I read an interesting article today about how the information that people find online about safe baby sleeping configurations may not be accurate, or correct. (Web Information on Safe Infant Sleep Often Wrong) Yes, we all know that we can't trust everything we see online, but when reading parents' blogs, health websites, and childrearing websites, we can't help but trust those with plenty of experience raising children.
I just wanted to share that we co-sleep with our babies, but we use a co-sleeper. Basically, it's a rectangular bassinet that attaches to our bed so that baby is nearby, but not in the bed. One of the sides folds down so that the baby is easily accessed during the night. When baby gets a bit more mobile, you can put the side back up and still have baby nearby so you don't have to trudge down a dark hallway in a semi-alert state. Our particular co-sleeper has a strap that you run under the mattress and pull taut to prevent a gap between the co-sleeper and the mattress that baby can fall into. A photo of it is below: