DIY Co-Sleeper Review {One Year Later}

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.

The Details

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.






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  1. briana jaramillo says:

    Hi Amanda,
    my name is briana I was going through your page , and im really interested in buying that type of co-sleeper crib, I searched at ikea and didn’t find the type that you had , may I ask where you found the crib or any other resources would be fine as well.
    thank you ,

  2. Hi Amanda. L. O. V. E. This idea. I’ve seen so many but this looks the best. Can you please give some details on how you painted the crib. I love the color but I’m more interested on the type of paint and how many coats. Also how long it took to dry.
    Running out to get this crib THIS weekend 🙂


    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Janel, The color is Gravel by Restoration Hardware, but we had it matched and mixed at Sherwin Williams in their Interior Satin finish. The crib didn’t require any prep work, and it took two coats of paint. We didn’t do any type of finish after painting. Drying time will depend on the temperature and humidity of where you are painting, but I would think no more than 24 hours, probably less. Let me know if you have any other questions and be sure to read the original post about how we secured the crib to our bed frame. Have fun!!

  3. Hi! I was searching online for cosleepers and came across your DIY and loved it!! I didnt want the arms reach brand co sleepers because i felt it was too small and wouldn’t last long with a growing baby. Your idea has inspired me and I will be using your DIY concept. Thanks a bunch!

  4. Hi Amanda, I absolutely love your set up (and I am very jealous of your blanket making skills). Up late searching sleep solutions for my nearly 6 month old. She currently sleeps with us but I am worried about when she is able to crawl which seems imminent. I think I will check her cot tomorrow to see if something like this is possible. I do have a question about your boys co-sleeping though so if you have any advice or a post you could link me too that would be great – how did you move them from co-sleeping to their own beds? Was it difficult? Maybe I look too much into the future!

    Thank you, Emily.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Emily, I probably need to write a blog post about this because there is a lot I can say about co-sleeping, but my short answer would be that I have no regrets. My boys are almost 5 and 7, and sleep fine in their own room, only coming to our room if they have had a bad dream, and even after that, will often choose to go back to their own beds. Getting them to sleep independently was a gradual process for us, because we truly didn’t mind them in our bed. We like to snuggle. 🙂 One might say a con is that we have to “put them to bed” (read stories, lay with them, rub their backs, etc) rather than simply telling them to go to bed, but it is not a con to us. We enjoy bedtime and see it as a great opportunity to connect with them after a busy evening. My biggest tip for moving them from your bed to their own, would be for their bed to be a large bed that you can lay down with them in. Our boys have twin beds but they prefer to sleep together in the king bed in our guest room, so we are actually thinking of getting rid of their twins and giving them the king. After the first of the year, I will try to write a post on co-sleeping specifically.

  5. I may end up using this idea. It looks great!
    Do you think you’ll end up eventually putting the side back on the crib and using it as intended?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Casey, Funny you should ask! We actually used the side of the crib to make a DIY baby gate. I’ll blog about it soon!

      • I know you didn’t use the extra side back in the crib but was it an option to reattach it if you wanted to?

        • Amanda Medlin says:

          Mlserra, Yes you can attach the side if you ever want to use it as a regular crib. The crib is actually “convertible” to a toddler bed, which is basically the side left off and the mattress lowered, so using it this way for the co-sleeper doesn’t affect the crib design in anyway.

  6. what age range were you able to us the co sleeper?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Shannon, Our daughter Kate is our first child we have used the co-sleeper with and she is now 13 months and we are still using the co-sleeper for her with the mattress lowered and plan to do so for another year or two. For reference, my 4 year old son sometimes comes in our room and sleeps in the co-sleeper if Kate is in our bed and he loves it.

  7. Brandy MaBee says:

    How tall is the co-sleeper when level with your bed, out bed is pretty high but I would love to have this.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Brandy, our mattress top measures approximately 24 inches from the floor. We had to cut about an inch off of the crib legs to make the two mattresses level.

  8. I’m so grateful I stumbled upon this tutorial. I never planned to co sleep but we are with my one year old still. We don’t mind it but I do worry about having her go to her own bed eventually. I’m a new mom and I’ve parented with my heart but sometimes feel lost/ overwhelmed. I worry about additional children and our daughter in our bed still. You say your boys are two years apart? I second the request for more information on co sleeping. 🙂

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Sharlee, I am working on a post about how co-sleeping works for our family and will hopefully have it up in the next week or so! 🙂

  9. Colleen Mitchell says:

    I was looking for an idea for a co-sleeper for a 17 1/2 year old blind 2 1/2 pound Chihuahua. This is just perfect! I am inspired! Thanks so much!

  10. I love your posts, thanks for sharing! I’m worried my mattress is too soft for my 3 month old because it has a memory foam topper. I’m hoping to sidecar a crib, then just move my upper body into the crib for night nursing. Do you think the Sniglar is sturdy enough for that? Also, what do you think about putting a pool noodle under the sheet at the crack where the two matresses meet to keep my little one from rolling onto my mattress? I’ve seen people talk about using pool noodles but wasn’t sure if that was for an older baby. Thanks!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Heidi, I do think the Sniglar is sturdy enough to support you for nursing. As far as the pool noodle, it’s hard for me to say because I have no experience using one. Our crack wasn’t very big, so I just added a layer of thick batting alongside the crib underneath the sheet and it filled the space just fine. But I wasn’t trying to create a barrier, rather just filling the space to create a flat surface between the two mattresses. Our daughter spent more time in our bed than in the crib when she was little, and our mattress is fairly soft on top, but she was a back or side sleeper, so that did’t seem to pose any problems. Sorry if I’m not being much help. If I were you, I would just try a few different things out and see what works for you, and don’t do anything that doesn’t feel safe or right to you.

  11. Hi Amanda, I have rather a silly question but I read where you all attached the crib to your bed, and I was wondering about how you go about making your bed in the mornings? Do you have to take it apart or how do you go about making your bed with the co-sleeper attached?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Hannah, First off I must confess that I am not much of a bed maker. My husbands jokes that I only make my bed to take pics of it for the blog. Haha. But anyway, there is enough space between the crib sides and my mattress for me to fit a sheet and thin quilt. I fold my rather bulky duvet at the foot of my bed. It’s a little awkward working around the co-sleeper, but in the end, I can make it my bed just fine. Hope that helps! 🙂

      • Yes, thank you! I have just a quilt so that will work perfectly! I love this idea, it’s going to be perfect for our growing family 🙂

  12. Patricia says:

    Hello Amanda,

    I had a solution like yours, with a different crib, which was given to us. Right now my baby sleeps in our bed, because we had to lower the matress, as she was getting taller, like you did. My question is: Do you still breastfeed, during the night? If so, with the matress so low, how do you do it? Do you pick your baby up? Right now I’m looking for a way to raise the whole bed, so that both matresses are at the same height.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Patricia, I still often nurse my daughter to sleep in my bed and then move her into the co-sleeper after she is fully asleep.If she wakes up in the middle of the night, she will either crawl into bed with me (she is now 15 months old) or I will pick her up and put her in the bed with me to nurse. She doesn’t do this every night, and if she does it is usually only does this very early in the morning, so I just stay in the bed with me until we get up.

  13. I like this idea and your paint job looks fabulous. After the baby grows, can the side rail be added back onto the crib, and used like it was made for?

  14. Hello, i love your idea ! i think its perfect ! I only have one question though, it might be silly but how is it that you make your bed on the side where the crib is ? Do you loosen the straps a little and then make it or do you just push the sheets through ? i have just been very curious! 🙂

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      There is room for the sheet and a thin quilt to be tucked down in between the mattresses, but I rarely make my bed in a pretty way these days. 🙂

  15. we’ve done the same thing with the same ikea crib for a while now, but now our 11 month old can really stand up on the sides and make me nervous! Problem is, I start off the night IN her crib nursing her, and she gets transferred between our bed and her crib at least 3-4 times a night to nurse. Have you had to deal with this once the mattress was lowered?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      My daughter is now almost 18 months old. Our usual routine is that I nurse her in my bed and she either falls asleep and I move her to her bed, or she will decide she is finished nursing and crawl into her bed on her own. She really likes her bed! Most nights, she wakes up once, usually 5am or so, and will crawl back into my bed and go back to sleep until we get up around 8am.

    • I’m in the same situation just now and I dont know what to do, my baby is a little heavy she is almosts 24 pounds and also wakes up 3 o 4 times to nurse Help!

      • Amanda Medlin says:

        Is she old enough that you can encourage her to crawl into the bed with you when she wants to nurse so that you don’t have to lift her?

  16. How do you go about making your bed?? Do you have to move the crib each time? Or unstrap the crib from the bed? We have a platform bed so we are going to have to improvise a bit to make it stay attached with no gap, but I am curious about the bed making as I like my bed made…it just feels better getting into it each night 🙂

  17. I see my previous post is waiting your approval, however, nevermind….I see that someone else asked and you answered! 🙂

  18. Darlene Hajduk says:

    I just came upon your blog the other day and I think your DIY co sleeper bed is just wonderful! I’ve been trying to adjust the mattress in my daughter’s crib to be level with the mattress in our bed but am not having much luck. Our bed is pretty high. I did add another mattress in the crib but it was pretty high in the crib that my baby could stand up and topple out of the crib. How old was your daughter when you lowered the mattress?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Darlene, I don’t remember her exact age, but I lowered my daughter’s mattress when she began to sit up on her knees and grab the sides. Hope that helps!

  19. Is it too late to do this with my almost 14 month old? I sidecarred his crib when he was younger after he outgrew the in arms reach sleeper but I got pregnant right away and it was so hard for me to get in and out of bed with the crib attached and the bed against the wall so I just put the railing on the crib and he has slept in his crib since 8 or 9 months old. I regret not finding a way that works. I now have my 4 month old in the bed with me but I’d really like to have both of them closer.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Jennifer, I don’t think it is too late at all! My daughter is 21 months and still sleeps in the crib attached to our bed. There have even been times our five year old has slept in the attached crib. He loves it! 🙂

  20. Hi Amanda,
    Thank you for this post. I’m expecting my first and am looking into various sleeping arrangements and found this so helpful.

    Do you think this set up would also work for a newborn? I also saw your original sidecar set up, but our headboard isn’t completely safe (lots of gaps and not removable) so I like the idea of the lowering the crib to prevent the baby from rolling or scooting into our bed. I’m wondering thought if the side of the mattress could pose a suffocation risk to a newborn (in the same way that bumpers pose a suffocation risk, although a mattress seems much harder than bumpers)? I’m just not sure what to expect so wanted the opinion of someone more experienced.


    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Ruth, That’s a tough question for me to answer. I personally would be nervous about a newborn getting lodged right up next to the mattress, but when I look at the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper online, it appears to be lower than the mattress, thus creating a side wall of sorts. I’m just not sure. I would say to follow your motherly instinct. If you feel it is unsafe, don’t do it. If you feel like your baby will be okay and you can sleep with peace of mind, then try it out.

      • Hi Amanda! Thanks for your advice! I’m a nervous FTM, so I’ll follow my instincts for now and decide against it. I think Arm’s reach is lower because it has has mesh siding, which I assume is more breathable than the side of a mattress. Thanks again for your helpful blog.


  21. Hi! I love your original post, but was wondering if you felt that the full size crib took up too much space from your side of the bed? We are going back and forth between doing the full size and using the mattress we already have, or buy I g a mini crib mattress and making a smaller one. Thank you!!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Meghan, The full-size crib does take up most of the space on my side of the bed, but it never really bothered me. It’s been nice now that she is almost two that she can still continue sleeping comfortably in the crib next to us.

  22. Lesley Voss says:

    Hi! I love your DIY co-sleeper! In contemplating if this is our next project, I have a question. Do you think a child could sleep comfortably in this well into the toddler years? My baby will be 11 months old in a couple of days and I trying to decide if this is a project that we definitely need to put on the top of our list or just let my girl keep sleeping in our bed. I do realize that this is a crib mattress so she could sleep in this as long as she would be able to sleep the typical crib. I just wanted to ask someone with actual experience using this. She likes to be really close to go to sleep but once she gets asleep, she definitely wants her own space! I just want to make sure that she will get plenty of use out of it!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Lesley, My daughter is still comfortably sleeping in our DIY co-sleeping crib and she will be two next month. Sometimes our five year old even sleeps in it and he loves it! 🙂

  23. I LOVE this update!! We are currently using this idea for a cosleeper as I type. My son is right next to me. He is almost 9months now and I’ve been so worried about him rolling and crawling off the side of the bed. I have actually considered switching to a regular crib as well. But this is perfect! I can’t believe I never thought to just lower it!!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Lisa, Lowering the mattress makes the co-sleeping crib usable long-term! We used it up until my daughter was 2 years old and then only discontinued use because we are moving and didn’t have room for it on the POD. I was sad to leave it behind but figure I can make another one if we have any more babies.

  24. Just wanted to say thanks for this idea and all the info. We recently, finally did this for our 9-month-old and we love it. Been using it for about a month. She still wakes up every 2-5 hours to nurse. I find the crib portion is so far study enough to support me putting my top half over in the crib with her, for breastfeeding, sleeping, or both. She is starting to pull herself up and the high setting makes a fall or jump out of the crib more of a risk so we use a camera & sound monitor 100% of the time if she’s asleep in there and we aren’t in the room. Will likely put it down to the low setting soon…not sure how that will work for night nursing. My back already hurts and that may cause some awkward pickups but we’ll figure it out. She’s our first and we didn’t really have a plan, but mama here is just not ready for her to sleep in another room and I’m not in a rush to do so.

    • Hi Mel! I’m in absolutely the same situation as you, thinking about lowering the crib mattress since my 8 month old is standing, but we still nurse during the night as well, so I’m wondering how lowering the crib mattress has been working out for you with your back? Thanks!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Mel & Sam,

      I personally didn’t have any back issues with getting her back into my bed after lowering the mattress and in just a short time, she was able to climb into my bed on her own. Hope that helps!


      • I had the unfortunate experience today where my 7.5 month old crawled out and fell off the bed after her nap. I normally put a pillow at the end of the bed – opening gap between the end of the crib and foot of the bed – but forgot to do that today. Now I am paranoid about continuing but at the same time want to find a solution to co-sleep.

        Would lowering her crib solve my concerns of her crawling out and falling off the bed again?

        • Amanda Medlin says:

          I would definitely go ahead and lower the mattress. Naptime is the one downside to the co-sleeper crib because even after the mattress is lowered, it isn’t long before they can climb out. I always used a baby monitor so I could hear my daughter wake up, but I know some babies wake up very quietly so this may not work for you. You might have to resort to making a pallet on the floor or using a pack-n-play for naptime.

  25. Hello. We’ve been co since car sleeping with our daughter for 22 months now. Has been working great for us and I love having her close by. We a new condo and want to continue this for a while longer but I want to update the space to be more like a nursery and also our room. Anyone have ideas? Thanks for this article. It definitely inspired and convinced me to go with my instincts and co sleep. 🙂

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Maybe you could choose a neutral color to coordinate her bedding with yours, but then add some modern throw pillows on your bed to make it more adult, while adding some whimsical art on the wall nearest to her crib to make her side have more of a nursery feel.

  26. Hi Amanda! I love your tutorials on this cosleeper! I know this is an old post, but any thoughts on how add height to the crib? Our bed is too high and there is a 7 inch difference :/

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Megan, I asked my husband and the only idea he had was to build new legs for the crib by encasing the existing legs. If you want more specifics, you can send me an email via the contact form. 🙂

  27. Hi! How did you attach the crib to the bed once you dropped the mattress? How did you fill the gap once the mattress was dropped?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Sarah, The crib remained attached to our bed the same way as before. The original blog post has pictures of how we attached the crib to our bed. I still kept a layer of quilt batting under the crib mattress cover to fluff out the small gap, but wasn’t worried much about it because my daughter was older and larger now, and could not possibly get wedged between the two mattresses. Hope this helps!

  28. I love idea!! My question/concern is: what do you do about a night stand. I know that in the weeks after my children were born, my night stand was critical for the breast pump, bottles, humidifier, water/food for me etc. I can’t imagine living without it. What was your solution?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I’ve never been one to have a lot on my nightstand other than my cell phone and glasses, so I usually just sat them in the corner of the crib away from the baby or passed them to my husband to place on his nightstand. Since you have more items, perhaps you could try to hang some type of hanging organizer off the side of the crib nearest to your headboard. Something like this or this may work.

    • Hi Sabrina, I used as a stool as a night stand. It was “north” of the crib, lined up with my pillows. My pump bag sat on the floor, but the stool was big enough for water, cell phone, baby sleep book, and a lamp.

      We borrowed a DIY cosleeper from friends, but I love this project and am looking forward to doing this next time!

  29. Hi,
    Lovely idea, I am currently pregnant and thinking about doing the same thing. I have only one question: When the baby is still a newborn, is it safe to leave her in the crib when I am not in bed?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Yes, it is no different than leaving your baby in a crib. When your baby begins rolling over and moving around, you should probably lower the mattress if you plan to leave the baby alone in the co-sleeper. If you want to still keep the mattress level with yours for nighttime sleeping, maybe you could get a pack-n-play for daytime naps.

  30. Erika Thomas says:

    Hii Amanda!

    We are expecting twin boys in about 9 weeks
    and have opted to follow your plan for the co-sleeper. I wanted your thoughts on the height. Currently the top edge of the crib mattress lines up perfectly with the top edge of our mattress. There is, however, an additional low profile pillow top on our mattress that is set in from the edge of the mattress. I am wondering if it’s okay to leave as is since the heights match edge to edge. The other option would be to raise the crib a bit to match the height of the highest point on the mattress, but then there would be a slight dip down to the edge of the mattress from the crib.

    Additionally because the crib legs are a bit thicker than the long edge of the crib, there is a slight gap between the mattresses unless I slide the mattress over a bit. I plan to stuff a blanket, or foam, or something along the back edge of the crib to hold it in place.

    I totally understand you are not a crib safety expert, but I’m just looking for your thoughts as another mom who has used this system for sleeping.

    Thank you!!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Erika, The main thing to make sure of is that the babies can’t get wedged in any gaps or small spaces or up against anything that would block their nose or mouth for breathing. If your pillow top is thick enough that it could block their breathing if they slept right up against it, I would probably raise the mattress and fill the gap with something under your sheet. If it isn’t very thick, I think you should be fine leaving it how it is. Either way, I would probably place the babies in the center of the crib to sleep after nursing so they aren’t sleeping where the two mattresses meet. Does that make sense?

      • Erika Thomas says:

        Thank you Amanda. That makes complete sense. I also plan to have them sleeping perpendicular in the crib (while they are short enough) so their feet are toward me. Thanks for posting this great idea for safe co-sleeping!

  31. Elizabeth says:


    I am thinking of trying this with my 5 1/2 month old. She has been sleeping in a crib in her own room since she was about a month old and was doing great– sleeping through the night most nights. Recently she has started waking 4-5 times a night. I’ve started bringing her into bed with me and she sleeps so much better! But my husband is a very sound sleeper and I don’t feel 100% safe with her in our actual bed.
    Anyway, I was looking at all different DIYs and noticed a lot of people had to put in high density foam to fill the gap between the twin mattresses. Did you have to do that or were you able to get them tight enough?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Elizabeth, I did actually stuff some leftover quilt batting in the gap and then pulled the crib mattress protector and crib sheet over it to keep it in place. I think the high density foam would work great!

  32. Hello,
    My son is 14 months old and we have always coslept (it just feels right for us). For the first 10 months I would basically hold him for every nap and until we all crawled into bed together, we recently moved and I got into the habit of laying him down in our bed for both nap time and bed time. I just prop pillows around him, and if he wakes up after nap time he simply climbs out of bed. After a few months of this working out perfectly, tonight Forrest fell out of bed! I feel so terrible, he cried a lot and I feel super shook up. We already have the ikea crib, so I think tomorrow we will try your side car crib set up (genius!). But I have a few questions… 1. Since he is old enough to climb out of bed, do you think I could get away with not lowering the mattress? I know it’s not ideal, but I think by the time I wedge the crib between our bed there will be a will on the side and I just don’t think he will do well with the low mattress. Plus I’m really excited about this idea for when I need to lay him down and walk away. If he still ends up in our bed every night I wouldn’t mind. I just want to be able to lay him down safely until we come to bed 2. How do most family’s who co sleep deal with the time between the child going to sleep and the parents going to sleep?! My son goes to sleep pretty early. Thank you!!!!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Lauren, I personally lowered the crib mattress by the time my daughter was that age. If your co-sleeper is against the wall, it would prevent him from falling out on that side, but I still wonder about the exposed end and if he would try to crawl out and fall again. If you lower the mattress, he shouldn’t be able to crawl out of the crib, but could easily crawl up into the bed with you. You could always try it where it is now, and lower it later if you feel it necessary. As far as co-sleeping and the time in between the baby going to bed and the parents…I would usually nurse my daughter to sleep in my bed and then leave her there with a monitor in the room. We have always preferred to watch tv or read in our living room versus our bedroom, so that worked out for us. When we would go to bed, I would just gently move her over into her co-sleeper. She was a pretty heavy sleeper, so that routine worked for us. Hope this helps!

  33. We have been looking for other ways to co sleep with our 9 month old daughter. She Wakes up about 4-5 times a night. So after the second time we bring her to bed with us. I also nurse her to sleep…. I feel like this will be the solution that will work for us….. my only questions would be was the transition to get your daughter in her own room hard? And did she still sleep through the night in her crib after moving out of your room?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Ashley, Each of my children have transitioned differently. When we moved into our new house, we didn’t set up the co-sleeper and set up a full-size bed in her room. She was very excited about her big girl bed and wants to sleep in her bed instead of ours. With that being said, we do lay down with her until she falls asleep, just like we have always done with our boys. Also, once or twice a week she wakes in the middle of the night and comes to get in the bed with us. Overall, it was a very smooth transition. I am working on a blog post sharing our co-sleeping transition experiences with each of our three children so be on the lookout for that soon. Hope this helps in the meantime!

  34. Elizabeth says:

    We have just done this for our 5 month old as he’s been sleeping woth me for a month now and daddy wants his bed back lol
    My question is that when you lower the mattress surely it’s not safe as it’s then a solid side of bed probably alot worse than bumpers. I guess there isn’t a way round that?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I understand your concerns. I lowered my daughter’s mattress when she started pulling up to standing.

      “Once your baby has the upper-body strength to roll over regularly, at around 5 months, he has the strength to move away from a suffocation hazard, and the SIDS risk goes down. (The greatest risk is during the first six months.)” This article can be found here…

      Also, noted in the article is the concern of the baby getting caught in between the bumper and the crib vs. just laying against the bumper.

      But as I said in the original blog post…Safety Disclaimer: I am just a crafty, mama blogger and this co-sleeper is something we have made to use with our daughter and feel that it is a safe co-sleeping option for us. If you choose to make one similar, please take all safety measures and precautions to ensure that the crib is securely attached to your bed and that there is no gap between the mattresses. I also highly recommend that you read up on co-sleeping safety. When it comes to your children, you can never be too safe, so please don’t just take someone else’s idea (even mine ) without doing your own research first.

      • Excellent thank you. Also….we have attached it today but there is a gap btwn the babies mattress and mine but mainly worried about the gap under the mattress if you know what I mean….what did you use to bridge it. X

        • Amanda Medlin says:

          There was no gap between the actual crib and our bed base, but a small gap between the mattresses. I added a little bit of quilt batting underneath the crib sheet and mattress protector to thicken the side of the crib mattress and that worked just fine.

  35. Did you have any gaps between the bed and crib or the crib and the wall?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      There was a tiny space between my mattress and the crib mattress, so I put a bit of quilt batting the length of the crib mattress underneath the crib sheet to fluff out that side a bit. But there was no gap between the actual crib and our bed frame.

  36. Hi Amanda,
    I have just unpacked my IKEA Sniglar cot and noticed it has a sticker that states if you have the one removable side off, you should have the mattress at the lowest setting – not up at the higher setting.

    Did you have the same thing when making yours and did you just ignore it? Any issues with stability etc when having it set up the way you did?

    PS I am in Australia so laws/rules may be different I know.


    • Amanda Medlin says:


      I believe mine said the same thing. It makes sense to not have the mattress at the higher setting when the side is off for regular use. I think it is less about stability and more about the height that the baby/toddler could fall from if he/she were to roll off. When the crib is secured to the adult bed, the bed creates that “barrier” to prevent the baby/toddler from rolling onto the floor as well as provides stability to the that side of the crib. Just be sure to strap the crib securely to your bedframe as shown in the original blog post. Hope this helps!

      • Hi Amanda,

        Thanks for that, we were thinking along the same lines too. My husband will be attaching the cot to our bed in a similar fashion to how you did.

        Thank you for replying so quickly after such a long time since posting it!!

  37. Thank you so much for this! My baby loved his bed-side bassinet but when he outgrew it and had to transition to his room and or pack n play, his sleep habits turned horrible. We haven’t had a good night’s sleep in months so I was just searching the Internet for options and found this! We will be working on making ours this week!

  38. Hi Amanda! 🙂

    Thanks so much for this great idea, and your responses to dozens of questions! I read through them all and found it all very helpful!

    Just curious if you have any reason to think your idea wouldn’t work with another Ikea crib? I love the idea but prefer this color/style.


    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I don’t see any reason why this crib wouldn’t work. Just make sure you attach it to your bedframe securely. 🙂

  39. Hi Amanda- question, on your original crib height, how were you able to secure the mattress high in the crib like that? The instructions say that can’t be done but clearly it can.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Hi Alli! You basically just put the mattress at the highest setting and leave the side off. Yes, the instructions say not to do it, but it has worked fine for us when secured tightly to our bedframe. But I am just a regular mom who this has worked for, not a safety expert. So trust your own judgement if you feel that it isn’t secure enough for you and your baby. 🙂

  40. Stephanie Marrano says:

    I know its been a minute since a post on this page, but I was wondering how you deal without a side table. I love this idea. My first co- slept/rocknplay, my second co slept then was on his crib mattress on our floor. Same idea, just on the floor lol. They both went to their full beds just fine, and like yours also like to to cuddle together, so that happens a good bit. We also like bedtime, books and cuddles. Our oldest is five, and it took a bit of a phase in his 3-4 year old year, but now if we need to, we can say go to bed, and he can and will just fine.
    So back to the question… where do you put your phone charger, your water etc. I would die breastfeeding without water lol. Do you think just scooting the crib down some would manage? Or would that pose a roll out risk.. hmm maybe it was flat against the bed too. or just a little shelf maybe.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Stephanie, I think a shelf would be a great idea! I personally worry about scooting the crib down because I would be afraid of the baby rolling out or getting caught in the gap somehow. I don’t drink water during the night, so I haven’t had to think that one through. I usually just hand my phone and glasses over to my husband to keep on his side of the bed or shove them under my pillow. Neither are great solutions, so I think a shelf would be perfect!

  41. hi Amanda, when mine started standing so we also lowered her bed into the lowest setting, just like yours! just a question, how did you do nightfeeding after you lowered it? I can easily fall asleep when doing night-feeding and am abit afraid my 8 month old will roll down onto her own bed, wake up, or even hurt herself. Any tips?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I typically put her in the bed with me on the other side so she is between me and my husband. If I need to feed her on the side the bed is on I will usually scoot in a bit and put her in the crook of my arm. I think both Kate (in the blog) and my newest baby who just turned 1 have both rolled back into the crib once or twice and were just fine. Never even woke up. Kind of like my bigger kids who occasionally rolled out of their big kid beds and just kept sleeping on the floor. ‍


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