This hack brought back the memory of just how thirsty I was while nursing. Here’s how Jerry and Sara solved the riddle of getting a drink while nursing a co-sleeping infant:
My wife and I co-sleep with our 6 week-old daughter, which seems to help both us and her sleep longer through the night. We have a king-size bed, so there is plenty of room for everyone. One of the problems we had was that Sara needed to have some water through the night while the baby was feeding or sleeping, but she couldn’t reach the nightstand without disturbing the baby.
We solved that problem by using our Camelbak – a little backpack filled with water, with a drinking hose extending out. It’s often used for sports, or for the military, but it is handy for co-sleeping as well. We fill the Camelbak at night, and put it between the bed and the headboard, where my wife can reach the drinking hose. Problem solved!
[Pictured here is the Camelbak Skeeter — made for kids 5 and up, less expensive than the adult version — in fact, on sale at the moment — and with enough capacity (28 oz.) for middle-of-the-night drinks. — Ed.]
We’ve covered hydration packs before; Scott thinks they’re great for kids, and not just for hiking and biking.