today m and i spent a good part of our day setting up signal's crib in a sidecar arrangement. for those of you not familiar with this concept, it basically involves taking a regular old crib and attaching it to an adult bed. this way, your baby is sleeping really close to you, but still has his or her own space. and you and your partner don't have to share room in your precious double with the baby!
we decided to go with the sidecar because signal is now too heavy for the bassinet attachment on his pack n' play, and we just aren't ready to have him sleeping in his own room. and having tried to sleep with him in our bed when he was sick was just disastrous, so this is the next best thing.
we followed some instructions from several moms on the mothering dot commune message boards, and this is what we came up with:
in the above photo you can see how the headboard of our bed and the headboard of signal's crib are right up against each other. isn't it nice how the finish on our ikea furniture matches? basically, we just took one side off the crib and pushed it right against our bed. We put some blankets under signal's mattress in order to make sure that it is at the same height as our mattress.
in this picture, you can see how we used signal's bumper to push his mattress flush with ours. we folded it over on itself a few times, and then tied it to the side of the crib that is still attached. you can also see that his footboard is still there, so he can't slide out the bottom.
and here's another pic where you can see how our mattresses are flush with each other. to keep the two beds from moving apart and becoming a danger to signal (we don't want him falling through or getting his big old head stuck), we used four bungee cords to secure the beds to one another.
m and i both think that this is a good way to reap the benefits of co-sleeping while reducing our fear of rolling on top of poor signal in the middle of the night. it saved us the cost of a specialized co-sleeper, and it allows signal to get used to his crib. when we are ready for him to move to his own room, we figure that we can transition him by first putting the side back on his crib and keeping it in our room, and then moving the crib back to his room.
we'll be sure to let you know how our first night with the sidecar works out!