Is Co-Sleeping With Baby A Good Idea? *
It is 8:26 a.m., and I am lounging comfortably in bed next to Kara.
She slept beside me last night, and I have to admit, being able to simply turn to my side to nurse her was comfortable, and convenient. Yet, I still worry about really making a habit of co-sleeping with my baby, so I hope that some of you can offer me your personal insight.
With Evan, we didn’t co-sleep because he just didn’t enjoy it. He was a different baby across the board, and he always slept better swaddled, in his crib.
This baby… well, this baby is unique.
As many of you know, we are struggling with colic, and most nights I’m lucky to get any sleep at all. When I do get sleep, it seems like it is only when Kara is either sleeping on my chest, or right beside me in bed.
It’s funny, because she’ll sleep in a bassinet during the day, but at night? No way.
I have most of the typical concerns about co-sleeping with my baby, including the danger-factor, and creating the need for her to sleep in our bed until she’s 10-years-old (part of me wouldn’t mind the kids being in our room until they are 10, but, I still worry that it isn’t best!)
Also, just FYI, I do have a co-sleeper next to the bed, and that just doesn’t seem to be good enough. She wants to be closer to my body.
I’m not sure if it was a fluke or not, but last night, she actually slept for 4 hours straight while in bed next to me, which is the longest stretch of sleep I’ve had in about 10 days — much needed — for sure.
Did you co-sleep with your baby, and if so, was it a positive experience?