Monday, March 22, 2010

My Co-Sleeping Essay

I finally got round to writing my entry for the co-sleeping essay competition. So here, in 247 words, are my thoughts on how we intended to use a crib, and chose not to.

Our moses basket was dressed in soft beige velvet sprinkled with applique teddy bears. It sat on a wooden stand that my partner had lovingly crafted. A handsome pine crib stood in the nursery waiting expectantly for its owner to be born. We had scarcely given a thought to how we would care for our first baby, let alone where she would sleep. But we knew that other babies slept in cribs so that is where we expected ours to go.

How wrong we were! After less than 24 hours of life it became clear that our little girl was determined to teach us a thing or two about nighttime parenting. There was no way she was sleeping in that basket! It took us just three nights to discover that the only way she would be prepared to sleep - and to let us sleep - was nestled in bed beside her mummy.

Like many parents, we were initially worried that we were doing the wrong thing by sleeping with our baby. But we soon realised that we were in fact giving her exactly what she needed: warmth, comfort, protection and the opportunity to feed whenever she wanted. What was even better was that I got to sleep through the night without getting up once, and my partner got to wake up to his daughter's beautiful smile each morning.

Eighteen months later we are still sharing peaceful, happy nights with our little one in our new, kingsize bed.

You can read Cave Father's perspective on co-sleeping by clicking here.

The closing date for the competition is 23rd March so there is still time to enter your own essay - click here for entry details.


Dionna @Code Name: Mama said...

How true - *we* didn't choose co-sleeping, Kieran chose it for us! Love this entry :)

Lisa C said...

Aw, that's sweet. I submitted an essay, too.

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

I really like your entry! It has a great storytelling arc to it. Fun to hear your story, too! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! We didn't chose co-sleeping either! We had no other choice! Dylan would only sleep right beside me!
I think back now how I spent countless hours picking out the perfect bedskirt for the crib that Dylan slept in for maybe a total of 10 (non-consecutive) hours his whole life...kinda funny!