Note from Naomi: Today's post is an interview with Chelle from The Mumington Post about her experience of bed sharing. She is a 37 year old mother of three living at home with her husband. She has been blogging for seven years. Make sure you check out her blog over at The Mumington Post.
How many children do you have and how old are they?
I have 3 children aged 6, 2 and 11 months.
How would you define bed sharing?
Bed-sharing is sharing a bed with your child. For me at the moment, it’s a single bed with the 11 month old!
What is the difference between co-sleeping and bed-sharing?
Co-sleeping is often thought to be sharing a bed, in actual fact the term should be used as a nod to your child being in the same room as you. Co-sleeping is often in their own space but in the same room.
Have you bed shared with all of your children?
What made you decide to bed share?
With all of them it wasn’t a decision, it just happened. Our babies all settled when we were closer to them.
Are you still bed sharing?
Yep! We still do with the baby.
How old is the baby you are bed sharing with?
Baby is 11 months old and still breastfeeding at night time.
When do you plan to stop?
I am planning to stop once we have sorted out our children’s rooms. We have a few bits to buy, then decorate.
Has it made your other children jealous to see you bed sharing with their younger sibling and do they join you too?
At points they all bedshare or room share with us. There doesnt seem to be any jealousy at all.
Do you breastfeed?
Have you found that bed sharing helps with breastfeeding?
I think so, it’s easier to settle everyone and theres less nighttime tears!
Does bed sharing affect the relationship you have with your partner?
Of course it does but we have decided that it’s easier for now. We will be back to having our own space soon though.
What is your favourite thing about bed sharing?
That my children feel very secure with me; and I can comfort them quickly.
What is the top piece of advice you have for anyone considering bed sharing?
Make sure you know the risks and how to follow bed sharing advice. You need to be aware of the ups and downs! Do your research.
Would you do it again?
Yes! In a heartbeat - when the kids need us I always think they should know we are there.