We did not start off co-sleeping.
Our 1st daughter slept in a bassinet in our room for the first few months of her life. We said that we would NEVER co-sleep. We thought that babies should sleep in cribs in their own rooms.
I kept falling asleep sitting up with her after breastfeeding. We decided to keep her in bed with us one night, and we have never looked back. We all slept so much better.
When her sister was born 2.5 years later, we kept her in bed with us from day one.
Our children are used to being cradled in the womb for 9 months. It seems the next natural step would be co-sleeping. Our babies want and need to be close to us.
Co-sleeping helps to cement that bond with our children.
Breastfeeding was always easier for me. We didn’t have to take turns getting up to get the baby, then walking across the hall to put them back to bed.
Our first breastfed for ten months, and our second for 29 months.
Now we have a twin mattress next to our bed. Some nights the girls sleep there, and other nights one or both of them might end up in bed with us.
We love waking up to their smiling faces.
The girls are now five and almost three. We’re expecting our third this Spring.
We look forward to newborn snuggles, and having a family bed of five soon.
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