Saying Bye to the Family Bed
I don't know if I'm going to be the odd one out here, but I grew up in a family where the family bed was really really normal. When my friends would come over to visit, they would always ask where my little sister's crib was and I was look at them kind of funny and say "Ummm, she sleeps with my PARENTS", in that "Duh, didn't you know that?!" voice.
So it was never much of an issue for me when I found out I was pregnant. I wanted baby to sleep in bed with us. My husband wasn't so sure. After some cajolling and researching, he did finally come around though. And so that's what life has been for us the last 16 months.
I am quite positive that this setup is not for every family. Sure it's a pain when you want to be romantic. And yeah, the kicking of the covers is horrid. But the snuggling is great, and not having to get up for feedings was soo good for a good night's sleep.
I mentioned in my last post, that things seemed to be shifting though. And since my last post, our night time landscape really has changed a lot. Babyjama has moved into her own room. I can't tell you how nice it is to have the bed to ourselves after a year and 4 months. I know a lot of people sleep with their kids in bed with them a lot longer, but for us this worked out really well.
I started out by putting babyjama down for her naps in her own bed in her room and after about a week with no problem, we tried doing the same thing at night. I'm so surprised how easy it has been since I've heard so many horror stories about kids that will never leave the family bed after sleeping there for a while.
Anyway, I guess she isn't ruined as some baby experts would have you believe. Just another validation that every family is different and finding what works for an individual family really is the key.