Do you have a night-invader in your bed? If so, you’ll be familiar with some of these bed-sharing injuries. It’s serious stuff.
The first few days in the new house, Danny had a difficult time sleeping. So instead of listening to his soul piercing cries from two rooms over, I brought my mama’s boy into bed for nighttime cuddles. His Cheshire grin was enough to erase all the dangers of co-sleeping* from my mind that I’ve learned in the past 16 months… until I was beaten in the face by that charming Cheshire grin with my cell phone at 6 a.m.
Opponents of co-sleeping have gone to great depths to caution parents about bringing their children into the lion’s den at night. I have to disagree with the experts on this one. I’m convinced it’s the parents who are putting their own well-being in jeopardy. And worse yet, there is not one word of caution to us about it — no parenting articles, no books, no videos, nothing — at least until now.
My fear is, if I don’t get the word out about the dangers of co-sleeping to parents, parents will be an endangered species before the turn of the decade.
Based on my own experiences, I’ve created a short list of the top threats that toddlers pose to their parents in a co-sleeping environment. I’m sure there are millions more, so feel free to add your own dangers in the comment section below. Together, we must create awareness!
1. The midnight caller. Parents should be warned against bringing any kind of cellular device into bed with them or within a toddler’s reach. Unless, of course, you don’t mind being bludgeoned in the head with your cell phone before dawn.
2. Eye love you, daddy! So much so, that little Johnny is going to take that cute little finger of his and jab it right through your sleepy eyelid! I would imagine this is why God gave us two.
3. The toddler chokehold. They may be little, but they are mighty. Be aware of your little one’s sleeping position at all times. One minute they’re lovingly sleeping in the crook of your arm, and the next, they’re lying sideways across your throat cutting off life sustaining oxygen to your brain.
4. The fish hook. I’m sure that to a toddler, the two black holes in mummy’s nose may seem like a magnificent curiosity, but to a mum, there is nothing curious about being jarred awake by your child trying to dig your brains out through your nostril.