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    Cassie dd is the same.. sleeps well in my bed even if I'm not in it. I was always against the idea of co sleeping, since having dd and discovering the joys of feeding lying down ie being able to sleep while she feeds I love it! I do worry I'm setting myself up for problems but dd will sleep anywhere. She will sleep in her 2 bassinets, a swing, the lounge, my arms, my bed. Its definitely easier to settle her through the night if she's in bed with me. I guess the pros for me are bonding, convenience, warmth (cold where I live of a night), I love the extra cuddles and watching her fall asleep while she feeds I also love playing with her when she's all sleepy in the morning.

    Whilst I know theres the potential to set her up as a bad sleeper, I know plenty of babies who co slept and transitioned just fine into their own beds. We also mostly feed to sleep so I'm probably digging my own grave anyway lol

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    Oh and cons.. she sometimes spews in bed lol and she gets more space than me! I find im sometimes a little sore from limited movement, but I'll take that over the awful getting up and down all night trying to settle her. (as I write this she's actually asleep in her bassinet in the lounge room )

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    Negatives-
    *Cant be noisy when Dtd if baby is in the room (usually we Dtd while dd is still asleep in the lounge room though).
    *No lovely doona covers due to SIDS risk
    *my room looks like a giant mattress and not the showroom bedroom I would love
    *Sometimes I wake up with all 3 kids in my bed and I feel like a sardine in a tin
    *arh when they freak me out by yelling out in there sleep

    Positives
    *got to sleep through the night once baby could help themselves
    *easier for breastfeeding (see above)
    *warmth/cool, never worried about if my kids are comfortable
    *i feel its safer with them in my room, no one is going to break in and nab them while I snooze the night away
    *in an emergency my kids are right there, I don't have to go hunting for them
    *i get to see them sleep which can be very cute and funny!
    *some of the things they say when asleep make me laugh so much
    *i catch most of the gastro vomits because they are right next to me

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    For those that do sleep for feeding purposes and state it's easier and you don't have to get up. Don't you have to change nappies anyway? I'm a FTM and assumed I would feed and change nappies overnight

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    I keep a change mat, nappies, etc beside the bed and change her in bed. I might just be lazy though lol

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    I find it is easier eg- no need to get up whilst it's cold etc but my last was a horror- wanted feeding all night and by 6 months I was wrecked- still getting up to a nearly 2 and 3 year old 2-3 times a night coupled with feeding a baby every 40 min to hour meant I was lucky to get 2-3 hours broken sleep all night- transitioned to his own cot and he now sleeps 5-6 hours straight (heavenly after getting bugger all sleep for 6 months)

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    I've co-slept with all three from birth, I really love it. Anyway, if you ARE interested in reading some stuff about it, google James McKenna, he is a sleep specialist who has studied the benefits of co-sleeping in depth, really interesting is his work showing the way mum and bubs breathing aligns while sleeping, and the way mums are very aware of their babies wellbeing while co-sleeping. (while asleep!)
    Also the book "Three in a bed" is just lovely. It gives historical information, cross cultural information, etc etc just a really good informative book.

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    I thought I would try co-sleeping with mine (due in July), but read this article recently which has changed my mind. I'm not posting this to scare anyone else, or make anyone who does co-sleep feel bad, just presenting another aspect of co-sleeping to consider...

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/par...-1226647904058

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam4frankie View Post
    I thought I would try co-sleeping with mine (due in July), but read this article recently which has changed my mind. I'm not posting this to scare anyone else, or make anyone who does co-sleep feel bad, just presenting another aspect of co-sleeping to consider...

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/par...-1226647904058
    I remember reading something like this, some NZ researcher advocates wrapping cot mattresses in plastic for the same reason, apparently cot death reduced after people started wrapping their cot mattresses.
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    For my self pros with co sleeping with my 3 was that I slept better. I tried to pop all 3 on their own at one stage and although they slept well I didn't, I needed them near me and when they were with me they slept even better.
    I'm quiet a cranky person if I don't sleep solid for at least a few hours.
    It's also handy having them close by to feed or just settle.


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