|View Poll Results: Do you enjoy cosleeping?|
|I love it! I'll be sad when they leave.||237||43.89%|
|I like it, even if sometimes it's a little uncomfortable.||176||32.59%|
|I don't mind it since it makes my kids happy, but it's not great for my sleep needs.||57||10.56%|
|I don't like it, but I put up with it for my kids' sake.||31||5.74%|
|We don't cosleep.||18||3.33%|
|Voters: 540. You may not vote on this poll|
Mom to a bright & energetic 6 y.o. boy With my sweetie for 10 years now Registered nurse
Early baby days: my sleep was very disturbed, and I didn't like it but put up with it mostly so I didn't have to get up in the night. I'm very lazy like that.
Pre-mobile baby days: I liked it pretty well... nice to sleep with her, nice to wake up next to her, etc. I had adapted to it okay by that point.
Mobile baby days: She started kicking my husband out of bed and kicking me and I didn't like it at all... that's the point that she got moved to a mattress next to ours.
Early toddler days: She slept really well on her own bed at first, and it was lovely. She'd wake up once around 7, crawl in with us and get nursies, and we'd sleep in together, all snuggly.
Now: After a nasty bout of teething, her sleep is still recovering, and she's spending more of the night with us- so it's a reprise of the kicking and wiggling, with heavy-toddler-lying-on-my-arms-cutting-the-circulation-off as a fun new surprise. Ech.
I guess I mostly don't like it, but put up with it out of laziness. There are some really nice moments to it though.
I love it! I'll be sad when they leave, even if it's sometimes uncomfortable and my sleep needs aren't always being met.
I voted, "I like it, even if it's a little uncomfortable."
But, I'll get used to it too, and will probably relish having my nipples and space back for my own. And, oh...the thought of being able to reposition myself or roll over again without DS wanting to nurse.....that sounds lovely, too!!
DH enjoys it, as he WOH and enjoys having cuddly, sleepy time as part of the time he gets to bond with DS.
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Or i wake up squished against dh and she is laying vertically so she has half the bed!!
But yes i really do love it!
We moved dd out of our bed when I was pregnant with ds2. She stayed in our room for several months, but not in our bed. That worked for everybody. As sad as I am to admit it, she sleeps better when she's not with us...she's just too wiggly and distracted for co-sleeping to work 100% with her. DS2, on the other hand, loves it.
DD is now in her own room, so I go in and sing her a song (after dh tucks her in and reads her a book) and snuggle, usually until she falls asleep. Then, she sleeps alone until morning, when she gets up and comes into our room. I'm not sure how we'll work things over the next few months. We can't manage four in our bed.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
Sarah ~ ds X 12/05 ~ dd E 3/08 ~ 7/12
ETA: though I wonder if mammas without another person to snuggle with seem to like cosleeping better - ie single mammas!
There are definite challenges to this choice, but I feel all decisions have pros/cons and part of the success of the decision is the determination to make it work and not second-guess yourself. At first, I spent many nights telling myself that if DD was in a crib, we'd all get more sleep, but with hindsight, there's no guarantee. I have a friend with a DD 3.5 weeks younger than mine who's been in a crib from Day One and she's a horrible sleeper. They even tried CIO and it did NOT work.
So, when considering the pros of co-sleeping, I definitely think it's worth it.
So, I loved it and didn't all at the same time. Probably just depended on the night.
I loved co-sleeping, though, and loved the feel of their little warm bodies so relaxed next to me. I miss it terribly, and I'm done having babies, so will have to continue chasing dh around the bed to snuggle with for the rest of my life, I guess. At least he seems to enjoy it, too!
I'm glad my older children are happy to sleep by themselves most of the time. They're both so restless that when my 5 year old crawls in bed with me, it's like sleeping with a large animal.
Busy, hectic, HAPPY single mom to 3 awesome kiddos DD1 (10) DS (8) DD2 (6)
And then there are the nights when he is thrash-y and i will be in bed for 6 or 7 hours and feel like i hardly slept a wink.
So i put other
Midwifery Student and Mama to 2 daughters and 3 sons.
I have given birth a variety of ways and I am thankful for what each one has taught me.
I was so pleased to see that you have a 10-years-old and another one on the way. My daughter (is that what DD means?) is 11-yrs-old and we are preparing to have another child (Hubby has a 17-yr-old from a previous marriage living with her mom and my daughter is from a previous marriage who lives with us). One thing I feel a little worried about is the large age difference and the fact that between use we are going to raise 3 "only" children. I know my daughter will be extremely helpful, but I had always envisioned myself with several kids close in age. Life happens and the plans you make don't always happen that way :
Privacy? What's that?
I used to feel lazy and guilty that it was so easy to nurse in bed and fall asleep half the time. With 2nd baby I will allow myself to feel good about laying in bed (....all day...) while we rest, nurse, cuddle, and take care of ourselves.
Kara, single mom of 4 girls (5, 8, 16 and 19)
Kids have strokes too!
ds2 sleeps in his own bed (in our room) for the first 2-3hrs at night and comes in after. I like the 2-3hrs of sleep I get when he's in his bed but it doesn't compare to cuddling my boy!