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Who has used a co-sleeper or bassinet successfully? My elbow and hips are killing me already sleeping curled around Karaline. I have a Rock n Play that I would like her to sleep in most of the night. But does require me not being lazy and actually get up to feed her??
With DD, I had her crib in my room. During maternity leave, she slept most of the night in between feedings in her crib. Once I went back to work, all the up and down got to be too much and by about 3 months, she was in my bed the whole night.
I will be attempting the bassinet this time around, but I also don't expect that to last past me going back to work...
I tried Lily in a bassinet, but she wanted to bed share. I just got used to having her sleep in the crook of my arm. As she got bigger, then I could move more, etc.
Vi slept a lot in the Rock 'n Play, and then I'd pull her into bed when she wanted to nurse the first time and usually keep her with me. She's still bedsharing at 22 months now, but I want to move her to her own bed in Lily's room in the next few months (hopefully, before baby #3 is here!)
I have always found bedsharing to make nursing at night so much easier. I got a lot more sleep with it as well.
We tried Sidecarring our crib but he never really sleeps in it. That would require me acutually moving him once he falls asleep and I'm kind of lazu about that. It could work if you are diligent. We just ended up buying a new mattress to fix my problems with it being painful.
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We did bed sharing until about 9 or 10 months. We had the crib side-carred before that but Juliana never slept in it. Around the 9 or 10 month mark she got really squirmy and I was tired of being kicked, and plus it became easier to get her into it without having to be super careful not to wake her up. After a few nights, she'd roll over on her own back into it after nursing. We're all happier now that we have our own space, yet are close enough for snuggling. Early on, though, I liked being close enough that are breathing became synchronized. That was a really special time to me.
Last night and the night before Karaline has slept in the RocknPlay for a couple hours the first part of the night! Yay! Then I took her in bed with me. I have always bed shared with my babies, so I am happy to do it. But I know there comes a point where I am done, but baby isn't and then I am miserable. So I hope if I can master the art of co-sleeping vs. bed sharing I think that will keep me happier longer.