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How I Got My Bed Sharing Baby to Sleep in Her Own Room

How I got my baby to sleep in her own room using common sense and her cues.

Our daughter has been sleeping in our bed since we moved to Nashville. It started out as a convenience thing but then we really loved having her next to us.

Five months later, I was completely touched out and tired of sleeping with a baby attached to my boob all night long.

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I desperately needed a good night’s sleep, so I wanted to get her in her crib, but I didn’t have the strength to try. Then one day, she fell asleep on the bed next to Marty without any help. She just lied down and went to sleep on her own. So we decided to try putting her in her own room!

Except, Rue was not having it. Not at all.

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My How-To Guide for Bed Sharing

With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought I’d do a little post on bed sharing for parents who are traveling without a pack-n-play but aren’t sure how to go about bed sharing.

Before Rue was born, I wasn’t sure bed sharing was something I would ever do. To be honest, I couldn’t wrap my brain around how you do it safely. I move a lot and it takes me forever to fall asleep so I couldn’t imagine sleeping next to a tiny baby without waking her up and/or crushing her at some point.

I felt naive asking my friends “how do you bed share?” so I read everything I could and just learned by doing it. It’s a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I’m not into mom shaming and this is not a debate. I’m pro-do-whatever-the-hell-you-need-to-do-to-keep-your-kid-alive-without-killing-yourself. All the way.

We bed share and this is why:

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