Deciding where and how your family sleeps is one of (the many) "big decisions" parents face. Every family makes different choices, and different scenarios work for different, unique situations. Regardless of your choice, it's never permanent; even if it lasts years. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers all grow up and sleeping arrangements will be modified. Which means, of course, that you're bound to experience the emotional stages of weaning your kid off bed-sharing if, like me, bed-sharing ended up being the right decision for you and your family.
I was pregnant with my oldest's little brother when I realized I was staring the end of our bed-sharing relationship in the face. I knew I'd want to sleep with the baby, so we wanted big brother in his own bed before we brought the new baby home from the hospital. The transition was painless for my toddler, but I'd be lying if I could say the same for me. I went through a broad range of emotions and wasn't 100 percent confident I was making the right decision. Ultimately, it was for the best and we have no regrets, but when you're in the thick of it it's difficult to see the forest through the trees.
When you bed-share for a significant amount of time, there are bound to be a few bumps in the road and a lot of second-guessing. If you're planning to transition from a family bed to solo sleeping, you might experience a few of the same emotions I did. Hey, at least we're not alone, right?