Isn’t this pic adorable? That is my grandson and his mommy getting a little shut eye.
This post will be leading up to a controversial topic. As I go forward with it, you will realize what the popular topic/subject is, and why I’m posting about it. As controversial as it seems, it’s about bonding, growing up, and somewhat about letting go. 😉
There’s nothing sweeter than snuggling up with your newborn baby and getting some rest yourself at the same time. It’s part of the bonding process as babies grow and learn.
However, there comes a time when parents, and grandparents as well may or may not draw the controversial line as children reach a certain age and their sleeping arrangements. Ahh, you may now begin to see what this post is leading up to.
Here is the meat of the story…and a little later on, my personal opinion. I’ll give you the chance to add yours if you like.
Approximately two/three weeks ago, our grandbaby spent the better part of a weekend with us, while Mommy and Daddy went on a little getaway. All parents need those, now don’t they?!! LOL
I was so excited about the weekend and enjoyed our whole Saturday with him. We had the greatest time with play, laughter, and lots of fun. 🙂 It really was a perfect day and we enjoyed having him.
We had kept him overnight once before and that was a good experience. He woke up once at 3AM and had part of a bottle and right back to sleep. 🙂
However, this particular Saturday night didn’t go as smoothly! lol 😉
Grandbaby was restless the whole night, maybe missing Mommy and Daddy, or just wanting to be in his own crib, not sure. Don’t you wish little babies could actually tell you why they are discontented??
The night actually started out good (for about an hour). Then he sort of half woke up, LOL, and was just really, really restless. Was crying and sort of not, all the while somewhat crawling and rolling in the crib.I could see his eyes were closed the whole time. Well, I was able to pat him back to a comforting sleep for about another hour.
The restlessness went on, off and on for about 4 hours. I had made up my mind to sleep in the spare room where his crib was, I just didn’t trust me sleeping in another room. 😉 Well of course, Grandma was not getting any sleep herself, and was very tired from the previous day.
OK, Now baby was up at 1 AM, wide awake and was eagerly wanting out of the crib. Another diaper change, I thought that’s all it would take to get him back to sleep. Wrong! He was sitting up laughing and wanted to just play with his toys. Hmmm…Grandma tried her best to coax him back to sleep with a bottle and tried rocking him. He DID NOT want any part of it. LOL
Sooo, Grandma let him play for about 30 minutes, and he started getting tired. Then it took me forever to get him back to sleep. I’d say it was about 3 or 3:30 when he was finally back in his crib again. :/
20 minutes later, he was up again and this time standing up in the crib just watching me. He was sort of fussing but not too bad, about 30 minutes or so. So, I lay there with one eye open and one eye shut, watching him just hoping he’d end up going back to sleep. No such luck….and about that time Grandpa came in and asked “What’s wrong with my little buddy?”
Well that did it, he was laughing, wide awake, and was sooo happy to see Grandpa in the wee hours of the morning! Grandpa picked him up and said, “Let’s try something.” He started in our room and I knew what he had in mind. 😉
By this time I was totally exhausted! LOL And was willing to try anything, and of course despite my reservations, he ended up between us. He did lay there for about 15 minutes or so and was keeping an eye on both of us and making little funny noises. I was mighty slap happy about that time, and was laughing myself. lol…
Grandpa rolled him over on his side and began patting his back gently and then off to sleep he was. Finally! I guess I got about 1 hour of sleep that night/morning! lol…He woke up at 5:30 and that’s about the time he normally gets up.
So, I rolled out of bed and we started our day with a bottle, a diaper change, and cartoons. 🙂 I sure didn’t need to be rocked to sleep the following night!
Now…here is my question. What percentage of parents, and grandparents let’s their children sleep with them?
I know with my own son, to my recollection…he was always a good night baby and normally it was not an issue with him.
However, I do have an opinion. I don’t think it’s a bad idea for parents to let their children sleep with them…as long as it doesn’t become a habit. When it becomes a habit, then yes! It will be a big issue and a hard habit to break. 😉
What is your opinion? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.