Woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Don’t beat yourself up — it’s probably because you’re not the perfect mom.
Everybody knows that the perfect mom gets out of bed with perfectly groomed hair and 10 hours of sleep under their belt. For the perfect mom, the skies are always sunny, the house is spotless, there’s a cherry pie on the kitchen table, and the kids are playing happily, yet quietly — because the perfect mom obviously procreates perfect children. Sibling wars never happen under the watch of the perfect mom. Did we mention that she also has 1 million Instagram followers?
The biggest lie we face in life is that, once we grow up and become parents, we’ll have our stuff together. Ironically, it’s when we become parents that we find we have nothing figured out. Fumbling through life, deprived of sleep, doesn’t end when you graduate college — moms are the ones who truly know what it means to show up in sweats and messy buns, coffee in hand and ready to brave whatever life — or their toddler -- might throw at them that day. They know the true definition of 24/7, and for that, we don’t call them "perfect moms", we call them warriors. But honestly, what’s cooler than that?
Behind every perfect mom might be a great night's sleep, but behind every warrior mom is a night of sleep that requires discernment and strategy. She calculates the number of hours she thinks she’ll sleep at night — and her “plan B” strategy for the next day’s schedule if she wakes up far more sleep-deprived than she anticipated. There’s no perfect solution to nighttime sleep with a restless, needy infant who needs to eat every 5 minutes — & we get that. Here at Lulyboo, we praise the parents who are just doing the best they can.
The hot topic for today’s parents regarding their family’s sleep situation is whether or not they choose to co-sleep. Whatever choice you make is entirely up to you — but here are some things to consider before making your decision — and how Lulyboo can help better make your choice!
- Infants who co-sleep tend to, overall, get sleep at night.
- When infants are sleeping better at night, you do, too.
- Breastfeeding is much more convenient — you don’t even have to get out of bed!
- Studies show that co-sleeping increases bonds between infants and their parents.
- Studies show that co-sleeping helps mothers recover from labor quicker, including postnatal depression — a condition that over 10% of moms experience.
- Co-sleeping is harmful to your baby if you’re under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
- If your baby is premature, under 3 months old, or at a low birth weight — your baby is at a higher risk of SIDS.
- Your hair or the hairs on your bedspread, blankets, or sheets can create a higher risk of Toe Tourniquet.
- Overheating can occur.
- It can disrupt sleeping patterns later in the child’s life.
- The transition into a crib can be more difficult.
The point is — YOU get to decide. Whether you’re debating the co-sleeping lifestyle, or deciding whether you want to eat lunch in the kitchen or at the park, — we’re here to help increase your options and expand your horizons.