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February 1, 2010

Cast your vote: Where should baby girl sleep?

Filed under: Family, Personal, Pregnancy — Tags: , , , , , — llcall @ 5:38 am

It’s crunch-time now . . . the due date is in 11 days.  It’s time to get serious — and figure out just where we’re going to put this little bundle when she comes.

A: Closet under the stairs

Neal first suggested this and I thought it was utterly ridiculous — what kind of parent puts their child’s crib in a dark , unfinished closet under the stairs?!  Imagine my surprise when my mom came to visit and also suggested this location!!  (Neal = sweet vindication)

B: Neal’s room

I countered with the obvious choice, Neal’s room.  He has this nice little spot right next to his bed — my two babies sleeping side by side.

[My bedroom is, of course, out of the question, considering what a light sleeper I am.  Seriously, two nights ago at about 12:30am I woke up completely startled and jumped out of bed because I heard a HUGE crash in the bathroom and thought Neal had injured himself.  Turns out he dropped his plastic tooth-flosser on the tile.]

C: Hallway

Neal wasn’t too keen on the idea of his bedroom where he might be awakened by her every movement.  He suggested the hall outside his bedroom as a compromise.

D: Dresser drawer

But after more thought, Neal hit upon the perfect spot — a spacious drawer in our baby’s new dresser.  He swears up and down that he knows healthy, well-adjusted adults whose parents kept them in drawers as babies.  I think he is getting confused with a certain episode of Seinfeld in which Kramer houses Japanese tourists in a giant chest of drawers.

Care to weigh in?



  1. I’ll give your house a good look on Tuesday morning 🙂

    Comment by Nikki — February 1, 2010 @ 5:56 am

  2. Closet! But seriously, no matter where she sleeps, you will take good care of her.

    Comment by Emily — February 1, 2010 @ 6:14 am

  3. I agree with the closet under the stairs…I’m sure you’ll decorate all cute and make it look like a real nursery, right? Maybe with some Star Wars posters? 🙂 I can’t wait for that girl to get here so I can meet her.

    Comment by Rach — February 1, 2010 @ 9:59 am

  4. PS I LOVE the color of the little design square next to my last comment. I just wanted to add that.

    Comment by Rach — February 1, 2010 @ 10:00 am

  5. Definitely closet — but, be forewarned, if you teach her to sleep in a completely darkened room, she will likely always need to sleep under such conditions. 11 days, it’s a miracle.

    Comment by Linsey — February 1, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

  6. I would do the closet but keep the door open.
    I can’t believe it is only 11 days!!! YEAH!!! I am going to bug you for those couple of weeks after you and before me… and pump you with questions… just warning you!!! And yes… you did inspire my blog post!

    Comment by receli — February 1, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

  7. I kind of like the drawer idea.

    Comment by Rachel C. — February 1, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  8. Under the stairs, because maybe she will GET A LETTER FROM HOGWARTS! You can move them, though. I would keep her closer at first so the night-time fetchings aren’t as bad, then move her to the closet when she is sleeping a little better and you are not up and down so much. That’s just me, though.

    Comment by Rachel Carter — February 1, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

  9. I think wherever she falls asleep should be the place where she sleeps, meaning she should have entire run of the house.

    Comment by Kirsten — February 1, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

  10. I told a coworker I didn’t want to put my baby in a dresser drawer after she’d suggested it, and some guy walking through stopped and told us all about how he had done it for years and all his kids were just fine. I’d never ever heard of that before. I don’t know – do what works for you. 🙂

    Comment by Sabrina — February 1, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  11. just keep her in the bottom drawer…my aunt slept in a drawer and turned out great! It’s not like they even know or remember

    Comment by carissa — February 1, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

  12. Lol, I love the drawer idea! But probably the closet area would be better. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but I assume there’s enough room to actually put the bed? I’m sure there is, in which case I say go for the closet. 🙂

    Comment by Jenn — February 1, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

  13. Ummm…I have no idea. 🙂

    Comment by Audrey — February 1, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

  14. Closet!

    Comment by Andrea — February 2, 2010 @ 2:58 am

  15. My memories of Neal-child sleeping: he could go to sleep immediately, and much before Tristan (to Tristan’s chagrin, even though they shared a small bedroom. So, I would often lay down beside my very awake Tristan to keep him company, sing, and tell him stories while Neal slumbered a few feet away). Neal usually slept solidly until morning.

    My point: I think Neal will sleep through her squeaks, but will wake to her squalls. Even then, he may turn over to sleep. That means you will be getting up! After the first couple of weeks, you can experiment with other ways, but I would start with Neal & baby girl not far from each other. There also needs to be a change table close by with soft lighting so he brings you a clean, freshly-diapered baby to nurse.

    A dark closet–hmmm. Does the space have good ventilation? A soft light? A change table? It probably has little bichitos (insects) that might be hard to see. They would find your sweet morsel, though! I vote for the drawer over a dark space with unseen insects. Just be sure not to close the drawer! It should be pulled out from the unit and placed solidly so the dresser does not tip over on precious live cargo. Best wishes! I’m sure you two will find what works best and safely for you.–LSC

    Comment by Lorie — February 2, 2010 @ 7:28 am

  16. Here’s a thought. One advantage in being able to nudge each other at night, is getting Neal to bring baby girl when your breasts feel engorged: “Time to nurse! Bring me Baby, please…” your gentle nudge says. Then you can prepare yourself to nurse while he changes her.


    Comment by Lorie — February 2, 2010 @ 7:41 am

  17. From my experience I think Neal’s room or the hall would be easiest at first, but when she’s sleeping through the night more (or you’re trying to get her too!) the closet under the stairs sounds great!

    So I have this thing where when I’m sleeping little noises sound crazy loud to me—I “hear” you on that one!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — February 3, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

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