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October 1st, 2012, 11:49 AM
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So we have 99 percent of everything we need for Ares finally, which is a huge relief! But now I'm down to the last "big" item. For the life of me I can't decide if a co-sleeper is worth the money! I know I will be having him in bed with me anyways. Just not sure if the co-sleeper would be a huge help or just a waste of money and/or space. I don't have a ton of room in my bedroom for anything extra so I only want to get it if it's really worth it.

Anybody have any personal experience they can share? Anybody buy it and regret it? Or did everyone find it useful? Thanks!!


Oh and if you didn't use a co-sleeper,what did you do to make co-sleeping work for you and a newborn?
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October 1st, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Ok, there are a couple of different co sleepers. One is the one that you push up against your bed beside you.
I have a co sleeper that lays in the bed with me. I have this one:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Dr3YNV7OXv...0/s400/bed.jpg
Hopefully that link will work. I like those better then the other co sleeper that go beside your bed. The one I have it folds up easy and i can take it with me. With my last girls, i never used one, and it worked out great. Baby was in the middle and when it was nap time I put pillows around her.
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October 1st, 2012, 11:58 AM
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I borrowed my sister's Arms Reach Co-Sleeper with DS, but we didn't really use it. We tried, but DS ended up bed sharing for 10 months instead. This time around we have a Rock and Play sleeper, which Eve is supposed to sleep in...um...yeah...after trying to get her settled in there for an hour her first night home, I finally snuggled her up to me in bed and we both slept great. The Rock and Play is now what she sleeps in during the day and at night she sleeps next to me in bed. I guess for us, we could have skipped any type of co-sleeper. Although, like I said, she naps great in the Rock and Play.
We don't use any type of bed sharing device. I go without covers above my waist and sleep on the very corner of my pillow. We have a big bed and a firm mattress. Eve sleeps toward the middle of the bed. I find that I don't move in my sleep when I know baby is there.
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October 1st, 2012, 12:04 PM
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With both of my kids I had them right in bed with me. My son slept right on my chest and my daughter was just beside me. I kind of craddled her in my arms as I slept on my side..no pillows around her. It was a huge bed she wasn't going to roll anywhere. I won't have this baby in bed with us though. He will either be in his PNP or his SnugaBunny Rock and Play.
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October 1st, 2012, 12:08 PM
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I never did use a co-sleeper so I can't comment on that.

I was dead set on not co-sleeping as I am "the most restless sleeper" in the entire world according to DH, but with the lack of sleep I caved in, and I have to say it was the best decision I made. Amazingly enough I never even moved a muscle while sleeping next to my daughter. I think we're just instinctively aware. I just made sure there were no extra pillows or blankets, my blanket was only waist high and the sheets were always firmly tucked in with no crevices. As nervous as I was it only took a couple of hours before that was forgotten and I got comfortable. I can't wait to have another little one to snuggle with
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October 1st, 2012, 12:10 PM
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I didn't co-sleep much. We had a cradle in the bedroom that we used until DD was ready to move to her own room. However, for those times she did sleep in bed, I put her in the middle and used my boppy as a barrier around her so I didn't roll over on her.
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October 1st, 2012, 12:27 PM
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We had one that went in the bed, big waste of money. Baby sleeps on my chest for the first couple months and then next to me (between me and dh) after that.
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October 1st, 2012, 01:03 PM
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It's worth it in my opinion, but not new. Definitely used. I pulled mine out today to set up and it was all moldy! It must have gotten wet in the shed. So I looked on CL and am picking up another used one tonight. You are a single mama though so maybe you can get away without it, but I like my space. If you don't get one, definitely get some sort of rail.

Eta: talking about the arms reach cosleeper.
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October 1st, 2012, 01:17 PM
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We never used one. We always have our babies in bed with us. If you get one, I agree with Kristen- get one used. And since it will just be you and Ares in bed, I don't even know if it's worth it...
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October 1st, 2012, 01:17 PM
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If I had it to do over again, I'd buy the full sized arms reach co-sleeper if you have the room for it. The nice thing about having it is that if at naptime you don't want to leave them in the bed unattended, you have someplace secure to put them. We had a regular bassinet that essentially acted like a co-sleeper, because it was exactly the same height as our bed. Josiah hated it, but I'm hoping this baby will like it better!! We also bought this, which has been a great investment for us, because it is way easier to transport when going to grandma's house, etc. Several of our friends have borrowed it for camping excursions, and we used it a ton when Josiah was younger. When he was really tiny, we used it in our bed as a co-sleeper. Amazon.com: Leachco Nap 'N Pack 4 in 1 Anywhere Bed, Black with Khaki Sheet: Baby
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October 1st, 2012, 05:09 PM
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We never used one with DS - just a snug nest in bed for the first month or so (and even then we took him out of it for most of the night). We may end up getting one this time as our 3 year old still is in bed with us (which we love) so we're planning on using a Moses basket we had for DS (never used ) and for me to play musical beds and take the baby to the spare room if he's not happy in the Moses basket. I LOVE LOVE cosleeping and I will admit that I didn't think that I would
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October 1st, 2012, 05:25 PM
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Co sleeping is awesome! My DH told me not to buy the one I did cause I wont use it Sure he is more then likely right, he will snuggled up with me, but I got it for $10,still in the box, the people never used it. I thought it would be great since my girls want to help out with the baby, i can put him down for a nap in the sleeper while i shower and they can keep an eye on him w/o me having to worry if they are leaning to far or putting to much pressure on the bed when they check on him, does that make sense or do you yall think I am being parnoid?
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October 1st, 2012, 05:31 PM
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I'm using the co-sleeper right now the arms reach full size and love it! I didn't use one with my daughter and wished I had. Its so nice safe convenient, I' love them.
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October 1st, 2012, 10:10 PM
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I'm all about buying used stuff and getting a good deal. But buying used bedding kinda freaks me out I must admit... Do the co-sleepers disassemble into washable pieces? Not sure how that exactly works. But if I can clean the crap out of it I'll definitely buy a used one!
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October 2nd, 2012, 07:39 AM
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I'm the same way Leanna; I did NOT want to buy it used for the longest time because it freaked me out... but I think if you ask for pictures and check that it's well taken care of, it will be fine. Ours came from a couple about our age and you could tell they were very clean and took great care of it! They even still had the manual with it... Unfortunately it doesn't really come in "washable" pieces, I think, but obviously we got new sheets for it and I washed those, so I think it will be fine.
If you decide to go with the full size arm's reach (that's what we got), these sheets from amazon got great reviews and that's what I put on our mattress:
Amazon.com: American Baby Company Organic Interlock Pack N Play Sheet: Baby

The price of a new vs used co sleeper is definitely a no brainer, for us at least. I think I got ours for $50 and new the full size is close to $200!
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we got a snuggle nest for inside the bed for about 50 or 60 dollars new at BRU
we tested sleeping with it in our queen bed one night, with a doll in the nest, cuz DH was concerned he would roll over baby and/or not be able to handle it well with the space restriction on him.
he actually didn't sleep very well that night, but not sure if it was because of that or not. we'll have to see how it goes, I'm really curious
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October 2nd, 2012, 01:50 PM
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the fabric is all washable. the mattress is not, but its like a playpen mattress so it can be sprayed with something and wiped down. i bought a mattress cover for ours too.
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October 2nd, 2012, 06:14 PM
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Okay, you guys convinced me! I'm looking at craigs list right now...

Seems like all I see is the mini though. Do you think it's still worth it to buy one of those?
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i've never seen a mini. the standard is a good size though. i would wait.
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