My bedtime routine probably looks similar to yours:
But here's where my routine likely differs from yours—we all pile into my queen-sized bed for the night.
When our first child was born, both my husband and I refused to co-sleep with our infant son out of concern that he'd never be able to make the transition from family bed to big boy bed. Instead, Isaac slept in a basinette next to our bed for the first three weeks, and after that he slept in his crib down the hall. With the baby monitor next to my ear, no one slept well for the first three years of his life because we woke up to every squawk and wimper he made. Isaac needed to be rocked to sleep and woke up several times a night to breastfeed (and even after he weaned, he still woke up for a cuddle or a cup of water). By the time our daughter arrived, I was so exhausted that I swore I'd do anything to get a good night's sleep—even if it meant co-sleeping.
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Now, four years later, my daughter has yet to sleep alone in her bed for an entire night and my seven-year-old son has been sharing my bed for the last six months. While I never set out to co-sleep with my kids beyond infancy, there is so much I love about sharing a bed with them:
No doubt co-sleeping is a very personal—and therefore controversial—topic.
Do you co-sleep with your older kids? Tell me why it works—or doesn't work—for you?
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