How often do you check your sleeping children?March 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Daily Life | 9 Comments
Tags: babies, Co-sleeping, toddlers
When bear was just under five months old, we had him in bed with us because he had a chest infection and was feeling poorly.
We were sleeping on an air bed at my sister-in-laws. It was Christmas.
In the early hours of the morning I woke with a jolt to the sound of my husband screaming our sons name. I sat up like a shot and instantly started shouting his name and shaking him.
For a short moment that felt like about 20 seconds, my son felt cold and lifeless. I shouted for my husband to switch the light on. Before he did bear wailed and I collapsed with relief.
For the tiniest amount of time sheer panic engulfed me. He was simply in a really deep, warm, cosy sleep with mummy and daddy. But it was hell.
Ever since then I’ve hated having him in bed with me. Even now, a big strong two and a half year old, I worry about him being crushed. The thought of cuddling up and sleeping together really does appeal but the moment I get the little snuffling, wriggling lump in with me I feel anxious.
We always check on him before we go to bed and sometimes in the night too.
Do you ever stop checking on your children when they sleep? Do you let your children sleep in with you? And if you do, do you really get any sleep?!