In case you’re wondering. We never planned to have these tiny people who turn into the giant inflatable flailing arms man sleep in our bed. We’ve got the three cribs we’ve gone through with two kids to prove it. Stemming from that four month sleep regression with Olivia, a little sister that learned our bed was more comfortable than hers, we kind of fell into it.
And it worked, until kindergarten when bedtimes got earlier and sleep got more important, so Olivia sleeps in her room now – but that’s a story for another day.
Here are some of the real reasons Cosleeping is Awesome –
- Because you value your sleep and it was a way for us to get more.
- Because night time parenting, sucks. I’m a bad night time parent and am more likely to serve whipping cream or wine in a half asleep stage if I were to get up, get out of bed and make bottles.
- Because they can learn to sleep through Game of Thrones. They can now sleep without silence. We can watch a movie. Argue loudly about the movie, and move the sleeping kid to their room for a few hours while you get busy.
- Because you don’t have a heating pad. If you’re cold. Our kids are like tiny human torches.
- Because it’s easier. No yelling bedtimes (most of the time).
- Because they’re cuter when they’re sleeping. The plentiful moments to adore this tiny little person, who even if the days have been long, is adorable because they’re not screeching at the top of the lungs.
- Because Midnight wake ups. Whip out a boob. Five minutes. One and done.
- Because it annoys your mother in law.
- Because bedtimes mean you can lay in your own bed, and not try and contort yourself into the bottom of a kids bunk bed – and try to stealthy leave when the kids asleep.
- Because Bassinets fit into the smallest of spaces.
- Because When you get peed on (we didn’t do night time pull-ups) you can spice up your relationship and sleep-irrational-argue about who’s turn it was to make the kid go pee before bed, and who’s failing as a parent.
- Because you get adorable photos, like this, this one and this.
- Because little people mutter hilarious things while they dream and when your no-longer-cosleeping five year old comes home from school and has done ‘nothing’ there, you’ll hear all of the details you couldn’t pry out of them with the promise of candy after school while they’re trying to extend the time before they close their eyes.
Cosleeping works for us. We fell into it, realized that it was perfect for the way that we parent, as low-key as possible. The benefits of long term emotional health and stable physiology? Those are just some of the benefits of it.