Baby Boot Camp: Co-Sleeping (Or Not)

Sona Charaipotra

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While we were at the hospital when little baby Kavi was born, some six weeks ago, there were no worries about where she'd sleep because they had that nifty little cart-slash-crib thingie. But where would she sleep at home? The crib? Pack-n-Play? Or in bed with us?

So before we brought her home, my husband and I had this big discussion about how we'd have her sleep in her crib from Day One so that she'd develop good sleeping habits and all that jazz. Plus, we live in a one-bedroom apartment, so Kavya's crib is in our room. Really, there's no reason for her NOT to sleep in her crib.

But in the short time we've been settled in to our new place -- where we've had the luxury of upgrading to an expansive king bed -- I have to admit, it's been hard to resist the urge to bring the baby to bed.

I mean, it's not that I don't have my reasons. The multiple night feedings are exhausting, she sleeps better knowing we're right there, all the standard excuses. Really, though, she's just so cozy and cuddly, it's hard to resist. So after her early a.m. feeding, I've gotten kind of lazy about putting her back into the crib. And this, my husband doeth protest.

I know what they say about co-sleeping -- it can be risky if not done properly. (Judge for yourself: pros and cons.) And I'm trying to respect the decision that my husband and I made, after weighing our options, together. But it can be hard to resist the lure of a peacefully sleeping, snuggly baby, especially at 4 a.m.

Do you co-sleep with your newborn? If not, where does your baby sleep at night?

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