Adventures in Co-sleeping

20131210-181419.jpgWe’ve been co-sleeping since the day Babe was born. We use the Arm’s Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet so that Babe is practically right next to one of us. We only bed-share when Babe is having trouble sleeping. That’s not because we’re opposed to bed sharing, it’s just that side-lying is pretty uncomfortable with my DSP.

Maybe it’s because we were sleeping in an unfamiliar place (grandma and grandpa’s house) but Babe started waking up every couple of hours over the Thanksgiving holiday so she spent most of the nights sleeping between us.

Now that we’re back home, we’re finding it hard to get back to our routine. Babe had trouble getting to sleep the first couple of days and woke up several times each night. The last couple of nights she only woke up once, which had been the norm, but her timing has changed. She used to get to bed around 7 or 8, wake between 11 and 12, and then sleep through until 6 or 7. Now she fights sleep until 9 or 10, wakes between 1 and 2, and sleeps until 7 or 8.

It’s difficult for me to get a good night’s sleep when she’s sleeping between us but nothing is better than waking up to this in the morning:


Do you co-sleep, bed share, change it up? What works for you?

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12 comments on “Adventures in Co-sleeping

  1. We bed shared until my son was 8 months old and then I transitioned him to his crib in his own room. He’s almost 20 months now and climbing out of the crib, so I took the rail down and made it a toddler bed. With so many changes lately (travel, etc.), I haven’t had a chance to help him transition to the toddler bed, so he’s been bed-sharing with us again. It’s horrible! I left the bed at midnight and went to sleep in the spare bed by myself.
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  2. I base many of my decisions raising my baby girl on what I want to deal with later. The things that are sweet and enjoyable with an infant (like cosleeping) may not be so lovely when she’s a toddler making demands and refusals in clean English. So, we did a little cosleeping when she was a brand new, constantly breast feeding infant, but she is now 6 months and has been sleeping in her own crib in her own room for over 3 months. She’s also slept through the whole night, every night for a long time now, so I’m aware that I might have a miracle baby and everything baby and family is different. I think just about any kind, healthy choice is right if it makes your family comfortable and happy. Like I said, I’m just all about preparing my sweet baby to be a sweet toddler. I don’t want growing up to come as a painful shock.
    Admittedly.. I do love a good baby snug, so I often bring her back to my bed in the morning after daddy goes to work for a buhbuh and half an hour of kisses cuddles. *sigh* now if she was gonna stay a baby forever… Cosleeping might be a different story!

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