Re: A little bit of this and that, confusion at 6 months
So true! Being a parent is all about embracing flexibility, and responding to your child's unique needs. I think about all the things my husband and I "decided" about how we would raise our kids, and how many times we had to change our hypothetical plans because they didn't stand up to the real needs of our real children! Before having kids, I "decided" to nurse until they were a year old, and not one day older. Instead, I nursed them until they were three. I also "decided" not to use pacifiers, to have my kids potty trained at age 2, to never use television as a babysitter... And guess how those decisions stood up over time! As the old saying goes, "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy".
Originally Posted by @llli* lllmeg
At 6 months, a lot of co-sleeping dangers start to become less dangerous. A 6 month old can roll around, and that means he's not likely to get trapped face-down on a soft bed, or become entrapped under a lot of blankets. But he's more likely to roll, so this might be a good time to try co-sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Wear a really warm pajama top, and you're not going to need a lot of fluffy bedding. If you're really worried about rolling on top of him, it might help to have him on a separate mattress, pushed right up against your own. Adults are very good about sensing the edge of a mattress, and what is more, most breastfeeding moms have a very sensitive "baby radar' which prevents them from overlying their babies.
As to sleeping through the night- for a young baby, that means a single 5 hour stretch. Everyone knows someone with a baby who sleeps longer than that- but everyone also knows someone who has seen a UFO. In my opinion, UFOs and all-night-sleeping babies are equally common and equally probable.
I agree with the PPs- it really sounds like you are doing wonderfully well! Please don't let other people sway you from doing the terrific job you're doing. Remember, critical comments and undermining success are often the way that people make themselves feel better about their own failures!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"