Text between us this morning:
me: I slept with Conrad in our bed last night (2nd time ever) and he fell off the bed face first, hit his face on the bed & night stand and cried for like 20 mins. It was the saddest thing ever.
Dustin: That's why he sleeps in his own bed sweetie. Love you though.
me: oh well. it was fun cuddling him. I spent half the night watching him sleep, now I'm a zombie.
When Conrad was a newbie, he had to wear a hip harness and every time he moved it made this annoying Velcro sound that sounded like nails on a chalk board, so he slept in the kitchen in his bassinet, far from our room, as a baby. Dustin & I are grumpy sleepers. We have to have the room pitch dark, cold and silent. I wonder sometimes if it was selfish not to co-sleep with our baby. Should we have sucked it up, the discomfort of having a third person in our bed, and the inconvenience of having to "get creative" about intimacy because our bed didn't belong to us?
Our little man has slept in his crib, in his room since he was 8 weeks old....Having good sleep helped me be less grouchy I suppose, but it makes me sort of feel like I missed out on the cuddling. I'm a bit envious of parents who have awesome co-sleeping experiences. Our bed has always been the grounds for wrestling and playing so every time (I) tried to put him in bed with me, he woke right up and began pouncing us and wrestling. SO, every time, Dustin laid down the iron fist and declared that our son, sick or well needed to sleep in his own bed where he could get rest so he could get better AND so we can get rest also.
Dustin was out of town the last 3 days with an engineering conference in Denver, and after the 5th time of getting out of bed to snuggle Conrad in his rocking chair I said ENOUGH and took his tired little limp, sick body in bed with me! We snuggled, I kissed him a million times, I scratched his back and head and it was heaven. On the other side of things, Dustin has been totally right about letting Conrad cry it out and learn to put himself to sleep without being rocked. After getting out of bed several times, if we just let him figure it out is usually only takes him a few minutes and then he's out for the entire night.
I'm sort of on he fence with co-sleeping. Do any other couples sort of disagree on the topic as well?
I feel like it's going to be harder with the next baby not to co-sleep.
After watching several youtube videos of babies climbing out of their cribs, I'm realizing that although I dread the crib to toddler bed conversion, it might be time. Maybe I can keep him trapped in his crib FOREVER! What about crib nets around the crib? Has anyone used a crib net?
Did co-sleeping work for you? What were the pros, what were the cons.
If you could do it all over, what would you do differently.