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How do you sidecar a cot to a bed?

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ODog Wed 08-Jun-16 21:55:15

Just that really. Always coslept as and when needed with 2yo DS but now we have a 3wk old also cosleeping it's just not safe. We have resorted to dismantling our bed frame and 'sidecar-ing' DS's old cot mattress to our mattress but don't want to be on the floor forever! Sidecar-ing newborn would be too far away for her so we need to sidecar toddler in a cot.

Is the cot safe/stable with one side removed? How would we attach to bed without permenent damage? What cheapish cots work best for it? Heard a lot of people use the cheap ikea one...


thescruffiestgiantintown Wed 08-Jun-16 22:08:33

Ikea one is ideal. There are lots of tutorials online if you google 'how to sidecar Ikea cot'.

Or you could rent a Bednest - I think it's about £70.

ODog Thu 09-Jun-16 06:53:02

Thanks scruff. Bed nest would be too small for toddler and newborn won't be that far from boob at the moment, hence why it has to be a cot. I'll have a little Google.

thescruffiestgiantintown Thu 09-Jun-16 20:29:25

Oh I'm so sorry, I didn't read your OP properly! Of course the bednest would be too small for a toddler. blush

We currently have toddler in the middle and newborn on the outside with a bed guard, but we do have a king size so there's just about room for us all.

polkadotdelight Fri 10-Jun-16 09:52:28

We did something similar. Even with the dropside off the cot it was very stable. We left the bedframe alone but cable tied the cot to the bed frame and used a rolled up sofa throw to fill the small gap between the two mattresses. It worked very well.

polkadotdelight Fri 10-Jun-16 09:53:25

Just to add, we only had DS.

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