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I Wish We Co-Slept!

Co-sleeping is always a topic that causes much debate amongst parents (and non-parents too). Some people swear by it while others choose to completely avoid it. I can understand both arguments but once everyone is getting a decent sleep I think that is the most important thing. As a baby Aidan would co sleep with me when his Dad was at work, I don’t ever remember the three of us being in the bed together – perhaps on a rare occasion. This was not because I was against co-sleeping, I really enjoyed the time spent cuddling my little baby, he just settled better in his own space.

When Aidan moved into his own room he took to it like a duck to water. I did however at this point make a commitment to not bring him into our bed unless he woke up with a genuine reason, like a temperature, nightmare or extreme upset. I never had to actually find out if I would stick to this as Aidan much preferred having his own space and his own room. He would never wake to come into our bed or even our room. At the time I thought I was really lucky that we were all getting our sleep and space. And, I am still thankful that he doesn’t mind being in his own room, I would hate for him to not like his room or to dread going to bed at night. (He gets so excited at bedtime and nap time it is actually weird!)

However, last weekend our house was struck with a vomiting bug. Luckily I have managed to avoid it so far which meant I was able to run between the two patients. Aidan was being sick all night and because he is so used to sleeping in his own room he wouldn’t settle in our bed. This meant that each time I cleaned him up I had to put him back into his cot and sit outside the door listening incase he was sick again – which he was. I spent the entire night wishing that I co-slept so that I could get some rest and still know that Aidan was ok. Eventually at 7am he was so tired, and I think a little scared, that he fell asleep in my arms on our bed and we both got an hours sleep before he realised that he wasn’t in his own bed.

Thankfully he was fine the next day apart from everyone being tired. While I understand all the arguments people have about co-sleeping I would have given my right arm to co-sleep with my sick little man that night. It would definitely have been the best option for everyone.

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11 thoughts on “I Wish We Co-Slept!

  1. I co-sleep sometimes. If i’m really unwell I go and get in my daughters bed and we fall asleep together at the same time. my hubby prefers it that way than sylvia in our bed….. so i often co-sleep more than 50% of the time but in her room and we have a strong bond!

  2. I must admit co-sleeping is something we never did with either of the boys and they’ve never been allowed to come in to our bed, but that’s just a personal thing, i’m not against other parents that do it, it’s just not something that’s right for us. xx

  3. I’m so glad your little boy is better!
    When I was young I never co-slept with my parents but my brother did! And it was so hard for him to get used to sleep alone!

  4. Poor bubba hope he is feeling better now? It is an interesting concept to evaluate; for the most part I like you feel that co-sleeping should be kept at a minimum but the only issue is that when they are used to something they can’t break out of their routine.

  5. My son woke up in the night recently so I brought him in the bed. It was so lovely to have him there all warm and snuggly (and silent :)) The next night he was fine but I was tempted to bring him in again because it was so nice. Problem is he keeps kicking his little feet in my face, beautiful but not very restful.

  6. I’m not a parent so I suppose I can’t really have an opinion, but I think that “co-sleeping” is a natural thing when a child is sick or has a bad nightmare.

  7. I didn’t Co sleep either but Matthew generally gets into bed with us when he’s sick. He just knows. I let it slip then other than that I do not accept him sleeping with me or his dad when he’s fine and just randomly wakes at night wanting to leave his bed

  8. Oh no, I hope everyone is better and doing well. We don’t co-sleep either, we did have the snuzpod ‘co-sleeper crib’ but he was still in his own bed, just stuck to mine. Now he’s in his room, I miss it! z

  9. I always slept with ,y son when he was sick, I would always want to check up on him. However as he got older he would say “mom I’m a man now” lolzzz so gradually I stop sleeping with him when he was sick now I just check up on him.

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