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Hi! Im new to this board, but have been in the April 2013 DDC since the beginning. My baby, Antonia Marie, is one week old today, and we have been co-sleeping practically since the hospital. It is the only way that I am getting any sleep! I am having to wake her up to feed, and the past three nights she has vocalized a little when I move her to nurse, but she has not cried once during the night! DF is basically sleeping the entire night because our night time feeds/diapers have been so easy!
We are feeling great about it, but the Nurse practitioner at my Pediatrician made me feel like I was really putting my baby at risk, and being selfish for wanting her near me! I just thought of looking for this board today, so I am hoping the more im here the less guilty I will feel when talking to the "professionals"
Heres a pic of my little angel! This is not how she sleeps, but I had gotten up and I couldn't resist this pic. She was just too adorable!!! Im looking forward to getting to know you all. [IMG][/IMG]
You should definitely not feel guilty for doing what is best for your family. While we don't co sleep, I think that if you think its right for your family and you aren't doing anything irresponsible it is perfectly fine. The "professionals" always think they know best. But they don't. You do what's right for you.
She is SO cute! and don't worry, not all the "professionals" agree about co-sleeping. Many believe it reduces the risk of sides, and there have been a few studies that have proven this! Just practice safe co-sleeping practices and you'll be fine. Glad you're joining us!
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I personally feel better about co-sleeping than bedsharing for myself, but I am not ruling this out at all for exactly like you describe I can see it just happening on it's own! I wouldn't let the opinion of anyone discourage you from following your instinct and doing what you feel is best. You are a better judge than anyone else about what is "safe" for your baby!
I am so happy that you are enjoying mommyhood (I"m in the May ddc) I can't believe it's just around the corner for me! I say more power to you for doing what works best for your whole family!!!