Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Most people don't imagine that there is enough space aboard our boat to accommodate two adults, let alone anyone else, so it is of no surprise that we are often asked about where the baby sleeps. Thankfully, unlike adults, infants aren't picky about where they sleep (at least ours isn't). Helina possesses the ability to fall asleep nearly anywhere, regardless of her surroundings or location. Not only can she fall sleep in unusual places, she stays asleep while in positions so contorted and dramatic that even the most experienced yogi would find them impossible to master.

We, of course, have taken full advantage of Helina's seeming indifference to her nighttime accommodations. For the past several weeks, Helina has been sleeping (in her bouncer) on a dresser top in our stateroom. Yes, you read that correctly--our baby has been sleeping on what is essentially a counter top. The co-sleeper we bought terrified us too much to use it more than a few nights, and since Helina was sleeping so well in her bouncer, we figured we'd leave her in it for the night (and before you condemn us, please note that our baby started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks).

Sadly, like all good things, counter-top sleeping too must end. Helina has grown too large to continue sleeping on our dresser top. So, this weekend, Helina got an upgrade--or rather, her nursery did. I know it doesn't seem possible, but we have somehow managed to stuff a crib into Sea Gem's smallest stateroom:

Graco Travel Lite Crib
After seeing the same model assembled in the store, I assumed we'd need to employ the dark arts in order to get it to fit inside her room. However, as it turned out, we only needed a screwdriver. If you look closely at the picture above, you'll notice that the door to Helina's room has been removed. What you won't notice (because I have strategically cropped the image) is the door's temporary resting place--the top bunk.

For the most part, this compact crib is perfect for our small nursery. In fact, the only downside (aside from absent door) is that the crib's placement obstructs the entrance to the room. Is this a problem? Only if you aren't flexible, but thankfully, we're limber enough to make it work.

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