If you’re an Attachment Parenting fan and you practice co-sleeping with your dearest, you will ask yourself this question at some point, in case you are not expecting for the child to decide when to move, when he’s older and can express such a wish. There are only these two options when it comes to putting an end to co-sleeping, and although moving the kid without his consent isn’t generally too popular, there are parents who start considering this due to a sum of different factors. And we listed these, in case you were wondering what could determine you to move the child in his crib.
- The baby’s sleeping patterns are constantly changing and you never really rest – although it is a known fact that the start of parenting is a clear demonstration that life without sleep can exist, too often changes in your child’s sleeping patterns may be tiresome for you, especially if you returned to your job, so daily naps or even power naps are not an option anymore.
- The baby tends to revolve a lot and to move very much in his sleep – it is only natural that once he starts being active while awake, he will move a lot in his sleep. If it’s bothering either of you (maybe this interrupts your own sleep too often and you cannot go back to sleep easy, or maybe he cannot really rest if he fusses all the time), try putting him in his crib a few nights and keep the crib close to your own bed and see how it’s for both of you.
- The baby hits you during the night – maybe you start laughing at this one, but wait! There are lots of mamas out there complaining of this, especially of breast pain. Even though your child doesn’t make it on purpose, it’s still painful, especially if you are breastfeeding and you get some kicks in your breasts.
- The baby may fall from the bed – this is really serious. Of course, you are always free to buy a bedside support, but what is the baby manages to climb it? Once he’s a pro with the moves, you should be very careful. Falls are dangerous and should be avoided, so although you probably adore co-sleeping, try to let it go slowly if you have a little climber by your side.
- You have seasonal allergies and experience apnea – this is another case in which specialists strongly advise to give up co-sleeping. Even if you don’t suffer from apnea very often and you have a mild form, there are high chances you can either have a small crisis yourself and maybe even hurt the baby, or be unable to react in case something happens to him. Any of these is very dangerous, so think about a friendly manner of moving the child before you start feeling the effects of your allergy.
- The baby simply sleeps better on his own, alone. Painful as it is, you can notice this really easy during his daily sleeps. If you put him to rest on his own and he sleeps like an angel… it might be time to give him his own space. This would actually be a nonverbal sign (yet one that speaks louder than a thousand words) that he is ready to move in his crib.
We’re sure co-sleeping is wonderful and gives you a really nice feeling, yet there are things to consider before prolonging this on an indefinite term. If what we listed above gives you food for thought, think about how it all applies to you and take the best decision for you and your child.