I will fully admit that we bed shared with Charlie this time around. I’m breastfeeding and honestly it just makes things easier when I can pop out a boob in the middle of the night and feed him while laying on my side. I can doze while he eats, plus it makes it really easy to remember which side I fed him on last. The only problem is in order to bed share safely I had to sleep on the shoulder that I had surgery on years ago. It doesn’t really hurt it, but I’ve noticed weakness lately. So, in order to possibly prevent further screwing up my shoulder I decided to switch him over to the Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper last night.
We bought this for Emma when she was little because she would not sleep on her own despite my best attempts. She and I spent the first six weeks sleeping in the recliner chair in the living room, then she slept nestled in the crook of my arm in our bed for another six to eight weeks, and then to the Co-sleeper on top of my arm still, and then finally alone in the Co-sleeper. It was a long journey but this product has been a life saver for my sanity. I knew right away that it would be just as essential to our family this time around, because it gives the baby their own sleep space with the convenience of being within just an arms reach for those late night feedings.
Well it went great, he slept great. Only problem is I missed his little feet laying on my leg because that’s how he slept next to me. I will miss that little bit of closeness, because that means he’s already growing up a little bit. I know all too well that they grow up so fast, little lady is going to be two already on Monday! Even though I will miss those little feet on my leg, I can appreciate that sleep has come so much easier with Charlie and that has come as a blessing to our family.