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I put a queen mattress on the floor in our bedroom so i could co-sleep with my newborn (don’t want to do it in the same bed as my 100kg 6ft 1 husband). My 2 year old then started having problems sleeping through the night, after a month of having to run between rooms breastfeeding my baby then settling my toddler I just started bringing 2 yr old into bed with us as well. Having one either side of me they both sleep through the night (except for a couple of feeds) and wake up at 5am instead of previously 3:30am. Plus I love being close to my kids. Everyone tells me its a bad habit etc etc. and as much as i love hubby he’s a nightmare to sleep next to. I’m happy with this situation- and i was wondering how many other mummies still co-sleep with their children? At what age?

Posted anonymously, 8th December 2014

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  • As a new mum, you do what you need to do to get sleep and maintain sanity. It could be a hard habit to break though. My son was a bad sleeper as a baby so I let him sleep with me and it was tough to break the habit. But we did it

  • I find that if it works for you and your family then do it. But if they get used to it, it will be a hard habit to break so will be tough to break (in some circumstances) if you change your mind in the future :)

  • I still have my 7 month old with me some nights

  • i co sleep with my 6 month old baby and 6 year old one on either side. i love it. both of them sleep through the night and its easy to breastfeed my baby too.

  • We still co-sleep from about 2am with my 18month old. I try and get him to sleep in his own bed at the beginning of the night because I need some space then but we get more sleep when he ends up with us. He’ll stop eventually or we’ll just try really hard at some point to re-train but for now we’re fine:)

  • My almost 2 year old sleeps in bed with us most nights. I try to put her in her bed to begin with to have me time with hubby then i dont mind when she wants to come in a few hours later. It’s really up to you but when they are ready tgey will outgrow it.
    Don’t listen to naysayers

  • My almost 5 year old and 3 year old sons pretty much come into our bed with us every night. I love it but my partner not so much!

  • I try not too, but my 12 month old still feeds at night

  • My 3yr daughter comes to our bed about 3.30 and it is nice to get cuddles but I always put her to sleep in her own bed at nights.

  • I co sleep with my now 7 month old, only for the early hours of the morning or if he wont settle in his cot

  • I’d say don’t worry about what anyone else has to say. You have to do what you think is best for your family. Just make sure hubby is not feeling completely left out all the time!

  • I co-sleep/slept with my son from about 8 months until he was 3.5 with him sleeping in his bed and now makes his way in the night into my bed. To start with I would be up about 15 times in the night and didn’t sleep for about 8 months.

    Western societies are quick to judge co-sleeping as they are fast to want children not be be dependant on them. If you look at other cultures co-sleeping it part of bringing up children for bonding and for children to form secure attachments to their primary caregivers.

    If it works for you and you and your children get sleep, go with it. Don’t let people make you conform to their views on what is socially acceptable.

  • I co-slept with all of mine…anyway to help get the family some more sleep has to be a good thing I say.
    People, relatives mostly, carry on about how bad it is but my eldest is 21 and my youngest is 3 and they are all happy and grew out of it naturally. :)

  • I co-sleep with my 3 year old… we dont mind it..as long as you are comfortable – dont worry too much, they grow up way too quickly and will want to move out when they are ready. Enjoy them!

  • My 6 month old sleeps next to me half way through the night than my 3 and 5 year old join us to sometimes and they sleep at my and dads feet. We like the fact that the kids want to be close. We enjoy it beacuse before u know it they’ll grow up to fast and we want to enjoy them at this precious time. Husband and i make sure we have our own cuddling time on the couch knowing we’ll be interupted through the night. In the end who cares what others say. HE probably made that comment because he thinks your husband isn’t getting attention from u. Good luck

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