|A view from above the co-sleeper
|Watching nursery rhymes on my laptop from the co-sleeper!
|Co-sleeping at 11 weeks
By co-sleeping, I mean she sleeps in a co-sleeper crib which is a small type of crib which attaches directly to my bed via long straps. These straps are attached to the sleeper and run under my mattress and out the other side where they are held in place by a round disc, which keeps them in place and not sliding around or creeping back underneath the mattress. Some people use the term co-sleep to mean they are actually sharing a bed. While we do oftentimes nap together in bed, when it comes to nighttime sleeping, Piper is always in the co-sleeper crib. I feel much safer with her in her own space for the time being. I tend to be a wiggle worm in my sleep, a habit which Piper has inherited, so for both her safety and my ability to actually relax enough to sleep, I always make sure that if we're going down for a long slumber, she is separated enough from me that I won't crush her or she keep me awake by wiggling about in her sleep...which she does, a lot! Now back to where I was...
|She sleeps so soundly in the sleeper
A month old and snoring away!
The best thing about the co-sleeper, by far and above all else mentioned, it allows me to fall asleep holding my little girl's hand every night, or sometimes I like to simply lay my hand across her back. I like that human contact between us, it's nourishing and bonds us closer than I ever expected. I have a feeling, if studied, one would find that this connection causes us to develop the same breathing patterns and heart rates. In a way, it's like we mesh into one being while sleeping. I know to some this may seem like a bizarre statement, but to me it seems so perfectly natural to have that connection with my child. I wouldn't want it any other way. I imagine when she gets older that we will maintain that connection, and she may end up snoozing with me in my actual bed sometimes. I do not plan to have her always sleeping in my room, she has a fabulous nursery and a very expensive special order crib that she will be using when she gets older. She uses it now for naps and such. But I also do not plan to one day just up and kick her out of my bedroom once she outgrows the sleeper. Some parents are probably, at this point, rolling their eyes and thinking I have created a permanent bed leech. I think not, however, as Piper has no problem sleeping away from me when she has to. If anything, I think I may have the harder time letting her sleep in her own room rather than the other way around. I think I have the attachment issues, lol.
|It's nice to roll over and see this face!
I chose the Arm's Reach Clearvue Co-Sleeper in Cocoa and Fern for it's aesthetic value. While there are other co-sleepers out there which have some more useful features, such as larger storage areas or that turn into a mini play yard, I liked the color scheme on this particular model.
|Here is the basic view of the co-sleeper
I also chose this model because I really like the fact it has viewable sides and a nice set of wheels. The sides fold down so that when next to your bed there isn't a wall up blocking you from immediately getting to your wee one, or you can leave them up and use the sleeper as a free-standing bassinet. This was another important feature to me. And in regards to those wheels and the free-standing mode, at one point I thought I might use it outdoors on our deck, so Piper could nap while we hung out, but since she doesn't hardly ever nap, I've never really used it in this manner...although I could have. The wheels make it very portable, so it would have been easy to maneuver into other areas, such as the outdoor deck.
|Close-up of the folding side.
|A view of the under storage.
Okay, now for the measurements and stuff:
The co-sleeper measures 34" x 20" x 31". It's relatively small and doesn't take up a pile of space in my room. I have a standard height bed with a pillow top mattress, and the height is perfect where my bed and the co-sleeper meet. The legs on the sleeper have extensions, so you can adjust the height if you happen to have a taller bed. The legs adjust from 24" to 30" at 2" increments. They say the sleeper should only be used for an infant up to five months old or when they start to push up on their hands and knees. Piper has been pushing up for quite some time now, and she is now only 4 1/2 months old. I have yet to have any issues with her safety of going over the edge or anything, as the sides are still high enough to keep her in. I'm hoping to get to use this sleeper for at least another month. It's going to kill me to have to move her to her nursery at night, I don't think I'm ready for such a change as of yet. And I'm not ready for her to sleep in my bed, either. I'm so going to have to come up with a plan soon!
|See how well it fits with my bed!
|Who could resist waking up to this every morning?
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