My husband and I never planned to co-sleep when our first child came along. But what started as a necessity in those crazy early days, in order to ensure we all got some sleep, became a sleeping choice that worked really well for us.
Once we realized that we had committed to sharing our bed with this newcomer, we researched safe co-sleeping practices and learned that we needed some sort of device to keep our baby from (a) falling out of bed, and (b) harming himself on said device. This was when things got tough.
Most railings looked like something from a hospital bed, but we wanted our "family bed" to look cozy, not institutional. Then we discovered the Snug Tuck Pillow.
The long bolster-style pillow secures easily to the mattress with a strap. The pillow pivots on the strap, moving slightly with your child as they roll and move around the bed. At the same time, there's no way to get caught or wedged between the pillow and the mattress, and the curve of the bolster ensures that there's always space to breathe.
Even though our firstborn is long out of our bed, the pillow is still useful. It moved to his big-kid bed with him and now prevents him from getting caught between the bed and the wall. It looks pretty cozy, too.
Prices range from $45 to $110. Available in three sizes in dozens of colors and fabrics. (We like the 100% organic brushed cotton.) Covers are removable and machine-washable. You can also send in your own fabric for a custom cover.
Order online: Snug Tuck Pillow