Co-sleeping?

Apparently a controversial issue, co-sleeping wasn’t something we really tried or did with Oliver.  In his first week or so at home, I think we slept with him in bed with us a handful of times, but Oliver has generally been happier to sleep by himself.  When he was an infant, I used to take naps with him, which I found decadent, sweet, and which I wouldn’t trade for anything.  There is nothing quite like snuggling up to your little one, feeling and smelling their sweet breath in your face, being able to just hold onto them.

Nowadays, there’s not a chance that Oliver would sleep with us.  If he gets into our bed, he thinks it’s time to play.

Hazel, on the other hand, sleeps incredibly well when she sleeps in bed with us.  We try to put her down by herself in her playpen, but she won’t go for too long before she’s fussing.  And when we have to get up at 6:30 in the morning with Oliver, we just don’t really have the will to fight her to sleep by herself–sometimes you have to declare yourself in survival mode and move on.

So, we are becoming one of the many families who choose to co-sleep.  We’re doing it safely–practicing the safe co-sleeping measures I’ve read about.  And we’re getting more sleep than we would be.  And Hazel is such a sweetie.

One thing I wanted to make sure of is that if we brought her to bed with us, that we did it as a conscious, informed decision.  And so far, I’m glad for the arrangement.

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2 responses to “Co-sleeping?

  1. All 3 of my children have shared our bed. When the time came, they adjusted well to their “big kid” beds. LOL When the new baby comes in April, she will share our bed as well. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Congrats on Baby Hazel.

    Michelle 🙂

  2. It’s certainly not my ideal, but at least while Haze’s an infant, it’s a livable situation (except this morning when I came back to bed after driving Oliver to the nanny’s, and Hazel and katyjane were hogging the bed… 😉 ).

    Making sure katyjane and I get a good night’s sleep is a much higher priority for me than where our week-old infant is sleeping. Especially when there’s no real principled reason to think that co-sleeping is harmful. I don;t think of it as a long-term solution. Most things with Oliver pretty much worked themselves out in the long run, and if Hazel for some reason doesn’t want to transition to her crib, we can cross that bridge when we come to it.

    Plus, she’s kind of snuggly…

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