When my first son was born, I was 20. I was young and didn’t know a ton about babies. We bought him a crib, a bassinet, a swing, a bouncy seat and a playpen. I had one of all of the baby contraptions that are meant to either contain, soothe or entertain my precious bundle of joy. Problem was, every time I tried to put him in any of these things so I could eat, sleep, shower, or whatever else, he would wake up and cry. I thought I was obviously doing something wrong. Surely he knew this big, cold, empty crib was where he was supposed to sleep at night.
It was a rare and short event when he actually did. It was also rare that I slept when trying to get him to sleep in any one of these baby containers, so I laid down with him on my chest, and he slept! When he would wake, I would nestle him into the crook of my arm and latch im onto my breast, and he slept.
When I became a mom, I also became the world’s lightest sleeper. A loud breath, a tiny baby snore, or the movement of a baby toe would jolt my senses awake, but as soon as I realized all was well, I was back to sleep. I didn’t have to get up or call 911. I got used to my baby where he was already used to me.
Sleep: something I thought was impossible.
Once baby #2 arrived, the crib had become storage for blankets and stuffed animals. I had realized I didn’t have to feel miserable. I didn’t have to get up out of bed or have the baby wake up the entire household by crying out for me. I was always right there.
By baby #4, the crib was packed up in storage. By baby #5, two babies co-slept with me. It was so easy and such a normal flow. I was always rested and Dad was hardly ever wakened by a crying baby at night. Hello, Dad WIN.
If you plan to co-sleep, do so safely! Co-sleeping is not for everyone. If you or your significant other are very hard sleepers, take medication, or drink, you should avoid co-sleeping. Your baby should not sleep around soft pillows, blankets or comforters. Another option is to use a co-sleeper that goes against the edge of your bed rather than having baby in bed with you.
Some may think I co-sleep because I’m lazy, but I think I co-sleep because I’m smart!
Do you co-sleep? Why or why not? How do you feel about it?
photo credit: Sarah Ann Koller (her hubby and sweet baby)