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is co-sleeping common?

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ForbiddenFruitt Sun 23-Dec-12 17:29:15

I never did it, never even contemplated it. I had the moses basket right next to the side of the bed instead.

Two good friends have babies under 12m and they both co-sleep.

Not judging if people do it, just wondering whether it is quite common?

TheSecretSantaDNCOP Sun 23-Dec-12 17:31:35

I don't think it's common. I'm middle class and we've done it with both children.

AliceWChild Sun 23-Dec-12 17:32:15

I'd say yabu. I'd be surprised if accurate data is available as how would it have been collected? How would we know if people were truthful when there's lots of judging/scaremongering about it?

melliebobs Sun 23-Dec-12 17:32:54

What's class got to do with it?! I didn't do it. I bf dd and just had her in the basket next to me. I need my space when I sleep

ForbiddenFruitt Sun 23-Dec-12 17:33:39

TheSecretSantaDNCOP I didn't mean common as in lower class.

I mean common as in most people these days do it.

Meglet Sun 23-Dec-12 17:34:05

I didn't do it, I'm a bad sleeper and wouldn't have been able to relax.

Although the midwife did tuck DD in with me every night in hospital after my c-section to save them helping me to get her in and out of her fish tank. I slept in a stiff position on my side, too scared to move hmm.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 23-Dec-12 17:34:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Tryharder Sun 23-Dec-12 17:34:51

I think it's more common that people let on. I have co slept with all mine and DC3 still sleeps with us most nights.

StickEmWithThePointyEnd Sun 23-Dec-12 17:35:12

In my family everyone has their own bed that they fall asleep in but if the baby or child ends up in the parents bed it's no big deal.

I do it as and when necessary with ds, i.e. when he won't sleep for some reason and I'm too tired/have to be up early. My mum did the same with us. My nan did the same with her kids (and grandkids).

5madthings Sun 23-Dec-12 17:35:15

I think lots of people do it but not many admit it in rl.

bradywasmyfavouritewiseman Sun 23-Dec-12 17:35:39

What's being middle class got to do with anything?

TheSecretSantaDNCOP Sun 23-Dec-12 17:35:42

I know, I just like derailing grin

Happy Christmas!

Fairylea Sun 23-Dec-12 17:36:53

I didn't do it. I'm a terrible mother and put both of mine in their own rooms at 12 weeks with angel monitors. I'd never get any sleep otherwise and neither would I.

lovelyladuree Sun 23-Dec-12 17:37:14

Locum GP told me to do it with DD when she had a chest infection at 2mths or else none of of would have got any sleep. When she was old enough to slide out of bed and choose to sleep on the floor instead, that's when she went into own bed. And what a fucking relief that was.

StickEmWithThePointyEnd Sun 23-Dec-12 17:37:21

And for people getting comments about making a rod for your back - you can rest assured that my nan no longer has a problem with children or grandchildren trying to get in bed with her! grin

As I recall, she didn't mind sharing a bed - she had to share a double bed with 7 of her sisters when she was growing up. What she did mind was kids sitting on her knee and creasing her skirt!

Fairylea Sun 23-Dec-12 17:37:27

They'd. I'm still not getting enough sleep !!

Chubfuddler Sun 23-Dec-12 17:37:31

Everyone in this house starts the night in their own bed.

We end up all over the place, but most often all squished together. I've never properly co slept as my babies always had a cot of their own. They just didn't stay in it

LaCiccolina Sun 23-Dec-12 17:37:50

I've done it on occasion. Not as a standard. I think ur odder not have on occaision? Surely????

ForbiddenFruitt Sun 23-Dec-12 17:38:23


derailing? or just got the thread completely wrong?


TeeElfOnTeeShelf Sun 23-Dec-12 17:38:31

I co-slept for about 2.5 years, off and on, and still do it if my son needs me.

Bluestocking Sun 23-Dec-12 17:40:16

I think it's much more common than people let on. I had lots of mummy friends who said they didn't co-sleep - except when baby was having a growth spurt and cluster-feeding at night/not very well/suffering from separation anxiety/whatever.

ForbiddenFruitt Sun 23-Dec-12 17:40:21

melliebobs it has nothing to do with class hmm

HairyGrotter Sun 23-Dec-12 17:40:48

It's not that common in my social circles, however, DD and I have co-slept since she was born, she's 4 now and still co-sleeps.

I wouldn't be surprised if many do do it, but don't admit it for fear of the response?

TheSecretSantaDNCOP Sun 23-Dec-12 17:41:47

FF I'm a serial derailer grin

TraineeBabyCatcher Sun 23-Dec-12 17:42:28

We have intermittently co slept since ds was born. He's 5 now and we often still share the bed.

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