I’ve been co-sleeping on and off for nearly four years. It started off innocently enough. My infant would sleep in his bassinet next to my bed, then graduated to a crib that I also positioned beside me. Somewhere along the way, though, he decided "next to me" didn't cut it, and wedged himself between my partner and I in our bed. So it's safe to say that co-sleeping and bed-sharing have not only affected my son, but me, too. And like many others, there are certain weird habits I’ve developed as a co-sleeping mom that other moms with similar sleep situations deal with, too. (And if you don't, just lie to me so I feel better, OK?)
For example, I didn’t need to use an alarm to wake up in the mornings for the longest time. I’m not sure how I managed, but I basically trained myself to wake at a certain time of day. It helps that I work from home, of course, but I swear my body programed some super secret internal clock so I wouldn’t wake my kid up until I absolutely had to. So when I say women's bodies are truly incredible, know that I'm referring to what happens beyond the magic that is pregnancy, labor, and delivery. We have super secret bed-sharing clocks, guys.
When you’re a stay-at-home or work-at-home mom, you appreciate those few quiet early morning moments way more than ever before. But training my body to wake up without an alarm clock and before my child isn't the only side effect I’ve developed thanks to co-sleeping. So if you're experiencing some "weird habits" thanks to your family sleeping arrangements, here are just a few straight-up strange things only co-sleeping moms end up doing: