co sleeping wit a 17.5 month old?

Sonya - posted on 01/21/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i guess am just wonderin how other mams mange to co sleep safely wit 17.5 month old as wit them been active, and because she's in the phase were she doesnt realise you dont go head 1st of the bed! :O any advise or experiences welcome :) thanks x

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Tine - posted on 01/27/2012

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We ended up going with the mattress on the floor solution. Works well! Our daughter is 3 and still co-sleeping, and I'm now also co-sleeping with our 11 week old son. Just keep the mattress away from walls so your child doesn't get trapped between mattress and wall, as they do tend to move around a bit.

Have a look at James McKenna's stuff on safe co-sleeping, too.

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Erica - posted on 01/21/2012

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my daughter is the exact same age, 17.5m, and I co-sleep with her also. How do you like it? To me it's a love hate thing. The love part is obvious but not getting a good night's sleep is really taking its toll. Plus my daughter seems to be having some seperation anxiety when i am not near now. It's really hard having to leave for my internship everyday when she cries and clings so desperately for me not to leave. Anywho: when my daughter sleeps with me i am fully aware of her there all the time, every move she makes i hear. I put pillows around the side I am not sleeping on, many of them. Plus i sleep close to her but with my legs at an angle so if she does roll down, i will feel it. If you give her boundries in the bed, like pillows or hold her close, she will get used to moving only so far on the bed. Obviously accidents do happen but its easy than it sounds. Good luck!

Ayana - posted on 01/21/2012

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My husband and I co-sleep with our 20 month son. He has been sleeping in our bed pretty much since he was born. he does not move around a lot when he's asleep, so it's not that bad. My husband and I are not restless sleepers either or it definitely would not work. We sleep like a capital "H". We're both the longest lines of the "H" and our son is the middle line of the "H" if you understand what I mean.

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Sonya - posted on 01/22/2012

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aww i love the fact that she like sleepin in the bed with me but thing is i am or i think i am heavy ish sleeper altho my lil one does conk out wen she is in the bed altho i jus be afraid she wud wake up n go adventuring an i wouldnt hear her as she like to run around the bed durnin the day, i'd say i'll love it even more when she bit older to realise not to jump of the bed :O and thank you you's all for your input :D x

Ayana - posted on 01/21/2012

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The co-sleeping really began because I was breast feeding my son and it was so much easier to just nurse him while he was in the bed with us versus having to get up every 2-3 hours to do it. I just weaned my son completely from nursing on 12/24/11- yayyy!! It is a love/hate thing with me too for the co-sleeping. The love is obvious, but I know I would probably get a much better sleep if he slept in his crib- I'd be able to stretch again- haven't done that in a very long time- LOL!

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