Now, I know what you’re probably picturing. A box covered in soy sauce and grease stains, with a few rogue Chow Mein noodles dried to the sides. Rest assured this box was the Cadillac of makeshift side sleepers, which I have my slightly obsessive-compulsive husband to thank for. He trimmed the sides so that they were only eight inches high and I could rest my arm next to Layla. He also lined it with a firm, foam mat and blanket.
Why the box?
When Layla was born, she hated being swaddled and sleeping anywhere except for on our chests. It was impossible to put her down. Knowing that co-sleeping could be dangerous, and having the nurses reiterate these dangers at the hospital, I found myself laying awake in bed all night watching reruns and infomercials until my husband came home from night shift to take over for a couple of hours. It was complete torture. I was functioning on just a few wee hours of sleep a night, and I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I wanted someone to just tell me that it would be okay to co-sleep with Layla, but it never happened.
Not wanting to spend a ton of money on a side sleeper Layla might not have liked, my husband came up with the idea of the box. It worked. I was able to sleep next to her knowing that she would be perfectly safe. She couldn’t roll out and I couldn’t squish her. A few weeks later we were able to finally transition her to the basinet, and I’ve been thankful for my husband’s MacGyver-type thinking ever since.
We ended up tossing the box out, but now that I’m about to have my second, I’m slightly worried we may have a similar problem. Since baby sleep products like side sleepers are not recommended by Health Canada, and I believe Chinese food delivery boxes fall under this category, I’ve been on the hunt for some tips on bassinet sleeping if I need them.
I found a short list on livestrong.com, but if you have any of your own, please feel free to post them here. I would love to read them.