Monday, July 21

Are you a Co-Sleeping Parent?

Since becoming a mom, I am up at all times of the night, and that is actually when I do my best brainstorming. This topic came to me last night when Ava woke up around 4am. Normally when she wakes up in the middle of the night, I change her diaper and she goes back to sleep. But last night, she did not want to go back to sleep. She wanted to stay up and play and make silly noises! Normally I rock her to sleep but she was not having it last night. So I put her in the bed with me and she went right to sleep! So I ask, do you co-sleep?

Ava sleeps in her crib in her own room and has been since about 8 months old. I started out by putting her down for naps in her own bed. Her room was quiet and if I had something to do in my room, I didn't want to wake her up. When she was a newborn, we co-slept. She slept in a co-sleeper that went in my bed.

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 Once she grew out of the co-sleeper, she began to sleep in a bassinet next to the bed. It was so easy to have her in the bedroom with me. If Ava woke up, I could easily get her back to sleep, and I liked being able to hear her move and breathe at night. But once she grew out of her bassinet, she began sleeping in her own room. Here is a picture of the bassinet that I got for a baby shower gift. 

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So every now and then Ava will wake up at night and if I cant get her back to sleep, or she is just having a hard time sleeping, I will put her in the bed with me. But most nights, I make sure to keep her in her own bed because frankly, I like my sleep! Ava is all over the place when she sleeps and when she is in the bed with me, I cant sleep! And a sleepy mommy makes for a grumpy mommy! I even find that Ava sleeps better in her own bed where as before, she would wake up with every toss and turn that I made. 

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Here is a picture of Ava's bed. I think its pretty cozy! I am still in the process of decorating her room. It is going to be a country chic themed room. My mom made her crib skirt and her name pillows, and I can't wait for her to finish the quilt!

I loved co-sleeping but the only reason that we stopped is because it became harder to get a good nights sleep with the tossing and turning that Ava and I both do in our sleep. Do any of you co-sleep? How do you make sure everyone gets a good nights sleep?

April K. 
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1 comment:

  1. We didn't co-sleep initially, but there was a point where Aiden started being afraid of the dark. So he'd climb into my bed at night. Now, he's back in his bunk bed (I think buying him a bunk bed did the trick.) LOL.