Lauren - posted on 03/09/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )
My daughter will be 3 years old when my second comes along and besides the few nights she's decided to try out sleeping in her own bed she's always slept in our bed with us and we've had no problems with it - of course we get the odd night where she finds it hard to settle down but who doesn't?
Anyway I'm not really keen on moving her out of the bed when the newborn comes along for a variety of reasons:
1. my husband travels for work a lot and is sometimes away for weeks at a time and it just never made sense to have us in separate beds in separate rooms,
2. we've had to travel a lot with him in the last few months and I think sleeping with me is one of the few constants my daughter has been able to rely on for comfort and I don't want to take that away from her,
3. it just makes me feel sad to think of isolating her from us when the new one comes along, after all i'm not kicking her dad out of bed, why should i kick her out? and
4. I firmly believe that when my daughter is ready, she'll move to wanting her own space, my siblings and I co-slept with my parents and none of us still sleep with them!
So I'm so glad I found this group because I'm sure I'm not the first to encounter this issue here. I'd love to hear how others have managed to continue co-sleeping with their toddlers when the newborn comes along.