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Possibly ridiculous question about co-sleeping

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DitaVonCheese Sat 13-Jun-09 00:29:29

DD is just under 9 mo. We generally sleep tummy to tummy with my arm wrapped around her. Usually this means that her head is resting on my upper arm because (1) it feels wrong to have her head in my armpit and (2) it makes it easier for her to latch on in the night. Is it okay to support her head like this? I keep worrying in case I permanently kink her spine or something. PFB, in case you hadn't guessed blush

thumbwitch Sat 13-Jun-09 00:35:46

Don't know if it will cause her any permanent damage - babies tend to be fairly elastic at that age.
But if you are worried, or she seems to be holding her head awkwardly, take her to see a cranial osteopath and they can advise you if her spine is ok or not.

Jacksmama Sat 13-Jun-09 00:40:57

I'm a chiropractor and that's how I co-sleep with my PFB. I can assure you his spine's ok and so is your baby's.

Isn't co-sleeping lovely?
[besotted mother of PFB emoticon] smile

<waves at Thumb>

thumbwitch Sat 13-Jun-09 00:42:09

Yay JM - hoped you'd crop up!
come and chat to me on the tearoom thread or somewhere.

Jacksmama Sat 13-Jun-09 02:49:16

Bloody heck, sorry Thumb, had to dash out to grocery store [cupboards bare emoticon] and that 8 hour time difference screws things up... will chat with you tomorrow.

Sorry for hijack Dita blush - wanted to add I know how you feel about having baby's nose in armpit - eeeewww stinky grin!! Come visit us in The One Child Tea Room (even if you're planning on more than one - it's just a booze-filled madhouse fun place to hang out!

Don't let the mad atmosphere put you off, you're most welcome!

DitaVonCheese Sat 13-Jun-09 11:57:44

Thanks - I feel much better now. And yes I love love love co-sleeping - I think it's one of my favourite things about being a mummy.

And thanks for the link - I've only read the first post but am now nostalgic for somewhere that doesn't actually exist blush

Jacksmama Sat 13-Jun-09 15:40:24

smile I should have told you that this is the 8th tea room thread - and we've almost filled it with random chat... so don't bother reading all of it, just jump right in and say hi. The main rule in the tea room is that everyone is nice, there is no arseyness and no fighting. Come bring your real life worries and unload... have a virtual drink or three... it's a very fun non-scary group of people. Hope to see you!

DitaVonCheese Sun 14-Jun-09 00:27:58

Thanks JM, see you there grin

HullabaLuLu Sun 14-Jun-09 18:01:50

Hey Jacksmama, hey Dita <<Waves at both>>

I co-sleep but dd just has her head on the mattress - how do you manage to have your dcs head on your arm all night? Does it give you a dead arm because the weight of my own head seems to do that already!

DD feeds on her side but I try to roll her onto her back once she's finished and I find that its waking her now.

Does your position make feeding easier?

DitaVonCheese Tue 16-Jun-09 22:14:09

<wave at Hulla>

I think she pretty much has her head on my arm all night - it needs to go there really so that she can latch on, otherwise my nipple is too high or I have to lean towards her too far and it feels more stable if I'm lying on my side rather than tilting. I am pretty much always asleep when she finishes blush but she does seem to sleep better on her side these days. I have a wedge thing that I often settle her on in her cot (then she moves into our bed when she wakes), otherwise she tends to flip onto her tummy and then wake up.

HullabaLuLu Wed 17-Jun-09 10:52:56

Thanks Dita, I might give it another try. DD woke a lot last night but I found that sometimes just rolling her on her side settled her back to sleep. Maybe she'll sleep a bit longer like that for more than 2 hours sleep emoticon grin

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