If you are a parent looking for good reasons to co-sleep with your baby then you’ve come to the right place.
“Don’t sleep in the same room with your baby!”
I’ve been told this so many times before and after my pregnancy. But I never followed the advice.
People used to tell me that the baby needs a separate room with a crib of her own and she needs to sleep by herself no matter what. I did prepare a room for her and she did have a crib but as soon as I came home with her all I wanted was to be next to her. I did not want to lose her out of my sight, not for one second.
Why would I ever do that?! God was kind enough to send me this blessing (after 4 years of trying I finally got pregnant)!
I chose to co-sleep with my baby from the very beginning (she still sleeps next to me). I wanted to monitor her 24/7.
THE MAIN REASON FOR CO SLEEPING: JUST TO BE THERE WHEN THE BABY NEEDS YOU.
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1. YES BABIES THROW UP A LOT IN THE FIRST STAGES
Mine did. She was throwing up constantly. It was a temporary matter but that freaked me out so bad. All I could think about was what if she choked in her sleep.
But every time she threw up I was next to her to take action immediately: clean and give her a new set of comfy clothes and put her back to sleep safe and sound. And because I was next to her and was able to react in no time everything was way easier (for both of us) and got solved faster.
2. YES I AM ONE OF THOSE PARENTS WHO CHECKS TO SEE IF THE BABY IS BREATHING
I did not want to buy one of those foot devices that monitors the baby’s breathing because it was too expensive. And a baby monitor would not satisfy me.
I’m pretty sure I would have been in my room staring at the monitor. So having her next to me and being able to check with my own EYES that she was ok gave me peace of mind.
I always looked at her nose, mouth, and belly to make sure she was breathing. Am I crazy or what?! But why would I leave her in a room all by herself and having to worry about her behind the closed door?
3. YES MY BABY HAPPENS TO WAKE UP 3-5 TIMES A NIGHT TO EAT
It took me a few weeks to recover from the whole ‘giving birth’ episode (labor, soreness from episiotomy, adapting to my new mom life, bonding with my baby…). But as soon as I kind of settled down, I realized that this was actually my baby’s pattern.
No matter how much she ate during the day, no matter the type of formula (I started her on Enfamil but ended up using Gerber Soother which “fixed” her colics), and it did not even matter if I mixed baby cereal with her milk she still woke up between 3-5 times a night.
Even to this day (14 months) she wakes up the same number of times. And I do believe she is hungry or thirsty because she eats almost 4-6 oz every time. I thought things would change as soon as I started giving her solids but NO.
So I still give her Toddler Formula and I am happy I can still use my milk machine, which is the best investment ever for any parent. I just press a button and I get warm fresh milk anytime. I adore this thing. It kept me alive, honestly.
That and cosleeping. So again, I am always there next to her and I know when she wakes up, I give her the bottle, wait till she is done, take the bottle and make sure she goes back to sleep. I think it takes 5 minutes at most for all of this.
And the best thing about it is that I’m able to go right back to sleep too. As much as I adore my daughter I do need to function and I have to get some rest also.
4. YES MY BABY SOMETIMES LOSES HER PACIFIER WHILE SLEEPING
Ok, I don’t know why but I was always ‘afraid’ a pacifier to my baby. I guess I was always afraid she would get too attached to it (my stepson used a pacifier ‘til he was 5, so I think that’s what scared me).
**TIP Give your baby a pacifier that is made of 1 piece to avoid mold. I wish I had a picture to show you how much mold one of her pacifiers was able to grow. And can you believe she was sucking on that?! Thank God I noticed. This is my favorite!
At first, she didn’t take the pacifier. And even now she is not a big fan of it. The only time she wants it though is yes you guessed when she sleeps.
So sometimes it does happen for her to lose it in bed because she either moves or it simply falls from her mouth. But because I’m always next to her I’m able to give it back to her in a second so she doesn’t start crying or being fussy.
Anything to keep her sleeping (cause that means sleep for me too).
5. YES MY BABY SOMETIMES GETS DIARRHEA FROM TEETHING
I hate when she gets her teething symptoms. They are so aggressive. I’m sure not all babies experience that (my friend’s baby had NO symptoms, lucky her), but mine gets the whole package: fussiness, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Thankfully, I have THE SOLUTION!
Even if she doesn’t wake up (but she usually does and is very fussy) I’m next to her to assess and address the problem SUPER FAST!
TIP Always have bedding sheets/blanket and clothes in handy for ‘accidents’ like these.
BONUS: YES MY BABY LOVES CUDDLING BEFORE AND AFTER SLEEP
It’s actually my favorite moment. She loves “climbing” on me and I sometimes give her a head massage which helps her fall asleep so fast. I can tell she loves these moments too.
I am so happy I removed one side of the crib so I could attach it to my bed. I have her next to me all the time, without the risk of rolling over her.
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Until next time,