When I was pregnant with Luna, my husband and I used to spend days and nights contemplating whether our angel would be a good sleeper or not. We also spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out where she would sleep. We kept asking ourselves, “Will she sleep in a crib? Will she sleep in a bassinet? Will she sleep in a lounger?” We didn’t know. But there was one thing we knew for certain: it wouldn’t be in our bed.
Now try guessing where Luna slept the first night we brought her home? You guessed it right - in our bed. She was so tiny and looked so vulnerable that we just couldn’t not bring her to bed with us. But what was supposed to be a one-time thing suddenly turned into an every night thing. Was I happy about it? Not really. And it wasn’t because I didn’t like having her next to me, it was just that I was scared shitless for her safety. First of all, our queen size bed was too small to fit my husband and I, let alone a third person. I kept imagining myself or my husband rolling over her. And second of all, I wasn’t sure if our mattress was safe for a baby. Many commercial mattresses contain toxic chemicals so why would I want my baby exposed to that?
Luckily, it didn’t take long before Luna got used to sleeping in her crib. And don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against co-sleeping. I in fact encourage it. I just don’t think we were properly equipped at the beginning. Now, our bed/mattress situation is completely different and if Luna didn’t love sleeping in her crib, we would definitely have her in bed with us. We currently sleep on an organic king size mattress from Jada. What’s great about this mattress and the reason why I think it’s great for co-sleeping is that it’s made with latex. “LATEX?” you may ask confusingly. Yes, latex. Latex is actually an all-natural product that comes from the sap of the rubber tree Hevea Brasiliensis. In other words and in more simplified words, latex mattresses are safe. Another great thing about them is that they can last up to 20 years (as opposed to foam mattresses for instance) which saves the environment from excess waste and gives your wallet a break.
Anyhoo… this is all to say that in my opinion co-sleeping is great mainly because it gives moms a little break. The only thing I would say is make sure your bed is equipped for co-sleeping. As mentioned in this blog post, make sure you have a big enough bed and a chemical-free mattress. If you’re interested in the Jada one, I suggest you check out their website. They were also kind enough to give you guys a discount. If you use CANDIEDCHOCOLATE15OFF at checkout, you’ll get 15% off your entire order. I would also suggest to remove all your pillows even the ones you sleep on. You can never be too careful.