The Down Side of Co-Sleeping

The Down Side of Co-sleeping

You hear about all of the downsides to co-sleeping.

 You hear that it will impact your intimacy.  I haven’t really found that to be true.  Couples in love and hot for each other realize soon that the laundry room and bathroom work just as good as the bedroom.

You hear about sleep deprivation, but boy I’ll tell you, waking up and going into a nursery when a baby cries to change a diaper or feed a baby really doesn’t seem like it’s going to save me much sleep.

I think co-sleeping is fantastic. I know that it regulates and matures a baby’s bodily functions like breathing. I know that it form lasting bonds and secure attachment resulting in an even more independent child at a younger age.

Last night, however, I learned of the real down side of co-sleeping. My two year old daughter has a bed, perfect for co-sleeping attached to my bed.

Around 2AM, I awoke to discover that my face was all wet. As I tried to figure out why, still half asleep, you can imagine my horror as I see my baby daughter, Ayla, wide awake and smiling, pull her index finger out of her nose and then proceed to wipe her boogers on my face.

So there you have it, folks: The real down side of co-sleeping.

And all this time I was worried about tiny little spiders crawling into my mouth while I slept.

Kids can be so gross.


  1. Sarah

    lol – I have to say that hasn’t happened here – but I’ve been puked and peed on in the past month while co-sleeping. Those are the definite down-sides to co-sleeping kids are Gross.

  2. naomi

    I was rudely awakened this morning by the sound of my toddler throwing up all over my pillow. Fortunately (?), since he’d refused to eat any dinner last night (“This food not yummy” – apparently the only food that is yummy this week is sausage…), it was just undigested breastmilk.

  3. Dawn

    Yes, worst co-sleeping experience EVER was waking up from a sudden burst of warm, wet liquid all over my face and hair. I sat up and wiped my eyes on a blanket so I could open them and then saw the clumps in my hair and it slowly dawned on me that my 3 year old had barfed dinner all over me. Thank God I was too groggy to notice the stench right away and by the time I did we were already stepping into the shower, lol. So nasty. :p

  4. Stephanie

    I love the first part about laundry room and bathroom hook ups. My husband and I were snickering about this the other day! Haha. I agree with op the vomit is the worst! Although this morning I woke up to my 8 mo old laughing and twiddling my nipple. =) He thought it was great fun.

  5. elizabeth

    to funny, i co sleeped with both my girls and i most of gotten lucky because i never had a gross moment, we did end co sleeping at age 1 for both of them though because they crawl out of the co sleep, and in to are bed and we would end up on the floor.

  6. lol yes i was real upset to find so many people trying to beat me into not co sleeping with my daughter (who is my forth kid) with horror stories about sids. one urse in the hospital even went so far as to horrify me with gory details of a mother whos baby rolled out of the bed and dies at 2 days. It still upsets me when doctors give me the eye when i firmly tel them i co sleep. i have always co slept. its my firm opinion that babys should be tucked in my arms at night. and i dont care what they think i dont drink and i dont take sleeping pills which acounts for 90% of cases where kids are suffocated by parents. plus i just cant sleep without the baby neer.

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  9. Janelle

    ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha! That is hysterical (and yes, gross)! I’ve said for the 13 years I’ve been parenting and much of it co-sleeping (my 16mo old prefers his own bed, but my 3yr old is still with me much of the time) that parenting is ALL about body fluids! My 8 yr old wasn’t feeling well a few weeks ago and slept with us for several nights. We woke up to her having wet the bed – big time – we all had to get up and shower at 4 am!

  10. Michelle

    I don’t know how you all do it. I am not totally against co-sleeping but there are pros and cons either way. My son and I don’t get a wink of sleep when I have him in bed with us. He wakes up far more and I am totally restless. I give him tons of attention during the day but my bed is saved for my husband and I. I am curious to know when and how most of you try to transfer your kidos to their own bed. Is it a very big adjustment for you all?

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