If you had asked me seven years ago if I would be co-sleeping with my kids I would have smirked and said no. Pregnant with my first child we had been gifted a beautiful crib and dresser from my parents and sister and even moved apartments so that our son could have his own little space. But, I can narrow it down to the exact moment when my thoughts changed and we became a co-sleeping family.
How We Became A Co-Sleeping Family
The first night we had our baby home he would just not sleep. We had moved his crib into our bedroom for the first few months and it was placed on my side of the bed so that I could get to him easily. After trying countless times to settle him down I picked him up and just placed him on my chest. I must have fallen asleep hugging him and it wasn’t until my husband awoke sometime in the middle of the night looking for the baby in the crib and shouted out “where is the baby?” that I awoke and said “he’s right here with me”.
“With me” is where he stayed from that moment on. For me it just seemed natural to have him near where I could cuddle him but with our daughter being born just ten months later she was put in her crib where she stayed happily until she got a taste of co-sleeping at 10 months old. At this point our queen sized bed got upgraded to a king size and we were now a co-sleeping family of 4. It wasn’t until the beginning of this year that we gave those two kids our old bed (now aged 5 and 6) and we bought a new king size bed for our toddler and hubby and I.
Now that we just had baby #4 I am not ready to kick our 18 month old out of my bed, if anything I want to cuddle her more because I don’t want her to get jealous and I totally realize that with her moving around the bed like a clock it is not a safe place to put my newborn. We needed a solution to this problem, one that would allow us to have our toddler cuddles but also keep our newborn at arm’s reach so that I didn’t have to get up for middle of the night feedings and diaper changes.
This is where the BILY 2 in 1 Bassinet comes into play. When it is bedtime the bassinet fits beautifully beside my bed, not taking up to much of my already cramped space (king size bed), and during the day its light-weight design makes it easy to move it around the house to where I need it. With the weather getting warmer it means Cyrus is spending time outdoors with the rest of the family, although he is safely snuggled in bassinet.
There are so many great features on this bassinet I don’t know where to start. Firstly, you can take the bassinet off of the stand and use it on the floor in either a stationary way or with a quick change it can be a rocking bassinet. In order for our bed to be safer for co-sleeping we took the legs off of the frame so we are very low to the ground. Because of this reason I prefer to have it without the stand beside my bed. In the middle of the night when baby seems restless or I can see him starting to stir, sometimes all it takes is a little rocking to get him back to sleep.
The bassinet comes off of the stand easily although it attaches securely. There is wheels on the stand as well which means it can be wheeled around easily and if you want it stationary and back into a cradle it takes a few quick changes to retract the wheels. I like that there is a storage basket under the bassinet where I like to keep diapers, wipes and a change of clothes for baby. If there is one thing I learned after all these kids it is that diapers and wipes need to be kept everywhere 😉
There is a retractable canopy that goes up and down easily and I find helpful when I want to read a book at night and don’t want the light glaring in his eyes but also when we are outside and the sun is blaring it will be great to keep him protected from those harmful rays.
As I mentioned I co-sleep so it is imperative that at night time the toddler is not woken up because dealing with two small children in the middle of the night is not my idea of a good time. At the base of the bassinet is a great little command centre where I can turn on a little light into the bassinet to see what’s going on, I can turn on some soothing music (with volume control) or gentle vibrations depending on what is needed.
I personally don’t know when I will be comfortable bringing little man into bed with my toddler. This bassinet is recommended up till your baby can push up on their hands and knees or 18 lbs, which seems like an adequate amount of time for him to get a little bigger and fend for himself.
If you would like some more information on the BILY 2-in-1 Bassinet you can find it here.