I know that co-sleeping isn't for everyone. Some people prefer to sleep in solitude and silence without the squeaks and squirms of a warm baby beside them.
But I'm exactly the opposite.
I sleep so much better with my baby by my side, feeling the gentle up-and-down rhythm of her breaths, knowing that I can protect her from anything and everything. I love looking at her in the dim lighting, watching her sleepy smiles and expressions as she dreams about something that is apparently rather wonderfully funny. I like to watch her little eyebrows dance up and down, to notice when she starts rooting - before she cries. In blissful slumber, I pull her to my breast and we both settle into sleep. It seems so natural, so gentle, so perfectly right.
It may sound crazy, but I feel fully rested in the morning yet I also feel like I was awake - watching over her - the whole night. I feel as if we were breathing in unison. In my sleep, I comfort her and feed her and put my hand lightly on her chest to feel the rise-and-fall of her breaths. I was asleep, yet I was awake - protecting her.
For our family and for this baby, cosleeping works best. I can't imagine it any other way.
I am not so naive, however, to say that everyone should sleep with their babies. There are, in fact, some situations where parents should not sleep with their babies. But - for many families - cosleeping is the optimal sleeping arrangement.
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