Us moms are usually the ones our babies nuzzle the most, the first ones up and the last ones to fall asleep, and usually the ones feeding the baby, especially if we’re breastfeeding. Then there’s that whole we-just-gave-birth thing and the still-healing thing. So, yes, it's important every mom sets aside time for self-care — especially if you're co-sleeping. Co-sleeping can be a wonderful thing, to be sure, but it can also be exhausting. I know there were plenty of things I did for myself when co-sleeping, and frankly, I regret nothing.
I also knew that, at least for my partner and I, it would just be better to have my son close. So we co-slept and, eventually, we also bed-shared. Regardless of our sleeping arrangement, though, or the reasons why it was the right one for my family, I didn’t forget to treat myself to some extras whenever I had the chance. So, with that in mind and because no mom should be on the bottom of her own priority list, here's how I took some time out for myself while co-sleeping.