So I don't know anything about co-sleeping & instead of using good old google I thought I would ask on here instead.. Can someone explain the benefits/negatives of co-sleeping.. Can be from personal experience or information you've heard/read...
I recently went to visit my Nanna to introduce her to my son and it was 1 degree at night so I had my son in bed with me for a couple of nights cause it was far too cold for him in the portacot & I found he had a much sounder sleep.. So now I'm interested to learn a bit more about it & whether it could benefit my son & I.
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30-06-2013 21:17 #1Senior Member
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Benefits/Negatives of Co-Sleeping
30-06-2013 21:22 #2
Our ds is a cosleeper and has been from day one. DH works fifo so it doesn't put a strain on our relationship. Main reason I coslept ds was because bfing at night was so much easier. This time round though I refuse to have another cosleeper and dd will be in her bassinet from day dot unless she is excessively clingy and feeds a lot......I love sleeping with ds and we both sleep better when in the same bed but he can't settle himself or sleep a full night in his own bed. It's something I regret doing but also not at the same time....,.
30-06-2013 21:30 #3
Co-sleeping isn't something I planned on doing, but I love it. I put DD to sleep in her bassinet but when she wakes for a feed she comes into bed with me (breast fed).
30-06-2013 21:31 #4Senior Member
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30-06-2013 21:34 #5
DD1 coslept until she was 2 and was quite easy to transition to her own bed.
I cosleep with DD3 and as you have mentioned she sleeps much better than she does on her own.
Pros (for me):
Easy to settle bub during the night
Able to respond to bubs needs quickly
Very easy to breastfeed
I love having her right next to me
I can't sleep however I want in bed
She wants it during the day to
For me the pros far outweigh any cons. The only reason I didn't cosleep with DD2 was because she preferred her own sleeping space.
30-06-2013 21:44 #6
We Co-slept with ds1 mainly for ease of breastfeeding. It was just convenient. We started off having him sleep in a bassinet but he hated it. Woke constantly. Co-sleeping did wonders for all our sleeping. He moved into a bed at about 15 or so months and has been an awesome sleeper, he is now 7.
With ds2 we didn't Co-sleep. He was a much better sleeper in his bassinet so the need never arose. I would lift him out, feed him and attempt to sleep but he would fuss. As soon as I put him back in his bassinet he'd be out.
Basically, pros were: easy to feed, warmth, awesome cuddle time.
Cons: unable to sleep in different positions (I'm a sprawler so it's important to me), reduces intimacy between you and your OH, can set up dependency for sleeping with bub.
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30-06-2013 21:47 #7
Pros: Definitely the ease of breastfeeding aspect. DD doesn't even have to cry at night so its minimal disturbance for everyone in the house. Plus its cold so I don't have to get out of bed. Plus being so close means they can better regulate their temperature and their breathing off yours. She also sleeps much better. Cons: I only sleep in one position all night so I can get sore.
30-06-2013 21:57 #8
I'm trying to stop the co-sleeping thing because at the moment I sleep in a nursery with DS and I'm dying to get back into my comfy bed with DH. Also, for me, I wonder if I do it more because of how it makes me feel/convenience than benefits for my son. Anyhoo:
Pros: can sleep while feeding; feel good factor; stay warm in cold nights
Cons: sometimes spewed on!; disruptive to get up and go to the toilet; limited mobility and sore muscles next day from sleeping frozen in one position; inconsistent approach (sometimes bring him in with me, sometimes try to shush pat), which is hard when sleep training; my son lets me know he's awake for the day by snuggling up to me then slapping my face 😳
30-06-2013 21:59 #9
Dreading if he never has the urge to sleep in his own bed......
30-06-2013 23:04 #10
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