A little over a year ago, I blogged about the DIY Co-Sleeping Crib we made and it became pretty popular on Pinterest with over 152,000 pins to date.
I had no idea that so many people would be inspired by our little IKEA hack, and since I blogged about the co-sleeping crib before Kate was born, I thought it would be helpful if I shared my review after using it for one year.
The Quick Version
I love it and I wouldn’t change a thing! We are still happily using it and will continue to do so for another year or two.
For the first 6 months or so, Kate slept right next to me in my bed just like her brothers did when they were babies. The co-sleeper extended the width of my bed and made me not feel closed in like I felt when we used a bedrail with the boys. It also provided a place for me to keep burp cloths and diapers for those middle of the night spit-ups and emergency diaper changes, and was a great place for the boys to sleep if they woke in the middle of the night and wanted to be close to us.
As Kate got a little bit older, she no longer slept well right up next to me but wanted her own space to stretch out, so we moved her over to the crib. When she started pulling up to standing, we lowered the mattress to the lowest setting.
The crib also works great for naptime. With the lowered mattress, it functions much like a normal crib, although Kate can now crawl out of it onto my bed, so we use a baby moniter to hear her when she wakes up.
We love our co-sleeping crib and highly recommend it! For more details on how we made our DIY co-sleeping crib, click here. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below.