When my son came home from the hospital, I'd had his crib set up in the nursery and little bassinet set up next to my bed. In my mind, he'd sleep in the bassinet until he outgrew it and then I would transition him into his crib, because, by then, he'd surely be sleeping through the night. Those were the two options I had envisioned, I had no reasons to consider co-sleeping. Heck, it wasn't even on my radar. But my little bundle of joy (and tears, and poop, and gas, and spit-up) had different plans.
There were the feedings (every two hours like clockwork), and the spit-up (after every burp), and the diaper changes (after every feeding). I would call it a miracle if I actually slept more than 40 hours total in the first two weeks.
Then one night, I was feeding my son in bed and he fell asleep in my arms. I'd left the bassinet in the living room and my husband, who'd just gotten into bed, suggested that I lay him down in our bed — just until he wakes up for his first overnight feeding — and then he'd bring in the bassinet. My eyelids were heavy and I thought, "Sure. OK. He'll be up in less than two hours, anyway." So I closed my eyes, and four hours later I sprung up out of bed worried that something was seriously wrong. It wasn't. He was just still fast asleep.
Of course, I immediately woke him up to double and triple check that he was alright. He was perfect. The next few days we experimented, and realized the only way my son would sleep more than two hours in a row was in bed with us. He woke up happier and seemed well-rested, and frankly, so did we.
Eventually, our bed became the "family bed" where we always did our best sleep safely by keeping him face up and in a warm sleeper rather than covered with a blanket. We have no regrets and look back on that time fondly.
If you are considering co-sleeping, always do your research and talk to your child's pediatrician. And, if you want a personal account from a mama who did it not once, but twice, here are some of the reasons it worked for me.