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The Truth About Cosleeping

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Do you have any idea what it is like to sleep in the same bed as a toddler? I never intended to cosleep until my daughter was born. A few weeks after she was home she refused to sleep alone. It was scary to me – someone who was adamantly against it just a few weeks prior.

Okay, technically “cosleeping” refers to sleeping in the same room, which doesn’t necessarily mean in the same bed – that is called “bedsharing.”  However, most people refer to bedsharing as cosleeping, which is what I’m talking about.

I was desperate for a solution and scared out of my mind that harm would come to her if she continued to sleep with me. Society made me fearful to even say anything about it. Swaddling didn’t help… nothing helped… except having mom near. We began searching for resources and information. This was basically when I discovered the concept of attachment and natural parenting. It started to make sense to me that my baby would want to stay close. Plus, it made night nursing so much easier.

And so… our cosleeping journey began. We learned about safer cosleeping practices and we all became more rested. But it’s not always all cuddles and happy things.

No, oh no.

Ever woken up with a foot in your ear? Or in the small of your back?

How about a child draped over your side? Fingers in your mouth?

funny cosleeping positions book

It’s entirely true that over all we – as a family – enjoyed better sleep together, but it is something else to have a small floppy person in your space. This is why I was happy to receive and review HowToBeADad.com’s new book: (Amazon link) The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions: Survival Tips for Co-Sleeping Parents. I remembered seeing some of the baby sleep positions on their website, like “H is for Hell.”  They are extremely popular posts because they are so funny and true!

This paperback collection features new sleep positions not previously published on their site and hilarious descriptions and side effects for enduring each one. You can even check off which ones you’ve experienced. Add that to the baby keepsakes, right?! As I read through it I kept laughing out loud (I literally LOL’ed, oh yes I did!) and asking Brian if he remembered this or that.

What’s the most awkward sleep position you’ve experienced? Do you like to sleep near someone (or something like a dog, cat, etc) or alone?

Disclosure: I received the book free of charge in order to review it.

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