Before I had Lily I always said that I wouldn’t “co-sleep”. I’m known as the safety monitor and I worry so much I never thought I would share a bed with my baby, due to the dangers associated with it. Well apart from the odd dozing off during a night feed for a second I never did share a bed with Lily when she was tiny, but the last year that has changed…
Once Lily turned 1 we dropped all her night feeds, the problem was she still woke up about midnight where she was used to having a feed. Whereas when she was younger I would nurse her back to sleep, once that stopped I struggled to get her to settle again in her cot. his combined with my going back to work meant the easy option was to bring her in the bed with me. This has been ongoing since then, so about the last year. If I bring her in to our bed with me as soon as her head hits the bed she is snoozing again. In the interest of me, and her getting any sleep I have got in to this “bad habit” of every night bringing her in. I don’t really mind, it’s certainly better than going to work with my eyes like sandpaper from no sleep, you do what you have to do. The only thing is Lily tends to spread out rather a lot. She sleeps in between me and Joe and usually ends up horizontal. Some nights I get the head, which can sometimes end up completely on my face. Other nights I get the feet and booted in the mouth numerous times. It’s not exactly good quality sleep!
Big Girl Bed
Now Lily is 2 and a half, and the subject of more children has come in to conversation I have always said I need Lily to be sleeping well before we had another. Not only this, but as Lily gets bigger the amount of space we each have in our bed gets smaller! So this week we have the week off and we are going to lower the bars of her cot so it’s a proper bed for her, and try to keep her in her bed all night. I’m going to be armed with a reward chart and stickers, something that has worked well with Lily in the past. I will be posting about how we get on and doing a daily diary.
I know I will end up just wanting to bring her in to have a cuddle (and sleep!), and I will miss it, it is so lovely having that cuddle at night. It’s hard to pin Lily down for one during the day as she’s so lively, but I know it has to be done. Wish me luck!!! P.S. Any tips that people have on making this transition as smooth as possible please let me know!