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February 28th, 2013, 07:58 AM
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I know a lot of us co-sleep, in which our baby is in our bedroom or close by. How many of you actually bed share?

Pippa has actually outgrown her bassinet, and her crib will not fit in our bedroom. Therefore, she is now in my bed the majority of the night. In the beginning it was one feed. Then it was a few. Now she is there all night. If I even roll over a few inches away, she slaps her hand around looking for me.

Does anyone have any safety tips? I have never had a baby sleep in my bed before.
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February 28th, 2013, 09:24 AM
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Been bed sharing from day one. It works great for us. I just make sure he has a pillow behind his butt if he's on my right side which puts him on the outside. I only pull the blanket up to my waist, if my arms are cold I wear a long sleeve shirt.
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February 28th, 2013, 10:05 AM
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We're still bed sharing. Ditto to Missa's suggestions.
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February 28th, 2013, 10:39 AM
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Rylan's crib is in my room and I put her in it at night as soon as she falls asleep but when she wakes up for her first feeding she ends up in bed with me the rest of the night. I pretty much do the same as the previous two ladies said they did when she's in bed with me.
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February 28th, 2013, 10:45 AM
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Sarah and I couch share. She starts the night out in her seat and I go to bed with Chris. When she wakes up (which is usually right when I freaking fall asleep) I come out and nurse her back to sleep and crash on the couch with her. Sometimes I'll bring her back to the bed but usually only on the weekends that Chris isn't working.
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February 28th, 2013, 10:57 AM
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We're still bed-sharing, too, though we're working on transitioning him to his room. I ditto Missa's suggestions too.

Also, I am always so aware of him being right next to me that I don't move a hair when I fall asleep. The downside is that every little thing he does wakes me up. Hence, finally starting the transition to his room since he does sleep more soundly now and is over 6 months old.
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February 28th, 2013, 11:31 AM
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Adalyn has been in our bed from day 1. I do try to get her in her crib in her room some nights, but when she's in our room she's in our bed. We have a King. She sleeps on the outside of me & I have a toddler rail up on my side if the bed... Once she's asleep, I move her as far over as possible. She usually wiggles her way back to me by her next feeding, buti still so it.
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February 28th, 2013, 02:42 PM
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Adrienne, I'm the same way. I wake up in the same position and sleep very lightly. Now that he's over six months and because I'm tired of never having a moment without children (I go to bed with them and Harper is also still in our bed) the crib is going up this weekend. It's going to be hard but I at least want him to start out in it at night even if he ends up in bed with me later.
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February 28th, 2013, 03:24 PM
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Any successful tips you guys have for transitioning would be much appreciated (sorry, not trying to hijack the thread)...I think half our issues could be solved by him sleeping in his crib but I am having a heck of a time transitioning him. I think he wakes me up by moving, which in turn wakes him up - its a vicious cycle.
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February 28th, 2013, 04:34 PM
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I put Rowan to bed in his crib then he comes to bed with me when I go to bed at night.

Here's a great article about co-sleeping:
How to Keep Your Baby Safe While Co-Sleeping | Atlanta Birth Center

I actually made a ridge on the outside of my bed by rolling up a large quilt tightly and putting it along the edge under the fitted sheet. I make sure it is nice and snug and won't move and the sheet is firmly in place and it keeps Rowan from rolling over the edge. Sometimes when I'm super tired and know I will be sleeping very hard (like after a long birth at work), I will make a palate for us on the floor because he can crawl right off the bed.
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February 28th, 2013, 04:53 PM
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been bed sharing since day one here too i have found that i put a pillow behind him and he sleeps literally in my arms so i have never had a problem with him havin a hard time with blankets whats good or me is good for him.
i am completely conscious every time i move if i have toshift or switch sides etc. sometimes he will push away from me and in that case i will put him on his own spot and he gets his own blanket between me and the wall when he gets to hot (wamr blooded just like his dad) we tried his big boy bed one night and that was it he was back with us in no time. we still both sleepbetter that way. he CAN sleep on his own he just prefers it with me.
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February 28th, 2013, 05:52 PM
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Baby in the middle, DH on the other side as a barrier. It seems so dangerous because she ends up all over the place lol. I'm trying to get her in the crib, but just not happening yet.
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February 28th, 2013, 05:58 PM
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We have since day 1. He sleeps in the middle and I only pull the blankets up to my waist. I use one small pillow and position him away from it. When DH goes to work he blocks his side with pillows, so he doesn't fall off.
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February 28th, 2013, 06:11 PM
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We are also transitioning and honestly, now that he is big I don't worry about safety at all other than using only one pillow. He sleeps between us so rolling off the bed isn't an issue.

The past 10 days we have started putting him in his crib but has only slept the whole night in his own room about 4 times.
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February 28th, 2013, 07:49 PM
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Emily has been in our bed since early on too. DH has pretty much resigned himself to the couch so it's just the 2 of us in the king size bed. I like to sleep with covers but what I do is let the covers dangle over the bed on the other side of me and tuck them under me on the side where Emily sleeps. I'm a really light sleeper and I always sleep on my side facing her from about a foot away with a hand on her or holding her hand. I also use a Snuza, just for added assurance.

I'm ready to transition too. Now that I'm temporarily a SAHM, I think I'm really going to focus on getting her into the crib so I don't have to worry about it when I start a new job.
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February 28th, 2013, 09:43 PM
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We bed share and have been doing it since day 1. Ditto to what the other ladies have said, plus I put my hair back and make sure i'm not wearing any jewelry. Marshall sleeps in my arms and I am a super light sleeper so any movement he makes wakes me up. My two year old is still in bed with us too, so we have quite the nighttime party going on.

This site has a lot of great tips and shares some of the benefits. Co-Sleeping: Yes, No, Sometimes? | Ask Dr. Sears®
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March 1st, 2013, 08:56 AM
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Connor has been in our bed from day 1 but he used to sleep part of the night in his crib. He'd wake up for his feeding and I'd put him in bed with me then for the rest of the night. Now he refuses to be in his crib at all. He hates it. We have a king size bed, DH is on one side, me on the other, Connor's in the middle curled right up to me all night. I don't move unless Connor does or if I sense DH moving around at all I'll make sure Connor is safe.
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March 1st, 2013, 10:59 AM
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Hannah falls asleep in her bassinet, but ends up in bed with us when she wakes up to eat. I do most of the same things others have mentioned already
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March 1st, 2013, 06:13 PM
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I co-sleep but we are hoping to transition to the crib soon. I either have him between me or, even though he has out grown the cop sleeper, I have him between me and that. That way god-forbid if he rolls he will roll into the cosleeper or daddy. Honestly he has never rolled anywhere... it is more for me and MY sleep
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March 1st, 2013, 07:25 PM
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Lots of co-sleepers! We do too, and have with all of them.
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