The Family That Sleeps Together...

When my daughter was born, my entire world changed. The biggest difference, which coincidentally is the one that scared me the most, was that my daughter was now exposed to the outside world and all of the dangers that await sweet little babies. I was worried about: not making enough milk and that my child would go to bed hungry; letting other people hold and pass around my child because I didn't want for her to catch illness (she most definitely inherited my crappy immune system); and the chance that I might wake up one morning to find my daughter dead in her crib.This last worry had me so terrified that I refused to fall asleep that first night until Handsome Husband agreed to stay up and keep an eye on her to make sure she could breathe. I know, he's pretty awesome, right? Anyway, things did not work out that way. He stayed up for as long as he could, but then ended up falling asleep holding our baby in his arms. Needless to say, I was not thrilled about the precedent he was setting. The next few nights did not get any better. I still did not get any sleep, although baby was right next to the bed in a bassinet. I worried that she would find some way to turn her head or roll onto her side that would keep her from breathing. That bassinet was so tiny! During the middle of the night, we decided to put the baby in between us to get some sleep. She did so well there, sleeping through the night in just a couple of weeks. I was cued in to her needs, such as when she was hungry or just needed to be flipped to the other side. I still woke often to make sure she was breathing and that she wasn't in any danger, but apparently, the sleep cycles of moms and babies synch up while co-sleeping, so this was nature's way of protecting my child. My baby still sleeps in between Handsome Husband and myself, although we plan to introduce a toddler bed soon. We would have tried sooner, but we still don't think she is quite accustomed to her surroundings in this new house just yet. Did you know that sharing a room with your child is considered co-sleeping? You don't have to share your bed with your child to be a co-sleeping family. Many organizations around the world consider co-sleeping to be the best for babies, although in America, cribs in separate rooms are considered the norm. What do you think about co-sleeping? Is this something that you would consider doing?