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Where to put baby to sleep during the day?

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Barefootcontessa84 Thu 10-Nov-16 12:10:43

Practical answers needed! I live in a maisonette, so front door is on the ground floor with a small hallway. You go straight up the stairs onto the first floor. Nursery is on the first floor. Our bedroom is on the second floor.

I intend to get a snuzpod for next to the bed, and I'm aware babies shouldn't sleep alone at all for the first six months - that means I need something for downstairs. I know the snuzpod comes off the stand and can be used downstairs, but this means carrying it down a flight of stairs everyday - I will be having a c-section. Is it light enough to do this? Any experience?

I hear people also put the baby down in the pram. Mine will be left in the hallway on the ground floor, so would either require leaving the baby down there, or lugging the carry cot up the stairs. Also, should the baby sleep in a pram? Bugaboo have suggested to me they shouldn't sleep in them for long periods.

So two options - but keep thinking I need something more convenient to have on the first (main) floor during the day. People tend to think Moses baskets are a waste of money? Though is it worth getting one? Or is it a waste of money to have bought the snuzpod and not use it downstairs as it is designed to do?

Sorry long post - probably overthinking this! Any thoughts/experience welcome smile

Afreshstartplease Thu 10-Nov-16 12:12:33

I'd get a Moses basket, you can get them fairly cheaply

mouldycheesefan Thu 10-Nov-16 12:13:09

I used Moses basket for daytime and night time. I didn't find it a waste of money. I had a section and another operation after. However I have no idea what a snuzpod is.

AntiHop Thu 10-Nov-16 12:15:51

Moses basket. Put it on a stand if you've got pets or other children. You can easily find them cheaply second hand. Make sure you get a new mattress.

welshweasel Thu 10-Nov-16 12:17:42

There's no way you'll be carrying the snuzpod around! That said, I loved ours and we used it every night for 7 months. We borrowed a sleepyhead from a friend (seriously the best baby item we had) and used that for daytime naps round the house (just put it on the table/sofa wherever we were) and then put it in the snuzpod at night. Had the added bonus that I could go to be early, DH would do the midnight feed then settle DS and carry him into our room asleep in the sleepyhead and pop him in the snuzpod next to me. Also solved the issue of where to put baby to sleep when we went away for a night or two. Can you tell I liked it?!

Tumtitum Thu 10-Nov-16 12:35:30

I haven't known many babies to like a Moses basket although I stand corrected given the above posts! I would say a sleepyhead, you can put it anywhere and they might like to sleep in it at night too? My DD slept in it until 8 months and it meant wherever we went, relatives houses etc she could sleep in that in the middle of any bed without fear of her falling out! I also think Bugaboo are probably being over cautious, in reality your baby will spend long periods of time sleeping in it when you're out and about so I don't see why it shouldn't for naps at home! You're not over thinking just planning ahead! smile

FATEdestiny Thu 10-Nov-16 12:44:22

Bouncy chairs are fantastic for supervised daytime sleep up to 6 months.

Otherwise Moses baskets are cheap. Even cheaper to buy second hand, often unused or bearly used because loads if babies refuse to sleep in them

Afreshstartplease Thu 10-Nov-16 12:47:00

All four of mine have been happy to sleep in Moses baskets
I bought a crib for one however and he detested it!

FATEdestiny Thu 10-Nov-16 12:47:08

Also worth bearing in mind that babies can and do sleep on the floor. A lovely sheepskin cloth might be nice for this, but equally just letting baby fall asleep on the playgym is quite safe and healthy.

CurtainsforRonnie Thu 10-Nov-16 12:47:30

Moses basket. About £15 - £20 in Asda.

kiki22 Thu 10-Nov-16 12:51:09

I have a poddlepod that was a godsend after my c section very light and can go anywhere also a good bit cheaper than sleephead, I also have a vibrating bouncy chair fisher price one ds can sleep for ages in its light enough to carry room to room about 4/5 weeks post section before that ds was to little for it anyway. I don't take babies everywhere I go I only move them room to room if I'm staying in that room ds2 spends a lot of timein the hallway when I'm doing house work.

FATEdestiny Thu 10-Nov-16 13:04:04

I also have a vibrating bouncy chair fisher price one ds can sleep for ages in its light enough to carry room to room

I've gone through 3 identical Fisher Price bouncers to use like this with my 4 children.

The absolute best way to manage daytime sleep imo.

- foot bouncing the chair while sitting on sofa.
- great way to reach hands-off independant settling to sleep
- easy to teach baby to link sleep cycles and sleep for longer, by bouncing back to sleep when stirring awake.
- manually controlloing the bouncing makes it easier to wean off movement to sleep.

I love love love my Fisher Price bouncy chair.

Barefootcontessa84 Thu 10-Nov-16 16:36:32

Thanks all - great advice!

fitzbilly Thu 10-Nov-16 16:43:33

I have a snuzpod and it is quite heavy to be moving daily. I did do this for the first three weeks for daytime naps, but then Ds decided he would only sleep if in the sling in the day, so the snuzpod now stays upstairs in our bedroom and day time naps are had on me in the sling.

Don't assume you'll have a baby that sleeps on their own in the daytime, quite a few of the babies I know will only sleep in a sling, especially if they have reflux!

Perhaps when Ds is older he may start showing elsewhere (I can only hope...)

Aliveinwanderland Thu 10-Nov-16 16:43:57

I have a snuzpod and are carrying it downstairs in a morning for day time naps. It is very heavy so I won't be doing it for long but DS has refused to sleep in it for the first 2 so I've been trying to get him used to it.

He often sleeps in his bouncy chair or on his poddle pod. If I want to have a nap at the same time though I put him in the crib as that's the only place he should have unsupervised sleep.

I've heard lots of good things about sleepyheads and was tempted to buy one. However they aren't approved for unsupervised sleeping and my midwife and health visitor both didn't recommend them for overnight sleeping.

OhWhatAPalaver Fri 11-Nov-16 07:38:11

I thought loads of people use sleepyheads for overnight sleeping? We have been doing as thought that was what they were for?

Ginseng1 Fri 11-Nov-16 07:58:49

When my little one sleeps daytime it's on the bouncy chair, playmat or pram. None of mine would sleep in Moses basket!

Aliveinwanderland Fri 11-Nov-16 08:01:55

Loads of people do, but they are not approved or recommended by health care professionals in this country.

Bumplovin Fri 11-Nov-16 08:03:58

I have a next to me for upstairs and a Cheaper wooden crib for downstairs. Someone told me some babies can outgrow a Moses basket in 8 -12 weeks so thought the wooden crib would last her longer

welshweasel Fri 11-Nov-16 08:56:58

The sleepyhead is definitely approved for overnight sleeping. My health visitor also recommended it.

Aliveinwanderland Fri 11-Nov-16 09:19:39

Welsh can you find a link to something that says this?

welshweasel Fri 11-Nov-16 10:43:07

All the tests are on their website. Basically to be approved for use in a cot overnight in the U.K. it has to pass a breathability test (so if your baby's mouth was pressed up against it they could still breathe fine). Both the matress and bumper pass these tests.

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