Let's face it: accidental co-sleeping is real! You know the kind of co-sleeping I'm talking about, right? The kind of co-sleeping that you never really planned on, but that just kind of happens on its own? The kind of co-sleeping where you put your child to sleep in her own bed, only to find her in YOUR bed a few hours later? Yep. That kind of accidental co-sleeping. Sure, plenty of parents co-sleep intentionally, out of a desire to practice attachment parenting principles. But based on
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Co sleeping tends to be a controversial topic; some parents are adamant that co sleeping is the best and most natural sleeping arrangement for all families, while others are just as adamant about the dangers of co sleeping with a baby. All that aside, though, what we've found in our years spent working with tired families is that, far from being interested in the debate, exhausted moms and dads have a far more pressing about question co sleeping: "If I co sleep, will my baby and I
You know a myth we hear often, that really gets us riled up? It's the myth that attachment parents can't, or shouldn't, sleep train. We've worked with many attachment parents over the years who've told us that initially, they were very, VERY hesitant to sleep coach because they felt that it would surely mean they had to compromise all their AP values and principles. Some of these parents struggled with chronic exhaustion and sleeplessness for years before finally reaching out to us for
To co-sleep, or not to co-sleep...that's a hot, debatable topic these days! Of course, we work with families all over the world, who sleep in a variety of arrangements, so we pass no judgment. We make it our priority to respect every parent's personal philosophies and goals. But we also make it a priority to emphasize the importance of safe sleep practices. And let's face it, when it comes to co-sleeping, there is quite a debate out there about whether or not it's a safe way to sleep.
When I was pregnant with my first, I was adamantly against co-sleeping. The reason was that I saw how difficult it was for other parents to get their children out of their bed, months, and years later. Although I knew it was right for some, it wasn't for me. Before you have kids you have all these ideas about how you will do things, but after the baby comes it's a whole new ball game. I did end up co-sleeping with my first baby for about 2 months and with my second for just 3 nights. This
Part 1 of this series I discussed why it's a good idea to sleep train your baby and the bedtime routine, your first step. Now I will discuss the various methods to help your child learn how to fall asleep without your "help". Co-Sleeping Co-sleeping is not a "sleep training method", but I wanted to talk about a way you can sleep train your baby but still co-sleep. Remember, sleep training is not cry-it-out (CIO). You can sleep train without letting your baby cry. Co-sleeping works for many