Co-sleeping with a baby can be a wonderful and bonding experience, not to mention convenient. The biggest advantage to having the baby in your bed (if you're nursing) at night is that you don't have to get up; everything your baby needs is right there on your chest. Even getting a fussy baby to go back to sleep is easier because of their proximity to you. But have you ever wondered what kinds of thoughts your baby has about you when you co-sleep? Is your baby being considerate of your need for sleep, or are they purposely waking you up just for fun?
I'm pretty sure that my second son (the baby I practiced co-sleeping with, and still do) was the latter kind. I thought co-sleeping would be a great way for me to get more sleep than I did with my first baby, who was also a terrible sleeper. It seems that I'm just not lucky when it comes to babies and sleep, because both of my kids put me through the ringer in that department. With my co-sleeping baby, we were up more times a night than all of the moms I knew who were co-sleeping, and it wasn't always about nursing or a dirty diaper. I began to wonder, is my baby just f*cking with me?
I could have sworn my baby woke me up just to express the following thoughts: