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How to sidecar a crib

Updated on September 12, 2014

How to Sidecar a Crib to your Bed

So, you've decided that co-sleeping/bed-sharing is what works best for your family. Wonderful! However, many bed-sharing families often find that one parent gets less-than-adequate space and ends up on the couch. My own husband spent four months on our couch until we decided to sidecar the crib! Now, we have ample space to spread out, the baby is protected on all sides but is still close for night-time nursings, and everyone is happy!

Sidecarring the crib is simple, fast, cheap, and practical. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to improve your co-sleeping experience!

Gather supplies

You need just a few things to successfully sidecar your crib.

1. Convertible crib and mattress.

2. Your bed, complete with a standard metal frame.

3. High density craft foam measuring 4x24x28 inches.

4. 2 40-inch bungee cords.

5. An electric knife, hacksaw, or sharp bread knife.

6. Ruler.

7. Marker.

8. A sheet or blanket that is 54" long and at least 50" wide. You can just cut an old bed sheet to these dimensions.

You may possibly need:

1. Casters for crib or bed.

OR

2. Bed risers for the crib or the bed.

Supplies you can find on Amazon

Here are some quality but affordable supplies you may need.

Note: The foam is unavailable in short lengths on amazon. Visit one of these stores or a similar one near you to get the right cut:

Http://www.Joann.com

Http://www.michaels.com

Http://www.hancockfabrics.com

Don't forget to ALWAYS use a 50% off in-store coupon for those 3 stores! They generally accept coupons from each other, too. Just check your newspaper, ask for an ad in the store, or print a coupon you find in a google search. I NEVER buy from craft stores at full price!

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Remove side from crib that will be open to the bed.Make the tops of both mattresses level by adding/removing bed risers, casters, etc.Push the crib flush against the wall.Attach one bungee cord  around the frame of the bed and back onto itself near one end of the rib.Attach the second bungee cord the same way near the other end of the crib. Make sure you hook the bungee cords back onto themselves so that they don't scratch the crib!Cut the foam in half lengthwise with your electric knife, bread knife, or hack saw.Squish the two pieces into the far side of the crib, laying on their shortest sides so that they're the same height as the baby mattress. This should be a tight squeeze.Replace the mattresses and box springs.Push the bed as close to the crib as possible, to eliminate the crack.Take a sheet or blanket, fold it to just over the length of the crib and firmly tuck it in around the edges of the crib. Make sure it's long enough to cover the crack between the beds and it doesn't get bunched up while you move in your sleep (we use
Remove side from crib that will be open to the bed.
Remove side from crib that will be open to the bed.
Make the tops of both mattresses level by adding/removing bed risers, casters, etc.
Make the tops of both mattresses level by adding/removing bed risers, casters, etc.
Push the crib flush against the wall.
Push the crib flush against the wall.
Attach one bungee cord  around the frame of the bed and back onto itself near one end of the rib.
Attach one bungee cord around the frame of the bed and back onto itself near one end of the rib.
Attach the second bungee cord the same way near the other end of the crib. Make sure you hook the bungee cords back onto themselves so that they don't scratch the crib!
Attach the second bungee cord the same way near the other end of the crib. Make sure you hook the bungee cords back onto themselves so that they don't scratch the crib!
Cut the foam in half lengthwise with your electric knife, bread knife, or hack saw.
Cut the foam in half lengthwise with your electric knife, bread knife, or hack saw.
Squish the two pieces into the far side of the crib, laying on their shortest sides so that they're the same height as the baby mattress. This should be a tight squeeze.
Squish the two pieces into the far side of the crib, laying on their shortest sides so that they're the same height as the baby mattress. This should be a tight squeeze.
Replace the mattresses and box springs.
Replace the mattresses and box springs.
Push the bed as close to the crib as possible, to eliminate the crack.
Push the bed as close to the crib as possible, to eliminate the crack.
Take a sheet or blanket, fold it to just over the length of the crib and firmly tuck it in around the edges of the crib. Make sure it's long enough to cover the crack between the beds and it doesn't get bunched up while you move in your sleep (we use
Take a sheet or blanket, fold it to just over the length of the crib and firmly tuck it in around the edges of the crib. Make sure it's long enough to cover the crack between the beds and it doesn't get bunched up while you move in your sleep (we use

Instructions

10 easy, step-by-step instructions!

1. Remove one side rail of the crib by following the directions to make a toddler bed.

2. Check the level of the mattresses: you want them to be as close in height as possible, or the baby's a little higher (to avoid Baby putting face up against the side of your mattress).

If they aren't the same, you first need to raise/lower the crib mattress to get as close as possible. Then, you can experiment by adding/removing casters and bed risers.

3. Once the mattresses are level,  remove the mattresses and box springs and set them aside.

4. Push the crib flush with the wall. When you're totally finished, the adult bed will be right up next to it, so that they're side-by-side with the crib opening facing the bed.

5. Get under the crib. Put one end of the bungee cord through a hole in the slats on the side by the wall. Loop it around and hook it securely on itself. Take the other end and wrap it around the bed frame and back toward the secured end. Pull hard (but carefully!), and hook that end through the slat like the first one, next to it.

6. Do the same on the other end of the crib with the second bungee cord.

7. Using your ruler and marker, mark the halfway point down the length of the foam. Using your electric knife, bread knife, or hack saw, cut down the length of your foam.

8. Stand the 2 halves on their sides and squish them down next to each other along the remaining side rail of the crib. It should be a tight fit!

9. Replace the box springs and mattresses. Push the adult mattress toward the crib as hard as you can.

10. Cover the crack between the beds with a large sheet that is tucked around the edges of the crib really well.

That's it! Enjoy plenty of personal space AND convenient night-time feedings or just snuggles!

Do you co-sleep, bed-share, or have a family bed? What are your thoughts on sidecarring the crib? - Thank you for sharing!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds interesting. We never had too many problems with having the crib close to the bed. You still have to get out of bed to change a baby and to feed them, especially with my daughter who had reflux when she was tiny.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      We tried several different options and I can say there is universal answer for all babies. In my opinion is best to try couple of them and see what suits you best.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      What a neat idea, this is very helpful! I like it. Thanks for sharing.

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      KatBar 5 years ago

      Think it is a great idea.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Sidcarring the crib is a great idea - I wish I had thought of it when I needed it. Congratulations.