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Parenting Made Easier: A Sling, Co-sleeping, & Trusting Your Gut

This post, written by Greg, originally appeared on MommyDaddyBlog.com.

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Question: What has made parenting easier for you?

Summer says “Physical items that helped: A sling! Oh, hands free baby care rocks and they are so much happier and peaceful. Cosleeping. No getting up for late night feedings, just roll over lift shirt fall back asleep.

The biggest help was learning to trust my gut instead of what the “experts” say or what society thinks I’m supposed to do.

Mommy – Two summers ago, I purchased a Peekaboo pouch on sale to add to our “baby stash” and I’m eying a few other slings. Slings are definitely must-haves. There’s no way our baby would survive in our bed as Daddy already uses me as a teddy bear! Products such as the Co-Sleeper or Amby Baby Motion Bed may be of some assistance! Oh, just rolling over and lifting up your shirt sounds really convenient, lol!

Daddy – Trusting your gut is definitely important. Everyone is unique in their own way, so what works for one person just may not work for another. That also can be applied vice versa; what doesn’t work for others just may actually work for you. Sometimes you just have to go by your gut instinct to find what works best for you and most importantly, your child.

LOL @ “just roll over lift shirt fall back asleep”! Mommy suggested co-sleeping to me for when Boogie arrives, but then she retracted the idea due to the fact that (and I quote), “You might roll over him or fart on him.” Now I’ll admit, I can get a little tossy turny while I’m sleep, but I DO NOT FLATULATE IN MY SLEEP!!!

…ok maybe I do once or twice, but Boogie won’t care!


This post is a part of our Parenting Made Easier series. Our goal for this series is to help new and expecting parents learn ways that parenting can be made easier through tips and advice given by “veteran” parents.

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is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.
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7 Responses to “Parenting Made Easier: A Sling, Co-sleeping, & Trusting Your Gut”

  1. baby says:

    Great website!! Keep up the good work!!

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  2. Theda K. says:

    I sleep with my daughter, but I’ve heard that new babies shouldn’t sleep between the parents, since mothers are generally the ones tuned into the baby’s presence.

    I don’t know, since I’m single. But at first I thought it was strange, until I learned that co-sleeping is the norm in the world and I had friends who’d done it. Rolling over and nursing is definitely a good thing. I slept much better than the one or two times I tried putting her in the “co-sleeper.” And she slept much better next to me too. Still does (at two years and 7 months old). But I do see the end is near…she wants her own bed now, I think.

    Good luck!

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  3. Milander says:

    Like many things doctors and other child /baby experts say it must always be taken with a pinch of salt. My wife and I have slept with our 1 year old in the bed as he often needs one or two night feeds (comfort feeds ) really. Often my wife will fall asleep with him on her chest. Never had any problems becuse as soon as he moves my wife instanly wakes up. A mothers bond I guess.

    It isn’t for everyone and first time mothers may be especially worried about it but by the time you have your second or third you know what advice to ignore and what to heed.

    I’d advise all new mothers-to-be to talk to mothers with their 2nd or (better) 3rd child for some real advice.

    Doctors and other experts are usually just covering their bases when they advise against sleeping with a very young child or baby… deaths have happened because of it BUTdeaths have happened because a baby choked after pulling a bed sheet in a cot over itself. What can you do? Do what is best for you and your child, listen to any advice people give you and balance that against your childs needs.

  4. dara says:

    i very much enjoyed co-sleeping with my Nia. i miss it a lot. she doesn’t sleep with me now because i’m scared she may fall off the bed. Her pediatrician discouraged it, but I went with my instincts which told me it was ok. My midwife gave me encouraging words about the whole thing, which made me feel it was safe (unlike what the doctors said).

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  5. Summer says:

    I was bad about rolling around in my sleep, but once the baby was there I was calm. It’s like the same thing that stops you from rolling off the bed in your sleep also stops you from rolling onto the baby. PLus in the early days they nurse so much you don’t really have anywhere to go. You’re kind of stuck there all night with the baby attached. And trust me, if you try to roll it will hurt! Pulling the nipple out of that airtight vacuum without releasing pressure first is painful. You’ll wake up! LOL

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