Otis the Dino Slayer

To be or not to be, that is the question.

Ok, that’s not the question. Or at least it’s not my question.  My question is: With the mama or not with the mama?

And of course, I’m talking about where exactly baby should sleep, with the mama or not with the mama. Particularly a 4 month old baby. Named Otis.

Actually, I’m not really wondering where said baby should sleep. I kind of already know where said baby should sleep.

With the mama.

Lemme explain how I came to that decision.

Somewhere on The Internet is an article about attachment parenting/breastfeeding/your boobs are for babies NOT for men, and in that article a very good point is made. You should sleep with your baby because if you don’t a dinosaur will eat them.


Ok, fine, no such thing as dinosaurs. Got it. But I get the article’s point. Why would you leave something so vulnerable (a baby) alone to defend himself against something so horrible (a dinosaur)?

This makes perfect sense to me. So Otis is in our room until further notice.

But I guess that’s the question, isn’t it? When am I going to be ok with Otis being alone WITH A DINOSAUR? How will I know he’s ready to defend himself against a dinosaur? Are there Baby vs. Dinosaur Training DVDs?

And so until I can figure out how to know when my little bundle of goodness is ready to slay a dinosaur sleep in his own room, this just might be little man’s future…

What are everyone’s thoughts on baby sleeping situations? Also, I don’t judge you for letting your baby be dino food. You’re baby might, but I don’t.

(Seriously, I am fully aware that I’m setting Mark and I up for a butt load of problems in the near future, but right now I just want my snuggle bug close by.)

9 thoughts on “Otis the Dino Slayer

  1. Julie says:

    Trust me I understand exactly where you are coming from. As you know Emma still sleeps with us. We have tried, and tried to get her to sleep in her own room but she is scared to death that something will come thru her window and get her. The older they get the harder it is to implement. I highly suggest starting him now, because otherwise you are in it for an indefinite amount of time. Plus I can say once they are 2 or 3 they become very difficult to sleep with, I am kicked, elbowed, slepts on top of, and rooted over to the edge of the bed on a nightly basis. Emma started sleeping with us out of necessity, but now that we want her to sleep in her own room she won’t and I am not strong enough to make her, because I hate when she cries because she’s scared.

  2. Susan says:

    I agree with Julie. Though it’s hard for you now, it will be harder for him later. Stand tall and give in to the dinosaur. You’ll see it will all be fine. Put your trust in God.

  3. Shelly says:

    I read an article that said this was ok. I tried to find it but couldn’t, found this istead http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/27/1072308726011.html?from=storyrhs. However in my search there were just as many against it, so I say do what you want.

  4. mamabird101 says:

    Initially, I wanted Baby C to sleep in our room the first few weeks after we brought her ome from the hospital. The first night was a disaster. We woke up at the sound of every single whimper, sneeze, or cough. We probably got a total of 3 hours of sleep that night. From that point on, Baby C has been sleeping in her own room. Her daddy and I really can’t have only 3 hours of sleep per night as our jobs kind of require some sort of focus, and we don’t drink coffee and our soda intake is pretty limited.

    I would say invest in a video-monitor, and try to let Otis fend off the dinosaurs on his own. You’ll be able to watch him conquer all of them… just as long as you keep the monitor charged :)

    Good luck!

  5. Follow your instincts Mama! You know what is best for you and your baby. Jeff hates that I co-sleep with Kaia.
    A friend from law school co-slept with her daughter until she was 1 year old and now her daughter sleeps in her own crib all night. Otis is still young. You have plenty of time to transfer him to his own room.
    Here is some research: http://nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/articles/McKenna_why%20babies%20should%20n.pdf

  6. secret agent ct says:

    I told you about how I weaned myself from macie sleeping in our room. Our room in the pack-n-play to the doorway of our bedroom, to the living room still in the pack-n-play, gradually scooting to her room. Then I cut the cord and put her in the crib in her relocated room. We honestly all sleep better after she was in her own crib and I was glued to the video moniter. :)

    It was really hard for me and not 100 percent until she was about 6 months old. Now that she is in her big girl bed she just comes to our room whenever she gets scared or it is morning. It is awesome because I don’t have to get up nearly as often.

  7. Kathy F. says:

    Our kids rooms are far away, so we tend to move them around the time they are able to consistently sleep through the night. Until then, it is just way too hazardous for me to try to stumble up and down the stairs and down the hallway to get them. Each has slept in a cradle right beside our bed until then. However, I have found that around the 6 month mark, we ALL sleep better once they are in their own room – especially baby – and it really helps them sleep through the night. (And the video monitor will help YOU sleep through the night without panic attacks!)

    We put even our newborns in the cradle so they get used to some time sleeping alone. Then, when they wake up to nurse, they often spend the rest of the night in our bed.

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