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  • Why We Co-Sleep and Bed-Share

    Go ahead and start yelling at me now.  I’ve heard it all, as this is not my first rodeo.  Baby #4 is due in two months, and he too will join our bed.  Good thing I’m confident in my parenting decisions, trust my gut instincts, and have done all my research, or all of you who are about to flip out *might* have had an effect on me!

    I will start this article with the fact that there is a correct way to bed-share. There are do’s and don’ts and so many things to learn.  However, after making the decision to keep baby in bed with you, don’t waiver – trust your decision and don’t let others make you feel bad for it.

    Our newborns always sleep with us.  They do until they are old enough to not want to.  Our first baby slept with us until she was 2.5 years old and her baby brother was about 8 months old.  Together, they slept on a mattress on the floor and crawled into our bed if needed.  Our third baby is now 26 months old and still in bed with us, while his 4 and 6 year old siblings bed-share in the room next door.  There are nights when all three littles end up snuggling with us, and other nights when it’s just our two year old.  Once baby #4 arrives in March, we will have four in our bed, until #3 decides a newborn isn’t fun to sleep with, and moves into bed with brother and sister! Continue reading

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