I'm new to mommyhood and I really want to co-sleep. My doctor told me I shouldn't but it benefits mother and baby if done correctly, right?
I was going to use his crib, but he doesn't like it. And right now I'm using a bassinet thing and he does like it, but he wakes often and won't go to sleep unless I rock him to sleep and hold him for like an hour before I put him back in it.
I also breastfeed exclusively.
Is there anything I should know about co-sleeping? No added blankets, pillows, etc. Lay him on his back.. what else? I just feel me and Alex both would sleep more if we tried this. I'm also very aware of my surroundings when I sleep, I'm a light sleeper.
I can only tell you about my personal experience. When my LO was first home from the hospital, I kept him in a bassinet next to my bed at night so I could grab him easily to feed him when he woke up. I also breastfed exclusively. The only time I had him sleep with me was when we'd both kinda fall asleep when he was feeding. Otherwise, I think it's a good idea for the babe to be in his/her own bed.
When he was bigger and in his own room in his crib, I would feed him while rocking him in my rocking chair and I'd always kinda be doing that with my eyes closed too lol. I love my sleep and I tried to sleep whenever possible!
When Kent was first born he used to sleep in our bed. We would try him in the moses basket but he wasnt having any of it. Alot of people say dont do it because they become dependant on needing you there etc. But we never had any issues. We did it up until he was too big and taking up too much room. At that point we put him into his own bed.
Although now, i just got back from America and am staying with my family. Kent has a small airbed on the floor which he will sleep in untill about 2 or 3 in the morning. Then he will crawl in with me. Which to be honest, i dont mind. He will go back into his own bed in his own room once we move. And he knows this. But as of right now, im enjoying the cuddles.
You seem to know your stuff and good for you! I've had so many comments about sharing a bed with Bethlouise, but until people try to exclusively breastfeed, they don't realise how much effort it is to not have baby in bed with you.
There are lots of benefits of co-sleeping, obviously you get more sleep as you can just pop your boob into his mouth and then doze back off yourself. And contrary to belief, it can help with confidence and independence because your child gets to choose when they're ready to sleep alone instead of being forced to.
I still have Bee sleeping with me now at almost fifteen months and she still wakes up to nurse but I practically don't do anything to help her with that now. She has to stay in my room until I move out, which won't be until she's four or five years old and she'll probably be in my bed for that long too.
I think that the most important thing is that you feel like you're doing the right thing for you and your child, so don't take too much criticism to heart.
I don't co- sleep anymore... my son slept in bed with me and my DH for a week in a thing called the snuggle nest, and then he was moved to his crib ( and TBH he seems to like it more then sleeping with us, lol) but you have to do what is right for your child and you!!!
I co-sleep in my bed because as some of you remember my LO was only 4lbs and he was to small for anything! :/ now he's almost 9 lbs! and i'm slowly trying to get him use to the crib but he don't like it so we are still co-sleeping at night
co-sleeping isnt as bad you know your baby is there. you got everything right
you just need your pillow and your blanket.
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