When I was a teenager, I had a few of those, “When I have kids, I’ll never…” You know how that goes. Spank, make a kid sit at the table until they’re done with their dinner, make them do chores, say things like, “Because I’m the mom!”, and co-sleep.
Well, I’ve stuck by the dinner one at least.
I’ve blown the other ones.
Even after I had my oldest (my dd), I swore I wouldn’t co-sleep. I thought parents who did were crazy or lazy. Or just hippies.
Then my second child (the non-sleeper, Pierce) came along. It was a matter of days before I was cuddling that kid at night. He was different. He needed it to sleep, to be secure, whatever the reasons were, he just was different. (BTW, we got him to stay in his bed 2 nights in a row now after his recent issue. How? We told him to….when it was bedtime, we explained he needed to stay in bed until “the big sunshine comes up in the morning.” It worked…go figure!)
With my youngest, I’ve not co-slept with him once. Like his big sis, he’s not the type that needs to. The most I’ve done was to let him fall asleep with me after a 5am or 6am feeding, until I felt it was time to get up. And that was when he was 6 wks old, at most.
So I’m wondering how many parents are for or against co-sleeping? And are you firm, no matter what?
Obviously, I’m in the middle. If a kids needs to, ok…if it’s not a real need, they stay in their own bed.
im for co sleeping.i love the covenience it afford me when i was breastfeeding. when she graduated to the bottle i still loved the comfort and security it both gave us. she sleeps better when we sleep together.if they get older thats another story as i hate cold feet digging into me,lol
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I co-slept with my first because yes, I was lazy 🙂 But she slept so well with us. With the second one we tried to do the same thing but she slept so much better on her own. I actually got out of bed in the middle of the night to put her back in her bassinett 🙂
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Melody: I’m with ya on the cold feet thing…I swear my 3 year old’s toes are made of ice at night.
Melissa: My dd slept better in her own bed, too. It’s amazing that each kid can be so different!
I am such a light sleeper that I don’t like to co-sleep. But then again, I am like you. You do what you need to do for each child so you can survive 🙂 !!
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aws, can’t relate much as I have no kid 🙂 maybe if the situation is right, i won’t too since i am a careless sleeper, i would be too afraid to hit my baby with my heavy legs or arms. oh, i dunno 🙁
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I say do whatever works for you and your child. Some kids won’t sleep without that extra security, others adjust fine. Mine was in our room for the first month, and then slept 5 straight hours the first night in his own room. If cosleeping works for you, and you can do it safely, go for it!
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Finally getting to comment here … I have to say I am totally for co-sleeping. My 3-year-old son was a terrible sleeper as an infant and early toddler and got a lot of comfort from the easy proximity of co-sleeping. It also made breastfeeding easier, though I wasn’t one of those mothers who could just sleep through the whole thing.
At this point, I am very ready to move him over to his room and we will do this s – l – o – w – l – y (mainly because it won’t work any other way!). I am not sure what we would do if we were lucky enough to have another child. I think we would treat it like your family does — as something dependent upon the child’s needs.
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