*Update: Here is a short tutorial on how to side-car your crib using no extra special equipment other than the crib, the crib mattress, some eye-balling and extra comforter.
With the last couple weeks with a perpendicular baby, sleep has gotten quite disruptive as he wakes up annoyed in the middle of the night. Maybe he’s teething. Maybe he’s fighting a little fever. Who knows but it finally occurred to me that maybe, at 10 months old, he needs a wee bit more space. On a whim as I was watching him entertain himself on my office floor with a highlighter and my wallet, I shout to my husband,
Hey, babe? Let’s side car the crib tonight!
He shouts back,
I said, Let’s—
—Side car the crib? Alright.
He always hears me the first time.
As he did all the grunting and dismantling of the crib, I “supervised” and thwarted the baby’s attempts to pull the side crib slats onto his squishy head and swallow dust bunnies as we rearranged our bedroom.
He’s been in the same room with Mama since birth. He has slept between Mama and Dada after he outgrew the bassinet. It’s been two weeks since we set up the side car crib and this was the first time ever that he even laid in there with his eyes closed.
I guess he doesn’t need space so much as he does Mama and Dada, which I won’t put up a fight about.