• I was recently introduced to the concept of co-sleeping. I apparently don’t pay much attention to the way others parent so I had no idea what this meant. I did some research and discovered that in America co-sleeping and bed sharing have become interchangeable. Technically, co-sleeping just means that young infants (and sometimes kids) sleep in the same room as their parents. Bed sharing is exactly that, everyone sharing the same bed.

    I completely understand having my infant in my bedroom with me. Those first few months especially. I want them close so I can check on them at any time, and so that night time feedings and changes are more convenient. I think it is great for infants to feel secure in knowing that Mommy is right there as well.

    I don’t think that I would be able to sleep soundly if my kids were in my bed

    For me personally, I don’t understand the need for this passed the time when your baby sleeps through the night. Once my kids were able to do that they were in their own rooms and beds. It’s just what has worked for my family. As far as bed sharing goes, I just couldn’t do it. My husband is a wild sleeper, I can’t imagine the damage he could do to a child while he tosses and turns throughout the night. My son is similar, and the thought of two crazy sleepers in one bed terrifies me. I don’t think that I would be able to sleep soundly if my kids were in my bed. I have met a few moms who swear by this though. I do my best to not think, “You do what with your kids?!” Because honestly there are probably many things I do that make them cringe too. Instead I remember that parenting is a tricky game, and you have to do what works for your family.

    Be sure to read up on all the different information available and talk to your pediatrician about whatever you decide to do for your family. No matter what you decide, your love for your child is the most important parenting skill you have.