The other night I was going back and forth yet again about Juniper sleeping in her crib versus our bed, and I couldn't really get to a happy place regarding either. The next morning I had a head slapping moment when it occurred to me that what might solve some of our problems would be to switch to the floor bed.
Basically, I've given myself the excuse to try this (maybe crazy) Montessori idea that I love in theory for real. I reserve the right to put this experiment into the major parenting flop pile in a few months as well.
We talked a little about buying a twin futon, but since the room is so small, and we already shelled out for an organic crib mattress, we decided to just use that, and before Juniper's morning nap we'd moved the crib out.
So far, the only drawback is that Juniper seems to really like it, and today she napped a little less than normal as a result.
I think as she settles in and it becomes the norm this will be less of a problem, but maybe not. We're keeping the crib for the foreseeable future in case this turns into a major disaster, but I'm really hoping that it works out.
P.S. Juniper only naps with a blanket, this is because we are always around watching her. At night she wears a wool sleep sack over her jammies. Also, right next to the bed is not the permanent or normal home of her toy arch!