Bed-sharing is a choice many families make, whether it was organic or planned for, but it's not always easy. Sharing a bed with a baby, toddler, or a kindergartner can be mentally challenging and physically tough. There are a lot of good things that can come from bed-sharing, sure, but how does bed-sharing adversely affect your body? Do the benefits outweigh the risks to your own well-being?
Here's the thing, if you're not into bed-sharing, it's best not to do it. Kelly Mom noted that bed-sharing is really up to you and what you want to do. If you think you would be miserable, then pass on it. You can have your child sleep on a separate surface in the same room as a compromise or you can move junior into their own bedroom. Personally, I need my space. AlthoughI love cuddles and Sunday naps with my toddler, I prefer my own bed at night. I need to stretch, I need to roll over, and I don't want to wake up with new scratches on my face from a toddler who wanted me to wake up and fix her some cereal.
So take it from me — there are several ways bed-sharing adversely affects your body. If you can get past them, by all means, do you, mama. Do whatever it takes to make sure both you and your kiddo are happy. But if you're unsure of the idea of bed-sharing, heed my warning — toddlers have excellent kicking aim.