Co-sleeping is not for the faint at heart, especially if you're co-sleeping with a toddler. There are the challenges that come with co-sleeping itself, plus its implications for your romantic relationship (if you're partnered), plus shrugging off any judgmental extended family or friends or internet commenters. There are many co-sleeping moments that prove you're a badass mom, so consider yourself "official" if you can check off even one of the following.
Of course, there are lots of mamas out there who can check off most or even all of these, too. If that's you, definitely pat yourself on the back (but don't get too outwardly cocky about it, lest you anger the parenting gods. That's a good way to get peed on in the middle of the night). A nice, quiet celebration, perhaps a silent victory dance accompanied by a glass of wine, probably won’t make anybody too mad, though. (Haha, who am I kidding? We’re moms, literally everything we do will make somebody mad.)
Well, at least you’re getting some sleep every night, right? Certainly more than you would if your little one was serenading you with the anguished wail of their people, or else you wouldn’t be co-sleeping at all. You can do this, Badass Co-Sleeping Mama. Apparently, no child has ever co-slept forever. Sure, it seems like some of our children may be trying to challenge that undeniable fact but, as of right now, the odds do seem to be in our favor. In the meantime, we can take pride in the many small victories we rack up along the way, including: