Friday, April 18, 2008

Sweet Sleep


This show and tell is more practical than artistic. This is the new Arm's Reach Co-sleeper we got for our sweet new baby, Grace. I am loving it! I've tried just about every newborn sleeping arrangement from bassinet to pack and play to crib to full co-sleeping and none of it worked for me. This was recommended by a pediatric nurse friend, and it's perfect. Grace is right next to me, so I can keep a close eye on her, pick her up easily (without getting out of bed), and during nursing times I don't have to worry about dozing off and dropping her. That's always been a big fear. The sleeper actually straps to the bed between the matress and box springs for a nice tight fit.

She loves to sleep in my arms, but she also does really well in the co-sleeper with her foam wedges and a good swaddle. The nurses at the hospital showed me how they wrap the babies, and while I haven't perfected their burrito swaddle, I can get her snug enough that she feels secure and sleeps well. This is my first success with getting baby to sleep on her back. I think the swaddle has something to do with it.

In any case, I wholeheartedly recommend the co-sleeper. It's kinda pricey and at first I thought we had just bought a really expensive pack and play...It's a lot more than that, though. Works for us!

Show and Tell Friday hosted by Kelli.

11 comments:

Rue said...

What a wonderful thing to have for a newborn! I wish I would have seen this before my nephew was born.

Great show and Tell :)

Rue

Kindra said...

Congratulations on the birth of your sweet little girl!
I would of love one of these co-sleeper beds when my 10 months was a newborn! I would of loved having him nearby and hearing him breath. I guess I'm paranoid...
This is just a shot in the dark but had to ask...were you born in 1978? I seen 78 in your blog address. I am a 78' baby. :)

The Apron Queen said...

I'm a Mom/baby nurse. I **LOVE** these things. Don't tell anybody, but I co-slept with all 3 of my kiddos. I had to tell new Moms every day at work not to co-sleep, but I co-slept with my kids. Bad nurse. Anyway, this is a wonderful invention & I recommend it all the time.

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Connie Marie said...

This is a cool bed. It would make it easy to check on a newborn with this set up. I can see that new Mom's with newborns would appreciate this.

Yours was a learning show and tell.

Barbara H. said...

What amazing things have been invented since my kids were babies!

Donetta said...

Oh Congratulations! I am so happy for you. She is going to bring you such joy! Oh little girls are so fun. The sweetness factor alone just melts your heart every day. Keeps you soft and a song in your heart.

Jaderocks said...

This really is a great idea for nursing mothers. I was always worried I would fall asleep and roll over on mine so I never kept them in bed. I'm sure a smart mom came up with this idea. Congratulations on the new baby Grace.

Jewelgirl said...

This is a terrific idea for a
new mom.
Grace is a very pretty name, it is
the first name also of my cousins daughters new baby girl born in December! :)

Mobunny said...

Glad you're all fixed up with your new baby. Enjoy her!

JAN said...

What a great contraption! I would've loved one of those too!
Congratulations all over again.:-)

Carlo said...

Good Job! :)