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    I have always wanted to try co-sleeping in the same bed, but have been too freaked out about squishing him. We pushed DS's basinette right up against our bed instead. I loved having him so close, particularly when I was BF round the clock.

    He's 6 months old now and still sleeps with his cot right next to my side of the bed, but with the rail up between us (it's not a special cot like the one Mrs Mermaid has - I didn't know they existed till now!). He likes to sleep as close as he can to the side of the cot and stares at me until he falls asleep. He sleeps really well too, straight through the night, and has done so from an early age. I'm not sure if there is a correlation between the two, but I know that I myself sleep better having him right there.

    It would just feel weird if he was in another room all on his own With the next bub, I might purchase an arm's reach cot...

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    I think I'm definately going to get one of those co-sleeping things that you put on the bed in between sounds like exactly what i'm after!

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    We also co-sleep here.
    We have a bead rail on my side of the bed so dd can't roll out. We just have her in the bed with us - hasn't been a problem.
    As long as you don't drink, smoke or take drugs there shouldn't be a problem co-sleeping.
    I love it

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    I would reccomend not co-sleeping ever. We are still battlingwith our almost 4 year old to stop him sleeping in our bed.

    We started co-sleeping when we bought him home rom hossy as it was the only way I could get him to fall aslep was by feeding him til he fell asleep, so him being in bed next to me was easiest.

    DS turned out to be a severe reflux baby for the first 2 years of his life and this meant alot of screaming in paina dn very little sleep. So in order for all of us to have some sleep we bught him back into our bed.

    I quite enjoy sleeping with DS but DH hates it, so it causes issues with us.

    We have decided that the next bub will not be sleeping in our bed ever. The next bub will be sleeping in a baby hammock in our room for the first 12 months, then will go into another bedroom. I have yet to put this theory to the test though, but im hoping to be tough enough not to co sleep again.

    I think co-sleeping is such a beautiful thing, but you need to make sure before you start that you adn your husband are happy to have someone sleeping in between you for the next few years. Kids and babies toss and turn all night too so we never get a great nights sleep when he is in with us.

    That is my take on co-sleeping

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    I love co sleeping with my 8 week old bub, but I only limit it to a few hours every morning, so I can get some much needed sleep. We do keep her cot in the same room as us though. It just gives me peace of mind knowing she's right there, and I honestly prefer to hear her every cough, sneeze and whimper!

    With Co sleeping, our rules are that either DH or I are in the bed at any one time, not both of us. I usually push the cot right next to the bed and put her in bed right between her cot (which acts as a railing) and myself. I sleep on the other side so I know I wont roll on her. I also make sure she's wrapped and warm and put her on the fitted sheet and wrap the doona around me, so it wont be anywhere near her, if that makes sense.
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    It's really neat to hear everyones take!! I think I am the ONLY odd one out!!! I can't stand bubs in the room... I would not sleep ALL night.. I would be up from EVERY little noise.. I am paranoid that way that something would happen. At least when they are in their room I can wake up from the crying I think tho with this one we might have it in our room. Our room in this house is ALOT bigger and has a BIG Wardrobe which is a big part of our room, maybe I will try bubs in there As the other rooms are a fair distance away. Hmmm now you ladies got me thinkin

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    When ds was born he slept in a cradle beside our bed. I could see him and reach over to rock the cradle. I wasn't comfortable with him being in the bed with dh because he is SHOCKING when he's asleep! He knees me in the back and whacks me on the head with his elbow all night. Even with those little beds that go in between you I knew he was in danger of a thump from Daddies arm! The bed that sits on mums side and gives bub their own space sounds fantastic though!!

    I did send dh to the spare room for a couple of weeks at one stage in the beginning though because I was so tired and got better sleep with ds in with me. It was summer so I wasn't worried about sheets, blankets etc. It lasted about 2 weeks and then we had a visitor so dh had to come back into our bed!

    Even though it was difficult I perservered with ds in his cradle and when he got too big for it (much earlier than I was ready for, he was so long!) he went into the cot in his own room. I was a little upset but at the same time I wanted to make sure my son did learn to sleep on his own so we didn't have the problem of a child that was constantly in with Mum and Dad.

    That's just what I did though! I have absolutely no problem with people making different choices to mine, that's what makes the world go around!

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    I only do it occasionally when he is sick or majorly unsettled. I could not do it all the time as he is too noisy and moves all over the bed and has fallen off it. I guess the movement is not an issue with a newborn but the noise will be. My mum knows someone who has a ten year old who still co sleeps and not suprisingly he is an only child!

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    I never planned on co-sleeping, was actually against it. Once I had DD, I changed my mind. It was so much easier and reassuring having her with us. We purchased a bed (much like the one moozle linked) for around $50 from KMart. We never rolled on her, hit her or smothered her. All of my fears I had about the whole process. She is now in her bassinet (in our room near DH's side, he's more paranoid than I am and begged for her to be close to him) and has been from around 12 weeks. The transition had absolutely no hiccups (well not for her, we were a bit sooky about her not being in the bed). She still slept all night and with the motion sensor mat we sleep so much better. As an overall, I prefer her in her bassinet but, it was lovely having her close by at the start. Next step, cot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazymuma View Post
    I co sleep with two kids - the old fashioned way - all squashed up together

    They both slept in the bassinet next to me for the first couple of months then came straight in with me.

    I have seen those little cot things you put in bed with you but I never bothered with them - by the time my kids came in with me they could have rolled out of it anyway and to me having them roll out with it in the bed could be more dangerous.

    To be honest I never wanted to with my second but it was the only way for me to get a good nights sleep.
    hehe this is how we do it too. i love co-sleeping . i love waking up to Noah (who hops in during the night/morning when he wakes up from his big bed) smiling at us and we always have a good cuddle in the morning. we had no trouble getting Owen into his bed with a sticker chart.

    co-sleeping saved my sanity


 

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