Since my son was first born he has had the privilege of sleeping in bed with my wife and I. To say it was a huge adjustment would be an understatement but so is everything else once you welcome a new child into the world. From sleeping in his bassinet for only a few weeks to sleeping in our bed in the middle of us was quite the adventure.
After nine months of our son sleeping in our bed with us we deiced it was time to try him in his own comfy $500 plus 3 in 1 bed that his mother and I worked extremely hard to be able to purchase for him. But over the past few months he has had many good days where sleeping in his bed every night was wonderful and some other nights where it was horrible. From my wife and myself getting out of our bed multiple nights to cuddle and rock him back to sleep the first few months after the transaction was good because he would easily fall back to sleep. But as time progressed and he became more mobile it became obvious that the task of lying him back down after rocking him to sleep would be impossible once we laid him back down. He's become so used to sleeping with us that I believe he thinks our bed is his very own bed and truthfully in some instance he could be right.
Hear me when I say my wife and I possibly were the reason behind him taking over our bed because we were so used to having him in the middle of us. It was so convenient and easy when he was crying in the middle of the night to stick his pacifier back in his mouth so that we could get enough sleep in the night. But now when he wakes at 14 months and won't go back to sleep until he's in our bed is when it has become a problem. Also I don't want anyone to think that he's literally always in our bed always because he isn't. As he's gotten older he is sleeping much better in his own bed but we know it was going to take much time, energy and patience to get to where we are now with him sleeping in his own bed regularly and throughout the night.
I must admit he's quite the trooper because a lot of the nights with him waking up in the middle of the night over the past few months have been caused by his teething. Which as a parent especially first time parent is another is story in itself to talk about because there are so many things that happen when there teething. It sometime saddens my wife and I to see him in so much pain but I guess this is what happens when you have things popping out of your gums for weeks, months and even years.
I recently stumbled upon a article about Myths And Truths About Co-Sleeping by James McKenna. My focus in reading it was to highlight the myths and share my own positives about how I feel about each myth and what has worked for my wife and I.
Myth #1: Co-sleeping is always dangerous
Matthew Gamble Sr. is a father, husband, friend, and blogger. He writes about what it's like to raise Matthew Gamble II also known as M2 as a stay at home father. Join him on his journey into fatherhood with Mr. Daddy Duties!!!