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aibu to make ds sleep in a dog basket?

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happydutchmummy Tue 04-Mar-14 13:19:30

Ds is a chunky 4 month old who has grown out of his Moses basket. Our bedroom is a reasonable size but with our super king bed, nappy changing unit, wardrobes, and now a cot bed in it there is very little floor space and I thought that getting rid of the cot bed and buying a dog basket for ds to sleep in would make the room look larger and less cluttered. I can store it under our bed in the daytime to make things even tidier.

OH thinks it's a crazy idea to put a baby in a dog basket bit I am convinced it is a genius plan.

We don't own any pets so it's not like there will be any confusion over who sleeps in it.

WeAreSix Tue 04-Mar-14 13:21:54

Does it really matter how the room looks? It's only short term after all.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Tue 04-Mar-14 13:24:00

OP, have you been at the gin?

No. You can't put your baby in a dog basket. Mainly because you need a proper, safety tested mattress.

And also because it is a dog bed. Buy a bed guard and put the baby in with you, would probably be safer.

tumbletumble Tue 04-Mar-14 13:25:42

Personally I'd move the baby's cot out of your room and into his own room.

happydutchmummy Tue 04-Mar-14 13:29:08

Hopalong, I confess I was drinking wine last night when I came up with my plan. wine

At dds nursery they have a sleeping corner with some dog baskets for the kids to nap in. That was what inspired me.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Tue 04-Mar-14 13:29:35

tumble baby is four months, SIDs guidelines recommend staying in the parents room for at least six months.

YarnyStasher Tue 04-Mar-14 13:30:03

Why is the changing unit necessary?

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Tue 04-Mar-14 13:33:30

Haha happy, I've had some 'brilliant' ideas when I've been at the wine!

TheTerribleBaroness Tue 04-Mar-14 13:34:33

If be more inclined to ditch the changing unit and put him to sleep in the cot bed. You can change him on a mat on your bed, or on the floor. Less danger of him rolling and falling off too.

UnicornCrisps Tue 04-Mar-14 13:35:03

Move the changing unit into baby's room? I'd love to sleep in a big squashy dog bed but no, you can't put your baby in one.

KirjavaTheCat Tue 04-Mar-14 13:36:21

What kind of dog basket?

happydutchmummy Tue 04-Mar-14 13:36:59

Changing unit has to stay as it is a lovely hight for changing nappies and it is full of baby clothes and spare packs of nappies, cotton wool, etc which I buy in bulk.

Ds sleeps better in his own bed and doesn't like co sleeping, but still wakes once or twice a night for a feed so it's easier (and safer) for him to be in our room.

kotinka Tue 04-Mar-14 13:37:11

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LisaMed Tue 04-Mar-14 13:37:52

I never used a nappy changing unit, I had a piece of pvc that I put on the bed - a lot safer as ds was less likely to fall from the centre of the bed and a lot cheaper with a smaller footprint.

happydutchmummy Tue 04-Mar-14 13:45:19

Kirjava I'm not sure yet, I still need to convince dh and the rest of mumsnet and have a browse in my local pet store.

southbank Tue 04-Mar-14 13:45:37

Hi op,you aren't pregnant again are you?!
Just unless you are full of hormones this must be one of the most bonkers things I have ever read on here!
No you really shouldn't put your baby to sleep in a dog bed.
Move the changing unit out of your room obviously and keep your child in his cot bed.

HettiePetal Tue 04-Mar-14 13:49:36

Didn't all our grannies spend their first few months sleeping in a drawer?

That would be a better idea - then you could just slide it shut when not in use. (Checking that baby isn't still in there first, naturally).

coffeeinbed Tue 04-Mar-14 13:50:26

My dog had to fight DS for the doggie bed.
DS was considerably older and maybe a bit refreshed though....

TeamEdward Tue 04-Mar-14 13:53:33

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AlpacaLypse Tue 04-Mar-14 13:53:45

I had a mattress made for an extra large basket for the twins when they were very tiny. It wasn't that expensive. And the basket was sold as a dog bed. So your wine induced idea of genius isn't original I'm afraid!

TeamEdward Tue 04-Mar-14 13:55:39

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kotinka Tue 04-Mar-14 13:57:05

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kotinka Tue 04-Mar-14 13:57:24

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CuttedUpPear Tue 04-Mar-14 13:58:26

Sounds great OP.
My mum slept in a drawer for her first few months.
With a nice mattress, why not?

NigellasDealer Tue 04-Mar-14 14:00:33

what if he starts slavering and whimpering? eh? eh? what then?

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