Lucy Aitken Read describes herself as a “writer, mama, activist and vintage lover” — all the good things in life.
Yet she’s also different to your “average mum” in certain ways.
Every night, Lucy and her family go into one king bed and sleep together. She and her husband have co-slept with their girls, aged five and three years old, ever since they were born.
Writing on her blog, the mum says that in her “gut” she knew co-sleeping was the right thing for her.
“We are partaking in a healthy, ancient sleep tradition. We all bunk together in a loft, with a super king and a single pushed together to make one enormous sleeping platform,” Lucy wrote.
For most mums, sleeping with their kids usually means being kept awake all night, but Lucy says she actually gets a better sleep.
If Romano or Juno, her daughters, are fitful they get comforted in her presence and so she isn’t up and down during the night. She also says co-sleeping means you’re parenting while sleeping, safe, and family bonding.
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Of course, we’re naturally curious how Lucy magically manages to fit a whole family into one bed (and still get sleep).
“The four of us just sleep in a massive bed – the biggest bed you’ve ever seen with a million pillows. And, we all just tumble in there every night and sleep together, and we’ve done that for five years,” she said in a Youtube video.
The prospect of having her kids sleep with her was something Lucy and her husband vowed they would never do.
“Then, basically, my daughter was born and I was like, ‘There’s no way she’s going to sleep in another room’,” she explains.
Lucy decided from the beginning that she wanted to parent in the way – attachment parenting – which would cause the least amount of stress for her kids.
The hardest thing she says about co-sleeping isn’t the act itself, but what Lucy calls is “battling” people who think she isn’t normal.