I’m not sure how Gym Hottie did it, but he aligned the crib and our mattress exactly flushed against each other without any measuring! As for me, I just stood there as we set up the side car crib when Humnoy was 10 months. I wrote about how sleeping with a side car crib was new for all of us and that it wasn’t a full and spontaneous transition. I hope the following pictures and tutorial help if you’re searching for a way to keep your child close to you but need an option to have more space with co-sleeping.
2) Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Stages Crib
It is not a drop-side crib, has multiple height adjustments, and a beautiful crib.
3) Serta crib mattress
I used this to fill in the gap between the edge of crib mattress and the crib slats. There’s a gap because the front side of the crib is removed and with the crib mattress pushed as far close to our bed, it leaves a bit of space for baby to get caught in. I’ve seen firm foam be used as well.
Set-up & Pictures:
I nurse him down to sleep and gently place him in the crib. He has slept (without struggle) the entire evening in his sidecar crib three times and counting so far! Only reason it hasn’t been a full transition is because we unanimously vote to have him back in our bed some nights. I love having the space, but having him close as well. I get to be in arms reach and can snuggle when I want to.
Do you sidecar, cosleep, or both? If you have any questions, please feel free to post below and I’ll try to help!