We Co-Sleep at Our Home.
Yep. Our whole family squishes into one bed every night. It didn’t start out that way, and in fact before having children I was completely against the idea.
After becoming a mother of two, it seemed like there was always a little one sleeping next to me at night. I always just pinned it on the fact that I just can’t say no when a sweet little face asks if they can sleep with their Mama. Or when one of them wakes up in the middle of the night and crawls into my bed to find their place between my arms.
Honestly, it was a goal of mine to get them sleeping in their own beds soon, until last night…
I had just finished reading them their bedtime story, and Miss Three had fallen asleep sucking her thumb. Mr Five cuddled up to me, and turned to look at his sister with his expression so sweet and caring. He smiled slightly, and said “She’s so sweet, isn’t she mama?” I replied by whispering, “You know, you can give her a goodnight kiss on the cheek if you’d like.” His smile grew bigger, and he leaned over and softly rubbed his nose on her face, and then kissed her on the cheek as she continued to suck her thumb.
He then said, “She never lets me do that… I want to listen to her heart,” while placing his ear tightly to her chest. He whispered, “It’s beating Mama, that means she’s healthy. My sister’s healthy.”
He kissed her a few more times on the cheek, and then cuddled himself up in the blankets and dozed off while watching his sissy sleep.
Because of last night, I’ve realized this…
You Know What? Co-Sleeping is Okay.
Yes. I said it, and I’m certain many people will disagree. But for our family it works. I appreciate those special moments we share as we all fall asleep together. Our children feel comfortable; they feel safe.
Just as we believe in letting them learn at their own pace, and try new things at their own pace, we have decided that they can move to their own beds when they are ready. We won’t be sharing those precious moments forever, and if it is working for us why change it because others don’t agree with it? Co-sleeping actually has several positive benefits that many may not realize as well, including security, closeness, and ease of nursing.
Yes our kids can be bed hogs, and yes, I may have been startled awake by a foot to the face a time or two. Knees and elbows in my back are a regular occurrence as well, but the benefits outweigh the negatives for us at this time.
If you are considering co-sleeping with your child, I would definitely advise purchasing a co-sleeper (affiliate) during the time they are tiny babies. I do agree that co-sleeping while you are an extremely exhausted new parent can be unsafe, but as your children get a little older and they want to snuggle with their Mama or Daddy, I see no problem with that.
Soak up those sweet cuddles while you can!
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