Re: Did I make a mistake? Nursing to sleep/co-sleeping
I also thought I was doing something wrong, and I do feel bad that my DH sleeps on a mattress on the floor (his choice, instead of using the bed downstairs). But it makes my life so much easier, plus with a full-time job it's more time I'm close to her, since I'm away all day. My childless cousin had the most complaints -- people just have these things ingrained in their minds and think it's a "rule of life." My parents lived by all those strict rules told to them my their parents (didn't nurse, not "spoiling" us with attention), no doubt, and I did not feel close or connected to them much growing up, nor did I feel self-confident or have good self-esteem growing up. No guarantees things will be different with my LO, as environment is only part of it, but with nursing and co-sleeping I already feel close to her.
My LO sleeps in her crib for the first part of the night, so you could try moving her crib to another room and just seeing how long it takes until you have to bring her in. I have to say, the other night when she kicked me in the eye, followed by elbowing me in the same eye the following night, I was starting to be a little tired of co-sleeping. She's also head-butted me many times by crawling over half-asleep and slamming her head onto mine. But I'm not looking to change it soon. I just keep hoping one night she'll just stay asleep in her crib longer than an hour or two.
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.