Published on September 22nd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


And baby makes three

Irma makes it easy to sleep next to baby, with a modified Gulliver crib.

“We made this co-sleeper. The bed was made 20cm shorter. We removed one side and adapted the bottom to the same height as our own bed. We ordered a custom size mattress.”

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9 Responses to And baby makes three

  1. JWorland says:

    Looks like you attached this to the Malm Bed?!? We’re trying to find a sidecar option for our Malm–what size mattress did you order?

  2. nas12 says:

    Hi, can the gulliver be used with a malm bed? are they both of the same height?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Agree with DawnRiser, if done properly the crib safety should not be compromised. However, there needs to be a liner of some sort underneath the crib and bed mattresses, secured so it doesn’t move. See the Arm’s Reach cosleeper for how it works. Also should secure the crib to the bed to prevent a gap between mattresses.

  4. Penny Murray says:

    We are putting our gulliver crib together right now and sidecarring it to our bed!

  5. DawnRiser says:

    The Gulliver is actually designed for one side to be removed for use as a bed (see Key Features at ) so that should not compromise the safety of the furniture.

  6. Anonymous says:

    re: crib safety

    Completely agree with the above poster regarding the safety hazards of hacking a crib. It’s not safe. It’s not worth the risk.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Maybe I am ultra conservative, but I would be hesitant to hack a baby crib because they are tested carefully for safety by the manufacturer and their design is highly regulated (at least in the US). Any modification can compromise their ability to protect your child (for example, can he/she now roll over and be trapped between the mattress and the crib rails? Are the sheets now a strangulation hazard? Can it easily collapse given a certain set of conditions?) This is one area where I think function outweighs form (design) and we should be extra cautious. Just my opinion, and I hope the family in this picture has taken extra precautions.

  8. Marleen says:

    Good idea! But before baby gets bigger and starts grabbing things, you should definitely move that power strip propped up on the headboard and all the dangling cords to somewhere safer… Can you run them behind the bed, and install a wall-mounted lamp out of reach? If that’s an incandescent bulb (which are still better for lighting in the bedroom, especially if you need it on instantly) it might be dangerous because it gets hot, too.

    Maybe you can put lighting on that beam, and attach some loops of elastic to hold those remotes there, too.

  9. Sonja says:

    We turned our Gulliver into a cosleeper too. As a sign from the universe that it was meant to be, our bed was exactly the same height as the crib! It worked great for us!

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