How do you cosleepers do it?!?

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How do you cosleepers do it?!?

Hi ladies

Since Simon has been feeling better he has been sleeping like crap. Last night I had to bring him into bed with us as he wouldnt sleep. He ate a few times, but man does he toss and turn!

How do you cosleeping mama's do it?!?! I didnt get any sleep!!!!

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It definitely takes some getting used to, haha! I sleep better when my boys are in a crib, but I looove that cuddle time! It's worth it to me. Smile

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We used to co-sleep and just transitioned to the crib for the first part of the night this last week or so due to a combination of her getting more restless now that she is bigger and her finally accepting her crib. We were fortunate that dd was fairly calm most of the time when we had her in bed with us. She would go through phases where she was restless/woke up a lot/latch off and on a lot. Those nights I really didn't get much sleep and would be really tired. Fortunately, she never had more than 2-3 "bad" nights in a row so I just did the best I could to function until she went back to sleeping better. We have her pack n play right next to the bed and if she was really restless I used to stick her in there and she would either eventually fall asleep in there or else fuss when she was ready to come back in with us. Also, I think I got somewhat used to her moving and probably didn't always fully wake up if it was just a quick relatch.

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At this point I tend to wake up if I don't feel him breathe on me or move around for awhile! Aiden completely freaked me out two nights ago cause I put my hand next to me to feel for him and he wasn't there. Sat up panicking! Turns out he decided to cuddle with daddy.
Aiden is a quiet sleeper. He doesn't make much, if any, noises while asleep. He doesn't kick or punch. Just small gentle movements for the most part. From what I hear, he's pretty rare. lol.

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Some nights are rough. Teagan goes down in her crib but wakes somewhere between 10pm-2pm and comes into bed with me. Last night she woke at 9:30 and wouldn't go back down right away. She fussed/kicked/smacked me until about 2am. I was exhausted this morning. Nights like that are pretty rare though. For the most part I think I sleep better than if I had to get out of bed to nurse her.

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When they are little it is easier to cosleep and get crappy sleep rather than be up every hour and get no sleep. Now that he goes longer periods between waking I totally enjoy my few hours alone in bed sleeping how I like. The 2nd part of the night includes a lot of restless sleep for both of us though because he totally moves around and non-stop latches on. Still though, better than no sleep for me.

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I dont really want to sleep but its like the only way that I will get sleep.. We start Natalie off in a crib first and then she usually wakes up a few hours later, so I end up bringing her in bed because she always wants to nurse at night.. For the most part its not too bad but there are some nights when I just want to scream!

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I agree it takes some getting used to but the sleep I get co sleeping is better then waking up and getting up out of bed to nurse. He also sleeps for longer stretches at a time.

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i'm curious about those co-sleeping and nursing in the night. a lot of you ladies say they latch on and off all night and you don't notice it most of the time. how exactly does that work are you guys all topless? lol we don't co-sleep, but i don't think I could do it if we were he is such a wiggly worm.

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Simon also tries to latch all night if I sleep with him, but he's lazy and just grunts with his mouth open until I help him out. LOL!!! So it doesnt work for me to let him do it himself. He'll latch fine himself during the day when he's awake but at night that's my job apparently, so I couldnt just sleep through it.
I'm so hoping he's back to normal soon. He was STTN before he got sick so I'm hoping this is just him making up for all the time he didnt eat, so it will be over soon! I hope!!!

It's frusterating too because last night he would wake up crying, I would go in and pick him up to feed him and he'd be asleep before I even got boob out!! LOL!! It's like he just want to be held for sleeping.

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"janijanis" wrote:

i'm curious about those co-sleeping and nursing in the night. a lot of you ladies say they latch on and off all night and you don't notice it most of the time. how exactly does that work are you guys all topless? lol we don't co-sleep, but i don't think I could do it if we were he is such a wiggly worm.

Yeah, I sleep topless. I do wake up when he needs to eat because we're not often laying in a perfect position for him to latch. I used to be able to sleep while he ate, but now I can't most of the time. Thankfully we're in a high point with BFing and cosleeping right now. He signs milk most of the time during the day. At night he latches and eats for 10 minutes then he's off and back sound asleep. He's only wanting to eat twice in the middle of the night for the past 10 days or so. I have no doubt that this high will end at some point. Lol

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"janijanis" wrote:

How exactly does that work are you guys all topless?

I haven't slept with clothes on for years. When Teagan gets a little older, I'm going to have to invest in pajamas.

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ahh thanks for clarifying!:) i always had a little difficulty nursing laying down so just wondering.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

I haven't slept with clothes on for years. When Teagan gets a little older, I'm going to have to invest in pajamas.

Funny thing - I haven't slept with clothes since getting married 4.5 years ago. However, I have a slight pajama obsession and own quite a bit. They only get worn when I don't want to wear real clothes. Blum 3

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Funny thing - I haven't slept with clothes since getting married 4.5 years ago. However, I have a slight pajama obsession and own quite a bit. They only get worn when I don't want to wear real clothes. Blum 3

I'm like that with hats. I love to buy them but I usually feel silly in them.

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I cosleep, but it went better in the start than it is right now. She is very still when she's asleep, but she wakes up all.the.time and is driving me nuts.

I BF throughout the night, but I sleep in pj pants, a tshirt and a nursing bra. I don't know why I bother with the shirt, the pants and bra would be sufficient. The shirt is always pushed up, and the flaps on the bra are both open by the time morning rolls around. lol

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I have a few tops that I sleep in that either have a deep v-neck or buttons at least 1/2 way down. He falls back asleep latched on so that side remains exposed if he unlatches for some reason until I flip him to the other side of the bed. Its still pretty cold here at night so pj's are a must. That boy can latch accuratly in a pitch black room 1/2 asleep.

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I just wake up and pop boobie out for Ronin, I wear a nursing bra or nursing tank because every now and again I will spring a leak during the night when nursing, it's only once a week or so, but I never know when. Ronin isn't too much of a wiggler when he sleeps so it's pretty good in that respect and because it's been cold it's lovely to have a little warm snuggler in next to me. He usually only co sleeps while he feeds and until I wake up from my doze and put him back in the cot.