In terms of co-sleeping, my husband I lucked out for pretty much all of Lilly’s first year. We were cursed with having a good sleeper until she was about 12 months old. I say cursed because we just wound up paying our dues later, after she was year-old, after maternity leave was over, and I had to drag my sleep-deprived butt to work in the morning.
It was not always pretty.
All hell broke loose when she was about 12.5 months old. Since then, we have had countless nights of lost sleep and bad backs. The worst night of co-sleeping we have likely ever had was just recently. We transitioned Lilly into a big girl bed when we moved last fall, so now we get surprise attacks at 2 a.m. People tell you it gets better as they get older. People lie.
Don’t get me wrong, snuggling in bed with your little one can be a beautiful thing. For part of the night. The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions, by Andy Herald and Charlie Capen from HowToBeADad.com, is a hilarious and honest look at what parents go through when co-sleeping.
It will make you laugh in a way that only parents can. A belly laugh that turns slowly into a quiet chuckle and ultimately ends in soft sobs. As we recall times when our precious new baby pulled “The Exorcist” at 3 am and we shamefully tossed a clean towel over it and went back to sleep… One of the only things parents still have in common with college kids.
This comprehensive guide covers 30 various positions that co-sleeping parents might find themselves in. All the classics are in there, like “H is for Hell” and “Roundhouse Kick” but my personal favourite and most dreaded is the “Snow Angel” move. I can handle a bad position if I fall asleep, but the constant moving around keeps me from getting to sleep in the first place. That just sucks.
|“Bahaha! Mom, you’re gonna HATE this one!”|
Luckily for us, Charlie and Andy have included handy sections for “Side Effects” and “Tips” to help us wade through our misery.
They even touch on the first night new parents spend without the baby in bed. Of course it’s merely a cleverly placed phrase coincidence that when explaining the tips for this position, they opened with “you’re going to do it!”
Keep it clean people, they just meant you’re going to make it through the night without the baby. Right, Charlie & Andy??
Ideally speaking, whenever I get that urge to bring her into bed, cuddle and peacefully fall asleep, I will be able to flip through this book and come back to my senses.
The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions is available on Amazon for under $10. I know that’s about the price of 5 coffees that you require after your co-sleeping nights, but it’s totally worth it. I’m also giving away a copy!
Enter the Giveaway for The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions
Have experience co-sleeping with your little one? No? Then move along. We don’t need braggers on here… Just kidding. All are welcome to comment and enter the giveaway. Even those lucky parents who have perfect sleepers. After all, I used to be among you. *takes swing of 3rd coffee before noon*
To enter, leave a comment with your favourite and/or most hated position(s). One entry per person. Canada & US residents only. Deadline to enter is Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be notified Friday, May 10.
Disclaimer – As I have said before, I was not compensated by HowToBeADad.com at all. They are rockstars and I am just one of their many groupies.