Complication: moving transatlantically soon.
Please help me figure out what kind of sleeping arrangement we should get for our kid! (Baby not born yet, but will be soon, so really need to figure this out!)
Details are that we live in an apartment, and the baby will sleep in our room (though not in our bed.) We are also almost definitely moving across the ocean when the kid will be about 4 months (more mefi questions about this to follow, I'm sure.) Before we even move, we anticipate traveling to visit our families.
Oh, and we will likely have a budget to move some furniture, so although we are generally very minimalist, I'm not worried about say, buying a crib and having to get rid of it immediately. That said, we are cheap, and try to buy as much stuff on sale or on craigslist as possible.
Here are the options -- which one seems best to you experienced parents out there?
1. Pack n play or mini pack n play
. Pros of this seem obvious -- it can go with us on travel and it's inexpensive. Downsides: I find the Graco one really ugly -- I don't know why, but I see it and it makes me a little sad. Also, I see there are some weird flame retardants in the mattress? Or is this just an annoying new parent thing to worry about?
2. Arms Reach Cosleeper
. This seems like a good option (and people like them). We can't do the in bed sleeping, but this seems quite safe. (Is it? I did see one Amazon comment about a baby getting stuck between the bed and the cosleeper.) Also portable? Cons are that it seems expensive for something you only get a little use out of (unless it's okay to buy these on craigslist -- is that okay?)
. We'll want a crib eventually, so why not buy one now? (The country we're moving to is very expensive, so I might even buy one and use our moving expenses to ship it anyway.) Cons to this are that for some reason I'm really nervous about putting together a crib, taking it apart, and shipping it transatlantically. We are not handy, and I'm not sure I want that hassle. Also, we will need some kind of bed for travel anyway, though I suppose we can also buy something else.
4. Travel crib like Lotus's or Baby Bjorn
. Not the Graco pack and play, quite nice-looking and extremely portable. Cons: I don't think I can just put my newborn on the floor like that, esp. since we have the occasional mouse.
5. Bassinet. Yeah, but it doesn't last and isn't portable.
Any thoughts on these options? The options are driving me mad!! Also, any thoughts on whether it's okay to get this stuff from craigslist or is a baby bed just something I just have to suck up and buy?
Thanks so much!