Thank you to infant health advocate, Jennifer Coias, for this informative video!
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For more on the monumental benefits of sharing sleep with your baby, see the articles on this page: CoSleeping Review of Research
Note: co-sleeping can take the form of bedsharing (sleeping on the same safe surface) or side-sleeping (within an arm's reach of baby). Both have physiological benefits for baby and mom, both foster a more effective breastfeeding relationship, and both protect from SIDS risks during the first year of life. At our home we use beds (on the floor) that are pushed together for ample, comfortable, safe sleeping space (first photo below). Like many others, we've never used a crib. However, if you already have a crib that you'd like to make use of, turning it into a co-sleeper is a fabulous idea.
Additional photo examples of how other parents have turned their crib into a side car co-sleeper: