Co-sleeping was never something I set out to do with any of my children. They always had their own beds and they were going to sleep in them.
Parenting isn’t like that though is it? Things don’t always go to plan and children don’t always sleep well. I wrote a while back about ‘Bed Hopping‘ – this looked at the sleeping patterns of children and our experiences so far.
When babies and children won’t sleep you will do almost anything to get them to and when a cuddle is all they want I don’t like to refuse that.
Like anything, it doesn’t last forever. I know there has been a lot of negative press about co-sleeping and its dangers but there have also been lots of positive things written about co-sleeping and it seems that more and more people are now talking about this in a positive way.
It has been said to be especially helpful to breastfeeding mums because there is less disruption to sleeping patterns. Our youngest little man is not a fan of his bed and does not sleep well or for very long in it. I am talking 15 minutes max. Yet he will co-sleep very soundly between feeds.
One of the things that has made me smile about this has been that I have realised that as he has got older, co-sleeping has become like a self-service buffet for him. I will often wake up and realise he has helped himself. He can even locate a boob without opening his eyes. Quite skilled really!
What are your co-sleeping experiences ?