I'm a first time mum to a beautiful 8 month old baby girl and it has been a beautiful but exhausting journey.
The first time she ever got a cold, she was extra clingy and naturally, didn't want to sleep in her stand alone bassinet that we had eagerly purchased as excited soon-to-be first time parents.
First ever photo in her new bed.
Also, as she had a cold, everytime she laid down the mucus would run down the back of her throat and cause her to gag which had me bouncing up and down in and out of bed checking on her constantly (on the rare occasion she would sleep on her own).
It was during these long nights of trying to hold my eyes open with desperation that I came to read about exactly why my baby didn't want to sleep in her own bed. How it was completely normal that she would only sleep on me.
Waking up to our happy girl.
We decided as a couple this was the style of parenting we had naturally adopted, but we didn't know how to safely co-sleep with this tiny, little fragile baby and I was slowly going insane from sleep deprivation.
So I called a dear friend of mine who put me onto co-sleeping beds and I found there was a small range available. My partner and I decided that we didn't want the style of a moses basket bed in between us as we love to be close to each other.
So I found these special co sleeping cots that attach to the side of your bed. They weren't cheap so I thought about it for what felt like one million years of sleepless nights. Originally I had chosen one that I thought looked the best, but I called them and asked which one was the biggest that was affordable as I wanted to be practical so it would last as long as possible for our fast growing bubba.
They suggested The Ideal Co Sleeper. So we purchased it for $400. It came in all different pieces in the box and my loving man put it together straight away.
As soon as it was put together, we placed her in it and looked at each other with tears in our eyes. We could see our sweet baby while she slept. She slept better too after that. She would wake up, see us and go straight back to sleep.
I would also emerge from our bathroom to sweet moments of my wonderful man and baby having fallen asleep holding hands.
It's been the single best thing we have ever brought and she has nearly outgrown it. We have loved it dearly and now have to get ready to put her in the big girls cot.