The Joys of Co-Sleeping
We co-sleep because I can't imagine sending my baby off to sleep alone in the dark. We breastfeed so its easier for nighttime nursing to have them right there. At first I wasn't sold on co-sleeping, but now I can't imagine waking up without my children right there. So far many of our best memories and moments are a night falling asleep to our son's singing or waking up to sleepy baby smiles. By far one of our best parenting decisions.
I co-sleep because I couldn't fathom NOT co-sleeping. It's convenient and allows me and my baby to get as much sleep as possible while still nursing on demand. It's comforting for both of us and I agree with the PP that waking up to a smiling baby is the best way in the world to start my day. It goes along with all of my ideals about attachment parenting as well. The bottom line is that while it doesn't work for everyone, it definitely works for us.
I never considered any other arrangement, and I've never been sorry! My little guy has been a frequent nurser from the beginning, so I can't imagine having to get up and stumble down the hall 3 or 4 times a night! Makes me wonder about all the women who tell me "Oh I couldn't sleep in the same room with my baby- I need my sleep! I wouldn't get any sleep if he wasn't with me!!
It is just so precious having him curled up against me with his little feet tucked up into my tummy....waking in the night and being able to put my hand on him and feel his breathing and nuzzle his fuzzy little head.....and waking up to watch his sleeping face so sweet with the emotions flitting across his features and his happy smile when he wakes and I'm right there. I'll be sad when he's ready for his own bed!!!
We co-sleep in a family bed. It's me and my two kids. My oldest slept in my arms until my baby was born last year. Now the baby sleeps in my arms and my oldest sleeps hugging me. My oldest breastfed until the age two and my baby will go as long as he wants to as well. Bed sharing has also led to bonding and has created an independent well attached aspect in her personality.
I only only coslept with my daughter for a couple of months. But I can definitely say that if I hadn't done that I probably wouldn't have been able to get a good night's sleep every night when she was a noob. Also my milk would probably have dried up long before it actually did. And it was nice, just me and bb in the bed. With my DH and the baby, it was a bit crowded. :/