Our Switch From No Co-sleeping To Pro Co-Sleeping

2.21.2014



I have some super exciting news! The fabulous parenting website, What To Expect, asked me to write a blog article for them, and I will admit, I had to peel my jaw up from the floor when they reached out. I know I don't write my brains out on here like I could (or perhaps should?), but writing is such a freeing outlet for me and it's my pipe dream (that I hope to turn into a realistic one) to be a legit writer. Obviously, this was is huge to me.

So, what did I write about? Well, when Wes was born we made the change to becoming a co-sleeping family. There's a whole bunch of sentiment and emotions and repressed feelings mixed up in there, and you can read all about it and why we decided to make the switch here.

What are your thoughts on co-sleeping? I know it is a controversial topic in the world of parenting, so I would truly, honestly love for you to share it and leave your feedback!

Also, I just want to give you a big, warm cyber hug for coming back every day to read my blog and build a friendship with me. You hooligans are such a wonderful source of inspiration, and even if I don't get the chance to respond to every comment, please know I appreciate all of your words and I love you!

Have a marvelous weekend, friends!

7 comments:

  1. such a great article! i'm so terrified to co-sleep but i'm also so worried to put charlotte in with william cause i'm sure she'd wake him up! ahh decisions decisions.

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  2. I remember my mom co-sleeping with my younger siblings, so I didn't think twice about it when I became a mother, I thought it was what everyone did. It is nice, because I've always been able to get a full nights sleep with brand new babies, which made being a mother to multiple children so much easier.

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  3. It's definitely something that's not for everyone. First of all, I'm a super heavy sleeper, when our baby would cry my husband would have to wake me up to nurse him. I didn't hear a thing.
    Second, I like my personal space and don't want to trade it for not getting up to get the newborn. I get better night sleep when I'm in bed without baby, instead of constantly worrying about the tiny little baby next to me. Sure, it's convenient when you are nursing and have only two-three kids. What if you want more? Five kids definitely won't fit in a queen size bed with me. Maybe it's just up to different personalities of parents. Some like to have their kids close at all times and don't mind the lack of space. I need my space and privacy, I am the one who wants to cuddle with my husband when baby goes to sleep.
    I did let my baby cry it out on few occasions because it's all about knowing your child. If you know that he's fed, dry and otherwise all set and all he wants is to fall asleep on you every single time he goes to bed, then that's just not going to work. Practically speaking, I cannot lie down with him whenever he needs a nap so I had to let him cry it out in his crib but that's only because it's life. I cannot be accommodating my kids for the rest of their lives. Children need to be frustrated sometimes because it teaches them that worlds doesn't revolve around them, that they need to wait and that's just life.
    Didn't mean to write a post over here...
    Just my opinion

    happymedley.blogspot.com

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  4. suuuuper love this and thankful that you shared your tale! i don't like the fact that our society really plants it in our minds that you put a baby down in a crib and let them cry it out. i know some babies work that way, but many do not! the times i have tried to let my little lady cry it out have been absolutely traumatizing for us both. she would rather scream her eyes out than sleep by herself, and i don't blame her at all! we started cosleeping very early on because gosh, at some point you just do what you need to do for sleep, right!! but it turned into such a wonderful thing and i feel so blessed every night that i snuggle up to my girl! it makes me so stinkin happy!

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  5. Very interesting reading your take on this. We waffled between crib sleep and co-sleep with our little one, starting with the crib, co-sleeping for a month, then back to the crib. Eventually with the co-sleeping, our daughter just stopped sleeping well and woke up hourly during the night. We transitioned her back into her crib and she slept SO much better and has ever since. It was like she just needed to co-sleep for a while but then wanted to be on her own. I really truly believe every baby is different, and you just have to do what works for your family (it's a cliché, but it's so true). I love hearing other people's experiences but have realized that we just have to do what feels right and what keeps our daughter smiling and happy!

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  6. I just left a comment over at What to Expect but the gist of it is that whatever each family feels is best is all that matters. I was actually told my our pediatrician that parental stress can be more harmful than most methods or other decisions we have to make as parents. If you have peace about your choices than that peace will be passed on to your children and that is incredibly important for their well-being! Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Angela :)
    www.acharlescoach.com

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  7. Everyone is different. I was pretty adamantly against co-sleeping before I had my daughter. I quickly changed my mind after she was born and we started co-sleeping out convenience for nursing since there was no way in hell I was going to drag my self out of bed to nurse her multiple times every night. She ended up sleeping pretty much through the night by 3 weeks old with the exception of waking to nurse but we both usually drifted back to sleep during nursing. She was such a happy, well-adjusted baby. We transitioned her into a toddler bed when she was 16 months old. It was pretty seamless. I just laid down with her every night until she fell asleep and then snuck out. She does frequently find her way into our bed in the middle of the night. But we don't mind. :)

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