Friday, April 06, 2012

Co-sleeping vs Crib vs Bassinet

Our cat really likes to sleep with us. To the point where if we close our bedroom door he will meow insistently until the door is opened and we let him in. On occasion, in my sleep I will roll over onto his tail. And yet, he still chooses our bed to slumber.

So when it came to figuring out where our new baby would sleep her first few months of life, it was a pretty easy decision to remove co-sleeping from the mix.

That left the crib in her room or buying some sort of bassinet or cradle so she could sleep in our room, but not our bed.

Even though when she wakes up in the night and we have to change her diaper (in her room) and feed her (usually in the living room since it's close to the kitchen which houses her formula), I'm still really happy we decided on a bassinet.

That way, even when she does something as simple as roll over, if something is wrong we would know right away. Those first few weeks, especially when I'd check to make sure she was still breathing every 15 minutes (paranoid new parent much?) made it a lot easier to check on her FROM my bed versus getting up and going to her crib.

The bassinet we received as a gift for Hannah is called the Bily 2-in-1 Bassinet Bah Bah Baby. It has wheels, a canopy and a light for nighttime. Although the music it comes with is super creepy. After hours carnival while a clown is chasing you creepy.

I'm not too worried about transitioning her to her crib when she's too big for the bassinet, she already takes most of her naps in her room by herself so I hope that smooths the transition. 
Where did/will your newborn sleep?

1 comment:

  1. Ah! I can so relate to constantly checking on the baby in the early weeks (okay, months). I still check on her every night before I go to bed to make sure she is breathing! We put her crib in our room for the first 4 months. Then she started waking up when we'd come in the room so that's when we moved her to her own room. She did really well with the transition.


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