I got judged so much when I told people I co-slept. Here’s my side of the story.
My children were (and sometimes still are) horrible sleepers. Horrible.
If you are a parent who claims your child slept through from 6 weeks we can no longer be friends.
It was only on the days I brought my babies in our room that they actually slept better.
Before I go on I need to make something clear. At first I co-slept, it wasn’t until later on with my first, and with my second, that my fiancé and I bed-shared with our kids.
Yes, there is a difference.
Co-sleeping is NOT sleeping with your baby in your bed. That is bed-sharing. Co-sleeping is when you sleep with your baby in sensory distance (i.e. most of the time in the same room but a different bed or cot).
The thing was, as soon as I started co-sleeping (not even sharing a bed at this point we just had the cot in our room) I got judged. Boy did I get judged.
“You’ll sleep better if he’s in another room.” No I won’t.
“The baby will sleep better in his own space.” No he didn’t.
“Aren’t you scared you’ll roll on them?” Umm, no, see above.
In recent weeks there have been tragic stories about suffocation deaths in infants that were linked to a form of co-sleeping or bed-sharing. This is horrible and distressing and unimaginably sad for all of those involved but it continues to give co-sleeping and bed-sharing a bad name.