Where Did Your Baby Sleep

25.5.09

I have been wondering where your babies slept for the first few days from the hospital? I am needing some ideas. Crib, in bed with you, bassinet???

With Jacob, I had his crib set up in his baby room but I didn't like how far I had to walk in order to do the smallest little tasks. Plus, when it was the middle of the night I was too tired to leave my room. Jacob ended up sleeping in a laundry basket. I made it all cozy, but it worked perfectly. I guess the laundry basket was acting as a bassinet.

I have been contemplating getting a bassinet but I don't know how long they will last for. I don't want to spend money on something that is used for a couple of days. Jacob was crawling at 6 months and walking by 9 months, so I think the crib was perfect for him.

I have also been eying a few travel baby beds. They look cozy, roomy and affordable. What were your experiences?

I thought I would just for fun list a few old wives tales I found on how to induce labor. I know babies will come when they're ready. Jacob was 2+ weeks overdue so I know sometimes nothing will work.

- Sit on a yoga ball
- Sex
- A lot of walking/hills/stairs
- Raspberry leaf tea
- Eating spicy foods
- Deep knee bends
- Warm bath
- Bumpy car ride
- Foot massage
- Nip. Stimulation
- Washing your floors
- Sage scented bath oil
- Swinging on a swing

9 comments:

Andrea said...

Emily slept in a little cradle (it's almost like a bassinet) for about 9 months. But she was in a sleep sack so even if she wanted to sit up, or try to crawl she couldn't do it...now she can, but now she's in the crib. I'd totally recommend the Pogy Travel Bed though! It's roomy, but small, and is SOOOO nice for travelling or taking to other people's places for weekends away, etc. I actually reviewed it on Glimpse a while back... (http://glimpse-reviews.blogspot.com/2009/02/dreaming-in-pogy.html). Plus I think that a travel bed is cheaper than a bassinet too. Anyways, good luck! :)

Oh, and I laughed at the inducing labor by "swinging on a swing!" hahah. :)

Andrea said...

Oh yeah, I was going to ask you...for some reason I thought you were having a scheduled C-section?? Or are you going to try to give birth naturally? Well, either way, I can't wait to "meet" your new little one. :)

Maureen said...

I don't remember any good ideas to get labor going. One woman told my husband to tell me to take Maloxx (sp?). I remember it because it seemed so weird. Then with baby #5, my whole GI system cleared itself out one day and I just knew I was going into labor soon. I was even super nauseous and couldn't eat at all. I was also an emotional basket case and everything seemed like it was too much for me to handle w/o crying. DH took off that day and nothing happened. The next day I still felt weird, but he went to work. I did the best I could to get through the day. He came home early, we lay down to chat and wham, my water broke. I fortunately made it to the bathroom, else my whole bed and carpet would have been ruined! As is, I kept trying to clean it up and it was ridiculous because it was still going everywhere.

Shanilie said...

Yes, we are going with a scheduled c-section on June 16th. I am just still having some wishful thinking the baby might come before 40 weeks naturally. But since Jacob was almost 3 weeks over due I can't see this one being born any time soon lol.

Everyday Mom Designs said...

Leala slept in a bassinet for about 3 months in our room.. Then we moved her to her crib in her own room. It worked out great for us. She wasn't moving around too much by then so the bassinet was fine.. Then only reason why she got moved out of it that early, was b/c she was so big! She was 9 pounds, 8 ounces when she was born, so we knew the bassinet just wouldn't last too long. I still loved it, and kept it for the next one. I will def be using it again!

~Billie~ said...

We used a bassinet. I think if I had to do it over again, I would buy a playpen with a bassinet attachment. That way it can be used for a lot longer than 6 months or less... more bang for the buck. Best of luck!

Carrie said...

We tried the crib & a pack-n-play in our room with Z, and ended up at about 1 week old, letting him sleep in his car seat because he was so comfortable in there...unfortunately, at 7 weeks, we had to wean him off of sleeping there b/c it wasn't safe - he would squirm too much, so I wouldn't recommend that.

This time I am planning to try a pack & play in our room (with the bassinet attachment) from the very beginning, so the baby gets used to it.

You may be able to get a pack & play or bassinet off of Craigslist or Freecycle, or from a maternity resource center, if you have one nearby - mine was given to me & has been used by a family with 4 kids, but it's still really nice - often they don't get a ton of use, since most people use them just for vacation. :)

Stacey said...

Oh, I like Andrea's idea! That Pogy was so cool. Though we always just put the babies in the crib right from the start. After a c-section though, you may want your baby close, as getting up and around is a lot more work. There really is no shame in the laundry basket idea. None at all!

Erica Hildebrand said...

I was 2 weeks over due with Annika, but Britta came only 3 days overdue (and labor started on day 2 overdue)...so there IS hope! :) Okay, so I did EVERYTHING to get things going. At 37 weeks I started inserting (you know where) evening primrose oil capsules...about 3-4 a night. Also drank LOTS of red raspberry tea. I had an hour and a half massage the day before labor started, and I had her hit some pressure points. We also did the sex the week before Britta was born - so I think that helped. I was also just really determined! I kept telling myself I was NOT going to go 2 weeks overdue again...Excited to hear your news!

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