Should we? My DD is 11 weeks and sleeps with me, sometimes in her arm's reach co-sleeper, on a good night we do half and half. Me, DH, and DD are happy with this arrangement - pediatrician is in favour of it too. She usually sleeps 3-5 hours at night, which I thought was normal for an almost 3 month old. I'm a SAHM so if we have a night where she wakes a lot, I can nap with her during the day. She naps really well during the day. Her morning nap is a good 2-4 hours, same with her afternoon.
The only thing is that we don't have a bedtime routine. Often me, DH, DD, and step daughter will all pile into our bed and watch a TV show or movie (right now we're watching Game of Thrones!). DD is usually out cold by 11pm or 12pm, and naps on and off from 6pm-11pm. No one has a regular bedtime in our house. Do I need to start a bedtime routine? How would I do that if we all hang out in the same room she's sleeping in? Move our hang out room to the living room? DH really loves the evening cuddles with DD and having her fall asleep on him after dinner. The TV or us talking doesn't keep her up at all.
I got my regular baby center email today and it talked about bedtime routines, and that got me worried that I'm setting her up for bad sleeping habits!
DD Seraphina born at home on 2/21/2012!"Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one."
I'm a big fan of if it ain't broke... :-)
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
At that age we definitely didn't have any sort of routine. Baby would just stay with us until bed time (for us) and then we'd all go to bed together. I've found that our (very loose) routines have just evolved over the years depending on who was nursing, where the nursling would fall asleep, if someone had an unexpected nap (so they would stay up a little later), if there was a lot more physical activity one day and kids obviously needed to be in bed a little earlier, just whatever worked. We all still sleep in the same room and have found that neither child *really* fights sleep with our arrangement. I'm all for doing what works for our family and making things as easy and joyful as possible, and this has definitely been the case for us with the family bed.