Recently Milwaukee ran a provocative ad against co-sleeping. The ad was beyond sickening to us, and we support the other mothers outraged by this ad. Our families are truly saddened by such judgmental, assuming, close-mindedness as well as false advertising. Several of us WiseMommies co-slept with our children in a family bed. Thankfully, our German husbands were open and educated on this matter. Our co-sleeping experiences have been fantastic and more information on how we developed this will come in further posts. A short why conclusion from both WiseMommies follows below:
Wisemommies Anna: After experiencing that our son is a light sleeper, we consulted baby books for co-sleeping, but that was a very bad mistake! All of those books preached, ‘Don´t take your baby into your bed’. Going forward, I listened to my motherly instinct as well as the advice of our Canadian doctor to co-sleep. From that night on, we all slept better and caught up on those sleepless nights. We slept so happily together and still do when our son comes over at night. I could tell that hearing my breathing actually stimulated his breathing impulse, he breathed with me! Sleeping with our son opened our hearts and minds to the fact that there are many nighttime parenting styles. Parents need to be sensible and use whatever arrangement gets all family members the best night sleep. While it’s nice to have the bed back to ourselves, we remember when our family bed was complete, and still get to experience that, now and then, when our son decides to come to our bed at night. Oh, and the whole transition from crib to bed, didn’t/don’t have that with co-sleeping!!
My side note: New studies reveal that babies breathe better when sleeping next to mom than when sleeping alone. Babies breathing and their heart rate are more regular during shared sleep. Most families throughout the world sleep with their infants. Why is this taboo in the American culture/society?
Wisemommies Beth: My German sister/brother-in-law co-slept and my husband comes from a co-sleeping family. I always thought she was crazy, and we would not be the family that would co-sleep. However, I was also determined to succeed in breastfeeding. My sister-in-law had my precious nephew shortly before me, and I listened to her wonderful and funny stories of co-sleeping. I often wondered if I would have those same experiences if I didn’t co-sleep. Good that we stay open-minded As, I’ve said before, I’m a big believer in adopting different cultural practices
My son was born over 9pounds and came out an eating machine. He wanted 9-10 feedings a day and he took 45minutes to 2 hours for each feeding. No he didn’t nap while feeding, he is just a slow eater…still is! We ended up co-sleeping just so I could get sleep in while still being able to feed and sleep. It worked, and even after he weaned from night feedings, he wanted to sleep in the family bed. We really ended up enjoying this experience and everyday at 6am, our son still wakes up and wants in the family bed for the last 1-2 hours of sleep and cuddling. Look how well he sleeps in our bed…just like daddy We also safely co-slept with our twins.
We also love the response from the blog, babble