Here’s one of those ideas that I tend to assume everyone already knows, but I didn’t think of it until my 5th child, so maybe you didn’t think of it yet either. If it’s too obvious, feel free to leave a mocking comment. I can take it.
My babies sleep in their own bed next to mine, but if they wake during the night or in the wee hours of the morning they usually end up next to me for the next few hours. This can be a problem because I don’t sleep well if I’m constantly worrying about the baby rolling off the bed or under me.
Here’s my easy solution: Fold a towel or baby blanket in half and place under the baby. If it’s rectangular, place it so that the longer sides extend to the sides of the baby. Now roll the sides under, toward the baby. This should make a mat with raised sides. It’s important to roll the sides under rather than over so that the baby can’t unroll them with little flailing arms and legs.
You can also buy a mat like this for changing tables, but why pay for something you can do so easily yourself? Making it myself works for me.
A couple of caveats:
- This only works with very young babies who can’t roll or scoot on purpose. The idea is to keep them from doing it on accident.
- This doesn’t make it safe to leave a baby unattended on an unsafe surface. I do use this idea on the counter when I’m getting the baby ready for a bath in the sink, but I still don’t leave her alone.