There are many reasons mothers choose to bed share with their babies. Some do so because it makes middle of the night breastfeeding easier, others because their little one won’t sleep in his/her crib. Working mommies may choose to co-sleep because it’s the only quality cuddle time they get with their kid during the week. And let’s face it; a huge reason mothers co-sleep with their babies is because it lets everyone get more sleep.
However, that’s not always the case. There are downsides to co-sleeping that you need to know about if you’re considering sharing your bed with your baby:
- Fears are going to keep you up all night. Are you going to crush your baby? Is the baby going to squirm under the covers and suffocate? When your baby is old enough to crawl, is he/she going to wake up in the middle of the night while you’re sound asleep and fall off the bed?
- It’s a pain, literally. Spooning with your baby is sweet. But when you’re stuck on the same side for eight or more hours and can’t change positions, your body is going to ache in the morning. Nothing will cure this pain but meds, yoga and a massage.
- You won’t be able to pee. Co-sleeping moms better have strong bladders because if you have to pee in the middle of the night, you can’t just get up and leave your baby alone. Those moms with husbands in the bed may be able to partake in the luxury of 2:00 a.m. bathroom visits. However, if your baby is a light sleeper, you won’t be able to get up without your spawn knowing that you left his/her side. The baby will wake up and you’ll have to start the bedtime process all over again.
- Your sex life will suffer. If your baby only sleeps when in your bed, it’s going to be ultra hard for you and your hubby to have intimate moments. Unless, you get it on quietly and in the missionary position while the baby is asleep next to you. But that’s kinda weird and not enjoyable.
- You’ll be episodes behind on your favorite TV shows. Co-sleeping means that you go to bed at the same time as your baby. So if your baby goes to sleep at 8:00 p.m., so do you. There goes TV time, and for that matter, any quality time with your husband.