View Poll Results: Have you ever co-slept with your baby?

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Thread: Co-sleeping and your baby

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    Default Co-sleeping and your baby

    As a follow-on from our story on co-sleeping (found in the baby section) BellyBelly is interested in seeing what our members think about this topic. Do/did you co-sleep with your baby? When did you stop (if you have?). Do you think co-sleeping is a beautiful bonding experience or a problem?
    What feedback or comments do you get from professionals and / or friends etc?

    Share your thoughts and experiences here.

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    No I never co-slept with Kameron. He slept in his own room right from the start. We used a baby monitor so we could hear his every move I found no hassles in doing it this way and will do it again.

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    HipBubbyMama Guest

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    I've co slept since Liam was 6 months old and at two we still are. I love it, would recommend it 100% and it makes breastfeeding and nighttime parenting so easy.

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    vivienne Guest

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    We have co slept from pretty much day dot. When Jonah was about 4 or 5 months I had a bright idea to but a single bed between our bed and the wall so that there is loads of room, our beds are low too deliberately. We have always slept and breastfed very well, dh was rarely disturbed.

    Most people I tell are surprised I guess, but I know about 4 other couples personally who do the same thing. I believe it's perfectly safe if you use common sense.

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    I think with us anyway, we felt safe doing it - you get lots of instinctive feelings as a parent! We moved our pillows down a little so our heads were level with Marisa - so if she would roll into us it would be our heads. As the cameras on A Current Affair picked up, she moved upwards in the bed. I have never found her down the bed. We also have a fairly firm mattress.

    For safe tips on co-sleeping written by Pinky McKay, check out our story on co-sleeping or visit her website at www.pinky-mychild.com
    Kelly xx

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    Yes we started co-sleeping with Georgia when she was about 8 months old. She sleeps in her cot until about 2am, then comes in with us. Just recently she has started sleeping through all night in her cot which is also nice.

    Co-sleeping has been really good for us!!

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    All of my children have slept in a cot in our room until about 12 months (Heather will find her way into her own room shortly). However during the early months, they have often "found" their own way into our bed during the night. I think it has been a lovely experience and sometimes I still bring the baby into our bed just because I want to.

    Heather too has had this most appalling chronic cough from May to November and it has been reassuring for us to know that she is still breathing when she is right beside us.

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    We co-sleep with Jessica, but not with Hannah.

    Jessica is a very cuddle baby, who likes to sleep in our arms, whereas Hannah is happier in her cradle where she sleeps 10hours/night.

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    this post is old but ive only just seen it..

    co-sleeping was what bonded me with joshua i think, as i could lay there and stare into his cute lil sleeping face, had no choice but to co sleep with him when he was first born as he wouldnt sleep in his crib, he was just too scared for some reason..

    i absolutly loved it and will do it again..
    josh apparently now still co sleeps with his dad everynow and again

    take care
    Lesley

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    I haven't co-slept with Lachlan but he has been sleeping in our room right next to the bed in his basinette. The only reason is was that he was feeding every 2hrs or so and I couldn't be bothered walking all the way to his bedroom every time.

    He will be going back to his room when he has settled into a longer feeding pattern. We are getting there slowly.

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    For the first 3-4 weeks we either had Christian in our bed or in the bassinette next to our bed depending on how settled he was. I found when he went through a bad stage of colic it was much easier to keep him comfortable in with us. Now he is a little bit older he is much happier sleeping in his cot in his own room.

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    We've co-slept from night one... after the caesarian I couldn't pick Matilda up for a few days and the midwives would roll me over and then pop Matilda on the other breast every few hours so we just got used to sleeping together... now at home and in the winter its lovely to not have to get out of bed except for the one nappy change in the middle of the night and DH does that one... =D>

    We are looking at starting to move her out after she's 6 weeks old into the cot next to our bed for a while... we'll see how that goes. DH is keen to get her out of our bed and I enjoy having her close by... but I do miss my space as I am a huge kicker and I like to overtake the bed in my sleep I can't do that now and wake up cramped from staying so still in my sleep... at least I wake up before rolling over etc....

    Christy

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    We never co-slept with Kimberley when she was born the only time she gets in our bed now is when she wakes early morning or trying to get her to sleep but it has only happened a few times.

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    There are a few reasons why we've never co-slept with Aidyn.
    1. Since week 2 I have needed to have him sleep in his own room because I am such a light sleeper and on edge all the time, that I wake up at the tiniest little noise he will make , which would have prevented me from getting any sleep at all in those first weeks.
    2. I do not trust myself or DP not to roll on him, as we only have a double bed.
    3. DP is a smoker, and it is not recommended due to SIDS risks.

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    We co-slept with Hudson for the first 4 weeks because he was so unsettled and just would not sleep in his bassinet. It was great having him so close by to feed in the middle of the night, but DH and I were both keen to get him into his own bed as we slept very lightly and woke up constantly in a panic wondering if we had squashed him LOL! Once we put him onto formula at 4 weeks and he finally had a full belly he has slept in his bassinet with no problems at all.

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    I never co slept with Olivia as I was afraid of rolling on her. I had her in a bassinet next to our bed until she was 3 months old and then put her in her own room in a cot. She now climbs into bed with us in the morning for cuddles and reading books together before we get up for breakfast.

    She recently was sick and I let her fall asleep in our bed, I was not well so we slept on the bed together, I woke up before she did and I have to admit I really enjoyed watching her sleep!

    Susan

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    Minka Guest

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    I co slept with Clover until she was about 2.5yrs old & then around that time we moved from a 1 bedroom apartment to a 2 bedroom unit. I set her up in her own room but she came in and slept with me in the middle of the night less and less frequently for the next year. With the next 2 they co slept with me for a month then we set a cot up in our room - Levi doesn't feel comfortable with a baby in the bed (he sleeps in the spare room for the first month) so this was our compromise. All my kids are good sleepers and I really enjoy co sleeping - I found breast feeding really easy & my babies always settled themselves really easily and I think co sleeping had a part in that.

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    Melinda Guest

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    We've never co-slept with Jacob. Not because I'm against the idea at all, more because it just never really crossed my mind, and because he seemed happy and contented where he was, which was in his bassinette at the end of our bed. Every now and then he comes into our bed for a cuddle though!!!

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