I didn’t choose to be a co-sleeping parent, it chose me. If my children would have slept in a crib I probably would have let them. I would get even less sleep than I do even if they slept all night because I am constantly afraid any sleep time away from me means they are dead. If my youngest son sleeps longer than an hour in his bed I start checking his breathing.
Co-sleeping is the right choice for my family. My husband would be fine without it, but most husbands would. I like to remind him, and myself, that our babies are only babies for a blink of eye in the grand scheme of our lives. I want to soak up every minute of their baby time. I’d love to bottle their baby essence and keep it on my night stand for the future times when I will need it.
For now, I still have a baby. He won’t be one much longer, but he is still my baby. We have co-slept since day one this time. I gave birth to him in my bedroom and laid down with him in my bed for our first co-nap. He sleeps in his bed for naps, and even spends some time in his bed for a few hours at night when we are lucky. I know he won’t sleep there forever because I’ve already been down this road. I didn’t ruin my first son for life by sharing a bed with him. He is now a champion sleeper in his own bedder, and sleeper through the nighter. He is even better and napping.
I practice Co-Sleeping safely. My children have never once fallen out of the bed, or been smothered with a pillow. I’ve certainly never woken to find myself sleeping next to a baby holding a cleaver.
I make choices for my family based on facts and based on instinct. The bad publicity co-sleeping gets lead me to believe it was equal to killing babies when I first had my son. But my instincts, and his, took us down another path. I will always hold our co-sleeping days together fondly in my heart. When it ends for Everett and I will be sad, but accepting as we move to a new chapter.
The dangers of Co-Sleeping lie in misinformation, and lack of information. If parents choose to share a bed with their child they should be aware of the risks and the benefits. Scaring parents with ads like these doesn’t do any favors foranyone.