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Anything Goes: Co-Sleeping


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lannpruitt
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Wed, Jul 31, 2013 4:57am
Co-Sleeping
I would like to get some advice from parents who co-sleep and even those who disagree with it.

For those of you who have grown to know me, know that I have had problems with Ryder sleeping from day one. He actually slept better as a newborn and infant than he does now. He still wakes up 2, 3, even 4 times a night. I am a working mom, I need sleep, and to be honest, I haven't slept right in now 2 years. IM EXHAUSTED.

We just got back from our first family vacation. With being in a hotel room we let Ryder sleep in bed with us as it just seemed easier. Those 4 nights of sleeping with him in our bed was the best 4 nights of sleep we have had in 2 years. He did not wake up even once throughout each night. Now that we are back home and he's back in his crib we are back to our normal wake throughout the night routine. Last night, he woke up, I put him in bed, and then it was sound sleep for the rest of the night.

I know alot of people say don't do it, it will make your child clingy, etc...but I have read several studies and they say quite the opposite. I am just curious what your personal experiences may be.
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Wed, Jul 31, 2013 2:16pm
I have the same problem with my youngest daughter. She's 15 months. She sleeps in her crib, but is up multiple times throughout the night, waking up crying. Normally, I just pop her binkie back in her mouth and she's good to go, but there are some nights where we let her sleep in the bed just so we can get sleep. With my first daughter, she co-slept with me til the age of 3. It was just me and her in the bed. I have to say, it was a hard transition getting her out of my bed, and into her own. I don't have anything against co-sleeping, for I have done it myself. It doesn't make your child clingy. My youngest, I just decided not to co-sleep because I didn't want to deal with the transition to get her to sleep in her own bed. Good luck!
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lannpruitt
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Thu, Aug 01, 2013 4:32am
Thanks for the input!
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Thu, Aug 01, 2013 4:49am
co-sleeping
I am of the viewpoint that if it works best for your family and family...DO IT!! There are no definitive rule books for raising a family, so do what makes you and your little ones happy. Eventually your child will outgrow sleeping with you and everyone will be happy in their own beds. I had my daughter in our bed with us for 2 solid years...I transitioned her to her toddler bed right next to my side of the bed in my room and she has been there ever since. I come from a long line of co-sleepers and all of us are fine sleeping alone, are not codependent on my mother and turned out fine...(or at least I think so, lol) Well, best of luck...the lack of sleep is harming you all more than co-sleeping, in my opinion!
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Thu, Aug 01, 2013 10:26am
Rayan might have slept in his crib for 7-8 months. I don't categorically recall why and how he moved next to us, but I certainly find it easy to manage him this way. It doesn't require me to get out of my bed, hence I can get back to sleep quicker. Now that he is 2.5 yrs already, we are thinking of moving him to one of his own, hoping it was be easy transition. But till now I haven't faced any serious issues for allowing him to co- sleep.
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Fri, Aug 02, 2013 3:39pm
I definitely know what you mean...it's all around just easier to let them sleep in the bed. Everyone gets sleep this way. Malia is 4 and up until just recently slept in the bed with mommy and daddy. I would put her to sleep in her own bed and every night like clockwork she was up atleast 3 times a night. We are on like 2 months now of her in her own bed and the transition was the hardest part but now that she is older it's better for me because she was becoming a fiesty sleeper. Tossing and turning, kicking me every so often and I have a king size bed...lol! It's rough getting out of the routine but the older they get definitely makes the change harder. I agree if its working don't mess with it but don't let it go too long.
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lannpruitt
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Mon, Aug 05, 2013 4:45am
Ryder still goes to sleep in his own bed, but for the past week or so when he wakes up the first time, I've put him in our bed, then he's fast asleep for the rest of the night which allows us to get decent sleep. I've decided I'm ok with this...for now. lol Right now, sleep is more important to me than him being in his own bed all night.
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Mon, Aug 05, 2013 8:00am
Moira been sleeping in her crib but since we had our two weeks vacation last May (she been sleeping with us on the bed), she don't want to sleep on her crib no more, I let her sleep on our bed then transfer her on her crib but she kept waking up at night. so she been sleeping with us since then. last week we convert her crib into bed and she slept there for 2 nights then climb in our bed again. lol. she sleeps good when sleeping with us but she moves, turns, kick and roll over us...lol.
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Mon, Aug 05, 2013 9:28am
If it works best for you and your family, I am all for it! I don't think it makes the child clingy, etc. I think that stems from how they are treated otherwise.
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Mon, Aug 05, 2013 11:41am
I've been having the same problems with my daughter. She's almost 10 months and has never been a good sleeper. Some nights yes but for the most part up 2-3 times a night. I gave in on Thursday and let her start sleeping the bed with me and we have made it through the night every night without her waking up. I'm working mom like you and after last week of no sleep I have decided to do what's best for us and for me to make it through the day :-)
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