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Let me start by saying that I have done very little research on the good and bad of sleeping in the same bed with my toddler. This is my experience and thoughts about it.
Over the last couple of months, my 14 month old daughter has been consistently waking up in her crib at the same time and won’t go back to sleep. I’ve realized trying to put her back to sleep in the crib was very difficult.
I’ve found the easiest way to keep her calm and back sleep quickly is laying in the bed. She will roll right into my chest and snuggle up.
Last night, I realized how much I loved it!
The one and only downfall is that I often wake up at night with half my body hanging over the edge of the bed because I’d been slowly pushed all night with headbutts to the chest.
But waking up in the morning to her little giggles makes it 100% worth it. Never in my life have I been so happy to wake up! She is so much happier when she wakes up in the bed and sees me immediately as she opens her eyes.
I feel like it’s brought us closer together. Being gone during the day, at the office, has been a tough transition. I worked from home for her first 13 months and was always there. Being able to have that special bonding moment at night and morning means the world to me.
People try to tell me that she needs to sleep in her crib, but I honestly love co-sleeping with her. It fills my heart!
Wouldn’t have it any other way!