Co-Sleeping #MUMTALK

My mum is my go to for EVERYTHING. She is my best friend and I couldn’t live without her. She keeps me going. She also happens to think she is very wise. She is very wise. I trust her judgement on anything. She is very fair. Nick often asks my mum’s opinion on things when we are arguing as she sees things from both sides. He also knows I listen to her. She is like our personal Judge Rinder, maybe a little less sassy.
Anyway I digress… I thought I would introduce you to my mum. This is Sharon.
We filmed a video together to talk about Co-Sleeping. Our experiences are very different.
I didn’t really co-sleep with Rosalie at all. She just doesn’t like it. When she was teeny tiny Rosalie slept in a swinging cot next to our bed. In the night I used to breastfeed her in bed and we would both fall asleep. I would then wake up and put her back in her crib.
We moved her to her big cot at around 4 months old. I used to give Rosalie her last feed at 10pm before we went to bed and then she would sleep through till about 5am. Nick was working shifts at the time and we found that when he came to bed in the middle of the night it would disturb Rosalie so we decided to move her into her own room.
Of course, there were the odd times that Rosalie would wake in the night but for the most part she slept through. On those occasions I would rock Rosie back to sleep (before we did the sleep training!) or bring her in with me. She would never settle in with us, she might fall asleep for the odd half an hour but that would be it.
Rosalie is 20 months old now and she sleeps in her cot in her own room. Sometimes she will wake up in the night but if I go in and lay her back down and give her a dummy she will drift back off to sleep. On weekend mornings, Rosalie will come into bed with us but she doesn’t go back to sleep. She will usually watch Peppa Pig on daddy’s phone whilst we try to eek out an extra half an hour in bed. After that Rosalie is up and starts menacing us until we join her!
My mum did co-sleep with me. I was a demanding child by all accounts and I wouldn’t sleep at all unless my mum was with me. If I woke up and my mum wasn’t there, all hell would break loose! In the end, after trying everything, I slept in bed with my mum so we could both get some sleep. We co slept until I was 3 years old.
I think like most things in motherhood you have to go with what is right for both mum and baby. Your baby will take the lead and show you what they want and need. If co-sleeping with Rosalie comforted her and allowed her to sleep I would have done it. It just doesn’t, she likes to have her own space.
My mum did co-sleep with me and I didn’t co-sleep with Rosalie. Both Rosalie and I have turned out wonderfully 🙂 so just do what works for you!
I hope you enjoyed our video together. Mum was a little shell shocked but I am sure we can train her up. I’d like to do more #MUMTALK Chats with her. If you would like to see more of my mama then leave a comment below. I might be able to bully her into filming some more!

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