I did everything to get my son to sleep through the night.
The only way he would fall asleep is by nursing. I would always nurse him at night. He would then curl innocently beside me and drift off.
I would place him quietly in his bed and then I tiptoed quietly out of the room..
And he woke up a minute later.
I became desperate.
I turned to sleep machines, swaddlers, gliders..
Nothing kept him asleep.
I even took the mattress out of his crib and gated it with a baby gate. I would lay down, nurse him to sleep and then quietly...
Ever so quietly...
I would roll off the mattress, careful not to make a sound and sneak out of the room with the noise machine on full blast.
He would always wake up 30 minutes later!
I mean, c'mon!!
Then I relaxed. I realized he just wanted to sleep by me. One night, while nursing him back to sleep in my own bed (for the third time that night), I fell asleep.
I woke up two hours later in a panic. I looked down, and there was my son cuddling up beside me, mouth hung open.
That's how I became a co-sleeper. Since then, I am no longer a sleep deprived parent.
A photo posted by JoAnn (@awhimsiclelife) on Oct 16, 2015 at 3:31pm PDT
My son is now 2 1/2 and he still likes to sneak back into our bed at night. But that's ok. Since I'm getting sleep, I'm happy.