We have been a bed sharing family since Paige was born - what some think is crazy is what works really, really well for our family. I have fed, snuggled, and slept with both my babes since they were out of the womb and that's been that for 3 years now. When we got pregnant with Wyatt we bought a bigger bed to accomandate all of us comfortably, and that bed happens to be where I am now. Snuggled under a giant yellow comforter with a cranky 4-teeth-coming-in-at-once babe and a 3 year old who's snoring a teeny bit.
So why give up the family bed if it's working you ask?
I want the kids to room together. I envsion this lovely little cozy nook in our home where they can rest their heads (and I can light the amazing toadstool night lamp I got..) and even play together when they should be sleeping. Our bedtime rhythm right now kind of stinks and here's why: every night while I put Wyatt down (6:45) Paige goes to have Daddy time. Sometimes they watch Scooby Doo, sometimes they play Legos, you get the drift. She goes down around 8pm but mostly later because she's way too keen on sitting up in bed trying to get us to "talk guys, come on.." or just wiggling. Tonight she spent a good 20 minutes whispering to her doll she insisted on sleeping with (fine with me) and I kept having to coax her back to sleep mode.
But I rememberd something -- the nights I didn't want to sleep and I stayed up whispering stories. I would bunch my down comforter up and the nooks and crannies became caves for princeses and kings. Am I depriving Paige of that just as she's starting to really explore creative play? Or do I insist on her going to sleep damnit!
Paige at this moment loves our bed, and I love the bond her and Wyatt have because they sleep together. Right now Wyatt has his head literally, on Paige's shoulder. If I wasn't so lazy I'd take a picture :) I don't see us making the switch out of the family bed tomorrow, or even the next day..but in the next few months?
Any advice on moving from the family bed to a room of your own would be lovely, thanks!