On Friday I had an “Ask the Moms” question submitted by a reader relating to co sleeping. Thank you for all your suggestions and replies, many were so helpful and I love hearing from you guys.
It’s really important to me that we are all accepting of each others different parenting styles and beliefs. People do what works for them and that is how it should be. If you don’t agree with me or another commenter on my blog, that is totally fine! Being respectful of others is #1.
Anyways, I wanted to share with you how I feel about co sleeping and what works for me! I have never talked about it much and several of you have asked what we do, so here it is. I don’t think there is anything wrong with sleeping with your kids until they are 2 or 3 or 4 or 5. I don’t think it’s “wrong” or “un -healthy” or “weird.” Is it for me and my family? No.
Does co-sleeping with my babies work for me? Yes.
I don’t consider myself or my family a “co -sleeping” family by any means. I don’t even know what the technical term for co sleeping is, and I don’t think it matters. Lucas (and most likely my future babies) slept with me in bed or in a bassinet next to my bed for the first 6 months or so. I don’t really think that is called co sleeping, but really, it doesn’t matter. It was easier for me, and I was such a worry wart, that I wanted Lucas sleeping right next to me. As he got older he would start out the night sleeping in his own bed and then once he woke in the early morning he would come in bed with me. This happened for a while and then he eventually went into his crib in his room.
Now, every once in a while I will get Lucas out from his bed in his room and bring him in bed with me. Sometimes, I just miss him and I looove snuggling with him. And, when he’s asleep, he’s a pretty good snuggler. 🙂 And also, tell me, what is sweeter than a sleeping baby??
I loved having Lucas sleep with us when he was a baby and I never worried about rolling over on him or anything like that. I know some do, but I didn’t. It made nursing at night easier and I also think it helped with bonding. When we go out of town he usually ends up sleeping in bed with us too, because his pack n’ play is uncomfortable ( I imagine) and we’re all in the same room. That is fine with us and we don’t mind at all. He does like to hog the middle of the bed, but I tell daddy to roll over. 🙂
That is what works for my family. Feel free to share what works for you!