Sunday, September 13, 2009

You can't sleep alone in a strange place, you can't sleep with somebody else

I've been thinking a lot about sleeping arrangements lately as we settle back into a school year routine. Co-sleeping is one of those discussions that leaves me a bit confounded as the kids get older. When they were small and sleep was all we and all our baby-bearing friends discussed, the family bed vs. the cry-it-out (CIO) method was pretty polarizing. And we were largely on our own at our pole.

But now that they are older, like weaning/breastfeeding discussions, everyone assumes that co-sleeping is a thing of the past. Sometimes it is, but sometimes it's not - and the new variable is that the kids have started liking to sleep together, whether one of us is there or not (we take up a lot of room I guess). It seems to be working for us now and like all things sleep related, I figure if we're all resting, I'm not going to mess with it.

So, dear readers, what happens in your house? The poll above probably doesn't have nearly enough variations - so feel free to comment below.


Amy said...

You didn't give an option for "Partner, you and kids together". That's how we sleep, and we all sleep well because of our arrangement.

Patience said...

I think one of my friends who adopted from Haiti still sleeps with her son and he's almost 8. She is a single parent and it works for both of them. She coslept from the time he came home at age 3.
I only partly coslept with one of my kids but I support every family's right to what works for them.