31 Days of Parenting Littles: Wake
We never intended to co-sleep with our children. When I was pregnant with Zak, we got a cot (crib), and a bassinet to use, just like every "normal" couple does. We intended for him to sleep in our room for the first few months and then transition to his own room in his cot once he outgrew the bassinet. That's just what you do...right? Well, turns out, not so much.
We got home from the hospital and soon found that Zak had other plans. He woke every 20 to 60 minutes the first couple nights, until in sleep deprived desperation, we put him in our bed. Suddenly, we were all sleeping better! It was a beautiful thing, especially because Raoul is rather cranky when sleep deprived, and I struggle with insomnia off and on, during which times it takes me up to a couple hours to fall asleep every time I have to full wake up at night. With the baby in bed with me, I can just half-wake up and latch the baby, and then doze again.
Another thing I loved about cosleeping as a first time parent especially, was that if I woke up and my baby was still sleeping, I could immediately see and feel that he was ok and still breathing. SIDS really freaked me out as a first time mom.
Sleep deprived? Try putting baby in bed with you- just make sure to do it safely!