So Many Babies! So Much Advice! Pt 1: Co-Sleeping

There’s something in the water. I know exactly seven friends of mine who are pregnant right now. For most of them it’s their first baby! Yay! And of course, having a kid myself already, I know all the answers and have all the advice to give. Heh. 😉

But seriously, I think I’ve had a child under the age of three in my life since… forever. So I have learned a few things that are advantageous, and have applied them to my mothering (and nannying where applicable), and now, knowing so many mothers to be, I feel the need to share. So ladies, when you come visit this, here’s my two-cents worth: I wrote this just for you!  And now you don’t have to listen to me ramble for hours on end. It’s a win-win.

*Note: Link’s below are Amazon affiliate links, meaning if you click through then purchase that thingamabob, I can earn a little cash while your price stays the same! Thanks!*

Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper

Ok, first of all, do you have a nursery ready? One that’s all decorated up with the fancy crib and everything is just the way it is in a Babies ‘R Us catalog? So nice. Good for you. 

You’ll never get any sleep.

Picture this scenario: The newborn wakes up hungry. You now have to…
A) Get all the way up out of bed, stumble down the hall, open the door, find the light, or find the baby in the dark, find a place to sit, nurse the child who is now inconsolable since you took so long, struggle nursing, struggle to stay awake while the baby nurses, then put her back in her crib, and stumble your way back to bed.
OR
B) Roll over, pick her up before she really starts crying, nurse calmly, put her back down, go to sleep. NOTICE THAT YOU NEVER HAD TO LEAVE YOUR BED!

Ok, scenario two: The baby HASN’T woken up in a while. Oh dear! You…
A) Panic, stumble down the hall praying, stumble into the room possibly waking up poor baby, realize she’s ok, sleep in the rocking chair the rest of the night so you don’t have to panic anymore.
OR
B)Roll over before you start panicking, put your hand on her chest without waking her, realize she’s fine, go back to sleep without ever really waking up.

In both scenarios, I picked B, and never looked back. And if you think my scenarios above are just poppycock, studies have proven that co-sleeping, if done properly, is better for the family. Here’s some info that backs me up HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

But I wasn’t comfortable with a tiny squishable newborn in bed with us, so we chose the ‘sidecar’ arrangement to co-sleeping. In fact, we still use that method today. There’s plenty of bassinet sleepers that you can butt up next to the bed, but the absolute best product out there designed specifically for this sort of arrangement is the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper. We have the smaller model, I think. Most of their models are portable as well and easy to put up and take down.

And since the word count below is already telling me that I have over 500 words, I’ll separate all this advice I have for you into bits. We’ll call this part one! That way we can discuss co-sleeping here specifically. Moms: feel free to comment below. Preggers: feel freer to ask questions below!

I’ll see you next time with more tid bits of my own… we will probably talk about all those lovely book’s I’ve read. Stay tuned!

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2 thoughts on “So Many Babies! So Much Advice! Pt 1: Co-Sleeping

  1. Wow! Thank you, Sheri! People have been asking me what we were going to do about sleeping. How long do you recommend doing this before you start them in their crib?

    1. Well that’s something I can’t tell you, but your baby will. Finn stayed in his Arm’s Reach till he wanted to roll back and forth, and couldn’t because it was too small. We then moved him into a regular crib in our room, which worked out fine for a few months. But he told us, in his own way, that he wanted to be closer, and so we moved his crib into a co-sleeping sort of arrangement (read about it here), and it’s worked out wonderfully ever since. He’s happy, we’re happy, and we all sleep soundly. It’s really a matter of learning to listen to what your child is telling you, not what I, your mom, helpful relatives, or all those fun books/internets/pinterests/news stories are. And that’s hard to do, because we seek knowledge and think we know better. We nearly moved Finn clear out of our room, but instead went the opposite direction and moved him closer, after we realized what it was that he was asking for, by sleeping more soundly when he was beside one of us. Learning curves!

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