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Old 10-03-2015, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I remember my babies all squeaked all night long and with the first one I jumped at every little sound. Up til I had kids I was a very sound sleeper but that all changed.

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Old 10-03-2015, 02:56 PM
 
Location: The point of no return, er, NorCal
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I actually sleep pretty well, and it makes it super easy to nurse on demand and get sleep.
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Old 10-03-2015, 04:29 PM
 
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Another thing in which there are no absolutes; it totally depends on the individual. I tried with each of my three newborns to have them right next to my bed, and I didn't sleep a wink. They might have been asleep, but as soon as they moved or breathed heavily I would wake up. And once I woke up I was unable to get back to sleep for hours. It was awful.

Plus, I found that if I picked up the baby as soon as he/she stirred, the wakings became much more frequent. It occurred to me that I was actually hindering them from learning to put themselves back to sleep, which we all do several times a night.

So I moved them to an adjacent room (or, in the case of my son, the hall) and it was much better. If they actually woke up and cried, I heard them and got up. Otherwise we all slept much better.

But, I was never able to nurse lying down or sleep while nursing, so if you're one of those lucky moms, then by all means keep the baby next to you.
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Nope, I sleep much better with my babies snuggled next to me. I never planned to co sleep, but when I brought my first home and put her in her crib, I spent the every night tossing and staring at the monitor. I fell asleep nursing once on accident and we both slept uninterrupted for several hours. It was great! I panicked a bit when I woke up, but researched co sleeping that day and learned about all the benefits, how to do it properly and safely, and I never turned back. I've co slept with all three, still currently with my 17 month old. We even got rid of our crib. If they woke up, I latched them, then usually went right back to sleep instead of sitting up nursing for several hours a night. Much better for me!
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:22 AM
 
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It didn't matter, I can hear my kid anywhere in the house. I started bringing her to bed after she woke in the middle of the night because I got more sleep that way than sitting up nursing her.

Of course, since having a kid I now wake up every time the dog whines. *mutters*
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I slept much better with the baby in my bed. They could just nurse when they wanted to without me having to fully wake up, and there was no crying involved, so it was a soft, easy wake-up each time, rather than a jolt.
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:27 PM
 
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I am a very light sleeper so cosleeping never worked for me. Prefer AM snuggles.
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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I was up a lot when my kids were little! I'm sure I am still sleep deprived from it ;-)

Hubby slept like a rock.
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