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03/08/2013 at 19:32
I'm not entirely clear on what I will need in terms of sleeping places for the baby. I'm not really bothered for a moses basket and likely to get a pram with a carrycot so will check that this is suitable for longer naps but at night, the baby will be in our room initially so I'm assuming we won't use the cot until the baby goes to sleep in the nursery? So should I look at a crib for beside our bed? The baby won't go in the cot straight away in our room would it? I don't have a clue! Will I still need something else for the baby for downstairs?
03/08/2013 at 19:52
It's really up to you, and dependent on what you want to spend/how much space you have and what sort of baby you get! I had a moses basket for my first two but they outgrew it fairly early on as they were both big, so this time I've gone straight for a crib for our room and will use the lay flat pushchair for downstairs. We could fit the cot in our room but there would be no room to open wardrobes so a crib suits us better but you could use the cot straight away in your room without issue.
03/08/2013 at 19:58
We have a moses downstairs for daytime, if you want to use the pram carrycot you need to make sure the mattress is suitable. We have a small crib in our room as we have steep stairs and didnt want to be carrying the moses up and down, and we thought LO may grow out of the moses before 6 months and the crib is a little bigger. If you have space in your room you could use the cot straight away, but bare in mind that a full size cot will be HUGE for a newborn and it may not like it IYSWIM?
03/08/2013 at 19:59
P slept in her mosses basket in our room until she moved to the cot in her room just short of 6 months. She refused point-blank to tolerate her carrycot from her pram,which i'd intended to use for downstairs sleeps. To begin with she would only sleep on us anyway so it was irrelevant. at 9 weeks she would finally tolerate the basket so we'd bring it down during the day. It was so easy to carry up and down it would have been a pain if we'd had a crib to lug about.
I expect i'll do the same with this one although i do really like the look of those hammock things.
03/08/2013 at 20:06
I agree with margot. We got a gliding crib for our room and pram down stairs. Both lasted 6 months.
03/08/2013 at 20:08
P was in a borrowed moses basket at night which i would bring downstairs for daytime naps. In reality though she was long and had almost grown out of it by 3 months so she is now in a crib next to our bed. I try and put her to sleep upstairs for her naps in the crib but she often sleeps in the bouncy chair or in the buggy or car if we are out. I would think a cot might not make them feel secure when tiny as the cot would be so big and open. Sounds like a crib might be your best bet as they are bigger than a moses so last longer, as long as you have something for daytime naps x
03/08/2013 at 20:30
We have the pram for her to sleep in downstairs and a crib in our bedroom. We couldn't fit the cot in our room without a lot of upheavel, but if you can fit the cot in there is no reason not to use it. The crib we have is the Katie Saplings and I really love it, however if I was doing it again I would go for a bedside crib, would probably hire the Babybay from the NCT.
03/08/2013 at 20:45
We just used the pram carrycot for all sleeps, day/night upstairs and down. We used to carry it upstairs with Isla in it when we went to bed. I thought that transferring her from one thing to another might wake her up. She stayed in this til she was just over six months then she went in her cotbed in her room
03/08/2013 at 21:17
We have a travel cot downstairs for daytime naps (and to have somewhere safe to put baby away from older siblings!). We have the cot in our room which we used from day 1
03/08/2013 at 21:31
I would however highly recommend a carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping if you plan to do daytime naps in there.
03/08/2013 at 22:14
If you can fit a cot in your room I'd use that from the start. We did with Alex and it's just as well as he was a big baby (well over 99.6th centile for a while) and would have grown out of a Moses basket in weeks. I never missed not having a Moses or crib.
This time round I have borrowed a crib from a friend, but that's as Alex is still using the cot and I don't want to move him just yet. When she outgrows the crib I'll either use the travel cot or move Alex into a bed.
For daytime naps we used the carry cot, floor or bouncy chair. This time I'll probably use the carry cot and/or travel cot and swing chair, mainly to protect her from her big brother hooning around the house!
03/08/2013 at 22:16
Thanks all, I was meaning to get a carrycot suitable for overnight and with the correct matress. We could get the cot on our room but it would probably be a bit in the way so I think I'll go for a crib by our bed.
I'm so glad of MD, it's not long ago if you asked me what a baby slept in I would only think a cot everytime!
04/08/2013 at 08:20
I had the cot with the side off next to my bed so it was just an extension of my bed, this time my bedroom is smaller so looking at getting a baby nest or similar so we can still co sleep like that. During the day he napped on me or in the sling. We both loved co sleeping and it meant I could feed lying down so got more rest.
04/08/2013 at 08:46
The other thing to consider is that if you plan to have baby in with you for 6 months as per FSIDS guidelines that the chances are by then they'd have outgrown a Moses or crib, in which case you may find you have to put the cot in your room for a while anyway.
I did what Isis did and had the drop side by my bed.
04/08/2013 at 09:20
J slept in his carrycot downstairs, and his cotbed in our room.
He outgrew his moses basket at around 3 weeks old.
04/08/2013 at 10:23
M slept in Moses basket for a few weeks but we had to quickly switch to the cot as she had hip dysplasia and was in a harness that held her legs in a frog like position so the Moses basket was too narrow to be comfortable. We often used the pram carrycot though if we were away places as that seemed to suit her too. I bought the nighttime mattress for it.
This time round I'm planning on borrowing a crib from my sis for in our room and using the carrycot during the day. The Moses basket is at my mum's just now anyway for my nephew to use when he's there I think I'll just leave that there for when we are visiting.
It really depends what works best for you. Tbh though I would bother with a Moses basket if I was starting again.
05/08/2013 at 07:41
We were lucky in that we were given a lot of baby items before we had her. We used the moses basket for daytime naps until she was 6 months. We used a swinging crib in our bedroom, which we transferred her into when we went to bed at night, until 61/2 months.
05/08/2013 at 07:52
Thanks ladies, I've seen a pram I quite like that they can sleep in with a mattress during the day downstairs so don't plan on getting a Moses basket. I was also looking at a gliding crib for in our room. I didn't think a out them outgrowing it before 6 months. If I put them in the cot at night from day 1 do you get anything to go in the cot to make it smaller sort of thing? Like an insert or something? I was looking at cots y'day and they're huge!!
05/08/2013 at 08:21
I never had an insert or anything for the cot, although he seemed tiny in it, he wasn't bothered in the slightest.
05/08/2013 at 09:23
I also have the Saplings Karie crib, i love it. Mine were in it until 8&9 months (though L was pretty squeezed in by 9 months) then A moved into the cot in her room. L was still up feeding 5/6 times a night so we had the cot in our room until he was about a year.
My carrycot was suitable for overnight sleeping so they were in that for daytime naps or the car or sling when out.
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