5 Things to Expect when You Co-Sleep with your Child

Bedtime with babies and toddlers: not an easy thing no matter what routine, method or prayer you use in an attempt to get your little one to fall asleep. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no right way or wrong way, but in case you’re thinking about co-sleeping like my husband and I are doing with our Lilly, here’s a few things you should expect along the way:

1) Night time feedings are easier

Night time feedings are never fun for new parents, what with all the running around at ungodly hours when you would rather be snug in bed. Co-sleeping though can cut down all that running around because the baby is right there in your bed and if you train yourself right, you can deal with nighttime wakings without having to open your eyes!

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2) You will get kicked in the face

Congratulations, your baby has started sleeping through the night. Before you start popping champagne bottles though, remember this: even when the baby starts sleeping through the night, it doesn’t mean the parents get to sleep through the night too, oh no, that would be too easy. Where before you got awakened in the middle of the night by a wailing child wanting milk, now you’ll be awakened by an unceremonious kick to the face by a peacefully sleeping toddler. So much for that beauty sleep.

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3) All the cuddles

You can never get tired of cuddling with your babies, especially since night time is the only time they want to cuddle as they fully embrace the terrible twos and decide that replacing day time cuddles with tantrums is a viable option. So yes, co-sleeping lets you sneak in all the cuddles your heart desires while your tiny terror is fast asleep.

4) Leaky diapers, vomit or thrown up milk takes on a whole new dimension

No one likes it when a diaper springs a leak or when the baby is feeling a little green and throws up during the night, these situations are always stressful and difficult. When the baby is in his own room though, you can at least be a little slipshod about the cleaning up and simply bring the little one into your own bed for the night and vow to do a proper nursery cleaning when you’re more awake. When you co-sleep though such incidents take on a whole new meaning. Now you’re not just cleaning the baby and calling it a day, you’re suddenly stripping bedsheets, scrubbing mattresses, washing blankets and comforters (and probably yourself as well) all at some ungodly hour when your brain is still trying to convince itself this is all some horrible nightmare. The last time Lilly was sick and threw up in our bed I ended up running multiple loads of laundry downstairs in our apartment building’s laundry room at 3am and trust me, that is not a fun way to spend the wee hours of the morning.

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5) Did I mentionΒ all the cuddles?Β 

Enough said πŸ™‚

 

 

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20 thoughts on “5 Things to Expect when You Co-Sleep with your Child

    1. For a time when Lilly was about 6-10 months, we had a queen bed and co-sleeping definitely became a challenge. I think I had a creak in my neck perpetually at the time from always sleeping crooked 😁 A king size bad is way more conducive to our sleeping arrangements πŸ˜†

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  1. Ah we started co sleeping when little one was still shy of two weeks, her dad couldn’t sleep without her next to him πŸ™‚
    Well it saved my back and got me into shape far quicker. Everyone was impressed that we did not look like new parents because well we slept through the night.
    Now she is a cuddle addict during the night, some nights that means I cannot even go to the toilet.
    Aw throwing up is so not fun! It happens. And many parents who don’t co sleep take their sick kids into their bed to keep an eye on them and then happens anyways…

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  2. Ah, the cuddles, makes me wish I weren’t such a violent sleeper so I could have Baby Girl with me! The much sturdier LM sleeps with us a couple times a week, and it’s about the only time I can hug on him much!

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    1. Wow that’s great! How did you transition the first 2 out of your bed to their own beds? πŸ˜‚ I’m trying to transition Lilly now that she’s 2 but it’s not exactly easy πŸ˜‚

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  3. Man, this is close to home! Two kids, both co-slept, and man…there are cuddles…and there is much vomit, urine and karate chops to the groin…but cuddles abound.

    But it does completely change your relationship with bodily fluids in a way that I’m still not sure I’m comfortable with…nothing quite like the cloying smell of regurgitated breast milk and urine…mmm mmm mmm. πŸ™‚

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