Should I use a floor bed for my infant?
August 12, 2012 10:06 PM Subscribe
My 4.5 month old is getting too big for his cradle and the time has come for us to decide: crib or floor bed? Does anyone have any experience with having a baby sleep on a "Montessori bed
" or mattress on the floor rather than in a crib? Do you have any advice to offer?
Jerram is 4.5 months old and until now he has been sleeping swaddled in a cradle in our room for the first part of the night, and then in bed with us from 5am or so onward. It's time to get him out of the swaddle though, and with arms and legs splayed he is just too big for the cradle. We do not want him in bed with us full-time, but we're happy with the morning sleep-in/cuddles.
We've been doing some research and really like the idea of a Montessori bed. Basically, instead of putting him in a crib, we would get a twin mattress, put it on the floor in our room, and baby-proof our whole bedroom. That way when he's a bit older and more mobile, he can explore and play on his own, put himself to bed when he wants to, etc. I like the idea that he doesn't have to scream to get into or out of bed, and that he can choose toys and entertain himself when he wakes (eventually). I also like that I wouldn't have to shell out for a crib. A twin bed mattress would be big enough that I could cuddle down with him and read him books, nurse him, etc and we wouldn't have the dreaded "baby wakes up on transfer" problem.
Possible downsides I see are: if he doesn't want to go to bed, there will be nothing keeping him there; if my babyproofing is incomplete he could get hurt; I have to live in a nursery until he gets his own room at a year or more; if we get desperate and want to try cry-it-out in a few months that's probably off the table.
Are there more downsides that I'm not seeing? Have you done this and had a good or bad experience? Any advice?