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We sort of co-slept? I want to get one of the cosleeper things. Sawyer actually slept in e rock and play right next to my bed. He stayed in our room for 6 months. I am a super light sleeper, we were bfing, and you will not believe how obsessed you will become with your baby and his/her welfare. it was good when we moved him at 6 months though because I was waking up at any sounds...and he was just a noisier little sleeper. He had no issues transferring at all.
We co-slept and plan to do it again. Before Alex was born I was never against co-sleeping but it just never accrued to me since we had her bassinet in our room and I just thought "O.k, baby will sleep in her bed and we'll sleep in ours." Obviously Alex had other plans for us and I LOVED it so much, I got so much more sleep because of co-sleeping and nursing.
honestly... the dirty little secret is that almost all parents end up co-sleeping in some form or another at some point. It makes me sad that our culture looks down on it and shames parents into thinking it is so bad. The first night I slept with my daughter in my bed (maybe 1 week old?) I was wrought with guilt. What health professionals need to do is educate parents on how to do it safely... if they choose to do it. Because some parents end up doing it on couches, with lots of blankets, etc, and that is not safe and that is when bad things happen.
Like a previous poster said... it's hard to make decisions until you are in the situation, and that that time all parents make the decisions that work best for them. Some get good sleepers who do just fine on their own, others (like me) get babies that wake every 1-2 hours for over a year and need to co-sleep to survive.
Proud mama to:
Avery Elizabeth (08/27/2011) & Dawsyn Brielle (10/29/2013)
Wen we had our first I read the typical parenting books I thought I had to follow those rules. I was 19 didn't realize I had a choice. The books said at 4 months baby should go to sleep on his own, put him in his bed and let him cry. It lasted 5 minutes and my husband said NO WAY we will not ever do that again and went and got him. It was then I realized to do what I felt was best in my heart for MY babies. What I feel is right for my kids someone else may not do for theirs.