There are so many things to consider when you have a kid.
Do I let him/her/them sleep with me or put them in the crib right away?
Do I breastfeed or bottle feed?
Do I sleep train?
To use pacifiers or not to use pacifiers?
Should I try cloth diapering or just do disposables?
Ughhhhh and so many more.
For the record, I put my girls in the Their cribs right away, did a combo of breastfeeding and formula feeding until 6 months, I sleep trained the heck out of them, give one a paci, I let them cry it out, and I am filling my fair share of landfills with disposable diapers. I didn’t plan to do most of those things, but life came along and I went with what worked. I usually don’t regret any of my choices.
Until I brought my girls to a hotel for the first time. And my husband and I realized we needed to sleep.
I opted to sleep with Banana (she’s so warm and snuggly). Cody took Apple. They went to sleep relatively quickly and stayed that way until about 2:30am. I was having trouble sleeping since Banana and I have never slept the night together… Or maybe once or twice ages ago when she had a cold or something. So I had a hard time getting comfortable and knowing how to fit with her in the bed.
My point is this. At 3am, I was wishing I’d co-slept with my girls so that I’d be able to sleep with them now. It made me a little sad that it was awkward to sleep with my Banana Bear.
The risks of sleeping with the girls (and the practicality) outweighed the benefits for Cody and I. I wouldn’t change the decision to have them sleep in their cribs, but at 3am and now that they are 13(!!!) months old, I am a little wishful.
That being said, I just know they are gonna make their way into my bed when they are around the two year mark…. And I’m kind of looking forward to it.