Why I Sleep With My Children

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Every night, in my bed, is an adventure.

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My husband and I co sleep with our two children, ages two years old and six months. (We practice safe co sleeping, don’t worry.) My son still likes to sleep on my face, which means his feet are up his daddy’s nose all night. My husband probably wishes our kids would sleep in their own beds. Then there is my daughter who likes to snuggle into me. I don’t mind, but I can’t move all night, and I usually wake up with a sore back.

The other night I was laying in bed, covered in kids, and I was irritated. I was so tired, my back hurt, I just wanted to roll over and get comfy. Then something hit me. A wave of calmness and love washed over me.. I felt so guilty for being irritated with my kids. I had tears in my eyes, thinking about how lucky I was to have my beautiful babies in bed with me. So I grabbed my son’s and my daughter’s hands and held them tight. Then I examined each of their beautiful faces, while I prayed and gave thanks for my sweet kids.

I don’t know what came over me but I needed it. I was feeling a bit “at the end of my rope,” with the lack of sleep and the lack of me time. Then I was reminded of how fast my kids are growing up. Some day, they won’t want to sleep with mommy or hold my hand. Just the thought of that absolutely breaks my heart.

So for now, I will let them sleep with me. Someday they will be grown and it will just be me and my husband in our big lonely bed. I will just plan to catch up on all of my sleep then. On the other hand, I’ll probably just stay up all night wondering if they are okay or what they are doing.

Have you read the book, “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch? I am the lady from that book. Every time I read it, I cry like a little baby. The problem is I will probably sneak into my kids’ houses at night and crawl in bed with them. Their spouses won’t mind, right? They better not. I let my kids sleep with me for their entire childhood, so the least they could do is let me sleep with them when they are grown! Is that creepy? Ya, I don’t care.

Snuggling them at night might be exhausting but it’s okay. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would rather go to bed in a full bed with a full heart, than in an empty bed with an empty heart.

Does anyone else ever feel like this? I know not everyone co-sleeps, but have you ever had a moment where you are overwhelmed with love? Where you suddenly feel guilty for being upset with your child? Tell me in the comments, I would love to hear your stories!

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44 thoughts on “Why I Sleep With My Children”

  1. Of course my kiddos slept with me …wouldn’t have it any other way! It is really weird when my adult son slips into my bed….I’ll go sleep in the bathtub!! Lol

  2. Yes! I absolutely feel this way. Every night, I poke my husband and gesture for him to look at our sleeping one year old. “Look at how sweet he is! He’s perfect.” I always stare at his face and hold his little fingers before I fall asleep.

  3. I do not co sleep with my daughter but I absolutely love this. Becoming a mother has made me understand that you can simultaneously feel so much love yet so much frustration. The love is always the greater emotion. That story “I Love You Forever” makes me cry every time. Thank you for sharing.

  4. my dad used to read that book to me- my all time favorite. My husband read it to each one of our kids their first night at home when they were born, I ugly cried so hard each time.

  5. Both of my kids have slept in my bed at some point. They’re both on their own now (and in the case of my son who’s 13, he’s been in his own bed for many years), but I’ll always cherish those sweet cuddles. I’m can say I’m glad to not wake up with a foot in my back anymore though!

  6. Ha! The spouses might get just a bit irked with their MIL! I agree. Every time I get irritated about something, I remind myself “sometime soon they won’t want to …. me.” And then I get over it. 😉 – Amy

  7. None of my kiddos have ever been interested in sleeping in our bed. There are definitely times that I wish they would want to. Lol! I am grateful that they aren’t in our bed every night, but I am totally up for cuddling with a little one that isn’t feeling well or had a bad dream when the occasion presents itself.

  8. Wow I didn’t co-sleeping was a thing! I never slept in bed with my parents (that I can remember) but it’s such a cute idea. Hold on to those babies while you can!

  9. My husband and I never agreed on this. I always let the kids sleep in our bed when they were little and he didn’t think I should. He thought it made them dependent. Well now they’re 18 and 10 and barely have time to sit down to a movie with us they have so many great things going on. See honey? I didn’t ruin our kids by making them feel safe and loved. 🙂

  10. I actually don’t like co-sleeping as it causes issues at times with my little. I am all for long morning snuggles but I am not a fan of co-sleeping. Maybe I’m a tad selfish but if momma ain’t rested, everyone needs to watch out. lol

  11. I co-sleep with my two kids every night. My son is 5 and my little one is 13 months and even though I don’t get a restful sleep sometimes, I would not have it any other way. One day they will want nothing to do with me so I’m soaking up these days because they are so precious at this age!

  12. I increased the amount of time I co-slept with each additional child. With number 1, I did not co-sleep at all. By the 3rd, he spent the first 4 months in our bed!!

  13. I don’t have children yet, but I was fortunate enough to grow up in a co-sleeping family. When my sister was born, I was almost 5, and by then I always started the night out sleeping in my own bed, after my mom laid down with me and read several books. But, when I woke up in the middle of the night, I was more than welcome to join my parents and sister in their room. The bed was too crowded for a “fourth” but mom always kept a small mattress on the floor next to her side, with my pillow and blanket. In the morning, after my dad got up for work, I’d climb into bed to join my mom and sister. Good times!

  14. I loved co-sleeping! Now my 7 year old sleeps on his own but I love it when he wakes up early and gets in with us <3

  15. Love this 🙂 I co-slept with each of my children (still do with the youngest one and my hubs sleeps with the middle one). They are only little for a short time and they need (and so do we as their parents) our affection, snuggles, and attention… night time is no different!

  16. I love this!! It makes me cry just reading it because I have gone through it all too with my two year old daughter. Everything from the okay this is enough now, I am tired to the oh my god, one day she will not want to snuggle with me anymore. Right now, it is all she wants. Oh well. Sleep is overrated. 😉

  17. This just kept me smiling.
    My baby brother always slept with me, even when we was not a baby anymore, but now he is going to college and I have the bed all to myself. Okay I have the room to myself, loud music, late night reading and yet no one would be bothered but I miss him, It was just kind of a habit that we grew accustomed to.

  18. You are so right, it is very true that they will grow up and go into their own beds but this time is precious and okay to spend together.

  19. This reminded me SO much of myself. We co-sleep with our little girl (almost 8 months) and I love it. Sure, I’m exhausted and rarely sleep through the night, but it’s so worth it!

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