The fact that my husband and I were co-sleepers, more specifically, bed sharers, was the worst-kept secret among our friend group. Yes, the crib that we so lovingly picked out and set up in our son's nursery was actually used to store the clean baby laundry that hadn't yet made its way into the closet or dresser. Although we were slightly ashamed that we couldn't manage to make crib sleeping work, we had, in fact, made an important discovery – we learned the secret of why you should try bed sharing.
I had a group of friends who were adamant that parents and babies needed separate sleep spaces. They were the same ones who arrived exhausted and disheveled to play group. They complained heavily about being exhausted from staying up all night trying different sleep-training techniques. In my home, "sleep training" meant that as soon as we were tired, we all got into bed together, turned off the lights and fell asleep. Back then, the little co-sleeper beds that go on top of the big bed didn't exist, so we took special care to follow Dr. Sears' co-sleeping safety recommendations while bed sharing. When my son got up, I'd feed and change him right there in our bed, and we'd all be asleep again in minutes. Most of the time, my feet didn't even have to touch the ground.
If this sounds like your kind of night, here are some reasons you might consider bed-sharing.