Catherine - posted on 12/30/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )
Hi, I am a believer in the benefits of co-sleeping. I have co-slept from Birth, my son is 7months. He goes to bed with me and happily sleeps until morning. He still wakes 1-3 times per night to breastfeed. I am happy with co-sleeping but I would like to have more of a bedtime routine as he goes to sleep when I do, which means I don't get any downtime at night but I won't put my son through Cry-it-out!
He is a content baby, who has different sleeping patterns during the day. If he's out and about he'll sleep for a few hours at a time, either in the pram or bike chariot (which he loves) but won't nap in the cot/bed for more than half hour when at home, this is tiring and I don't get a break during the day.
My main problem is lack of support from my partner who believes our son takes his place in the bed as he won't sleep with us. He sleeps in the same room on a mattress. He doesn't see a problem with Cry-it-out, but I do!
He isn't always home and has to travel for 1-4 months a year. We also travel ourselves so our son often is in a tent with us or in the bed with me anyway as there isn't access to a cot at friends houses etc. I think we can't expect our son to sleep happily in a cot when we sleep with him while traveling.
I feel I don't have the support from the closest person and find it hard to admit I would like a break now and again. I am a firm believer in co-sleeping and would never leave my son to self soothe by crying it out but I admit feeling jealous of other mums who put their babies to bed at certain time and have a few hours to themselves and feel bad for admitting that.