We don’t all start parenthood with a plan to co-sleep. Well, some do, but you’d be surprised at how many folks swore up and down they’d never do it, only to succumb to lack of sleep and a crying baby who won’t stop unless they’re in close proximity to their parents. Some of us go a step further and bring our littles into our beds. Whatever the case, there are certain co-sleeping milestones all families reach in that first year that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Some are hilarious, while others are still too fresh to laugh at.
I always knew I would co-sleep to some extent. After our son came home from the hospital, he slept in a co-sleeping bassinet right by my side until he was around 6 months or so. Then we transferred him to his crib, which was also next to my bed. When he suddenly stopped sleeping through the night at around 10 months (because sleep regressions are the seventh circle of literal hell, you guys), I brought him into our bed. While I have no regrets about any of it, I can say that it could be a bit challenging at times.
My son finally sleeps in his own room (because he’s almost 3 and that’s how long it took for him to feel more independent), but I still have fond memories of all those special moments in our first year of co-sleeping.