Ever found that after years of sleeping in their own bedroom, your child suddenly wants no other bed but yours?! Award winning Irish mammy and guest blogger Kellie Kearney from My Little Babog Blog, shares her story about co-sleeping with her five-year-old.
It’s been an emotional week, the four-year-old turned into a five-year-old in what seems like the blink of an eye. Her hair is getting longer, her attitude is getting bigger, even her personality but she’s not growing. She’s as petite as ever, she’s my little sugar plum fairy.
I’m pretty strict when it comes to bedtime, after a story, bedtime is bedtime! I kiss goodnight, leave the door ajar and hop, skip and jump down the stairs to freedom. Then one night for some insane reason I said ‘night night, sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite’ as I walked out of the room.
What the hell was I thinking! I spent the next two-hours, cradling, cuddling and telling magical stories to comfort my then four-year-old. She was having none of it. She ended up in my bed, where of course there were no bed-bugs.
That night I climbed in beside her, wrapped my arms around her and she cuddled into me and said ‘I love you maaammy’. After the long night trying to reassure her and comfort her from my wrong choice of words, I gripped her so tight and never wanted to let her go. It was a beautiful moment. One I never will never forget.
As the nights went on, I would find her in my bed almost every evening along with teddy and bubbles the blanket. My mam would tell me I was crazy, to cop on, to just put her back in her own bed, be persistent. But you know what, I love coming up those stairs at bedtime and finding her there all cosy, waiting for me, waiting for those cuddles.
She’s my little girl and she won’t be so little for much longer. She’ll be asking for sleepovers, for me to close her bedroom door and to turn off the nightlights soon.
She can stay where she is for now, if it makes her feel safe and secure, cuddled up like a teddy bear next to me until she’s ready to make the transition back into her own bed.
She won’t be my baby for long and they grow up too quick.
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Over to you? Have you ever experienced your child moving back into your bed, when they were older?