Are you getting ready to start co sleeping with a newborn baby or to move an older baby into a co sleeping arrangement with you?
Would you like to have a co sleeping sidecar or crib attachment but aren’t sure where to find the right one to buy to suit your needs?
Have you ever considered learning how to make a co sleeping option for your baby instead?
In this article, we’ll give you a quick rundown of the pros of making your own co sleeping option. If you’ve ever wondered why you might want to take on a project like this, you’re sure to find the info you’re looking for below.
From there, you’ll find DIY directions for three types of co sleeping options you can build on your own. These projects are suitable for different skill levels, so take your time and check them out to figure out which one is best for you.
Don’t forget to read the section at the end of the article to give you some great safety tips for your new DIY co sleeping option, too. We hope to provide you with all the information you need to put together the perfect sleeper and enjoy a safe and comfortable sleeping arrangement with your baby ASAP!
So let’s get started!
You may wonder why you’d want to build your own co sleep option. After all, there are tons of co sleeping options available on the market today, so you probably aren’t feeling too limited by the choices you have when you go shopping. Still, you may find yourself considering putting together a DIY sleeper even though you don’t necessarily have to. If you’re looking for a little bit of an extra push to help you figure out whether or not this type of project is right for you, check out our list of advantages of building on your own.
Some families have smaller spaces or rooms with odd shapes that may require a unique custom-built sleeper to get the job done. When you’re in control of all the dimensions of your co sleep bed, you’ll be better able to make this happen. And if you have a platform bed or some other unique type of adult bed, a custom-built sleeper may be the only option.
While there are some low-cost sleepers out there, you may actually be able to build a better quality one than these mass-produced options, depending on your skills and abilities. Most custom DIY co sleep bed projects come in well under the cost of their store-bought alternatives, so it’s worthwhile to at least put together a list of the materials you’ll need and see whether or not you’ll be saving any money by purchasing them.
While ordering online may be an option for you in this situation, once again, you may end up incurring too much of a cost by doing this, depending on the shipping. If you live in a small town or a rural community without a lot of baby furniture store options, building your own sleeper may simply be more convenient for you.
Get everyone involved! While an adult should always handle power tools, there’s no reason why a soon-to-be big brother or big sister can’t help paint, decorate the crib with stickers, or even play along with toy tools while Mom and Dad work on the project itself.
Whether you are Mom or Dad (or Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, or even a best friend), you may find yourself looking for something to occupy your time while you wait for the new arrival to show up. And if you’ve got a few weeks at least to set aside and devote to some fun at-home crafting, a challenge like building your own co sleeping bed may be a fun way to distract yourself while you’re awaiting the newest member of the family. If you like building things already, this isn’t going to be too much of a difficult job, and if you’re just learning how to work with wood, you’re sure to enjoy the learning curve you’ll find with this type of project.
So do you feel ready to make your own co sleeping bed now?
We hope we’ve given you a little bit of inspiration, but there’s still a lot to consider before you get started.
You’ll need to figure out the amount of space you have to work with, your DIY budget, and your own skills too. Make sure you don’t try to complete a project that’s above your skill level but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Check out the three DIY projects we have listed below to see which one is best for your situation as well as your individual skills and needs.
A sidecar co sleeping bed is a type of sleeping attachment that can be affixed to the side of your adult bed and is held firmly in place by one or more fixtures to keep it from moving around. This type of sleeper is usually suspended by these fixtures, but it may also have legs or a stand depending on the style of sleeper you’re looking at. You can easily make your own DIY sidecar co sleeping bed for a fraction of the cost of purchasing one. Bear in mind, however, that this type of sleeper is best for use with younger babies who are no more than six months of age.
A co sleeping crib is like a co sleeping cot attachment, but it’s also a little bit different. This type of sleeper is designed for use by slightly older babies, but you will still need to discontinue use of it by the age of 12 months in most situations. With one of these sleepers, your baby will be supported by the legs of the crib as well as the suspension, tension, or whichever other method you choose to use to attach the crib to your own adult bed. You will need to account for the gap in between your mattress and your baby’s mattress, but this is generally considered a very safe option for co sleeping with younger infants and even newborns.
Whether you’re going on vacation or you just don’t have a lot of room in your home to devote to your co sleeping arrangement, you may find yourself in need of a small space co sleeping bed to help you and your little one get the best rest possible. If this is the case, your DIY project is going to be a little bit different. This is an affordable project you can usually accomplish without breaking your budget, but make sure you have the right materials before you get started. It may also pay to measure the amount of space you have to work with if you’re able to do so before you get started. This type of sleeper is best for babies up to 6 months of age.
It’s always important to make sure your co sleeping situation is safe for you and your baby. When you make your own co sleeping bed, you may feel extra concerned about the safety of your little one, especially if you’re not used to DIY projects like these. But even if you’ve never so much as lifted a hammer before, as long as you take time to double-check your sleeper’s safety, there’s no reason to believe you can’t put together a comfortable, safe, and secure place for your little one to snooze for the next several months. Check out our list of safety tips to make sure you’re on the right track.
You may be surprised at how quickly your little one will start to wriggle around enough in his or her sleep to potentially get stuck in any gap that may be present in the co sleeping bed. If this happens, your baby could get hurt, and this could potentially be deadly in the wrong situation. This is an unfortunate truth of any co sleeping bed, but if you’re careful and make sure to fill in the gaps, you won’t have to worry about it.
This goes hand-in-hand with the gap situation, but it pays to make sure your crib is up to the traditional standards of most mass-produced cribs if you’re building it from scratch. If you’ll be putting the slats on the sides and back of the crib yourself, make sure they don’t give your baby enough space to get his or her head stuck between them. Remember that newborn babies can get their heads stuck in very small spaces, and even older children may end up doing this if you’re not careful.
Do not use repurposed wood for this job, as you don’t know whether or not it will be able to hold up to extended use and support of a baby. You should also not reuse screws from other projects for this one since you may run into a similar problem. Although you may be tempted to make this an upcycling job, chances are good you can’t ensure the durability of used items enough to trust them to hold your child for several months to come.
It may sound a little silly to put a dog in a baby’s crib, but depending on the size of your pet, this may be a great way to determine whether or not the crib can really hold up to use with a baby. Consider how heavy your baby currently is (or will likely be at birth if he or she hasn’t arrived yet), but think about how much he or she will weigh by the time you discontinue use of the sleeper too. If your dog or cat matches up to these sizes pretty well, you may just have a test subject on your hands!
It’s never safe to leave your baby unattended when sleeping because you don’t know whether or not he or she will move around and become tangled or trapped in anything that may be present in the bed. This is especially true of co sleeping beds, and if you’ve built the sleeper yourself, you don’t want to run the risk of your child getting hurt in something you put together if you could avoid this possibility.
Have you decided which type of co sleeping bed you want to try to build? Do you feel that DIY bug encouraging you to get out there and try building all three of them? Or are you still feeling a little bit apprehensive about the prospect of this challenge? If you’re worried about it, you may prefer to try a DIY project that will allow you to convert an existing crib into a co sleeping sidecar instead.
However, don’t worry too much about being able to successfully pull off one of these great sleepers. Follow the directions, take your time, and you should be well on your way to a great homemade co sleeping bed in no time.
If you are worried about whether or not co sleeping is even right for you and your baby, take some time and do a little bit more research before you get started. You may want to look up information on safe co sleeping arrangements, when it’s time to stop co sleeping, and how you’re going to break the habit when the time comes. If you’ve already got another child bed sharing with you, it may also be time to move him or her to another sleeping arrangement even if you’re planning to co sleep with your new baby without bed sharing.
Before introducing your baby to a co sleeping arrangement, make sure you speak to your child’s pediatrician or your own doctor to determine whether or not this is a good choice for you. Healthcare professionals who specialize in infants and toddlers should be able to give you plenty of information about safe and effective co sleeping with your little one.
Most importantly, don’t worry, and try to have fun with your new project! It can be very exciting to build something that your child is going to use, so take your time and enjoy the challenge!