I am a new mom and currently co-sleeping with our 3-month-old baby and my partner. Initially, we started co-sleeping due to convenience as it made night feedings easier. However, I am starting to feel like my personal space and boundaries are being compromised.
My partner tends to take up a lot of space and sometimes accidentally elbows me in his sleep. I am also worried about accidentally rolling onto the baby or covering him with a blanket.
I would love to continue co-sleeping for the benefits it provides, but I need some advice on how to manage boundaries and personal space for myself, my partner and our baby. Any tips or experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
I completely understand where you're coming from. When it comes to co-sleeping, figuring out boundaries and personal space can be tricky. Here are some tips based on my personal experience:
1. Use a bed rail - A bed rail can act as a barrier between you and your partner, giving you a sense of personal space. We used a bed rail specifically for co-sleeping babies. It was easy to install and gave us a little more comfort.
2. Designate sides of the bed - It may be helpful to designate specific sides of the bed for you, your partner, and the baby. We put our baby in the middle of the bed, then my partner slept on one side and I slept on the other.
3. Have a plan B - It's important to have an alternative sleeping arrangement in case things don't work out. For example, we have a bassinet next to our bed that we use if we need to separate our baby from us.
4. Experiment with different sleeping positions - Different sleeping positions can help you find what works best for everyone involved. Some people prefer side-laying, while others prefer to have the baby at their feet.
As a bonus tip, I'd recommend ensuring that both you and your partner are comfortable with the co-sleeping arrangement. If someone is not on board, it can make things more challenging.
I hope these tips help you find a way to make co-sleeping work for your family. It can be a wonderful experience, but it's important to be mindful of boundaries and personal space.