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Vintage handmade crib

vintage handmade crib
12 days old

I completely forgot to share these pictures of Milo’s crib! The post has been happily sitting in draft for ages, with all the moving drama I obviously forgot!

Anyway, this is Milo’s crib, and it’s got history! It was handmade by Dave’s grandad (the frame) and grandma (the sewn bits) for Dave and his sister. Now Dave’s mum sewed a new cover for Milo. We have it standing at the bottom of our bed.

At the moment this seems quite pointless, since he only sleeps in it during the day, when we’re not in the room, at night he outright refuses. Until last week he would start screaming the second you put him in it at night, no matter how fast asleep we was when you put him in. I don’t know how he knows it’s the night, but he does! So we’ve kept him in our bed, which I know is quite popular in the US (or seems from what I’ve read online) but the official advice is against here. It was a bit scary to start off with when he was properly tiny, but now he’s a bit more robsut I actually quite enjoy having him to cuddle and it makes it easier when he invariably wakes up to feed. Though we’re making a concerted effort now to get him to stay in the crib, and then hopefully sleep for longer than three hours at a time. In the last few days we had a bit of breakthrough and I’ve managed to get him to lie in it for about twenty minutes at bed time, speaking away to the toys, before he started crying, so there is hope!

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  • anna 29 January 2013, 9:45 am

    had to comment because I’ve never seen one of those style cots anywhere else before! – my gran has one at her house that she slept in in the 1920s, she calls it a Peter Pan cot. They make cozy little places for small babies.

    Also, I don’t think official advice in the UK is positively against co-sleeping, is it? When I had my first daughter in hospital the midwife talked to me about safe bed sharing, & nobody ever commented negatively on my having baby in bed with me (we were in for 5 days). With my second, in a different PCT, I was given a leaflet on safe co-sleeping practice produced by Unicef.

    • Franca 29 January 2013, 11:44 am

      I like that, Peter Pan cot!

      What they said to us re co sleeping was ‘it’s definitely better to keep them in a crib/moses basket/cot in the parents bedroom, but you’re going to be really tired so you might end up doing it anyway. It’s up to you’. We did get the unicef leaflet too but I actually found that more anxiety inducing than helpful. It talked about the sleeping only in terms of breastfeeding (I still can’t breastfeed lying on my side now and there was no way I would have got anywhere near when he was days old) and had so many rules about what you should and shouldn’t do that were basically impossible to implement.

  • Susan K 29 January 2013, 11:35 am

    Adorable! I love this vintage crib.
    As for co-sleeping being popular, I think it definitely is among certain parenting circles. But it’s not recommended by our highly risk-averse experts (the US is very litigious and we like to sue over everything) because of risk of SIDS (which I think is called crib death in the UK). But many cultures tend to have kids in bed and lower risks of SIDS, so I never know what advice is correct. I did read this interesting article by Jared Diamond about how common this is in “traditional societies” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/11/traditional-family-values-without-smacking) which was reassuring, as we are planning (for now) to cosleep. Based on what my parent friends tell me, whatever you can do to get the baby to sleep is the right thing to do!

    • Franca 29 January 2013, 12:10 pm

      Maybe it’s to do with the type of beds we sleep in? From what I gather it’s pillows and duvets (comforters?) that increase the danger of cot death, so we always put him on top of the duvet and well away from the pillows. Also you used to get these things for the side of cots/cribs called bumpers which are now seen as the devil’s work for cot death.

  • SACRAMENTO 29 January 2013, 3:15 pm

    So glad to meet Milo at last, and how crafty of you to made an unique crib for him.

  • Jen 29 January 2013, 4:03 pm

    We co-slept for quite awhile and everyone survived. You must be careful about the pillows/duvets/blankets. Here in Canada they specifically advise against it if the parents use drugs and/or alcohol, and never on a sofa or couch. But what a cute cot, I hope he learns to enjoy it for its own sake!

  • Sarah 29 January 2013, 8:45 pm

    I hear you about feeding lying on your side, we never mastered it either. As for co-sleeping, it’s discouraged by some coroners here in NZ, but each of the cases that has led to a coroner making a negative statement about it has involved the parents smoking and/or having taken drugs and/or alcohol. From what I have read, if you have a smokefree household and aren’t taking drugs or alcohol, put them to sleep on their back and avoid covering them in fluffy bedcovers and pillows, it’s as safe as putting the baby in a bassinet or cot. Babies know what they want, and if we want any sleep we have to do it on their terms! Although what has dramatically reduced SIDS is the practice of putting babies to sleep on their backs, even though they sleep much better on their tummies, so I suppose we just have to do whatever else we can do to accomodate them until they can roll themselves over!

  • Hollie 30 January 2013, 7:56 am

    That crib (and the baby) are adorable!
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