I know some parents are fully against co-sleeping. It’s not for every family but for my family, it totally works!
While I was pregnant with my first born, I swore up and down that we will never co-sleep!
As Jenna arrived, I was terrified and had no clue how I will ever sleep. I never wanted to take my eyes off of her! She slept every night in her bassinet right next to my side of the bed with my hand somewhere next to her body so I can feel her breathing. I barely got any sleep as I was constantly worried and thinking the worse scenario. This continued on for about a month and I was extremely sleep deprived! Over time I knew we needed to get Jenna back in her crib and in her own room. When it was time, surprisingly she did very well! Jenna napped and slept in her crib but there were times when she would wake up and not ever fall back to sleep in her crib so we would cave and bring her in bed with us. Overall she was a good sleeper in her own room.
Then we had a big change of scenery! We moved to Wyoming! That’s when everything changed and we went to full time co-sleeping. Living in a COMPLETELY different environment in the winter, and in an older spacious modular home the heater wasn’t the best! The warmest temperature I seen while living in Wyoming was about 50 degrees and it would drop to about 20 degrees maybe lower at night.
There were many days and nights when the temps dropped in the negative. We constantly had a fire going but we couldn’t maintain that in the middle of the night and the thought of my daughter sleeping in her freezing cold room wasn’t going to happen! So we chose to co-sleep.
Now we are back in Arizona, Jenna has her own room and her own big girl bed (she’s 3). Sometimes she’s in her bed and sometimes she’s sleeping in our bed, smack dab in the middle!
Our youngest daughter Rylee (she just turned 1) is in her crib next to my side of the bed and has been sleeping in her own crib since she was born. Yes, there has been times where we co-sleep (when we travel out of town and she refuses to sleep in the pack and play) but majority of the time, she’s in her own bed and sleeps great! I’m thankful for that but I don’t ever regret co-sleeping with my children!
Here’s 8 reasons why we co-sleep…
- Our Peace Of Mind: After we purchased a Snuggle Nest Infant Sleeper, I was able to sleep at night! Jenna was right in the middle of us and it felt so natural. I sure wish I knew about DockATot then!
- Bonding: My girls have an amazing bond with my husband (their daddy) and I. I want them to know they can always come to us if they have nightmares or just can’t sleep on their own. I have no problem rubbing their forehead and soothing them back to sleep.
- Comfort: The feeling of sleeping next to my babies is the best! To snuggle them at night when they would wake up crying, calmed them down quickly and then back to sleep. They slept better being close to us than in their own room.
- Easy bedtime: Bedtime is quick and fast! No tossing and turning, just a kiss, a goodnight wish and all snores!
- Independence: Both my girls have COMPLETELY different sleeping habits. One co-sleeps and the other one doesn’t. Both girls are extremely independent, loving and caring.
- Safety: I was terrified about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). I slept better with them close to me so I can feel them breathing.
- Mornings: Waking up to my girls next or close to me is a wonderful feeling! We lay in bed and slowly wake up, wrestle with dad and cuddle with mom is what they love to do. Weekend mornings with all four of us laying there waking up, watching cartoons and giggling is great times and memories!
- Limited time: Our babies are only this little for so long, so we are soaking it all up and snuggling right up next to them!