Friday, April 2, 2010

Just Call Me: "The Terrible Napping-Baby Momma"

So, I was just reading my American Baby mag. when I quickly learned that I'm the worse Napping-Baby Momma around. It seems people actually lay their babies down while they are AWAKE and then the child quickly and sweetly falls asleep without a fuss. Why didn't anyone ever ask me if I was doing this type of sleep parenting when I was just a newbie mom? How come napping just doesn't seem to be the number one question you get when you're out and about with your adorable newborn? Seriously, let's talk about what's important rather than if I squatted or had an episiotomy during my kid's birth. Nah, I totally love birth stories so I wouldn't want to give that one up, but still, I would have loved some sleep advice as a new mother.

I've given birth to three kids, as of now, two with drugs and one without, oh and on the third, yep, I did squat. :) Alright then, now to sleeping. All three of my children have in some way ended up in my bed. I don't regret my decision to co-sleep, I mean come on, we are one of the few societies that actually don't do it. I wouldn't want to sleep alone if I was a baby, how can you blame them for thinking you're a crazy parent for laying them down in that cold, big, empty baby bed by themselves? I'd cry, too. But, again, going back, I would have liked for my kids to be independent sleepers, I just didn't realize rocking them to sleep could have been playing such a huge part in my battle.

This article actually didn't bash parents who co-slept, it simply mentioned that you lay your child down, awake, at certain intervals based on age. It was then that I got that happy, "awe" moment, shook my head, and realized where I'd gone wrong. :)

What about you? Do you co-sleep? Do you semi-co-sleep, where the little one climbs in bed with you early in the morning and you haven't even realized he/she is there until you get kicked the head or something? Or, does your kid independently sleep alone?
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