In an ideal world, co-sleeping is a cuddly, sweet slumber – you and your child curled up together, sleeping soundly, dreaming of unicorns, and creating an incomparable bond of love. In reality – not so much. Co-sleeping more than likely means your baby gets 40 winks and you get 10. You see, you’re an accommodating bedfellow and you’ll curl yourself into a corner or let a limb go numb – anything to keep that baby asleep. Meanwhile, baby’s the center of the universe and anything goes – fingers in your eye, ninja kicks to the head, whatever their squiggly little bodies desire. In the moment, it can be beyond frustrating and exhausting. In retrospect, it’s pretty funny. Here are some hilarious examples of co-sleeping positions that will crack you up!
This video has all the classic moves: the poke in the eye, the finger up the nose, and the pulling of the hair. Found on You Tube by Esther Anderson.
“The Stalker” is hilarious! Found on How To be a Dad.
Pig pile! Found on Kourtney Kardashian‘s Instagram.
These photos perfectly convey the difference between what we see in our romantic vision of that cuddly, little baby nestled in beside us and the reality of kicks to the head that happen in the middle of the night. Found on Mummy Flying Solo.
This is what you get used to when you sleep with a baby. Your head, which is not the softest part of your body, has now become a pillow. Found on Mother Crusher’s Instagram
Is this little one dreaming of fishing? Digging for gold? Found on Mother Crusher‘s Instagram.
The full on baby smother. Found on Mother Crusher‘s Instagram.
Now that we’ve enjoyed a few chuckles regarding the humorous side of a co-sleeper’s life, we’d like to talk about the safety issues of everyone sharing a bed. Here’s a quick video and some safety tips from Kim West, The Sleep Lady.
- If you choose to co-sleep, both parents must agree with the decision.Talk about any changes that need to happen, and how it will affect everyone.
- Inspect your sleep area. The bed should be firm, without extra pillows, stuffed animals, heavy blankets, feather beds, extremely soft pillow tops, or other suffocation hazards. Another area to inspect are the headboard and footboard. Make sure that there aren’t any openings or holes that baby could fit through or become trapped in. Don’t forget to take a look at where you bed is located. Is it near lamps, curtains, drapes, blinds, or cords?
- Baby sleeps by mom. Mom (especially breastfeeding moms) generally spend more time in lighter sleep stages, which means that she is more aware of baby.
- Layer your clothes.Did you know that babies sleep best between 60 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit? Infants sleep best with a lightweight cover, or none at all. If you need more blankets, consider investing in some silk long underwear, flannel pajamas, fuzzy socks, or even a nice warm sweat suit.
- Please, go to bed sober. Be sure that when you go to bed with your baby you haven’t been drinking and aren’t medicated.
One last tip: enjoy these moments as much as you can! They grow up in the blink of an eye and these cuddles and kicks will be sweet memories sooner than you can imagine.