The pros and cons of co-sleeping
We’ve had The Munchkin in our room from the beginning. At first in his Moses basket pulled right up to our bed and very often in those early days we’d keep him in bed with us. I was so overwhelmed with it all that even the Moses basket was too far for me. Especially since he was sleeping in there once and the blanket had gone over his face and I freaked out.
But The Husband and I were not sleeping well at night. It was a light sleep because we were scared of squishing him in our sleep, even though he slept on top of the duvet swaddled in his own blanket. He went back to the Moses basket and then eventually moved up to his camp cot and when that was getting to much of a mission to lay him down to sleep we eventually moved him to a proper cot. We’re now use the camp cot as a play pen.
But then he got sick, he wasn’t sleeping or breathing well while he slept. Then winter descended and it was so much easier to bring him to bed and cuddle. Especially since I was the one getting up with him in the nights and I had to go work in the mornings. I needed my sleep so it was convenient for me to do this.
The sickness passed but now we had a Munchkin who was used to sleeping in between warm Mommy and Daddy. So it began that we tried to get him back into his cot which is at the foot of our bed.
The problem is that he wakes up periodically throughout the night for a dummy. I feel like even if I put a million dummies in his cot he would still not find is because he is so vas asleep still. And now it seems that Elsa is up to shenanigans because it has been cold as eff in Cape Town for last few days. I’ve put him in a fluffly onesie on top of his PJs and he slept quite okay considering. He only came to our bed at around 4am.
So with all this in mind I’ve thought of the pros and cons (as mostly applied to us).
- It’s easier to put him back to sleep.
- Baby cuddles on cold nights.
- Not having to freeze as i rock him back to sleep on cold winter nights
- More sleep for me! (Very important!)
- Sometimes sleeping on the edge of the bed.
- Getting smacked in the face.
- Not sleeping next to The Husband.
- Still having a disruptive sleep.
- I sleep deeper when I don’t have to worry about him being next to me.
I know the cons outweigh the pros here. But I think the pros that ARE there seem to be of more importance than the cons. And I don’t think it’s harming anyone. And when summer comes around he probably won’t want to be surrounded by all the body heat (I hope).
He can’t possibly sleep in our bed forever, can he?