I have a 6 month old son. He's a pretty good crib sleeper, going to bed around 6:30 and waking at 5:30 with 1 or 2 night feeds. The problem is I'm not getting sleep because I am constantly thinking about when will be the next time he'll wake up as his wakings aren't predictable at all. Or if he's too hot or too cold. Plus I have some general anxiety as my husband is away at sea for several months.
Anyway, the only time I get refreshing sleep is when I lay down to to nurse and nap with my son a few times a day. At first I did it because it was the only way to get him to nap longer than 30 minutes, now I just love it!
I am considering moving him to my bed, but am hesitant. First, the only soothing resource I have when we're cosleeping is nursing, and if his tummy is full he doesn't want to nurse. When he's crib sleeping I can pat him or pick him up and sway him and put him back down and he goes back to sleep easily. I think the difference is largely because with me he sleeps on his side and in his crib he sleeps on his belly (easier position to fall back asleep in for him).
Second, I like that he only wakes up twice a night to nurse--if he's nearby will he start waking up all the time? Consolidated sleep is important for both of us.
Third, if he wakes up and wants to play, then what? He hardly ever does this now, but when he does I do gentle no cry training (PU/PDs), how does this work with cosleeping?
Fourth, I'm afraid it'll be impossible to get him back in the crib when I'm ready for him to go back.
Am I being selfish, potentially disrupting his sleep? Has anyone started cosleeping late in the game?