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Monday, March 11, 2013

Help! Where should the new baby sleep?

Our second baby is due this July, and I'd love to ask for your advice on where he or she should sleep...

Since we live in a two-bedroom apartment (and probably won't be able to move this year), the new baby will be squeezing into our bedroom for the first six months. We're trying to figure out the best sleeping option...
A co-sleeper to tuck right up to our bed (which might make nighttime feedings easier?)...
A bassinet that we could move easily from room to room (this one looks nice, too)...
Or a mini crib that could fit the baby for up to a year.

What do you think? Would you choose a co-sleeper, mini crib or bassinet? Have you tried any of these out? I feel pretty clueless here...thank you SO much for any insight!!!

(Top photo of Toby when he was younger)

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myheartscontentblog.com said...

I'd go for the co-sleeper or the mini crib. My hefty son outgrew his bassinet in four months.

Second time around, I'd prob pick the co-sleeper...the laziness of the second time parent ;)

Laura Hamilton said...

We used the exact mini crib pictured above for our two bedroom apt. in Brooklyn. Our son used it for exactly a year. We could move it from room to room easily. Great for small apt. living.

Rana said...

Hi Jo!
I have the co-sleeper pictured at the top and I loved it! It has a useful life as a travel sleeper too. I love it.

kendra said...

a few of my friends use their porta-crib, and when the baby got bigger they were able to fit it into their closet at night. It works really

Sarah Conner said...

I like the idea of a mini-crib! We used a bassinet and that only lasted 6 months with a tiny preemie baby!

Ellen said...

We have this co-sleeper: http://www.babybunk.com/ and we love it!

Tracy said...

We used the mini co-sleeper for each of our three babes and it was great for all of them. Loved that it fit in the tiny space next to my bed!

aliburke said...

We lived in a 1BR in manhattan until late 2012 and so when our daughter came along we went with the mini crib AND the bassinet. Bassinet = total waste of money and space. She never spent one night in it. For the first 2.5 months she slept in her bouncy chair right next to my side of the bed on the floor. She loved it. Then we transitioned her to sleeping in her mini crib (swaddled). She's actually still in her mini crib and she's 18 months old! She's petit though....and maybe only weighs 23-25lbs.

Lindsay said...

I would go with the mini-crib or even get a pack n' play since you don't know how big the baby will be or exactly how long he/she will be in your room. We had a moses basket/jolly jumper for our daughter, which she outgrew within 3 months. Bigger is better!

summerlily said...

I live in a 2 bedroom house and we kept our son in our bedroom for his first 5 months before we moved him into his sisters room. He was a big boy and grew out of the bassinet very quickly. I would go with a mini crib!

Kate {motleymama.com} said...

We'll have the same problem! Planning on the co-sleeper.

fromthewaitingroom said...

I'm currently expecting my first but I'd go mini crib all the way. Seems like the most practical and gets the little one more used to sleeping on his or her own.

LMT said...

we lived in nyc with our first little one in a one bedroom. The mini crib was perfect! We even moved him into the kitchen when he got older. You can get mini crib sheets and mattress pads and mattresses by searching portable crib or pack n play. not the best selection but amazon has plenty for what we wanted.

Emily said...

I know this is not on your list, but we used a baby hammock (http://www.babyhammocks.com/) for 6 months, which we found fabulous - baby loved it and slept so well right from day one, it didn't take up too much room, and we could easily gently rock it from our bed when she woke in the middle of the night.

Danielle said...

the bednest!! It costs a bundle but is so so easy for breastfeeding.

Yours Truly said...

Jo!
The Arms Reach Co-Sleeper was the one thing I wished we hadn't purchased! It's angled towards the bed no matter what surface we put it on which meant that our little peanut rolled towards the sides. This scared me to no avail because the edges are covered with squishy material - SIDS scare! I woke up with my little guy's face against the edge and got rid of it that day! I have recommended the pack-n-play to others because of the mesh edges and because you can use it for their sole crib in the beginning and then as a travel crib when on vacation or a late dinner date with friends! It's not the cutest though, so in that regard I'd vote mini-crib!
Best of luck to you and your growing family!

PPS said...

we have the Alma mini and LOVE it - our 17 month old (23 lbs) still sleeps in it - at this point the proportions are cozy but similar to an adult sleeping in a twin bed (of course everyone likes more room but you can still sleep fine in a twin!). Love how easy it is to fold up and move around. Every American who sees it is shocked by the size but every European thinks it is normal! all depends on what your "normal" is...

Kelly Rae said...

We used the cosleeper and we really liked it. I liked that it attached to the bed so I didn't have to worry about it moving around.

The mini crib also looks cute!

Kelly E said...

We have a co-sleeper and it was great. I recommend it.

Tam Hess said...

We were in love with the Moses basket! For us it was a must have!!

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...


I love the cosleeper- unless you have a lot of blankets on the bed that could fall in. I'd go for the mini crib, a bassinet can easily tip and is only used for a specific weight range. Love the orange!


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Kate said...

Our baby on the way is gonna split a cosleeper and mini crib. Is Toby ready to move from his crib yet, to the guest bed you have in there, with an infant safety rail? Then baby could have the crib/you could still use a bassinet or cosleeper until you're ready for baby in Toby's room?

Molls said...

Remember Roman and Moses closet bedroom from Oh Happy DAy? http://ohhappyday.com/2011/02/moses-and-romans-closet-part-iii/

Unknown said...

We used that same co-sleeper with our son and loved it for the short period he was in it (he quickly moved into our bed to make night time feeding even that much easier). Now he is 2 and our little girl is expected in May! We plan on using it for her as well, and hopefully she will use it a bit more! It is so nice to have them right there in the room so you don't have to check up on them on the monitor. We also just slid it next tot he bed, rather than attach it (Sorry if that isn't 100% safe!) and we were able to move it from room to room when needed because the extra side pops up. Good luck!!

Michelle said...

I used a co-sleeper for both of mine and LOVED it. It was especially awesome for night feedings.

tragicsandwich said...

I'd probably get a pack-n-play with a bassinet insert (something along these lines: http://www.gracobaby.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=1758965). But what we found was that it really depends on what the baby will sleep in. Baguette hated her original bassinet, but slept much better on her changing pad--I think because it was curved to fit her. We put it in this small travel bassinet (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12319232) and it fit perfectly.

Once she was able to move around, we moved her to the bassinet part of the pack-n-play, and then took that part out when she was able to pull herself up.

So pick what you think will work, but leave yourself some flexibility!

Liron said...

I vote for the mini-crib. We were in a 1BD when my daughter was born and the mini crib worked great.

Inari said...

Co-sleeper all that way! Babies sleep so much more peacefully with mommy close by for comfort.

Lizzy said...

The co sleeper can also be a stand alone pack n play! That's how we used it- then you can move it around from place to place if need be.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

I am due today and we have a mini crib set up in our closet:) I'm pretty pumped about it because my two year old does not sleep so hot and I do not think sharing room is in the cards for at least another 6 months. I'm not really into co-sleeping or even having a baby right next to my head at night. I woke up every time my first child breathed loudly. Second children sleep like rock stars right!!!?? RIGHT!??:)

barbarasmithwilke.com said...

too funny-- I was late this month and started panicking about the same thing-- and have been looking at the same options. luckily I am not pregnant, as my 18month old keeps me super busy and tired as it is!! but I created a little polyvore set of options here: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=75122823
we just recently sold our larger co-sleeper, and I was checking out the mini one and found a design that is a little more aesthetically pleasing to me-- the arm's reach Cambria (you can see it in the set).

you will figure something out-- we lived in a teeny-tiny flat with our little one for a year, and though it was stressful at timed, it was definitely doable!

Abby said...

I had the co-sleeper, but with our low bed, we could never get it to work like it was supposed to. My baby loved his crib, and slept in it at 1 month on! So, I would go with a mini crib.
At six months, are you going to put the new little one in Toby's room? I liked the kitchen idea mentioned above. That way late night wake ups, midnight feeding and early morning diaper changes wouldn't wake Toby up. But, my situation might be different. My 11 month old still wakes up crying at least once almost every night...

Shelley said...

co-sleeper for sure :)

Denise Thomas said...

I would invest in the mini-crib. Your baby will quickly out grow the bassinet. If this will be his or her bed for up to a year, the mini-crib makes the most sense. I say only buy once, then you won't end up with more gear than you need.
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Inari said...

There are a lot of great convertible cribs out there too. My little one's crib can be converted from crib to infant bed to child bed all the way up to a full size matress! He could very well sleep in this thing until middle school, haha.

That Girl Shelley said...

I love the co-sleeper! We are in a BK cramped space with 3 ages 4 and under. Our baby is in the co-sleeper in our room. It is great because with breastfeeding all you have to do is reach out to grab the baby (instead of having to get up).

Jenn said...

Hi Jo!

I have two boys (7 and 2). We have had interesting sleeping arrangements through the years due to space, but we always had each child in their own bed. It has been wonderful and there was never any transitioning challenges.

I have had many friends who opted for co-sleepers and regretted it later. It's convenient, but makes transitioning difficult from what I have heard.

jenni said...

I like a little bassinet myself. My littlest slept in one of those rocking ones for about six months and then switched to a pack and play (we had a very small space as well and sharing a bedroom with our five year old, which was the original plan, never worked out). She is just now - at two years old - sleeping in a full size crib in her own room. I almost wish we had never even gotten the crib since she will most likely be in it less than a year now. We could have made do with the pack and play and then set up a "big girl" bed when we bought our new house.

Jen said...

I used the Arms-Reach co-sleeper for my daughter for the first year. It was great. Even if you don't use it pushed up next to the bed w/ the side down, you can still use it with all four sides up and just place next to the bed. I loved it - and it made nighttime feedings so much easier!

ShayRenee said...

We live in a 1 bdrm with our newborn and are using this Baby Home Dream Portable Crib. It's great and I guess kind of like the mini crib but you can pack it up for traveling.
http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Home-Dream-Portable-Crib/dp/B0072AG8R0/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1363017395&sr=1-1&keywords=baby+home+dream+cot

Sarah Karp said...

I used the co-sleeper with my baby and loved it! Yes it does make the night time feedings easier. However, after a few months, I found myself reaching for her every time she would stir, and letting her nurse even when she wasn't really hungry. Needless to say, none of us were sleeping well (I had a hard time going back to sleep after waking up to nurse). Finally, when she was 8 months, I read about sleep-training in the books Bringing up Bebe and The Sleepeasy Solution and started putting her in her crib and letting her cry a bit (even though this was so hard!) It was amazing how much better we were all sleeping after that.
Of course, everyone's views on co-sleeping are different. You have to find what works for you!

smcneil99 said...


A fisher price rock n play! That should work for the first few months. It's amazing. We had a bassinet but never used it because both babes preferred the RNP.

smcneil99 said...


A fisher price rock n play! That should work for the first few months. It's amazing. We had a bassinet but never used it because both babes preferred the RNP.

meb0824 said...

We had a Fisher Price Rock-N-Play, which was a lifesaver. It is light and easily portable (so much so that I could carry a sleeping baby upstairs in it and leave it in the bathroom while I showered), and a very cozy fit. (Bonus for our little one who had reflux is that it is angled.) He used it for napping and as a travel crib until he was almost six months old. It served the same purpose as a co-sleeper (fits right next to the bed). There was a recall earlier this year for mildew issues, but those were easy to address.

Miss Nora said...

i would take the mini crib. you could screw some wheels on it to make moving from room to room easy.

Antoinette said...

Here we have the Stokke Sleepi: it makes a mini-bassinet for the first months and then you can transform it into a regular crib. It is small, narrow and its round shape makes it look snug.
Have you looked into their new Stokke little crib: the bounce'n'sleep? It is not very expensive and is quite small to fit next to your bed.

Miss Nora said...

like this one!
http://www.twinkletwinklelittleone.com/grayson-mini-crib-with-mattress-pad-p-5340.html

Mrs. P Vega said...

We used the Summer Infant By Your Side sleeper for her first 4 weeks. This was awesome because she slept in between my husband and I so it was perfect for him to pick her up to change her and for me to pick her up to feed her. Because splitting responsibilities is key! Then after her first month we moved her into a bassinet by our bed. We chose the Stokke Daybed because it's nice and slim and easy to move around the house. She's now 4 months and still sleeps in her bassinet. Eventually, we'll transition her to her crib in her nursery but I'm thinking we'll keep her in the bassinet for at least another month or so. She doesn't seem to be getting too big for it yet and she sleeps well through the night so we don't want to ruin a good thing :)

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

mini crib. we had a darling vintage cradle that had been passed down thru my family (my brother, six of my cousins and i all used it as babies). we intended to use that in our room but my (otherwise totally agreeable) son, ace, just wouldn't sleep in it, so we dismantled his crib and moved it to our room. we kept him there for about 9 months. it worked perfectly for our family; made nursing much more convenient and, i believe, kept us all a little more comfortable and content in those early months. i'm now 38 weeks pregnant with a baby girl and we will be doing the same with her. good luck, joanna:) xx

Ruds said...

Hi Jo,
We started with the Arm's Reach co-sleeper (Euro mini) and transitioned to the Bloom Alma mini-crib at 7 months. Here's what worked: the edge of the co-sleeper is flush with your bed, so it's easy to take the baby out and put the baby in with little disturbance/waking. The Euro mini was great for us in that it was long enough to fit her until she was seven months, but was narrow enough for the tiny space between the bed and the wall. Once she was crawling around everywhere we moved on to the Alma - again great size-wise, but it's awkward to put the baby in and lift the baby out because of the depth at which the mattress sits. For this reason, I would definitely not use this crib to start - both of you will be wide awake by the time you've extracted/inserted the little whipper-snapper from it/into it!
Also, since we used it as a transition crib after the co-sleeper, it lasted us just to 11 months before we had to go full size, so the price was high for only 5 months use. Not a deal breaker for us, as we'll easily sell it on Craigslist, but worth pointing out. Otherwise it's a nice sturdy, well-made crib.
I have to mention, one other thing - when/if you're ready to go to a full size crib, the Naturepedic organic mattress is simply the best.

Sarah said...

Mini crib seems best. Bassinet won't last long. Co sleeper will be cool for months but then you'll end up buying a mini crib anyway, right?

Lisa_M said...

I used the arm's reach co-sleeper and loved it...definitely made night-feedings much easier. However, my son pretty much took up the whole thing by around 4 months, so we had to move him out and into his crib. If you are looking for a longer term solution then the mini-crib might be a better bet. Good luck!

Sarah Chenault said...

Hi Joanna,

Our little one is due in a couple of weeks, and we purchased this Baby Home Dream Portable crib (http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Home-Dream-Portable-Crib/dp/B0072AG8R0/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1363018650&sr=1-1&keywords=dream+home+bassinet). It got great reviews and fits perfectly in the corner of our bedroom.

Unknown said...

We lived in a 1-bedroom in SF and got a mini crib, it was perfect next to our bed, but we ended up having to buy a real size crib after she turned one... not sure I would do that again...

margaux said...

we are in a 1BR, and we had a mini-crib on wheels from the start. i'd be lying if i said we used that all the time. our daughter split her time between the mini-crib, sleeping on my chest (surrounded by a fortress of pillows should she slip off) and a very ugly tho effective electric cradle http://www.fisher-price.com/en_Us/products/56778 (which really saved our lives and helped her and us sleep for longer stretches). we finally made the transition to the mini crib FT at around 3 months. she's almost a year, and she could probably be in it for at least another 6 months. we got ours from wal-mart which has a nice selection of mini-cribs if you want to save some cash! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Delta-Portable-Crib-White/11993214?findingMethod=rr (arm's reach wouldn't work for us b/c f the height of our bed)

Blair said...

My wife and I lived in a small one bedroom apartment when our daughter was born. We used a co-sleeper like the one shown and we loved it, my wife especially. Night time feeding were super easy and it was so comforting to have her close and hear her breathing. Good luck, parents in small spaces unite!

Alexandra said...

I would use the mini crib up next to the bed until baby's ready for his/her own space. I use a Pack n' Play with the shallow bassinet setting up next to me bed for the first several months, mostly to facilitate lazy night feedings :) It's as effective as a co-sleeper, but baby can continue to use it after getting older, or even just as a play "cage" during the day when you're trying to catch a shower.

Carol Rial said...

hi joanna. when my little one was still in my belly, i really wanted to go for a co-sleeper. since i didn't find any that looked so good to me here in barcelona, i finally bought a wheeled mini-crib. It turned out great, i could move it around the house so he could sleep while i was working. hope that helps. xo

magnolia queen said...

Our daughter slept in the Graco Pack & Play (Vance) in our bedroom for the first 7 months and 1 week of her life. ;) It was nice because when we traveled we could pack it up and take it and she was familiar with sleeping in it. So obviously we got a lot of use out of the Pack & Play and still do as I use it to let her play while I'm cleaning or showering.

Raia said...

We used a co-sleeper and loved it. Super easy middle of the night feedings.

Kate said...

My vote would be for a mini crib...mort stylish than the co-sleeper and can be used in a bigger apartment if y'all find somebody out of the blue!

Andrew and Crystal said...

We built our own co-sleeper! But it really only fit our babies for the first couple months. We now have a 3-year-old and a six-month-old sharing a bedroom, sleeping in a toddler bed and crib, respectively. Even though I loved our co-sleeper, I probably would opt for a bassinet that you can move from room to room if I were in your situation. Items that can work for multiple purposes are always ideal in small spaces where each new item brought into the home needs real consideration space-wise :) You can check out our co-sleeper here:

http://www.yes-have-some.com/2010/02/co-sleeper.html
http://www.yes-have-some.com/2010/02/co-sleeper-construction.html

It was based on the Culla Belly and is very similar to the Baby Bunk that Ellen posted above (minus the legs.)

Paulina said...

I have sort of used all three. I had a bassinet that has been used since the 70s by all my cousins, myself, and now all our babies (it gets passed around the family whenever a new baby is born). My daughter co-slept with me between my husband and I for the first month or two, then in the bassinet until she grew too big for it, THEN we put her in the pack-n-play in our room until she was about 7 or 8 months old. I'd suggest the mini crib because you keep it close to your bed if you're not comfortable with co-sleeping, and not have to buy anything else for the first year. Co-sleeping was great for breastfeeding, eventually I could sleep on my side while my baby nursed through the night.

E. and Baby P. said...

i vote for the co-sleeper! i used for both my kids and they were in it for 6 months.

Guro said...

We used the Leander cradle for our girl´s first 6 months. We had two ceiling hooks, one in our bedroom and one in the living room, and I simply moved the cradle into the living room in the morning. We didn´t use the stand, because our ceiling height is not that high. I don´t know if the Leander cradle is available in the US, but it is pretty commonly used in Scandinavia.

http://www.leander.com/products/cradle/photo-gallery#/sites/default/files/imagecache/gallery/vugge_m_bay.jpg

Jesse said...

do you have a pack and play? some of them now have the bassinet attachment, could work for awhile till you move and would still be handy for travel. i was not a fan of co-sleeping, but that might just be me. also have you considered fitting a bassinet in the closet or using a sectional in a corner of your bedroom to give you and hubby and baby some privacy from each other?

H said...

My 6 month old is still sleeping right next to our bed in a large jenny lind cradle and is far from outgrowing it. I love how easy it is to pop a dummy back in his mouth through the bars of the cradle when I'm in a sleepy stupor. When we stay at my mum's overnight sometimes he sleeps in a porta-crib with a bassinet attachment and that is actually even better... uglier, but better ;) I highly recommend something that the baby won't grow out of easily. Small bassinets and moses baskets only last a few months.

babymama said...

Pack and Play (we used for the first four weeks then it went to grandmas and he still loves it), or mini crib (moved him into his own room/closet at four weeks and he still sleeps there at four months, but it would have worked in our room too). I didn't breastfeed though.

Melissa T. said...

I use my co-sleeper for every babe, but they outgrew it at 1-2 months when they start to roll. My sister-in-law uses a mini crib still, so you might get more use out of that.

chopsuey said...

Have you heard of the sleep nest? Just a little thing that goes in the bed, between the pillows and helps protect the baby. We have a small house and a tiny bedroom so it was perfect. We'd definitely use it again.

Our daughter slept with us for the first six months in this and it was safe and so cosy. Plus it was easy to pack if we went away for the weekend. (on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Delight-Snuggle-Beige-White/dp/B005TI3NJS/ref=sr_1_3?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1363019831&sr=1-3&keywords=sleep+nest)

Mairéad said...

The mini crib. We are due our second baby soon and need to have it in our room for at least 6 months until baby one is ready to give up his cot bed! He grew out of a moses basket by 3 months so a crib is definitely a longer term option.

moseyblog said...

I have been debating the exact same thing as you, as we're living in a tiny 1 bedroom in Brooklyn, and our 1st baby is expected in June. I'm torn between the mini crib and a full size crib. Since we won't be able to move for about 2 years though, I think I've decided the smoosh the full size crib in our little bedroom... I'm sure whatever you decide will work just fine!

H said...

On second thoughts, this is crappy advice. Who knows what your baby will be like... borrow/craigslist a porta-crib, bassinet or co-sleeper for when baby comes home from hospital and then decide on a permanent option when you've figured out what your needs are. No point investing in a cosleeper if you bring home a loud, disruptive sleeper who you need to wheel into the hallway every night!

Marcy Allen said...

The co-sleeper was a perfect way to go for us. We used the arm's reach one that you have pinned and our little boy slept in our room next to my side of the bed until he was almost 5 months. I loved being able to reach over and grab him for feeding and then tuck him right next to me in the sleeper without fear of rolling over him in the bed. Plus it has wheels so you can move it to another room no problem (we didn't attach it to the bed, it stayed in place just fine without). And you can bring the dropped side up to make a play pen which I used on trips (it is more compact than a normal sized play pen)until he was 9 or 10 months. It was a very worthwhile investment and we will use it again when we have a second child! Marcy

KKat79 said...

We are a family of devoted co-sleepers, so the question is easy for us...in our bed:)

Seriously, this sleep deprivation thing that new parents talk about - I have no idea what it is. The new baby (we have two so far) always just snuggles in by mama and nurses all night. I imagine that the co-sleeper might offer the same benefits but not cross that line for those that do not want to share a bed with baby.

Mary Jo said...

We are using the arms reach cacoon, so in love with it for our 3 month old who is on our room. Not sure when we will move her into her shared room with big sister who is 3 1/2 years old. Our room is tiny and this is small enough and being soothed by her own movement has been awesome, such a better sleeper than big sister was.

Kathryn said...

Not like I have any idea, but we're I think we're going to start out with the Arms Reach co-sleeper and see how it goes...

Rebecca said...

I also used the arm's reach co-sleeper and think that it's great for all the reasons that everyone else has mentioned. Our kiddos each stayed in our room in the co-sleeper until around 8 months. The question then though, is where to next? If you get the co-sleeper, will you feel like you also need a mini-crib once the new baby transitions out of co-sleeping or do you think you can transition from co-sleeper to bed?

In the case of our 2nd, our big girl moved into a bed in time for the younger one to move into the crib so the co-sleeper really was the perfect solution for us (and we bought ours lightly used on Craigslist! cheap!)

Sara said...

We used a co-sleeper for the first 5 months and loved it! It can also be used as a portable crib for trips which is handy.

RitaMarie said...

OH! Love that mini crib. Just love it!

Mary Strecker said...

we have the alma mini crib and used it for both our boys. our youngest is 9 months and is still in it. however, he's a big guy and fills it up pretty good. (our youngest slept in it for a good year) i suppose if we had bumpers for the crib, it would be a bit more comfortable for him... i really recommend this, though, since you can potentially keep the new baby in it for longer than a year, even! i know that sometimes moving doesn't happen as quickly as you plan, so this gives you some wiggle room. plus, the coconut fibers mattress is amazing!

Anna Shindler said...

Co Sleeper, for sure! I've used one for all 3 kids. Packs up easy for travel and has two height settings so they can use it for awhile!

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Megan Tatum said...

I used the Arm's Reach mini co-sleeper. It's compact enough for a small space but still big enough to fit an infant for many months. We used it with my son until he was six months old (probably a little too long, but I loved having him so close to us!). I think it's a great option and intend to use it again for #2 due in August. Good luck!

Anne-Marie said...

Our whole family agrees that our cosleeper gets us a LOT more sleep than a crib would! Our pediatrician loves it because I've recently needed help sleeping with some postpartum emotional trouble, so baby can be "in bed" with us but totally safe whether I've taken a sleep aid or not. And he doesn't even wake up to nurse. His little hungry wiggles & noises wake me up (obviously it's a mild sleep aid!) & I bring him into bed to nurse. Pop him back in the cosleeper when he's done--never have to hear him cry!

cristie said...

when we travel up north my mother-in-law has the Babyletto Grayson Mini Crib.
basically the same as the mini crib you have shown above but it's on wheels so it makes it easy to move if we need to. it's worked out great so far, although, we won't be able to use it for much longer.

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

My son slept on a bassinet for his first 3 months and I loved it, because it was very convenient at night and I could just move it around the apartment during the day. Having said that, it was only for 3 months. So, if you're planning to live in that same apartment for a little bit longer than that I would go with the mini crib, I think it would be the right choice given your circumstances ;)

Raiana S @ lifeSTYLE said...

We have that exact co-sleeper you pictured. We love it! Our babe is 6 months and still fits so I am in no rush to switch out, because we are in your position - two bedrooms and an 18 month old whose sleep I dont want to interupt by adding a 6 month old not sleeping through the night into the equation!

melissamurphy said...

I would say the mini crib. I know my girls grew out of their bassinet very quickly and I would think they could grow out of the co-sleeper quickly as well (although I never used one).

Tamara Laird said...

We had a crib in our son's nursery, where I promised myself we would have him sleep. He ended up in a pack and play at the foot of our bed for about 8 months (and if we are being really honest, sometimes in the middle of our queen size bed between my husband and myself after mid- night feeds. And okay, really honest, he's pushing a year old and this still happens often.) Now he always goes to bed in his crib in his own room. Our situation was made difficult because we moved across the country when he was less than 3 months due to my hubby's job. And between traveling at least once a month and having house guests, we don't have a very routine life, we just kinda go with the flow.

My advise: mini crib, should make transition to crib easier? And maybe have the co-sleeper for those middle of the night feedings where you don't want to take baby back to bed.

Megan said...

The co-sleeper. We live in a tiny one-bedroom and it was a lifesaver. If you are breastfeeding its a great option - you just roll right over!

Anabel said...

I'm due in July with my first child... We're planning on the co-sleeper as of now, but I can't breastfeed due to the medication I'm on, so... we'll see. I'm also hoping to do the French thing ( a la Bringing Up Bebe) and have him sleeping through the night by 8-12 weeks... cross your fingers!

Maureen said...

My daughter is three months and she doesnt sleep in the crib, cosleeper or pack and play. She only sleeps in her car seat!

southfeasterdelphia said...

Mini-crib if you need it for the whole year! The co-sleeper is only suggested from newborn to 5 months. We will use our mini co-sleeper until the new baby sleeps well enough to join his/her big sister in their shared room. Although, I have no plans to attach the co-sleeper to our bed, so we will keep all sides up. I don't really like co-sleeping, it makes me nervous. We used the co-sleeper as a pack n' play downstairs with our first baby, and I didn't feel comfortable leaving her in it much past 3-4 months.

Little Hiccups said...

I'm in a similar situation trying to work out bedding solutions except that I'm pregnant with my third and live in a two bedroom apartment! Finding a three bedroom place in my area is out of the question due to incredibly high rents (an extra bedroom easily adds an extra $1000 to the monthly rent - eek!) so it looks like we'll just have to squish in. I'm thinking of going with the co-sleeper to start with as it seems the most space efficient. My two year old daughter still sleeps in her crib, which has been converted into a junior bed, and I have just purchased bunk beds for my six year old daughter. I plan to have number three in the co-sleeper for as long as possible and then move him/her into the crib in the girls' bedroom and my two year old can move to the bottom bunk. Fingers crossed it works!
My two daughters both slept in the bassinet part of their stroller for the first six months. I kept the stroller next to my bed for night feeds and it could easily be moved into another room if needed. I sold that stroller a while back and the current one I have doesn't have a bassinet attachment so I won't be able to do that again. If you have a stroller with a bassinet attachment that's safe for sleeping in that could always be another option for you.

Andrea F said...

I'm an apartment mother of 2 kids, a 1 yr old and a 4 y.o. I'd suggest using a bassinet for the first while next to your bed. We used the one that came with our stroller and bought a little stand for it.

I am a big supporter of the baby being in your room for the first 6 months min and up to 1 yr as a norm. We ended up bed sharing with the baby to make breastfeeding easier and also to keep things quiet over night and not wake up the older one (apartment living can be loud at 3 AM with a baby!).

Good luck!

Dina @ Honey + Fitz said...

I have that exact co-sleeper. Used it with #1 and currently using it with #2. I love the convenient of having them so close but still safe in their own space. BUT for you I think I would go with the mini crib. It's flexible in that you can use it beside the bed and move it around to other rooms. Plus you can use it longer than the co-sleeper which baby will outgrow in a few months...and then you'll be back to square one with this debate!

FreestoneFam said...

We used the co-sleeper for both girls for the first several months and then on trips as a crib b/c it converts to a playpen type of sleeper. I loved it!

Nikita said...

Mini crib.. I used a cradle for my son, and it didn't last very long, 6 months top, by the time he knew how to grab the sides.. it was trouble. Also, tried the co-sleeper but eventually he just ended up in bed with me anyway and almost two years later... he's still there.

Sydney said...

The co-sleeper looks great. The bassinet looks a little dangerous for a babe that starts moving around.

Katherine - Real Food Runner said...

Congrats on baby #2!

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Offer KINDNESS. Choose GENEROSITY. Give LOVE! said...

We aren't co-sleeping fans at all but every family is different so you ahve to do what works for you.
I'd say the mini crib?
Or even a pack & play (easy to pack up, take with you, put in a closet, and good for new baby by your bed and growing baby by your bed without being IN your bed?
GOod luck, very exciting!!

Jakeandjess said...

Get a pack n' play. We used ours for the first 3-5 months, switching between co sleeping and the pack n' play.

NotesFromAbroad said...

I like the idea of the co-sleeper but I think the mini-crib is a smarter option.
There is also have a little boy coming in July in my family .. and we have all the same questions ..

Margaret said...

arm's reach (or whatever you used for toby when he was a newborn). toby will be ready for a big-boy bed by 2.5-3, and the new baby can get the crib. try to move toby out a few weeks/months before the new baby takes over his old bed. that's what we did and it was no problem.

Amanda said...

Loved the co-sleeper and will be using it for my second baby, too. I loved being able to just roll over and get the baby to nurse in the middle of the night. I have the mini co-sleeper because that's all that would fit in our room, but the larger one is the size of a portable crib and we used one at my parents' house when we visited until he was about 2.

Rebecca Stokes said...

We have a 2 BR house and our firstborn was 2 y.o. when baby brother came along. We kept #2 in our room in a crib for 1.5 years. It was not ideal, but then again, what can you do when you can't afford a new place or want to move? We moved #2 in the same crib into the boys' bedroom and crossed our fingers that he would sleep through the night and not wake big brother. It was a tough first week but then both boys got used to the new space. I believe that having them learn to sleep with the noise of another person will make them more adaptable to new sleeping situations in the future (e.g. sleepovers, camp, college-ugh!). They enjoy sharing the room now and if they could, would sleep in the same bed! (The youngest is still in his crib.) Good luck and know that everything will work out!

Alli said...

I'd go with a Pack n Play with the 3 levels so the crib can grow with the baby. It's small enough, and you probably already have one anyway!

izp said...

Mini crib. That's what I basically used (it was a portable crib and so it was small,) until 8 weeks or so, when I moved baby to her regular crib. Ask your pediatrician's advice. Ours said that having baby nearby for on-demand feedings at first was a great idea (and I found that to be true,) but as baby gets older she can smell mom really well, and so the idea was she would not sleep if she knew I was right there. Transitioning her then to her own crib in her room meant that she could learn to sleep when she didn't need to be fed, and she'd call me when she was hungry. And that way she gets used to her own room soon. Good luck!

Vivian Kelly said...

i had the co-sleeper on my registry, and 2 gfs emailed me to tell me to take it off because they hated it. they also said it's a pretty big purchase to use just for a few months.
we ended up using a pack and play that had a bassinet attachment. we loved it! the bassinet attachment is larger than the one you pictured in the post, so baby was able to sleep in it until we moved her to her room (4 months) and she still had room to grow in it. the pack and play also had a diaper changing attachment, so i was able to feed baby and change her diaper in the middle of the night without ever having to get out of bed! now my LO is 15 months, and we bring it to my parents house when we visit and i also put her in it for some independent play time without having to worry about her walking all over the house.

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phyllis said...

Definitely mini crib, and a convertible one if you want to extend its life beyond the one year! Our 23 month old has been in our room since birth and has used a mini crib that entire time. Granted she's a little too tall/big for it now but we'll be transitioning her into her own room and toddler bed come May, since we're also expecting a little one in July. Then we'll have the little one in the mini crib though we probably won't have her in our room quite as long as our first :)...we'll start rooming them together once the baby starts sleeping through the night, at a minimum once she's past 6-7 months!

MomOfZane said...

We used a moses basket, what a great decision it was. When it was time for our little man to move to his own bed we just put the moses basket into his cot, never had issues moving him to his own room because his bed remained the same. When he outgrew the moses basket we got an oversized carry cot.

The moses basket was also great for moving him from room to room and especially for dinner dates because he hated his car seat.

Gretchen said...

Co-sleeper, all the way! We used that with our first until he was 6 months, and plan to do the same when we add the second to our tiny apartment. I used it attached to the bed, but I've had 2 friends borrow it since who both used it as a freestanding bassinet. Its great that you have both options. You don't have that with a mini crib or regular bassinet!

Christy said...

Mini crib or a pack n play. Both portable, easy to move from room to room and collapse and store when needed. I have the cariboo and love it, but my babies only used it for 2-3 months. It is beautiful but not that sturdy and since you want at least 6 months of use, not practical at all in your case.

andwontonmakesthree said...

We used a co-sleeper for a while with our first, and then got a king-sized bed and the co-sleeper no longer fit in our bedroom, so he moved into the bed with us until he was around 6-7 months old. We'll keep our next kiddo in bed with us for probably the same amount of time.

6ix Feet High said...

If you have limited space in your bedroom, this is a great option, as it is compact (more compact than the arm's reach co-sleeper) and you can rent it! http://www.babybunk.com/

Mindy said...

I'd say either the co-sleeper or the mini crib. I am in the same position although I live in a shotgun double in New Orleans which make things even more complicated because we have to walk into our son's bedroom in order to use the bathroom! Anyway, we plan to use the pack and play with the bassinet insert and a nap nanny which is what we used for our first baby. I co-slept for a long time with my first so I am also considering the co-sleeper. It's tough to decide!!! I figure we'll start with what we have and then move to something else if it doesn't seem to be working. Love the blog btw!!

mohaus said...

We used the Fisher Price Rock N Play Sleeper for the first 4 months in our bedroom. It is lightweight, takes up very little room and folds up flat. It is also perfect for traveling -- we didn't purchase a cumbersome pack n play until after 6 months. We loved this thing!

Lynden Laundry said...

With our third we had a similar sleeping issue and ended up buying a bassinet to keep right near the bed in our room. It was great too because the top part could detach from the stand and was like a little basket that we could move around the house to lay him in..which was nice sometimes opposed to laying him on the floor for his two brothers and the dog to get at him while I folded clothes or ate lunch. Then if he fell asleep we could just click it back on the stand without having to actually move HIM, just the bassinet top and the base stayed put in the bedroom. VERY convenient and I totally recommend finding an option like that!

Lynden
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ascheele said...

The Rock and Play worked great for me, but don't you already have the BabyBjorn travel crib? I think that would probably work for a little tiny one, and it takes up as little room as a cosleeper or pack and play.

Andi said...

I'd go for the mini-crib for longevity purposes. Good luck! :)

Mommy Lisa said...

I had the cosleeper and wouldn't have changed that for the WORLD. Yes, it is more challenging getting out of bed in the morning, but if you breastfeed....it is a godsend.

Kj Loeffler said...

We used the Bed Nest from the UK- it's so beautiful and practical! You can keep it right along side of the bed, then fold down the side to pull baby into bed for night feedings. You can also adjust the height and angle of height (ie- if baby's head is better a bit higher than feet). The bassinet can be moved to the floor or other rooms, and it all folds up into a neat carrying bag! It's a little pricey but worth the investment!
http://www.bednest.com/

heather said...

I used the co-sleeper and it worked well for us. Our younger daughter stayed there for about three months, while we transitioned our older daughter into her big girl bed, and then used the crib for our second daughter. But by all means, borrow one!! No one uses them for more than six months or a year, so I am positive if you put word out you could find one readily. (I lent mine to a friend, but it is still floating around NJ, and if you want me to track it down, I'd be happy to!) Then you can see if it works for you, and if not, then buy the minicrib or pack n play. Obviously, by the range of responses here, they all work, it just comes down to space and personal preferences. But do not be afraid to have your kids share a room. While there may be some adjustment period, it will work, and will probably make all of you very happy. I think it is great for siblings to share a space.

jenblossom said...

We used the Arm's Reach mini co-sleeper for our son (now 17 months), and we'll use it again for our second baby (due in late October). We loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone with a limited amount of space.

AnneHD said...

I second this! Our daughter slept in a cosleeper like this for her first 6 1/2 months and we loved it.

Mary said...

My sister is a city dweller, and she loved having a bassinet on wheels for those early months. Being able to move the baby around as necessary was really helpful.

Lindsey (urbanmums) said...

I have the Alma mini crib and it is SO great. We wheel it around to different rooms, but it lasts much longer than a bassinet or moses basket would. My little man is 7 months (a good size baby) and I definitely think we'll make it to the year mark in it. After that it might get tricky though.

Alison August said...

Bassinets are very cute, but if I recall correctly my daughter outgrew hers around three months. I'd say mini-crib. That way if you move him (I said him? Just came naturally... weird) into Toby's room at 6 months he'll still have his own bed, and you won't be looking for another sleeping solution.

cora87rs said...

what did you do with Toby?

Victoire said...

We are in a similar situation and what we did was left the toddler in her room all set up (transitioned her into a toddler bed before the baby came, one less thing to do!) and then bought the Bugaboo stroller with the infant day bed. At two months its still perfect for the baby and with the rolling board attachment its perfect for outings with both kids without taking the whole side walk.

The bugaboo is the best space saver we found.

Good luck
(this is my first time ever commenting on a blog of a stranger!)
Katie

Lady Grey said...

I say skip the bassinet. They outgrow them so quickly and always have these flimsy little mattresses (my boy would wake up the second I'd lay him down in his, but this wouldn't happen in a crib or in our bed). The co-sleeper or mini crib are much better options in my opinion.
xo

Unknown said...

We LOVE the BabyHome Dream cot. My son is 5 weeks old and sleeps so so well in it. I love that you can change it from rocking, to wheels, to stand still. And its super attractive and not "baby" looking at all. The mattress is very low down so that it can be used for awhile but with a newborn I wanted it higher up for easier picking up and laying down so I had a piece of foam cut to raise the mattress up!

Check it out http://www.giggle.com/nursery-decor/bassinets-moses-baskets/BabyHome-Dream-Cot/BBH112101,default,pd.html?start=3&cgid=nursery-decor-bassinets-moses-baskets

Also they sell it at buybuybaby and if you pick up one of those 20% off coupons at Destination Maternity, you can get it for less!

leah ruth said...

i have that bassinet! it is really sweet and it worked for the first 6 months, but i think i would have gotten more use out of a mini crib (and i think the one pictured from bloom is awesome!). now that i have one in a convertible crib (turns into a toddler bed), i think i may need to buy another little crib anyway if i plan on having another any time soon.

Unseasoned Cook said...

We used the exact same co-sleeper and absolutely loved it! So much more stylish than most co-sleepers and can be converted into a little wooden bench for the munchkins afterwards! Genius. I also can not recommend co-sleeping highly enough. Makes night time feedings so simple and snuggling even easier.

Susan said...

LOVED our co-sleeper. Perfect size, they can fit into it for quite awhile, plus you can snap off two of the feet on the legs so the bed is at angle (great for a newborn with digestive issues :) ) AND it has wheels so can be rolled around if needed!!

Susan said...

The other great thing with the Within Arm's Reach co-sleeper--is that you can put the sides up on the co-sleeper and it doesn't have to be right next to your bed great for when the baby is sleeping through the night.

Sara said...

We used the fisher price rock n' play sleeper. It is great- nice small fortprint, easily folds for the car, closet, or moving from room to room. Its on rocking legs so when the baby kicks or wiggles they can soothe themself back to sleep. It's cheap(!!) and we got 5 months use out of it, and only transitioned our daughter out because we were reclaiming our bedroom. It's good until baby can sit up on their own.

Oblio and Arrow said...

I was totally obsessed with our Rock n Play sleeper from Fisher Price. Its not fancy or super cute, but its tiny, lightweight and can be carried from room to room if you want to keep an eye on baby while you work in the kitchen and he/she is asleep. The slight incline position keeps them on their back (for safety!) and seemed to help my Ellie sleep through the night so much better. When baby startles or moves in the night, their motion causes it to sway a little (or you can rock it with you arm from the side of your bed) to help them go back to sleep! It folds flat so you can store it ANYWHERE! We took it everywhere we visited with friends that first year and it made traveling so easy! I have gotten it for/recommended it to 3 friends and all of them love it as much as I did! Its only about $50 and lasted us until Ellie was at least a year old. ITs max weight is 25lbs!! http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Newborn-Rock-Sleeper-Yellow/dp/B002M77N22

Alecia McLochlin said...

Definitely recommend a Pack n' Play, or foldable travel crib. It works well into toddlerhood (Our son who is Toby's age still uses it on trips) and can be folded up to make more room when needed. For the first 6 months you can keep it in your room next to the bed (with the infant insert to make it higher and easier to reach baby). Then it can be moved to Toby's room when they share a room later on. The plus is that it will take up much less space than a crib and allow more play space on the floor in their room. (Even better, get a mini loft bed for Toby when he moves to a bed. Ikea sells a great one that isn't too high, but still allows play space underneath -- or even putting the baby bed underneath to create a bunk situation. Hope this helps.

In my opinion, I would stay away from a very specific co-sleeper since they are so limited in how much you can use them for a very specific time. At least with a foldable crib or Pack n' Play, you can travel with it and it can still be used into toddlerhood.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I'd vote co-sleeper. They have ones that clip-on to side of beds depending on bed model, I think. However, the option I'm going for is using the mini Graco pack n play that we used to let our first nap in as an infant. We used it close to a year.

nadia said...

Mini crib all the way! Most you can wheel about and they last so much longer :)

xo Nadia

emilyg123 said...

we loved our alma mini crib and it was perfect in our one-bedroom condo. but our baby wouldn't sleep in there until he was about 3 or 4 months for some reason. we used the co-sleeper until then.

Laura said...

I would maybe purchase the co-sleeper or the bassinet. Is Toby ready for a toddler or twin bed? That way the baby could just move into Toby's crib when he/she is ready. I just moved my two year old son into a toddler bed this weekend and he's doing great. It came with a bed rail and I would highly recommend that. Good luck!

Shasta said...

I have a bassinet in our room that will be scooted up right to the side of the bed once Rylie is born (next Monday!!!). I would definitely go with a co-sleeper or bassinet. At least until she's ready for an actual crib.

Unknown said...

Also in a two bedroom apt in nyc and we went with the co-sleeper. Served same function as the minicrib, which we also considered, at a third of the price. Follwed same plan, kept Baby 2 in our room for 6 months and then moved her into Toddler 1's room - now that was an interesting process . . .

ScottandSherry Peace said...

Am I really the only one who has SID concerns over all of the flimsy, plastic co-sleepers and bassinets (and especially pack and plays) that have fabric and mesh instead of the recommended and properly placed slats of cribs with no fabric beyond a flat sheet? We got a babyletto bassinet: http://www.babyletto.com/bowery-bassinet/. Safer and smaller than a crib, so perfect for the parents bedroom. It is solid and not flimsy and light weight like so many co sleepers and bassinets (I hope no one who uses those has a dog or young child, because those could be turned over in a second!), plus fits in more with established SIDs guidelines. Bonus: later on you can take the top part off and use it as a toy chest.

Carol said...

You should put a big mattress on the floor and all sleep together!

Liesbeth said...

When I was pregnant for my first Son I thought Co-sleeping was onze bridge to far. But after to weeks I took him with me in bed... The only way to sleep then. Now he's 5 months old, and I still breastfeed, even though I startend working again. So Co-sleeping is a life saver when he does growth spurts. My husband moves to the couch and my Son sleeps with me in bed. For a next baby I definitly want a cosleeper to put next to our bed! It really helps that you don't have to get up every time.
Enjoy your pregnancy! Hope everything Goes well for you and the baby.

Sarita said...

We used the Phil and Teds Nest (http://www.amazon.com/phil-teds-Nest-Compact-Beige/dp/B004IYFMCK/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1363033009&sr=1-1&keywords=phil+and+teds+nest) for the first 6 months for our daughter, who has always been at the 50 percentile in her length and weight. it was very convenient for nighttime and around the house, and because we travel a lot it was essential we could easily take it on the plane or car without too much hassel.

Anna Louisa said...

I love the idea of the Leander! When I checked it wasn't available in the US - but it's good to hear that it's so commonly used elsewhere. I really want one!

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kimsukie said...

I used a bednest http://www.bednest.com/ for my second. He was in it until 6 months, then moved into his 2.5 year old sister's room, but that was such a disaster he moved back into our room in a cot (UK) (crib in US?) and he is still there now at 9 months. Now that he finally is sleeping through the night reliably, I'll put him in it in his sisters room again in a month or so.

If my experience is anything to go by (and it may not be), you get so worried about disturbing the 1st born's sleep (if they're a good sleeper) that you do all sorts of crap to not let the baby disturb them and then make matters worse! Go for the biggest thing that'll fit in your room as long as possible, and have a back up thing somewhere else in the apartment.

kimsukie said...

actually you know what, the big mattress on the floor comment is a really good one. sleep is king. if you ain't sleeping, nothing else matters. and ours was crap with no 2. i have friends who moved all their wardrobes into the halls and got the biggest bed they could for them, toddler, and baby.

Home Sweet Style said...

I tried that exact co-sleeper the first time around, and it stressed me out. The straps always loosened, so it never felt tight against our bed. I was terrified the baby would get wedged between the co-sleeper and the bed while I was sleeping - it felt like a SIDS nightmare. Also, you still have to lift the baby over the "lip" to get him/her into your bed, so it wasn't like you could just reach in and pull them over to you - you still need to sit up and pick them up - it just wasn't the experience I envisioned. And, the mattress isn't any different than a pack and play. So for #2, I used our existing pack and play in our bedroom, at the foot of the bed. It was perfect, and we kept it there for 3-4 months, until we transitioned her into a crib in her own bedroom.

The second time around, I knew how quickly the babies move through each phase, and knew better than to get seduced by all of the beautiful gear on the market (although if money were no object, I would have LOVED the look of the bassinet in my bedroom). Also, #2 grew so fast! She gained a pound a week for the first two months so having the standard size pack and play worked well for us - I don't think she would have physically fit into the co-sleeper or bassinet for more than a month or two.

Home Sweet Style said...

I tried that exact co-sleeper the first time around, and it stressed me out. The straps always loosened, so it never felt tight against our bed. I was terrified the baby would get wedged between the co-sleeper and the bed while I was sleeping - it felt like a SIDS nightmare. Also, you still have to lift the baby over the "lip" to get him/her into your bed, so it wasn't like you could just reach in and pull them over to you - you still need to sit up and pick them up - it just wasn't the experience I envisioned. And, the mattress isn't any different than a pack and play. So for #2, I used our existing pack and play in our bedroom, at the foot of the bed. It was perfect, and we kept it there for 3-4 months, until we transitioned her into a crib in her own bedroom.

The second time around, I knew how quickly the babies move through each phase, and knew better than to get seduced by all of the beautiful gear on the market (although if money were no object, I would have LOVED the look of the bassinet in my bedroom). Also, #2 grew so fast! She gained a pound a week for the first two months so having the standard size pack and play worked well for us - I don't think she would have physically fit into the co-sleeper or bassinet for more than a month or two.

Imogen Eve said...

I was in the exact same predicament last year. We already had a bassinet, so I used that to begin with. My first born grew out of the bassinet at 4 months, so I was counting down, thinking I'd have to find an alternative. My second, however, was both smaller and physically slower than the first - she didn't start pulling herself up to sitting until 7 months - so was able to stay in the bassinet until then.

That said, I wouldn't count on a bassinet for that long, go for the mini crib or the co-sleeper, depending on what your sleep preferences are.

Lottie Loves said...

joanna, you should try the bednest, not sure if you can get them in the US but they are fantastic... i used ours with louis for the first 6 months and have since passed it on to two friends who have loved it.. it not only looks good but is actually really what you need... close (semi co) sleeping, allows super easy night time feeding, also easily movable and good to travel with / store away (it packs very flat) it has adjustable height so will fit next to most beds, and in the uk you can rent them if you can't afford to buy them. Can't recommend more... Check it out here... http://www.bednest.com...
charlotte
xx

missmehoneybee said...

Does the co sleeper drop down when the baby gets older? Pack n plays r great too. Nursing its great to have them as close as possible.

missmehoneybee said...

Does the co sleeper drop down when the baby gets older? Pack n plays r great too. Nursing its great to have them as close as possible.

Jennifer Duarte said...

I'd go for the mini-crib. Or as others here have suggested, the pack-n-play with the basinet insert - which is what we used for the first couple of weeks while we had grandparents helping (and taking up the baby's room).

studious said...

I slept in a laundry basket (with blankets!) the first few months of my life because it was easy to transport around the house, my parents were too poor for a bassinet....and most of all, I really loved it.

Brittney Baldwin said...

I have the co-sleeper and it's working great. We plan to transition to a Montessori floor bed when our baby out grows the co-sleeper.

Brittney Baldwin said...

I have the co-sleeper and it's working great. We plan to transition to a Montessori floor bed when our baby out grows the co-sleeper.

Lizzy said...

The co-sleeper only worked for us until about four months, when Mateo grew out of it. I think that you might get a max of six months; once your baby can sit up, you might worry that he will fall out. However, the nice part of it is that it has wheels (a bassinet is also portable) so you can sleep in your bed while your husband or mom watches the baby in the living room, but then you'd need to use the mini-crib when the baby is a bit bigger. If you only want to buy one infant bed, I'd get the mini-crib.

meagan said...

we have a two-bedroom in brooklyn, and we used the co-sleeper in our room for 5 months with our second (though we actually didn't attach it to our bed). it was nice and sturdy and small, though it held our guy (who was on the large side) just fine. at five months, we did a few nights of sleep-training and then moved him into the room with his big brother, who was very anxiously awaiting his roommate -- and it's gone so much more smoothly than i ever imagined. our little guy is now 18 months, and when we talk about them one day having their own rooms, our oldest insists that they will NEVER want their own rooms. :) good luck to you!! xx

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

My nine month old is still sleeping in our room (though that's getting old.) we had him in a Arms reach mini cosleeper (which I loved) until he became able to climb out of it (fairly recently) and then we moved him into a pack n play in our room (recommend Graco Travel Lite - it's nice and compact). I'd also recommend the Fisher Price Sleep and Play - not for nighttime, but in general to put the baby down - it folds up and can be easily moved from room to room (I just listed it in my post of genius baby product recommendations)

Emily Wachelka said...

Hi Jo!

We used a babybay: http://www.amazon.com/BabyBay-Maxi-Cot-Natural-Varnished/dp/B00AN3DI9E/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1363040184&sr=8-3&keywords=babybay

It's a co-sleeper but made of wood. In Germany it costs much less though - perhaps it can be sourced for less?

Good luck!

Emily

Page said...

Hey dude! Our baby slept in an Arm's Reach co-sleeper by the side of our bed for the first 4 months, which I might not do next time because I tended to hop up and tend to her INSTANTANEOUSLY, which now strikes me as understandable but a rookie mistake. But many people love this option, and the co-sleeper itself was great. Then at 4 months we moved her to an Alma Papa crib in a closet. (We took the door off the closet, and a kind and crafty friend made a curtain using blackout fabric. Previous closet contents went into a storage unit, which we rationalized as a temporary expense.) We moved when she was 8 months old, but she could have stayed in there another year, probably. I have found that the crib, by Bloom (who I think also make the orange mini-crib pictured above) is pretty durable, versatile and great, and she is still comfortable in it despite being gigantic. Congrats and good luck!

SMS said...

I'm 3 months pregnant and plan to get something like this to put next to our bed for the first few months (http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Deluxe-Rock-Portable-Bassinet/dp/B0092YYGGY/ref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp) and then transition to a montessori type floor bed. I like the Kura from Ikea, which you can turn upside down for a toddler, or make it to a bunk if you want for an older child. Here's a site with what I had in mind of how it would work for a baby: http://thecrunchylion.blogspot.com/2011/10/from-cradle-to-bed.html

Lisset said...

Co-sleeper! We even got the larger version so we could convert it into a play yard or lower crib when baby got bigger. Now kid number three is using it and I'm not nearly as sleep deprived thanks to having her so close at night.

Anna said...

With our first, we had a big crib but never used it. He slept in the bed with us and it was so convenient - no sleep deprivation at all. Then we transitioned him straight to a twin mattress in his own room at 18mo. But the transition was hard. I'm 7mo pregnant with our second guy and this time I think we'll cosleep until 4months and then sleep train in the crib. But we'll see how it goes! I would love a baby hammock/Leander, but we can afford it. We did get a lot of use out of the Moses basket, so we'll probably use that again too. I'm not sure how it will go with a toddler and a newborn!

chelsea said...

I loved using the co-sleeper, but felt like it had a surprisingly short shelf-life when we had to move our mobile(ish) and very determined four-month old to a crib because we were worried for his safety and co-sleeping didn't work for us. It was amazing during those early months though.

nicole said...

We're expecting our first baby in June and we've opted for a mini co-sleeper. It's larger than a bassinet so you'll get more use out of it but it's also not quite the eye sore that the regular sized co-sleeper. Once we brought it home we set it up just to check out and it's a keeper. Hope our baby likes it!

nicole said...

We're expecting our first baby in June and we've opted for a mini co-sleeper. It's larger than a bassinet so you'll get more use out of it but it's also not quite the eye sore that the regular sized co-sleeper. Once we brought it home we set it up just to check out and it's a keeper. Hope our baby likes it!

Samantha said...

I am pregnant now and I am worrying about the same thing. It is my first baby so I don't know how I'll feel. Our bedroom is upstairs and the extra room for the nursery is all the way downstairs. So my current plan is that we will set up a full nursery downstairs, and the baby can nap down there. But at night for the first 6 months or so the baby will sleep next to our bed in a travel crib. That way we can use it for trips too and don't have to buy a bassinet and a travel crib. Then when the baby sleeps more or less through the night we can move them into their nursery. We also have another extra bedroom downstairs next to the nursery, so my husband and I might move down there for a while too. :) Hopefully it will all work out!

Not your goddess said...

I´d go for the co sleeper. The bassinet won't be safe after the baby starts sitting up and pulling him- or herself up, a crib that only lasts for the first year... waste of money I'd say...

Maddie said...

Definitely definitely I'd go for the mini crib. It's the one that would last the longest for your little! Our tiny lady who is now nine months grew out of the bassinet after four. She was in a large moses basket. I think that a cosleeper is cool (they don't have them in Australia yet) but you're going to want to move your baby out of your room eventually so they can sleep better. Plus, I bet you could easily resell your mini crib or have a garage sale because it's so chic.

eleanor said...

My son is 2 and he still happily sleeps in his minicrib!

Katherine said...

I would borrow one of the options from someone before buying any of the three. Our first slept so well in a co-sleeper which we sold on craigslist thinking we wouldnt have a second. when we changed our minds we bought another one without thinking twice. The new babe was not into it at all and preferred sleeping in her swing almost exclusively. Id wait until after the baby comes to decide what will work best for him/her and your space.

Megan said...

My cousins kid slept in a laundry basket for the first few months of his life...

Loveandasa said...

Oh, skip the Alma. We have that teeny-tiny crib and regretted that it wasn't nearly as functional as a co-sleeper - our baby started to seem outrageously tight in their by about 6 months. A friend borrowed the Alma next and her daughter outgrew it by about 4 months. Also, with stationary wooden sides it is really hard to get the baby lifted out of there to nurse him during the night, especially during those painful postpartum weeks. The organic bedding + shipping + mattress cover + coconut mattress + the actual crib = a really expensive crib for only about six months' use. We were lucky and moved to a bigger place at that time, transitioned the baby to a bigger crib, and were much wiser the second time around. (Walmart!)

asiajane said...

We had that very same cream-colored Arm's Reach cosleeper. It's lovely and practical. Of course, our 2nd baby would only sleep in a car seat for several weeks...

Clara Artschwager said...

Well I'm not a mom (yet) and have zero experience, but if we're going entirely based on appearance- I love that basinet!

Suz said...

With your baby due in July, you'd be a perfect fit to be a Roots of Empathy baby (www.rootsofempathy.org). This is a program that brings a baby and parent into the classroom in order to teach children about empathy. I've been an instructor for three years and have found it to be a truly beautiful experience. I know they started the program in NYC last year, so I know they'll be looking for more families next school year!

Suz said...

With your baby due in July, you'd be a perfect fit to be a Roots of Empathy baby (www.rootsofempathy.org). This is a program that brings a baby and parent into the classroom in order to teach children about empathy. I've been an instructor for three years and have found it to be a truly beautiful experience. I know they started the program in NYC last year, so I know they'll be looking for more families next school year!

ashley.and.graham said...

I used the co-sleeper with both of my girls for the first six months, and I ADORED being able to roll over and see them sleeping. I told my husband I was not going to get up and walk across the house to nurse a newborn multiple times a night, so the girls stayed in our room until they were only waking once or twice a night. I LOVED the co-sleeper and wish I could have kept them in it longer :)

Dani said...

I vote the mini crib!
Another commenter said it moves around easily, so there's that. The bassinet won't last as long and if you want to co-sleep a night or so you can put the baby in your bed (don't freak everybody), but have privacy when you want.

Carrie said...

Of the choices, I'd use a co-sleeper. Your baby can outgrow a bassinet fast and a crib can be pricey. We used a pack and play until we were ready to move our son to his crib and when he gets bigger, we'll use the pack and play for...well...playing.

Lucy and Lloyd said...

I cannot say enough about my Mini Co-Sleeper! It attached right to the side of my bed and made feedings so easy. I just rolled over and pulled him out into the bed with us. And he loved it! The mini was great as it slid right beside the bed and it has wheels so it could roll easily around the room or house/apartment.
www.lucyandlloyd.storenvy.com

Rachael said...

We used this thing for the first 4ish months of our baby's life and then just put her in our bed with a guard rail after.
http://m.target.com/p/summer-infant-by-your-side-sleeper/-/A-13680579

Trish said...

My husband and I are in the same tight situation. We used a mini crib that is still going strong at 18 months. I would highly recommend one.

True*Lu said...

Well, I have a little guy Toby's age and a now 6 month old. We kept our babe with us in our room til about 2 months, and then just decided to go for it and put both boys together in the same room. Our 2.5 year old is in a twin big boy bed, and the baby in the crib. Honestly, it was such an easy transition, I can't believe it! The baby has learned to sleep through Jude's cries for more water, etc. and also, Jude doesn't even wake up when I go in to nurse Leland. Our 2.5 year old is a pretty easy going kid, so I'm sure that helps. But I guess my advice is if you're thinking about sharing a room for your kids, GO for IT! You can always change if it doesn't work.

Excited for your little fam.

Samantha Swope said...

I personally don't believe in co sleeping. So if it was me I would go with the mini crib because come one, HOW CUTE IS THAT??
But this is really what would work well for your family! Do a little research and make the call!

Love your blog!

XX
Samantha Swope

http://chaos-perfected.blogspot.com

Anna Culp said...

I'd probably go mini-crib. I have the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper--mine wasn't angled, and didn't have squishy edges. I loved it because it allowed me to breastfeed without having to get up (I could stay half-sleeping), and I'm going to use it again with my second due in June. But it's smaller than a mini-crib, and I can't see it lasting more than a few months. I only used it for 10 weeks because then we moved my daughter into her crib in her room, though I'll probably use it longer this round, as we'll be in your same 3-yr-old and newborn in a 2-bedroom apartment situation. We're planning on getting my daughter a twin-size bed in a few months, and baby brother will take over her convertible crib. But I imagine that would be too tight a squeeze in NYC.

Alexandra Leigh said...

I have both the mini sleeper and that bassinet pictured, Australian? Much preferred the mini cosleeper. Travels not quite as easy as a graco but so convenient with airy sides to prevent suffocation. Love!

Erin Lindell said...

Ooh, a mini crib? Our completely average-sized baby grew out of her cradle/bassinet by 4 months, and we reluctantly moved her to her big crib. So that would've been nice! Also, I have a friend whose 18-month-old still sleeps in a cosleeper/sidecar crib and has plenty of his own space. So probably also a good option! :)

Anna Culp said...

I think it depends on what kind of sleeper the babe is, too, on how long he/she will fit in a bed. My daughter moves around so much in her sleep that although her crib which converted to a toddler bed is still long enough, it's not wide enough.

Katie said...

We have the bassinet that you have pictured above. Our baby is only 4 weeks old, and so far I've found it useful, but probably not any more useful than the cosleeper. First of all, you definitely need to get up and out of bed to get the baby out of it since it's an awkward height. Also, I thought that we'd be able to easily move it as you mentioned, but it hasn't really worked out. It's bigger than it looks in pictures and once it's set up, it's more of a pain to fold up than you'd think. The one thing that I'm still excited about is the fact that we can fold it up once our baby outgrows it and store it in a closet! I'd imagine living in a small apartment, that feature would be even more attractive! :-)

Lizzie Polish said...

YIKES. I would not have survived if the babies had slept in our room. The nicest thing was to have that little sanctuary where the baby was not allowed. We still invite the children into our room very rarely. If it is cuddle time we curl up on their beds. I don't know what to say. Honestly, give the baby your room and move your bed to the living room. At the very least keep the baby in another room during the night.

cassidyjane said...

I love that baby photo. I remember it from before and it's stuck with me. I'm always trying to capture a sweet photo of my baby man's behind now too!

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