Does anyone have any "safe" couch-sharing experience? I know it's highly advised against for rolling over or suffocation. As with some moms-to-be, I only planned to "put baby on her back alone in the crib" to sleep and that plan obviously didn't happen after endless attempts, different techniques, and extreme fussiness. We only have a full size bed and feel more at risk bed-sharing so unfortunately, I've had to "couch-share" the past few months at night with our colicky baby. I was just wondering anyone who's had some good experience with it even though it's highly advised against.
Re: Safe couch-sharing?
I understand your concern with a full bed, but regardless of how you feel about bed vs couch, they are NOT the same. One can be safe by following recommendations, one is not safe and is never recommended.
Can you side car the crib? Buy another mattress for the floor?
Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I fall into a deep sleep on the bed laying flat and seem to sleep much lighter on the couch, more aware of each other and breastfeed reclined throughout the night. We are trying these options.
I didn't have to worry about suffocation by keeping her on the outside. I suppose she could have fallen on the floor, but anyone w a colicky baby knows you will have plenty of warning before that happens, lol. My dd was a noisy little thing
Good luck! Gerber Soothe probiotic drops worked wonders for our colic.
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agree with PPs about avoiding the couch. ikea has really inexpensive twin mattresses that you could put on the floor next to your bed. then you can put your mattress directly on the floor, so you are all on the same level. you could also side-car your crib, if you have one (see this recent post for some pics).
I would also say no to couch sleeping. I did that w/my DD a few times (this was 2001), but I won't ever do it with my second child that's on the way. I wish I would have know then the dangers.
DD did bed share with me though, I slept without pillows/blankets until she got much older just for safety.
For this baby coming, we have a crib side-carred to the bed.
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