1. Why do you cosleep?
I realised early on with my first child that if I kept having to get up to feed him I was going to die from the lack of sleep (and he was only in the bassinette!!!) Pluss, it was just impossible for me to put him away from me. I felt much safer with him close where I could really hear him & reach out and touch him at any time. With DS#2 we never gave it any thought - we love cosleeping!!!!!!
2. How long do you plan to cosleep? At what age do you think a child should be in their own bed?
DS #1 CS till maybe 3 1/2. At that time we had a queen bed & were getting crowded. I put his bed beside ours where he slept till maybe 5 when he got a cool new loft bed in his room & he was in it. He still sleeps with me & the baby when dad's gone, and lots of times he'll ask to watch a movie in the bed with us. It was an easy transition. I don't think there is an age the child should be in their bed. If it becomes a problem space wise, I reccomend doing something like what I did. That way there is no real forced seperation, yet they start to have their own space.
3. How many are sleeping in your bed now, what are their ages?
Mom, 27 Dad 39 (haha - I know that's not what you were asking) & baby Luke 5 months
4. How big is your bed? And if you don't don't mind...what size are you and DP?
Mom is 5'7" 150lbs Dad is 6'3" 250 I guess??? Not thin or fat, bit of a belly. Baby Luke is a giant at 20lbs and we just got a King bed a few weeks ago & it's HEAVEN, although we were ok in the queen.
5. If you have pets, where do they sleep?
Jack Russell sleeps on the couch or guest bed. He's not allowed on the new bed as I have allergies & didn't want to ruin the new mattress.
6. How has cosleeping changed your relationship with DP or has it?
Are you asking if co-sleeping makes "relations" difficult? That is a really common concern if so. There's lots or places other than your bed you can try out (haha - if you've been together a while that might be fun again) although we're a boaring old married coupple & stick to the guest bed. I have the crib sidecar to the new bed for those :special" occasions too. But usually it's easier to move us than the baby. If that's NOT what you meant, sorry for the TMI & it hasn't changed anything. I do love waking up all togethar & also seeing dad & baby snuggled up together
7. Ever had any problems with anyone getting hurt?
nope. Dr Sears website (askdrsears.com i think) has a good article on safe cosleeping. It's easy & requires no "special" equipment
8. Do you and DP get a good night's sleep?
Oh yea. Just wait till you have your little one. Nothing drives this point home like trying to actually "use" the nursery like you're "suposed to" hahaha
9. Do you use anything other than your bed? I mean, like a cosleeper or siderails?
I have one side of the crib off, and the crib pushed up next to the bed. This is helpfull as the baby gets bigger, but I don't use it much now. I put the baby in the middle, so no rails. (Unless you count me & dad)
Once I realised I could nurse laying down
, I don't think the beby ever left the bed - it was a matter of convenience for me. I didn't realise there were many other prooven benefits till MUCH later (like when my son was 3!!!)