I was able to get some sleep

by Stephanie
(Durham, NH)

She knew she was loved night and day :)

She knew she was loved night and day :)

I was all geared up to get my children sleeping happily in a crib after their bassinet, but it just never happened! Kids love to be with their moms, and will be stick-tights when they need to be. I like the term nighttime parenting, because unfortunately, despite my need for sleep, my two girls still need me to be available 24/7. My husband and I had no plans to let our kids sleep with us as babies, but it all just felt right and worked out. We always had bed rails on our king size bed and I did a lot of research and learned that Moms somehow (unless they are ill, on medicine, a drug or alcohol) don't have any real risk of sleeping and rolling onto their child. I absolutely was never fearful of this and everyone just slept so much better when we were all together. No need for the aggravating sound of the baby monitor, baby is right there and if anything happens while baby is sleeping, I am right there to help her.

In any event, the girls are now 3 and almost 6 and they go to sleep in their own beds and sleep through the night most nights, but if they wake up, we just let them come on in and sleep with us since they go right back to bed, sometimes not even waking us. We have talked to many parents about this and they agree forcing kids to stay in their own beds wasn't something they were up for as a parent, and eventually their kids outgrew coming in to Mom and Dad and as the saying goes, "this, too, shall pass."

I don't regret having a family-friendly bed for the kids whenever they need it. It gives us all comfort and security and a little more sleep.

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Oct 15, 2015
Good post
by: Ben Schmidt

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Jan 28, 2015
Heartwarming experience!
by: Christine

Just wanted to say Stephanie - your family bed experience is beautiful! Hearing your true story gives me confidence that you have very happy and confident little people in your household! All the best

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