Of all the parenting methods that inspire controversy, one approach to raising children that seems to draw a line in the sand — in other words, you're either staunchly for it or against it, and you're not shy about vocalizing your opinion — is co-sleeping. There are various types of co-sleeping, but the one that attracts the most attention is known as bed-sharing, in which your baby or toddler sleeps beside you in an adult bed. If you've ever engaged in the practice or thought about giving it a try, this mom's video of co-sleeping with her toddler will definitely give you the LOLs.
Mom and "badass breastfeeding, baby-wearing, attachment parenting" advocate Ashley Wright recently shared the video on her popular Facebook page Ms. Wrights Way. In the clip, Wright's adorable 3-year-old daughter is shown taking full command of what looks like a queen-size bed. Whether she's laying sideways or literally on top of her mama — or even using her legs to push Wright off the bed completely — it's clear the tiny toddler takes up most of the mattress without giving it a second thought. And forget about trying to fit another adult in there! The poor gentleman in the video, identified as actor and comedian Dulo, tries desperately to assert some space on the very edge of the bed before giving up entirely and exiting the room. (You can watch the video here.)
The video quickly went viral after being posted Sept. 25, racking up more than 1.2 million views and garnering thousands of comments, mostly from other co-sleeping moms who could easily relate to Wright's experience:
This is the story of my life. But I wouldn't [want] it any other way. Even when my son spends the night with his grandparents, I feel like I can't sleep well without him there next to me, on top of me, with his feet in my face.
This is me and my 10-year-old. [It's] even worse when my niece and nephew come stay. I have legs everywhere. They are the reason I'm getting a king-size bed. Forget this queen.
Haha, this is my life. My son is 10 months and is becoming more and more of a crazy sleeper. He gets half the king-size bed while me and dad squeeze onto the other. Funny part is on nights like tonight when my fiancé is gone I miss him, and the bed feels far too big lol.
Co-sleeping and other aspects of attachment parenting have seen increased media attention as of late, thanks in part to celebrity moms who espouse the benefits of sharing a bed with their babies. Stars like Heidi Klum, Alicia Silverstone, and Mayim Bialik have all been candid about the benefits they experience while co-sleeping.
Though many experts think sleeping in the same room with your baby is a good thing, some say sharing an actual bed with your little one can increase the risk of SIDS. If you're considering co-sleeping with your child, research your co-sleeping options and chat with your doctor about the risks and benefits associated with each. But whatever you decide, I think we can all agree: That video was just too darn cute.