Friday, 21 February 2014

A co-sleeping confession


I'm not going to lie, this is where he sleeps, right in the middle. He is number three you see. With number one we read every manual, and were scared silly by co-sleeping advice guidelines so every night we spent hours trying to get our new baby asleep in his cot in his rather beautifully decorated nursery. With number two, we didn't bother with the nursery (which was by now a junk room) we put the cot in our room, and he ended up in our bed almost every night.

With number three we haven't bothered with routine, he has had to fit in around his two older brothers. We didn't have the energy or inclination to bother with a routine, he has slept with us since the day he was born. He sleeps much better than the other two, but this is probably because we are more relaxed as parents.

It's not ideal, this week I have been kicked in the ribs and had the blankets kicked off more times than I care to think about. But he is number three and I think we are clinging onto our baby as he is our last, poor thing. He goes to sleep with his hand on my cheek and he wakes with a huge smile on his face.

6 comments:

  1. Anything for a peaceful night I'd say and surely he feels more secure in with you but as you say as he gets bigger it might not always be ideal though I am guessing he will want a bed of his own before he is a teenager!

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  2. Good for you! I loved co-sleeping with no. 2 and 3, and for us it was fantastic. Wouldn't it be nice if mums were encouraged to feel confifent in their own decisions - breastfed or not, co-sleeping or not, homeschooled or not, and didn't just feel guilty!

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  3. So refreshing to read this. I think loads more people co-sleep than the routine gurus would have us believe, it's so much easier to get sleep this way! We have just stopped co-sleeping with our nearly 2 year old (the rib-kicking was getting too much) but for now he is in a cot right next to our bed. I like having him there.

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  4. This is so true! We're only on our second but he sleeps in our bed just about every night and is such a content baby compared to our first. Our first was a nutter - probably because we were trying to get him to sleep in places he didn't want to. It does make you wonder! We love having him around!!! :) xx

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  5. Lovely. I have an almost 11 year old, an 8 1/2 year old and number three is 2 1/2. She was a surprise (blessing) when we had thought there would be no more and had given almost everything away. I tell everyone that the beautiful thing with number three is that you no longer go to books or worry what everyone else is doing. You simply enjoy the child :)

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