Of all the things I've done in my 33 years on this planet, I can't think of too many I feel more ambivalent about than co-sleeping. On the one hand you have snuggles, facilitated breastfeeding (if that's your thing), and an overall feeling of domestic contentment. On the other hand you have a ceaseless parade of kicking, uninhibited body functions, and groping that prevents you from actually sleeping. The scale of good and bad is constantly tipping, sometimes in the span of one night. I asked parents to describe what it actually feels like to co-sleep, and I believe you will find I am vindicated in my sometimes confused assessment of feelings.
Co-sleeping isn't for everyone, and I doubt you will find too many parents who chose to share a bed with their child who wouldn't concede, "Yeah, I get it, dude. Live your best life." Even the most enthusiastic co-sleeper admits that, sometimes, it blows. Yet for lots of us (even those among us who swore left, right, and sideways we would never in a million years ever co-sleep not that I would know about that), the scale more often than not tips toward positive, warm fuzzy feelings, so we're willing to put up with it. Or it may even be awful most of the time, but the moments when it's not are so incredible that we deal with the poking and acting as a human pacifier for that one moment when our child nuzzles us and smiles in their sleep.
But don't let me be the final word on the matter, as every parent experiences every parenting moment different. So, with that in mind, here's what 15 other parents had to say on the matter: