Hi D., You and your hubby should decide if baby in bed is an option or not. This either opens or limits your choices; and you may think one thing, and change your mind after the first few weeks. :-)I used a cradle, a bassinet, a crib, a cosleeper, and a pack and play with both my girls :-). I tried everything! I was most pleased with a bassinet and cosleeping. Cradles are too low to the ground for my taste with middle of the night feedings, and in the event a c-section should occur, impossible! I really liked the 5 - in 1 Carry Me Near bassinet system. It can vibrate, rock or lock and has a changing station with belt underneath. You can also carry sleeping baby in the basket-like bassinet with you to another room etc. Anyway, the only thing I had left was to offer that depending on the room you have, a cosleeper is very convenient and safe, but may not work in the space you have. I used the cosleeper usually late in the night and early morning perfect for breast feeding, but put baby to sleep in the bassinet at bed time and nap time in the first few months. If you are not planning on breast feeding, most pediatricians recommend baby be 8ft from you at night time sleeping beacuse they smell mom's milk. :-)Good luck, and remember, there is no right or wrong answer with this kind of stuff. Try anything once, and if it doesn't work, move on. God Bless!