Yes, both my kids did this until the age of about two when they moved into beds of their own. It worked well for us, especially when they were tiny and it meant I didn't have to get up in the night to soothe them when they woke up. There are some safety guidelines you need to follow if you have babies in the bed, but as long as you stick to those it's safe, convenient and cosy.
I very much disagree with this practise as I do not think it is fair on the partner and I just do not believe in it.
I think a child must get used to sleeping in their own bed -I have seen a friend who let her son sleep in the bed and she could not get him out and it upset her husband after a few years -quite rightly -if there is always someone in the middle or on the other side of the bed!
I think it is a thing that is not necessary, but then again nowadays most people bring up children different to when I had kids.
Presumably people discuss it with their partners before coming to a decision. I know we did. If it didn't work for all three of us we wouldn't have done it, and when we were all ready to change it we did. No unfairness in that.
I feel it is a dangerous practice.
Adults can toss and turn and hurt the child.
I always had my babies in the same room in their own baby cot, and once they were older...say 12 months, in their own room.
When new born, they would be right next to my side of the bed but in their own little baby basket-cot.
I certainly would Not have a small baby in bed with me.
I love the bed in the picture I posted, that is wonderful and safe for baby.
jonaj, I heard that 'co-sleeping increases th chance of SIDS' is a load. 'They' say that mother's have evolved to be aware of her child, even when sleeping. I know I slept with Luka when he was just born, and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to now because it has been a while. I did it the other day, on a single bed mind you, and we were fine.
'They' don't recommend co-sleeping if one or both parents smoke, drink or do other drugs including medications that cause drowsiness.
The 'myth' surrounding co-sleeping and SIDS originates hundreds of years ago. During the Middle Ages people were falling pregnant left, right and centre. Often they were unable to afford to feed and support their large families, especially during famine, and such times saw a spike in what we today would call SIDS. What was happening was people were 'accidently' suffocating their children in their sleep. This of course was a lie, and the Church knew it because parents were admitting to murder in confession.
So, the Church, together with the government (Italian, I think) outlawed co-sleeping. Interesting story.
There are sometimes stories in the media about baby deaths associated with cosleeping, but when you read the article it's always cases where someone has accidentally fallen asleep on a couch or armchair while holding a baby, or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or something similar. There are safetyguidelines for cosleeping and a few studies that suggest it might actually help prevent SIDS because the baby's breath can synch up with the mothers, and the mum is right there and will notice straight away if anything is wrong.
Anecdotally, the night after my baby was born I fell asleep while feeding her in an armchair and almost dropped her which terrified me. It felt so much better having her in the bed next to me where she couldn't fall and could just reach my breast when she needed to.
My kids (usually!) get put down in their own bed, but the baby comes into my bed when he starts cluster feeding at about midnight and stays for the rest of the night. Our toddler (almost 3) will sometimes still come into our bed at some point during the night. I find it so much easier than having to get up and go them throughout the night!
I don't really like it but I think realistically it just does happen at times...I was a sole parent with an 18 month old so there was no one else in the bed and my son used to crawl in with me frequently....I always tried to get him back to his bed and forbade it as he got a bit older..
Both of my children slept with me un til they were 5. When they were very small a pillow seperated us to protect them. I saw nothing wrong with this. We are very close and I have a strong bond with both of them. It was also convenient as I breastfed both at different stages. I know a lot of people will disagree with this practice but a lot of cultures do this.
No, our kids never co-slept with us, but now when we visit our youngest daughter in another state we take our eldest granddaughter for the week-end. We made up a lovely bed on the floor for her, which worked for 1 or 2 nights, but on the next visit she wanted to sleep in our bed, because she doesn't see us very often. (She's now 7) My husband is now to old to move down to the floor bed, & even though I loved having her in our bed, I can't sleep if she's in the bed with us! Hopefully, she'll want to be on the floor bed, as she gets older!