I absolutely love this post from @thechiropractress.
You are an amazing Mama and sharing your experience is an encouragement to other parents. You don’t have to choose between loving your baby and getting sleep. I say “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, each family is unique, each child is unique and each sleep solution is unique. I am beyond honored to have been the lucky coach to get to work with you. 💕 —————————————————————
Cosleeping and bedsharing is one of my favorite things about parenting. We had Aubree in our bed for about a year and a half and I regret not having more time. But I was pregnant and thought that was the ideal next step. Now Roland is nearly 15 months and I have no plans of moving him, that’s right, he’s staying in bed with us until he goes to college. 🤣 Not really, but ya know, as long as it works for us we will keep it going. He doesn’t quite sleep through the night yet, he still wakes up to breastfeed but I just have to roll over and offer a boob. No getting up out of bed, no prepping a bottle, no crying till he’s exhausted, and no having to buy an expensive crib. Yes I *could* get more sleep if we did some sleep training, but I’m just not willing to let my babies cry, because for one, let’s be real, that would keep ME up, and two, they are babies, tiny little babies, and three, hello cortisol stress levels and all the deleterious health effects with that. I believe that if they are nurtured now and treated like babies, they will be more secure adults later in life because their needs were fulfilled as children. 🤷🏼♀️ I could be totally wrong. This research could all be proven wrong in another 5 years. But if your pediatrician, family members, friends or anyone else tells you that you have to make your babies cry it out to “make them more independent” or whatever story they have, please do what YOU feel is best for you and your babies and not what society is pushing you towards.
And if you do want to get more sleep there are a lot of amazing sleep coaches who offer gentle sleep training techniques that don’t force babies to cry in a room alone. We were fortunate to hire @sugarnightnight.