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How to sidecar a crib
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!
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.
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.
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:
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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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, Â 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!