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Postby Mellie_1233 » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:43 pm

My little girl will be 3 months next week. She is quickly outgrowing her bassinette. There is no space in our room for her full-sized crib and I am not ready to let her sleep in a different room from me. I've looked into co-sleepers but these have no safety regulations.

What alternatives are there for a small sleeping space that is JPMA certified (or something equivalent) for babies over 15 pounds!

Thanks! :D
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Postby CT_Michele » Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:27 am

mellie- what about a portable or mini crib? They sell them at babiesrus and I think they are similar in size, or a little big bigger than a bassinette, but hold up to like 50lbs.
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Postby TwinMommy » Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:01 am

Yup we have a portable crib and you can put the baby up higher. I do not like how the wiggle so much because it is like a rocking motion to the baby each time they move....woke mine up. I had to take that part off and just put them in the bottom of the portable crib. I sleep in the room with my girls in their crib...well I am in my own bed lol. I will not leave their room till they are sleeping through the night...
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Postby geckogirl » Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:11 pm

Mellie - We are experiencing the same thing so we are transitioning him to his crib. We let him sleep in the basinette with us until he wakes for his nightime feeding then we take him to his room and feed him and put him in his crib and then use the baby monitor to keep track of him. I think he sleeps lightly the second half of the night so being in his own room without us is quieter. It totally freaks me out and I sometimes end up sleeping in his room with him. We have a queen sized bed in his room along with his crib so that one parent can stay with him when necessary. He really likes his crib too, so that helps.
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Postby kholtan » Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:49 pm

It may be important to decide how much longer you think you will want to be in the same room. In our house we simply didn't have the room for anything in our bedroom so the babies room is so close I felt ok with putting them in there. I wouldn't say "I was ready" but I kind of got a kick in the pants that I am SOOOOOO grateful for now. My babies became EXCELLENT sleepers very early on and even still.

If it's only another month or so I would try the minimal approach but if it's longer I would do the small crib or something like that. Pack-n-play's are pretty small and may work also giving you a multiple use in the future.
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Postby TammyS » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:38 am

I felt the same way at first. However, because of the Angel Care Monitor...I was able to get over my fears and put Zach in his crib in his room much sooner than I ever thought I would. It is the best invention ever. It detects his breathing and an alarm sounds if he stops breathing or is shallow breathing within 20 seconds. Putting him in his crib now, with the Angel Care Monitor may be a good option for you. Then, later on ....you wont have to ween him out of your room. Just a thought. You buy the monitor at Babies R Us. It goes under his mattress and works like a charm. :D
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Postby Mellie_1233 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:55 pm

Thanks for the tips. :D

Tammy, I'm embarrassed to admit that I do have one of these monitors :oops: -- I'm just still too worried to have her alone in her room.

So far, the best thing I've found is a small portable crib. At least then we'll be able to use it when we go somewhere and the money won't seem like so much for just a couple of months.

If there are any other suggestions out there I'd love to hear them, though!
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Postby TammyS » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:24 pm

One more thought. I started out ...just putting Zach down for naps during the day in his crib. Kinda just getting a feel for it...and suddenly it became routine and I wasnt sooo scared anymore....and then we tried it at night with the monitor. Maybe it wouldnt be sooo scary to try it for naps first so that you can check in on him often. Just a thought. :D
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Postby riogirl71 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:01 pm

how about the arms reach co sleeper?
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Postby riogirl71 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:23 pm

HI Mellie - I was looking again at our co-sleeper (not the mini)and he still has a good few inches to go before it is too smal and he is a tall bean right now, I was wondering if you found something. Or you can always push your bed against the wall and have him there :)
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Postby bdantonio » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:30 pm

carter makes a bassinette that goes up to like 25 lbs my duaghter stayed in it for naps till like 6mths
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Postby Mellie_1233 » Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:36 am

Thanks for all the great ideas, ladies! This shows me that the perfect solution just isn't out there since I know one of you gals would know about it if it was :wink:

I am going to get her a JPMA certified playard and let her sleep in the bottom of that for awhile. My pediatrician said it was ok. Little peanut is about to burst out of the bassinet :D

Rio - I love the idea of a co-sleeper but we are hoping to transition her to her own room in a couple of months and she's such a good sleeper that I don't want to "rock the boat" by starting to co-sleep. Although I'm really tempted b/c she's just so cuddly :)
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