Sharing Bed Room with Baby- How to Make the Master/nursery Work Well.

Updated on April 01, 2010
H.H. asks from San Clemente, CA
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Baby #2 is on the way, she will need to be in our bedroom until we can handle a move to a bigger house. I'm planning on using one of those three in one play yards to get her change table and sleeping in our room as my two-year-old will still have the nursery. My question is, are these comfy for sleeping long term? Any better ideas for keeping baby in mom and dad room? I saw a small round crib with a canopy drape and it seemed like a good way to keep the room dark for baby while we use the room. What have some of you done when sharing your bedroom with baby?

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answers from New York on

My daughter lived in her Nap Nanny for the first 6-8 months of her life. She would rather sleep there than in a crib anyway! It's great for her health too, it keeps her in a slightly angled position so she is comfortable and feels like she is being held. It is one of the best investments I have ever made for my daughter.



answers from Dallas on

We lived in a 1 room apartment for about 4 months after my son was born. We got a cradle from babiesrus. It worked fine - was pretty compact.

You'll want something she can sleep in that you don't have to be bending down all the way to pick her up cause that'll just not be fun for your back.


answers from Barnstable on

The easiest way to do it is to take the side off your crib (if you have a convertible one) and strap it against your bed. That way it acts like a co-sleeper, but also gets the goober used to his or her crib. It is a tactic that has worked brilliantly for me. We just adjust the mattress support to be level with our bed. My kids usually transition out of our room by 3 years old (though my kids tend to nurse that long AT LEAST).

I also have a tv and DVR in my bedroom, but the sound would wake up my son. I invested in wireless headphones for about $70 - great investment. My rocking chair is at the foot of my bed.



answers from Raleigh on

we always keep our babies in our room for the first 6 months even though we have spare rooms. Arms reach co sleepers are the best, they come with canopies if you need to block off the light. Pack n play can work too if you want something cheaper, we have quilted sheets for ours which makes the mattress more comfy. I know some people who use nap nanny inside the pack n plays ( they are really cool.



answers from Hartford on

what about a small basinette or a cosleeper bed? I would not think a pack n play would be comfortable for long term, but I am not sure. I had the best basinette and my baby would not sleep in it so you really dont know what they will like until you try. If it is really really short term you can have the baby sleep in a swing, they like that anyways....but I would not do this often as I had read many different reasons why this is not good long term. good luck with a new baby and a move, you sure will be busy.



answers from Honolulu on

I initially used a "Moses Basket." Until my son grew out of it... at about 3 months. Then he went in a crib. The one my daughter used. He slept in our room too. It was fine.
I LOVE the Moses Basket. My son loved it. He slept well in it and you can take it anywhere in the house without waking baby and keeping it near you.
I got mine from Amazon.

A play-yard... with that you will really have to bend down, bend over to reach for the baby... it can be hard on your back.. and especially as the baby gets older and heavier. I know lots of people use the play-yard as a "crib".... but I don't know how comfortable or suitable it is for long term use and for baby.

All the best,



answers from Washington DC on

My son slept in the bassinet portion of the pack-n-play until he was 6 months old. The bassinet was the full length of the pack-n-play and then there was an elevated changer also. Once he was able to sit himself up we put him in the pack-n-play for a few weeks until we were able to get a crib.

Since we did sleep training when my son was 4 months old, we didn't have an issue of trying to put a sleeping baby into his bed; we put him there awake and he went to sleep on his own.

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