Parents prepare for their babies’ arrival in every way they can. They read books, mommy blogs, and listen to near and dear ones to know the dos and don’ts of parenting. While you feel like you’re well prepared for your little one, you are bound to be taken by surprise by several things once your baby arrives. You can never be 100% prepared for your little one. But one of the things that parents think about when they are closer to the due date is the crib they are going to lay the baby in. Some of them use vibrant colors while others use the crib that’s been in the family for generations. However, some parents choose to co-sleep with their babies because it feels foreign to let them sleep away from them. Here are 7 things every co-sleeping parent can relate to:
1. The Starfish
You might have a queen-sized bed that is too big for your partner and you. Before your baby arrived, you would have cuddled up on one side of the bed and wondered if your bed was a little too big for you. But when you have a little munchkin, you cling to the edge of your bed and give them ample space to roll around (even if they cannot). Besides, babies love to sleep in the starfish position, and you wouldn’t want to hurt them.
2. Baby Talk, Even At Night
If you think your partner snores and disturbs your sleep, wait till you have an infant. They cry, laugh, talk, and sometimes even move their hands and legs up and down. You do not go into a deep sleep with your baby sleeping by your side. But you love that they are right next to you.
3. A Full Night’s Sleep, Maybe
If you have a baby, you can forget about a good night’s sleep for a few years. But parents who have a nursery built for their little munchkins constantly wake up to check their baby monitor. They will always have to get out of bed and walk to their baby’s room if their baby starts to cry in the night. But as co-sleeping parents, all you need to do is pacify your baby who is lying right next to you. You don’t even have to leave the bed, and that feels like a blessing!
4. Punched In My Sleep
You might go over and above to keep your baby comfortable and safe in your bed. But they don’t care. They reciprocate by punching you in your face, jabbing their finger in your eye, or worse kicking your stomach in their sleep. All you can do is move over and cling to the edge of your bed. Talk about being selfless!
5. Bye Bye Cozy Blankets
When you are a co-sleeping parent, you take the necessary precautions to ensure that your baby is safe. That includes you getting rid of heavy blankets, plush mattresses, and cozy pillows. Instead of cozy blankets to keep you warm, you have to dress in warm and heavy clothes. Even though this keeps you warm, you know the feeling of cozy blankets cannot be replaced.
6. New Snuggles Replaced By Old Ones
Your baby is squishy and loves to snuggle up against you, and as much as you love it, you are extra cautious about hurting your baby or putting the weight of your arms on them. Now that you have a baby in the middle, you have to compromise on the partner snuggles, and sometimes you wish it was just the two of you. But hey, it’s okay, and that does not make you any less of a good parent.
7. Where Do We Do The Dirty?
When you have your baby in your bed, you have to forget about getting naughty between the sheets. But that does not mean your romance dies. In fact, it could help spark up your love life. You have to find creative solutions to do the deed, and you might even fulfill some of your fantasies. Perhaps, the kitchen counter or the cupboard?
When you choose to be co-sleeping parents, you know it’s not for the long haul. Your baby will eventually grow up and get their separate rooms. They are not going to be in your bed forever, and you might miss that. Comment below and let us know if this article was relatable to you. Share it with your friends if you found it interesting.