper will be sleeping in his crib in his room. This is what we did with DS and it worked beautifully. Well sort of :)

DS had reflux severe so the first 6wks he slept elevated on ME on the couch. Finally at 7wks I was desperate & laid him on his belly for a nap, he slept beautifully. We literally tried EVERYTHING with him, bassinet, pack n play, one of those sleepers that goes between you in the bed. NOTHING worked. So we thought. Turns out he is a belly sleeper just like his mom & dad. Soooo I know this is not good for your study but I promise you that those studies won't mean a thing when your just trying to get some sleep! ;)

Good luck with your decision. Oh and our DS slept right in his crib with nothing else.

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Postby MomTo2Boys » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:44 am


I will use a bassinet for the first several days next to my bed, and then no longer than a week after he's born he'll be sleeping in his crib.
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Postby Caligirl17 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:22 am

We are using a cosleeper right next to our bed for the first few months. It fits right up against the bed and I can watch him sleep:). After that, he'll be in his crib in his own room:).
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Postby munchiemom » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:06 am

I'll have the Pack N' Play in my bedroom...it has a "newborn napper" and a bassinet. She'll be sleeping in that at night for the first few weeks...but napping during the day in her crib in her room. We're getting a SIDS monitor to put in her crib so we'll feel more comfortable when she starts sleeping in the crib full time.

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Postby The Purple Butterfly » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:07 am

The baby will sleep in the bassinet part of the pack n play in our room until he's sleeping through the night (6-8w), then he will move to his crib. :D
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Postby Lindsey » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:23 am

Olive will be sleeping in a bassinet next to our bed.

Isabel is currently still sleeping in our room at 19 months in her crib. We are hoping to get her transitioned to her toddler bed when we move this month. I'm not sure how well it will go though.

All my friends and family insist that Isabel will still be sleeping in our room too when the baby is here, lol
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Postby Lizc0002 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:26 am

I did not vote because I sort of use a whatever works approach. DD slept in a bassinet until she woke up for her first feeding of the night, then she slept with me, she was a constant nurser (I think because she was a preemie) so it was the only way for me to get any sleep. She did not totally sleep in her crib on her own until about 11 mos, but again that was mostly so I could get a few hours of sleep.

DS wanted nothing to do with the bassinet, even at the hospital he refused to sleep in it and slept in my hospital bed. I tried co-sleeping with him but he spit up a lot so he ended up sleeping in his swing in our room until about 3-4 months old then he wenti right into his crib. He did sleep long periods in the swing though so I am thinking about trying it for this baby, I think the motion helped keep him asleep.

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Postby LaurenAshley » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:28 am

With DD I coslept in my bed with her, and it was perfect! I say take all that sids stuff as considerations, but dont let it sway you from what you feel is best. If you focus too much on it, it can hurt your ability to be a great mom. I ended up depressed and struggling to bond with the baby because everything we did just reminded me of how she could die. My daughter slept next to me just fine, and she was safe as can be. The only reason why I voted for sleeping in a bassinet is because I am just barely getting my 3 year old out of my bed, so there is NO way I am letting this kid into it too! :)
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Postby brenjay » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:40 am

Baby will be sleeping wherever it is he's happiest, so that I get the most possible sleep! :rofl:

Ideally, that will mean sidecar or something similar next to our bed for a few months. But really, I think I'll be doing whatever it takes to get him into at least one longer stretch of sleep at night, if that means cosleeping, or crib in the other room, or sidecar, or swing, or trapeze!
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Postby adge » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:43 pm

My intention is in a bassinet next to me. But, if she's anything like her big brother, she'll probably end up in bed with us at least 50% of the time. If I didn't put Bryce in bed with me to nurse and sleep, I wouldn't have gotten ANY sleep. We were sucessful though at getting him in the crib part time by 2 months and full time by 6 months. Prior to that, he usually wound up in bed with us after the first, second, third, or millionth night waking.
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Postby Lissa_ » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:44 am

I'm extremely paranoid, so Maddy will be sleeping in a moses basket in our room and a crib downstairs during the day. She'll also have a portable breathing monitor attached to her nappy at all times for the first year too. Not really sure why I bothered to buy the standard baby monitors cos can't see I'll get much if any use out of them except for when I have to pee during the day or something! lol
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Postby blue-eden » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:05 pm

Co-sleeping isn't a big no-no :) many mamas here co-sleep with their LOs (and having them in a pack and play or bassinet in your room is also considered "co-sleeping", all in one bed is a "family bed")

LO will be in the PNP next to my bed, just like M did, until he's about 5-6 months or we move, whichever comes first.
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