Friday, January 22, 2010

Great Co-Sleeping Article

Co-Sleeping: Does It Really Need to Be Explained?

I like this. The more I think about it, the less sense it makes to even have a nursery. Baby furniture is expensive (you don't even need a changing table if you go diaper free!), and they hardly spend any time in there anyway. Why not just buy a co-sleeper or a playpen and let them sleep in your room for the first year or so? You can probably find one on Craigslist or eBay so they're a lot cheaper. They're also portable, so you can eventually move them into their own room when you're ready, take them on vacation, Grandma's house, or into the hallway/other room for some "mommy and daddy time":-)

Plus, if you breastfeed, co-sleeping is way easier for nighttime feedings.

Do you co-sleep? Maybe you think people who co-sleep are crazy? I want to hear your opinion on this one.


  1. Madisyn co-slept with us until she was around 10 months, then we had her sleep in her own crib in her room. It was really convenient, being able to watch/hear her if anything happened. One problem we had was we let her have a bottle when sleeping and she would spill it or let it leak out the nipple and it ruined our pack-n-play. Otherwise, it was great! I loved co-sleeping and would recommend it!

  2. Hmm. We co-slept with Hazel until she was four months or so. It worked well with night time feedings.

    I think the most important thing about co-sleeping, though, (as well as any other decision regarding any child) is that it has to "fit" your kid. It works for awhile, naturally, as they're too little to have an opinion, but Hazel's sleep needs changed, so we adjusted our plan to fit her rather than forcing her to fit a mold. She has thrived in her own space. But maybe the next kid will thrive staying in our room longer! Nate and I know we have to be flexible because each kid's personality is so unique.