Some perspective on infant sleep :)

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Some perspective on infant sleep :)
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Wed, 06-22-2011 - 12:59pm

http://www.drjen4kids.com/soap%20box/sleep%20stuff.htm

I follow Dr. Jen on facebook & think she sounds like a great pediatrician :)

~Andrea~ IMG_1563
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Wed, 06-22-2011 - 3:40pm
I am going to read it now. How are you doing?
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Wed, 06-22-2011 - 8:19pm
I'm good :) Hungry though- my cravings are really strong right now... And I'm starting to nest :) My 35 week appointment is tomorrow and I'm preparing myself to deliver early since gestational diabetes & insulin both increase the risk of pre-term labor. It is kind of fun to feel like the end is near. With my daughter, I never did nest and was induced a few days after my due date. It will be interesting to see what happens.

How are you doing? Our board is so close to the end now & we already have our first little grasshopper!
~Andrea~ IMG_1563
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Wed, 06-22-2011 - 10:52pm
If this were facebook, I'd "like" your link :-)
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Thu, 06-23-2011 - 9:21am
It's funny. As we prepared for the birth of DD 2 years ago, we were not big co-sleeping fans. Then she was born. And the only way she'd fall asleep and stay asleep at night was to sleep in between us. Our little bugs need us close. We all slept better and it was so much easier to breastfeed her. I'm glad DD was able to change out minds.

Just as follow up: She co-slept with us for maybe the first 2 to 3 months, then we were able to switch her into the cradle we kept in our room bedside. At 6 to 7 months she moved into her big crib in her own bed room. Co-sleeping doesn't have to be forever. We just followed her lead.
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Thu, 06-23-2011 - 12:04pm
Good point :) My DD co-slept in bed with me only part-time, mostly in the early mornings but She slept next to me or DH for the first 4-5 months in her basinette or swing. I just felt better with her right next to me. I had a hard time sleeping while nursing though- I just couldn't get comfortable, so I preferred to nurse sitting up and then go back to sleep.
~Andrea~ IMG_1563
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Thu, 06-23-2011 - 1:46pm
Same here. I would sit up and use my Boppy pillow to nurse her then we'd go back to sleep. My breasts are large to begin with and huge while nursing. Not only does nursing require 2 hands, I just didn't feel safe side nursing with the fear that I'd fall asleep and smother her.
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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 1:31am
I didn't want to co-sleep at all with DS, but when you are sleep.deprived and BF, you want your sleep. However.this would not happen every night. We did have a pack n play in our room he would sleep in and one night he would not sleep in there or our bed, so I tried his crib and ever since he will not sleep in our bed, he likes own space.
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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 10:11am

DS slept in a bassinet at the foot of our bed for the first 3 weeks.

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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 6:42pm
Co-sleeping in this article just means sleeping near (not necessarily in the same bed) as baby :) I've also set up a twin bed in the nursery and I think it will work the best for us, too!
~Andrea~ IMG_1563
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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 11:06pm

First off, while I do not recommend cosleeping in the same bed as your infant for everyone, I do think that it works very well and safely for some people. I've coslept all three of my kids.