Before Little Owl was born I read a lot about co-sleeping. I was attracted to the idea, but unsure about the reality. My own father in particular was extremely concerned about overlaying. Understandable, considering that most of the press that co-sleeping gets is negative--reports of overlaying, suffocation, etc. So I read a lot. I wanted to make sure it was truly safe. From what I read, I became convinced it was fine for us, and was really excited about the idea of having a family bed. (Note: I am not trying to convince anyone. Please do your own research on this topic.)
Well... life never turns out how you intended.
A little while into life with baby, I realized that her, Brian and I all need our own space for sleeping. Co-sleeping was helpful for those newborn days when I was nursing her ever couple hours (actually, during that stage we didn't even have a "family bed", because Brian was sleeping on the couch...). Beyond that stage, it wasn't fitting us. I was too worried at night about Brian covering her face with his pillow or an arm, that I couldn't sleep. So I would cuddle her close to me, but then I couldn't sleep because I was worried about myself.
In sleep-deprived desperation one night, I tried putting her in her own space (a small cradle on my side of the bed) to sleep. She slept eight hours solid. Needless to say, we kept things that way. When she grew out of her little cradle we had to figure out what to do.
This is what we landed on. Little Owl's "bed" is against the corner. A love seat.
Here is an alternate view.
So, in the eyes of all you die-hard family-bed-ers... is this co-sleeping?
It works. It works for us.
Have you had any interesting "co-sleeping" (or not) set ups?
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