Where did your baby sleep as a new born?

Betty - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 177 moms have responded )

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My husband thinks it is safer for a new baby to be in a bassinet but I disagree and I would rather just use a crib from day one. He seems to think SIDS is only a risk if a baby in sleeping in a crib.

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Kimberly - posted on 01/27/2010

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Well the first two weeks home he slept on my chest in the recliner. Couldnt get in to go to sleep on his back and I would often fall asleep brestfeeding. After that he was in his bassinette until he was 10 weeks. Talk about guilt. He was sleeping 7 hours in his bassinette. Once I moved him to the crib at 10 weeks he started sleeping 10 hours a night. More guilt for keeping him in there so long. It really is whatever is best for you.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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I did buy a bassinet for my son but never ended up using it. He would not stay asleep in it so we ended up buying a crib for him to sleep in. In my opion its just as safe to put ur baby in a crib as it would be to put them in a basseinet.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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my daughter slept in a cot for the first week then she wouldnt settle in it. n now she sleeps in my bed , i made her , her own special spot. she likes soft cushiony stuff. shes fussy baby

Veronica - posted on 01/27/2010

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for the first 6 weeks my son slept in his bassinet by my bed. At six weeks he was sleeping thru the nite so we moved him to his room and his crib.

Rose - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter slept with us for the first month or so than i started to feel crowded so i moved her to a play pen / pack and play. It was one of those that have a second level so you don't have to bend as far over. She stayed like that until she started getting more mobile like around 4 or 5 months than i lowered it she slept like that for a year than we moved her to the crib. I have heard that another thing that reduces sids besides the back sleeping and all the blankets and stuff is have a fan in the room to circulate the air around your baby. It also helps with white noise so if your baby is not a good sleeper maybe the fan will help. but really it is just what you and your hubby decide!

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I knw they say its nt safe but all my kids slept in the bed with from day 1. I dnt like cribs cause when u hear of a baby who had SIDS was in a cribe.

Rista - posted on 01/27/2010

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my baby slept in his crib from birth! they say to prevent SIDS baby should not be too hot, or have a big pillow, and they should sleep on their backs.

April - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son slept in a bassinet next to me for the first two weeks. Then we moved him to his own room and his crib. SIDS is not only a risk if baby is in a crib. Make sure there is nothing loose in the crib like blankets and stuff animals..baby doesnt really care about stuffed animals and stuff. Dress the baby warm enough that you don't have to use a blanket. But not too warm. Doctors say put them on their back to sleep. I personally think it's better on their side, but that's just what i think. My son always slept on his stomach. He threw up a lot when he was really young though and he would choke on it when laying on his back. You can get more info on sids from your doc or online to show your husband. You could just be a parnoid mom like me and crank up the baby monitor so you can hear your baby breathing and every little noise that he makes and everytime you wake up you can put your hand on his chest to make sure he's breathing. ha ha.

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2010

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both my kids slept in the bed with me till they were a month old. then we moved them to the bassinet. my daughter went to her crib around 5 months and my son is only 2 and sleeps next to our bed in his bassinet. the first week my daughter slept on me. and the first month my son did. he was breast fed and it was a lot easier.. both of them are belly babies to. they will not sleep on their backs..

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Our baby slept on our chest for the first 4 months of his life because he was extremely unsettled and nothing else worked. Now 8 months and self settles in his own cot in his own room.

Venessa - posted on 01/27/2010

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I was really bad if you ask any healthcare professional, my son slept with me until he was 5 months old. ... I can already see so many people shaking their heads. I will not apologies for it, I did what was right for me and what I deemed right for my child. I believe as much as the "professionals" and the "Research" shows one thing I shouldn't feel bad for doing what made me happy, and my amazing partner supported me all the way.

Nikki - posted on 01/27/2010

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There is an awesome bassinet check them out Arms Reach Bassinets, I bought one for my Sons. They have a convertible version, works great. And to help prevent SIDS try HALO Sleepsacks. I have like 4 for my newborn and used them for my first Son, I also buy them as gifts. And try the website FirstCandle.org, I buy products that have their seal on them. I was super paranoid as a first time Mom, but just do research. Both my kids sleep in my bed, and one is a very healthy 13 month old and the other is a healthy 1 month old. The choice is yours.

Ashley - posted on 01/26/2010

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i used a bassinet bc it was right there in the middle of the night..then once they got a little older i started the crib. it worked great for me

CeCelia - posted on 01/26/2010

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We bounce back and forth from her bassinet to sleeping with us. At first she would just sleep in her bassinet, but then she got sick and had difficulties sometimes breathing through her stuffy nose and she refused to breath through her mouth, so we had her sleep with us. We just got in the habit of having her sleep with us so now we bounce back and forth.

Shawna - posted on 01/26/2010

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My children slept in a bassinet, only because I did not have the room for a crib when they were first born. I would have loved a crib from day one! But I have not been that lucky.....

Anneliese - posted on 01/26/2010

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My baby slept with me till he was ten months old.did you know that they say that co-sleeping reduces the risks os sids?thats what they are saying now!!!

Melissa - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son slept in a bassinet at the end of our bed for the first couple months just because it was easier for me . . . . . later on I put him in his crib. But I must say that because he was fussy at first he mostly slept on me!

Francesca - posted on 01/26/2010

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For the first five weeks my little Ella slept in a cradle beside my bed. Thereafter we started co-sleeping.

There will always be different schools of thought on everything you do. If you (or your husband) is concerned talk to your pediatrician. He will be able to give you a wealth of information. You have to do what you think is best for your family. And if that means the baby is in a different room, then thats what you should do.

Katelyn - posted on 01/26/2010

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my son is almost four months old now and although, as erica said, will probably catch hell because when i had brought nate home from the hospital i had a play pen in my room due to the fact i was and am breastfeeding and its closer than his room. i grew tired of constantly picking him up feeeding him and going back to sleep just to be woken up again in another hour or so. therefore nate has now been sleeping next to me. at night after i feed him i put him in his crib to sleep with no problems but after he wakes up and needs to be fed it is normally after i have already been sleeping so i lay him down next to me and he eats and i sleep. i am also a light sleeper so therefore i am not frightened by rolling on to him or smothering him in any way. once i am finished with breastfeeding, which will probably be after winter is complete, i will keep him in his crib.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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Both my girls slept in a bassinet next to our bed for probably the 1st few months. Easier when breast feeding, also I liked them close to check on them. My girls had no problem transitioning to the crib about 3 months.

And SIDS can be anywhere, bassinet, crib, or co-sleeping in your bed.

Amanda - posted on 01/26/2010

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We used a co-sleeper because I am breastfeeding and it made life a bazillion times easier to do night feedings. Although, for the first 2 months of my daughter's life, she slept on top of me. She's been a tummy sleeper since she was born (rolled herself over in the hospital cradle -- it was amazing to watch her do it since she was swaddled by the nurse and they're professionals!). Anyway, since she's a tummy sleeper, I was able to get 5 hrs straight if she slept on my chest and at that point my sleep was a big priority. She eventually moved to the bed beside me, sleeping on her side -- she was a pretty clingy baby, always needing snuggle. Then, she transferred to her co-sleeper bassinet fairly easily. At almost 4 months old we moved her into her own room (we had been getting it ready for her) and I was surprised by how easily she transitioned. She loves her crib. I think the ease of the move was because her crib felt more like Mommy & Daddy's bed vs. her bassinet (a much more comfy mattress). She seemed to sleep better in her own room, too.
Whatever works for your family is going to be the best. I started out with the plan to not let the baby stuff take over my home..... and, while it's not crazy (my husband and I try to be very limited with the toys), it certainly looks like a 9 1/2 month old lives here! It's her home, too. And, I like seeing her things around the house -- it means a family lives in this house. :)

Shauna - posted on 01/26/2010

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We co-sleep. I did it with my daughter too. I love cuddling with my babies, and they both loved it. It was a little rough transitioning my daughter to a bed which is no surprise but it worked out fine.

Danielle - posted on 01/26/2010

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We used a bassinet for my son which came in handy because I had a c-section and I'm short so bending over a crib would've been pretty painful during my recovery. That being said, so long as I don't have a c-section for my next child due in September, I will be using the crib from the beginning because it was very difficult to transition my son from his bassinet to his crib. I don't use bumper pads.

Jessi - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son slept with me until he was about two months because it made breast feeding convenient. He would wake up and feed and go back to sleep. At two moths he was sleeping through the night sleeping in a papasan seat. He slept better propped up. He was in a crib at about 3 or 4 months and in his own room not too long after that. SIDS has to do with the serotonin levels in the brain and can happen anywhere.

Dana - posted on 01/26/2010

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I dont think where you lay him has anything to do with SIDS its how you lay him and even then nothing is full proof. They do not know exactly how it is caused....methods to prevent are just guesses. If you r nervous about SIDS keep him/her in anything that you can keep close to your bed so you can check on him frequently through the night and during the day keep a monitor near him and the other end near you so you can hear him/her breathing. I personally lay my baby on her side with a position-er to keep her on her side. I have 3 kids and have done this with each of them. My thought process is...on the tummy if they spit up or throw up they can drown in it...on back if their head is not turned they can suffocate themselves with it in their throat, on side it dribbles out their mouth....not to frighten you..thats just my thought process. Bottom line is you need to do what you feel is right and best for you and baby and to not take too much stock in what the "experts" say. They change their "minds" all the time. lol

Louise - posted on 01/26/2010

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my 3 1/2 month old still sleeps in his bassinet/play pen right next to my bed I am a wuss and am scared to move him to his crib.

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"I don't want a bunch of baby stuff to take over my home and think a bassinet a waste of space if you already plan on having a crib."



SIDS can happen anywhere so if that is the only reason for wanting him in a basinet, then I'd say a basinet is not necessary if your situation. A crib is just as safe.



As for the baby stuff taking over your house, good luck! ;)

Victoria - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son slept in a bassinet for 2 weeks but he could not sleep very well and neither did I, so after 2 weeks we put him in his crib on his tummy and he has slept 10 to 14 hours a night ever since!!! very happy little man!

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010

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my daughter slept in a pack in play for almost a couple of months thenm one night she decided not to sleep in that anymore so now she sleeps with us...i know bad idea....but she wont sleep in her crib and her room is on the other side of the trailer and the front door is right in front of her room...so im scared that someone will break in and they would get her first or if there was a fire and i couldnt get to her....but she sleeps in the bed with us and she is 4 months old..she wont sleep in her crib for some odd reason...but i have a infant bed thingy that she sleeps in, its got plastic hard walla so we cant roll over on her

Katie - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son has been in his crib since the day we came home from the hospital. He is 1 now and when he is tired he starts to go up stairs to his room. I put him in his bed, he grabs his puppy and goes right to sleep...I must say, It is wonderful...

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2010

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We had her sleep with me the first few days home, as I had a c-section and could barely move so it was easier for me to feed her that way. Then I borrowed a co-sleeper (similar to a bassinet) from a friend who's son is now 8 months old, my little one is now 8 weeks old. She still sleeps in the co-sleeper, and I plan to move her to the crib when I don't have to get up with her in the night. She sleeps for 4-5 hours, then I usually feed her around 4am, then she sleeps another 3 hours. So 11-4, then 5-8, and has been since she was 2 weeks old. Which isn't bad...but I can't wait to not have to be up every night at 4am :)

Samantha - posted on 01/26/2010

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We had a bassinet in our bedroom next to me until he grew too big for it and was easier to transition him to the cot than I thought it would be. started by putting bassinet basket into the crib within 2 days he was in the cot and within the week was very settled in it. As Sara said also was so much better for feeds. I think it is slightly safer as they are right there with you and you can hear them better and sense if anything is wrong but that is just an opinion.

Jacqueline - posted on 01/26/2010

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our baby slept in her swing because of reflux and we put her in her crib at 3 months and is doing great

Stevie - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter has her crib in our room. Since we have wood floors I slide it up against our bed so she is right there. She always starts in the crib but eventually ends up in the 'Snuggle Nest' in our bed. Its like a co-sleeper that fits right on the mattress with us. However, its only good for a short period of time and she is now 5 weeks. But she sleeps well in the crib right next to the bed.

Kasey - posted on 01/26/2010

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My oldest daughter slept on a pillow. I lived with my mother and two younger sisters at the time. My daughter was a preemie, and we were scared of her, so we would take shifts holding the pillow while she slept, we were scared to death to sleep while she did. This was until I was comfortable with her age and size, so them I moved back to my apartment, where she slept in a bassinet until she was about 8 months old (she was then the size of an average 4 month old) and then a crib. My youngest daughter slept in a bassinet next to my bed and then in a crib. My son, was supposed to sleep in a crib, but he wouldn't go to sleep for me. My friend Crystal was a blessed woman, and my son like the fluff of her chest, so she would have to come over and get him to sleep on her chest and then put him in his crib.

Rachel - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son's slept in the bed with me every night since he was born. I know they say that's not a good thing to do with the blankets and stuff, but that way I can touch him through the night and know he's still breathing and stuff. I'm really paranoid about it.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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I think it is doing to depend on the baby. My son didnt want anything to do with either a crib or basinet. I am/was completely opposed to the baby in the bed with me. Well thats the only way I got a couple of hours of sleep. It took me months to figure out he liked to be elevated. So now he slips in the crib with boppy. The doctors say dont put anything in their crib..... He wont sleep flat on his back, belly or side. He has to have his head propped. So if I were you I would get a pack-n-play. It has a basinet attachment. This way if your baby doesnt like the basinet, at least you didnt waste space or money. You can still use it later as a playpen. You can also move it to different rooms, which is a plus. Sometimes daddy and mommy will sleep a different times and take turns with baby duty. Good Luck! Congratulations!

Jackie - posted on 01/26/2010

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honestly mine daughter slept in a box...i know sounds weird but i had a c-section and i couldn't lean over her crib to get her out..and my incision got infected so i had a really hard time movin around the house. so for me draging her on the floor in a box was the best thing. i ened up finding that the couch was the only place i could sleep and get up without help...if i had a bassinet i would have prob used that but we didn't..lol i think you should do what you think is best..the crib is fine...

Karin - posted on 01/26/2010

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Our son was in a bassinett in his own room from day 1. Transferred to cot at almost 4 months old. SIDS can happen to any baby no matter where they sleep.

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010

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seeing as how SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome i dont believe there is really anything that will prevent it... it is obvious tho that if there are blankets and loose objects in the crib or bassinet they can suffocate or choke. and i dont think it really makes a big difference between bassinet and crib. i used and am still using the bassinet in our room just bc i feel more comfortable[being a first time mom] having him in the same room as me. and also i dont think its a big deal with the baby having blankets in the bed when they're still tiny bc they dont roll over for one and dont move that much.. & my baby actually sleeps on a pillow, in his bassinet, that is kind of propped up bc he hates being laid flat..? but he's been fine. my point being is just that if sids is going to happen its going to happen, its not preventable.

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My son who is now six months old has slept in his crib from day one.....we also couldn't figure out why he was so uncomfortable during sleep until one day my husband rolled him over to his tummy and Henry went right to sleep...from that day on he has been sleeping on his tummy...he has slept through the night since he was 9 weeks old and now sleeps 12 -14 hours a night

Becci - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter has slept in her crib in her own room from day 1 and it hasn't been a problem.I wanted her in her room cause then I would have a better sleep at night and I wouldn't be able to hear her every move as he likes to make noises in her sleep. When we where in the hospital I didn't sleep that well cause she is a noise sleeper. So her in her room just works better for us. And when she is older I want her to know that her room is her room and our is ours.



I think if SIDS is going to happen it will happen no matter where they are or how they are sleeping. But that is just my opinion.



Hope everything works our for you guys....

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I've never heard that babies in cribs are more susceptible to SIDS then babies in bassinets. The only risk factors I've heard of are if there are unnecessary pillows, blankets, toys, stuffed animals, and bumper pads in the sleeping area with the baby. having an active smoker in the house will increase the SIDS risk for baby...and I've heard new debates that soothers during the night might have a connection to SIDS...but as far as I know that's just a theory. A good doctor will discus this all with you either right before your due or while you're still in the hospital with your baby. But if you're getting anxious about it and the Dr. isn't bringing it up, then there's no reason you can't bring it up either!

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It doesn't really matter whether in a crib or bassinet i don't think, as long as you aren't putting blankets, pillows, or stuffed toys in the crib with them. I had my son in a bassinet for the first month, but it was just because I wanted him to be close and the crib didn't fit in our room. My son didn't really like sleeping in the bassinet though and slept horribly. He sleeps much better in his crib.

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My Daughter slept in the Bassinet by my bed until she was about 3 months old and was too big for it then I moved her to her crib.

Sammy - posted on 01/26/2010

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i agree with everyone else.... i used the bassinet for the convinience of it until my daughter slept through the night and we could put her in her own room... when they are getting up to eat every few hours it just becomes tedious and hard on ur back if they are in a crib... thats why we had the bassinet next to our bed for the first 3 or so months...

Zuzana - posted on 01/26/2010

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Our daughter slept next to me in a moses basket from day one until she was about 4 months and we returned from holiday and put her straight in her cot bed in her bedroom and she accepted it straight away.it was easier for me tohave her close while i was breastfeedind as i heard her moan and my partner never even woke up to her feeds, now i have to make trips to her bedrooms but she would not sleep anywhere else now which is good x all the best whatever u decide

Gail - posted on 01/26/2010

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my son loves being in his bouncy and his swing he sleeps best in them! for the first week and a half, because i had a c section and getting up was not easy, he slept in his bouncer on my bed (strapped in of course)

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