I never set out to share a bed when I had my daughter. I read a great book about sleep patterns and thought, my baby deserves her own space to sleep. We need a crib. That was great until my baby actually arrived. No one told her she was supposed to sleep alone!
I spent two weeks trying to use a crib and no one got more than 10 minutes of sleep at a time. Then I nursed her to sleep in my bed and voila - 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep!
So I read everything I could find about how to safely share sleep together. Including a lot from Dr. Sears about the self-regulating effects of mother and baby sleeping next to each other. It is true that I was often awake before I knew it whenever she stirred even the slightest bit.
Sleeping with my baby went against everything my doctors office ever had to say, but nothing I've ever done has felt as right as nursing and sleeping alongside one another. My darling daughter is now five years old and my son is one. We are safely sharing sleep and everyone is happy and well rested. In this case, for me, sleeping next to each other just makes sense.