I was chatting with a lady this morning about 💤sleep deprivation💤It's a serious problem, and she has a really good excuse as to why she doesn't get enough sleep..... Well, sort of.👶🏼 Most people look at me like I'm a magical unicorn 🦄 when I tell them that I get all the sleep I want, AND I have a toddler! When I tell them this has been true since she was 6 wks old... then they look at me like I'm a leprechaun riding a magical unicorn at the end of the rainbow with a pot of gold! 🍀🦄🌈💰I assure you this isn't the case!
I do have to preface this that because of being a micro-supply mama, from 6 weeks to 6 months old, I was up every 2 hours pumping, but that was me just trying to keep a breastmilk supply that could give her even 1/2 of what she needed. The kiddo, on the other hand, slept through the night!
So what's the magic secret? Cosleeping! I'm not going to get into the science-based studies out there that prove cosleeping is safe, beneficial, AND smart, but I do want to point out that it's NOT dangerous unless there are drugs, alcohol, cigarette smoke, loose fitting sheets and blankets, or other secondary factors involved.
The benefits include better sleep for baby and mama, lower risks of SIDS, and better long term emotional HEALTH for the kiddo.... Did I mention better sleep for mama?! So what does co-sleeping look like for us with a 20 month old? She falls asleep in our bed after reading. We transfer her into her room where she sleeps for any number of hours. Sometimes it's one hour and sometimes it's all night. If she wakes, she usually walks into our room. (P.S. She's been in a toddler bed since she was 18 months.) Sometimes she'll cry, and we'll go get her. Then she gets up in our bed, and we all sleep peacefully until the morning. I usually wake 2-3 hours before her rested, alert, and ready for my day.
I'd love to help answer any questions you might have about co-sleeping if you are interested in learning, but the biggest thing I want you to take away from this today is that good sleep is not only possible, but REQUIRED for us mamas to be our best! And what's more? Poor sleep can actually contribute to weight loss resistance!