I've always said I wouldn't cosleep with my baby, because its a hard habit to break. (My baby brother is 2 and will not sleep if he isn't curled up to Mom, and I have a friend whose brother is 12 and still sleeps in his moms room!)
But I can't help daydreaming about my first few nights home with baby, and me and SO cuddling her to sleep.
Has anyone coslept with their baby, maybe a week at the most then switched to a crib? or would the transition be too hard and I should just stick to my guns and not let the baby in my Bed at all!
I co-slept with my first and he is finally sleeping in his room. he is 5.5 years old. And with my second, I never put her in the bed with me and now she is starting to crawl in my bed every night around 12. She is 3.
I think the first week or so would be fine as long as you don't keep doing it then it shouldn't be hard to break...I wouldn't think so anyways :)
My mom coslept with my brother for the first 6 months and then switched.
And trust me, if a 12 year is still sleeping with his mom, it is not because of cosleeping, there are other things going on.
Do you plan on breastfeeding? Cosleeping makes life sooo much easier, you can bf while sleeping on your side.
I co-slept with DS2 for 12 months and switched him to a crib the day before his birthday. He took the transition better than I did.
We didn't plan on co sleeping but after the first night it was the best thing. We had a bassinet next to the bed we would start him in and then bring him into bed when he first woke up. Moved him to his crib at 5 months and everything was fine.
I co slept with my son for the first 4 months. He transitioned great. I still lay next to him and cuddle until his is on his way to sleep and then move him in to his bed would not change the wonderful bonding for anything. The only time we cosleep now is if he is sick or wakes up with a nightmare. If it is not a nightmare all I have to do is wake up go to the crib and tell him its ok and he is back to sleep. I learned with my daughter not to allow him to sleep with me all the time as she did when I went through a seperation and felt she was stressed and she did it til she was 5 and even then it was a horrible time getting her to sleep in her own bed.
I co-slept with my DD1 until she was 2 1/2, probably would have been longer but DD2 came and I was too nervous to have a restless toddler in bed with a newborn.
DD1 took awhile to transition, some nights were better than others but she has been sleeping in her own bed, in her own room since and has been going down for the night w/out any issues for a good while now.
DD2 is about ready to move to a toddler bed(honestly, I am ready to, lol)and I'm hoping it goes well since she'll have her big sis in there with her.
My DH snores loud and we haven't slept in a bed together since DD1 was born-she's 4 now!
I didnt plan on cosleeping either but wound up cosleeping 3mos and she went into her own bed just fine.
I bed-share because I breastfed and wanted to cuddle my baby constantly. :P You can start off that way then switch to another co-sleeping method so the baby will still be right by you.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Juggernog-aholic:</b>" I co-slept with DS2 for 12 months and switched him to a crib the day before his birthday. He took the transition better than I did."</blockquote>
Same here. Op we loved co sleeping
Quoting eKnuckles:" My mom coslept with my brother for the first 6 months and then switched. And trust me, if a 12 year is ... [snip!] ... things going on. Do you plan on breastfeeding? Cosleeping makes life sooo much easier, you can bf while sleeping on your side."
I agree, there is def more going on with that than just breaking co-sleeping habits, I have co-slept with all of my kids, and I still co-sleep with my 18 month old and 4.5 year old. all my others, 10, 9, 7, 6, and 3 sleep on their own.
I do plan to breastfeed. But I'm also concerned because night is when SO and I really relax completely and lay down and talk about our days, joke around and bond, without distractions. we always go to bed 3-4 hours before we go to sleep. So, the alone time at night with baby in her crib would also be our time to grow as a couple, not only parents.
I swore up and down I wouldn't cosleep. Dd spent 7 says in nicu even though she was term. And then when we got home I was so freaked out because I had no monitors to tell me if she was breathing, that the only way I slept was if she was in bed with me and her breathing would put me to sleep. She's 16 months and honestly I love co sleeping and dread the day I have to put her in a crib or a bed. But she is slowly making the transition and I'm just fine with her doing it at her own pace.
Quoting Elliot Grace's Mama:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Juggernog-aholic:</b>" I co-slept with DS2 for 12 months and ... [snip!] ... day before his birthday. He took the transition better than I did."</blockquote> Same here. Op we loved co sleeping"
I still have nights where I wish we were still co sleeping lol. He was starting to keep us up moving and stuff all night, and as soon as we switched him, he slept through the night.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Simply Sara:</b>" I do plan to breastfeed. But I'm also concerned because night is when SO and I really relax completely ... [snip!] ... we go to sleep. So, the alone time at night with baby in her crib would also be our time to grow as a couple, not only parents."</blockquote>
You'll still make time for each other but it won't be like that. It took till dd was 9 months to get a good 3-4 hours to ourselves to just be a couple. Before that we just bonded as a family.