We knew early on that the crib will reside in our bedroom but having our son co-sleep in our bed was somewhat accidental. We didn’t plan it. It became a habit around 8-10 months as it was easier to nurse him. Prior to that, he slept in his crib. When he started sleeping with us, I got very little sleep as I was initially paranoid that we would roll over him. We also slept without the blanket for extra precaution. He no longer nurses but both hubby and I still prefer to have him sleep next to us. This sleeping arrangement makes for a “fun” night. At times I wake up with little feet on my face. Other nights, I get lucky and he’s face is snuggled next to mine and my husband gets the toes up on his nose.
Our pediatrician frowned on us at our 12-month visit upon learning that we co-sleep. She’s a fan of the Ferber method. She tried to scare us about our son not being able to join sleepovers when he is six years old. Uh, he’s not sleeping over anyone’s house at six. Needless to say, that didn’t deter us.
My husband and I did weigh the pros and cons to co-sleeping. The primary con being that he might become too attached and used to sleeping with us. At this point, he prefers our bed over his crib. We do want to raise him as an independent individual. At the same time, I co-slept with my parents until I was 6 years old and had no problem transitioning to my own room. I was very excited when that time came and grew up very independent minded.
I’m not sure exactly when we will transition A out. Maybe when he turns two. Childhood is such a short period and we want to spend as much time with him. My son likes to cuddle next to us as he falls asleep. I love waking up to a smiley face in the morning and getting kisses. Such are the rewards of motherhood. I treasure these moments and wish I have the power to stop time at will.