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<p>hey there mamas.</p>
<p>so I sleep with my dd, DH sleeps in spare room. </p>
<p>This arrangements seems to work fine for us, apart from me still having to wake up a couple times in the night-which i dont really mind.</p>
<p>so why am I trying to figure out how to get my 11 month old to sleep in her own crib??</p>
<p>I have realized that i must be just feeling pressured to be a mainstream mom cuz most/all of my parent friends/family have their babies sleeping in their own crib through the night by like 4 months.           I don't think we need to change, I just need some support and positive words!</p>
<p>So I want you to tell my what you love about sleeping beside your babies!</p>
 

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<p>I *love* co-sleeping! Love it!</p>
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<p>Here's why </p>
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<p>- we're all tucked up safely together every night</p>
<p>- anytime my baby girl rouses she can see/hear/feel us right there and know she is safe and not alone in the dark</p>
<p>- it's SO convenient for feeding her</p>
<p>- I don't have to get out of bed at all</p>
<p>- spooning with DH while I BF is lovely</p>
<p>- we can wake up together as a family and spend the first minutes of the day quietly talking and playing</p>
<p>- the huge grin on my baby's face when she wakes up, lifts her head and sees us there</p>
<p>- I find it reassuring that I can see that she's well and sleeping peacefully and I don't have to get up to do it</p>
 

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<p>my #1 reason: the smiles I get first thing in the morning are priceless</p>
 

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<p>On cold evenings, DD warms up my side of the bed before I get in.  Then I can move her to the middle without waking her and take the warm spot. <span><img alt="mischievous.gif" height="15" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" width="15"></span></p>
 

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<p>I think it helps us bond more and feel closer to one another.</p>
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<p>I love how if he has a bad dream or cries in his sleep I can easily comfort him.</p>
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<p>I can easily nurse him or see if he's to hot or to cold.</p>
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<p>I never worry if he's ok in his crib.</p>
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<p>I like to roll over and say "good morning sonny boy" and see his little face light up.</p>
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<p>I love being in the middle of my baby and my cat!</p>
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<p>I do NOT love sleeping in a wet spot cause by either of us these days or being woken up to a punch in the boobie though!</p>
 

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I love being able to easily nurse without either of us needing to fully wake up</p>
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<p>I love being woken up by him talking and wiggling</p>
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<p>I love not having to get out of my warm bed during the night</p>
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<p>I like knowing that he's okay and I'm right there if he needs me</p>
 

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<p>Aside from the practicality of being able to provide them with warmth, comfort, and nourishment without having to get up in the middle of the night, I can't imagine anything that makes me happier than waking up to those smiling faces.  Even though DD has been sleeping in her big girl bed for quite some time, she still ends up in "the big bed"  with us a few times a week.  Hearing and seeing the joy with which she greets the day always inspires me.  And the love and kisses she showers on her baby brother? Nothing sweeter.<br>
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<p>When DH works late or is out of town, I love my kids in bed with me. Family naps (when they happen) feel like a luxury.</p>
 

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<p>there are so many things I love about co-sleeping.  </p>
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<p>DD is the best cuddler in the world.  She makes me so happy just to be able to snuggle.</p>
<p>DD2 can nurse and fall right back asleep (all while I stay asleepish)</p>
<p>I know that they are both safe and sound in the room with me.</p>
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<p>DD1 is 2.5 and DD2 is 4 months.  We all sleep together with DH (luckily we have a king).  It is wonderful and I wouldn't ever want to put a baby in a crib.</p>
 

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<img alt="yeahthat.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/yeahthat.gif"> What they said. <img alt="lol.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"><br>
Really, co-sleeping for me means that I am well rested most of the time while still allowing my reverse cycling DS to nurse all night on demand.<br>
It is my bonding time (I WOH full time).<br>
If DS needs me for any reason at night he doesn't have to cry. I always know that he's safe next to me and don't worry.<br>
DS loves to lie in between DH and I and gets a huge grin on when the whole family is in bed. He used to touch DH, laugh, turn to me, touch me, beam, turn back to DH and repeat. <img alt="love.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif">
 
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