1. Someone else pees and poops your bed on the regular.
2. You sleep on the very edge of the mattress no matter what size bed you have.
3. You are accustomed to being woken by little hands on your cheeks, fingers in your nose or a child’s face pressed up against your own.
4. A sweet baby smile is the first thing you see when you open your eyes… unless you have a big kid, then an extreme close up of their face may be the first thing.
5. You’ve ever had to say, “Stop kicking my armpit!” “Get your butt off of my pillow!” or “Scoot closer to Daddy!”
6. You often sleep in a puddle of milk.
7. You are never cold at night.
8. You are used to sleeping with light covers only to your waist, on the corner of one pillow and on a bed low to the floor.
9. You have an automatic response to the following comments:
“You might roll over on your baby and crush him!”
“Babies need to learn to self soothe!”
“You’ll never get that kid out of your bed!”
“How do you ever have sex?”
“Babies are supposed to sleep alone!”
10. You’ve drooled on your baby’s head.
11. You have a hard time sleeping when your big kid moves into his own room.
12. Sleeping on “the other” side of your body feels weird. (For me, lying on my left side feels completely foreign.)
13. You wake up in a panic and search the bed for your baby after napping alone.
14. You wake up not completely sure how many times your baby nursed in the night, but sure he did since your boobs aren’t engorged.
15. You never worry about not hearing your baby in the night.
16. It is really hard to get out of bed for work because all you want to do is stay and snuggle.
NOTE: There are many forms of “co-sleeping.” Room sharing, bed sharing, and using a co-sleeper are all forms. Co-sleeping does NOT mean random, unsafe sleep with your baby. Sleeping on a couch, a chair or with heavy loose bedding with your baby is not safe. Sleeping with your baby while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is NOT safe. Sleeping with your baby on an inconsistent basis may not be safe. There is research to suggest that co-sleeping and formula feeding may not be safe, though I personally do not believe that mothers who formula feed cannot safely co-sleep. As always, I suggest doing what feels safe and natural to you as a parent, and to do what is best for YOUR family. If you are interested in my automatic responses to the comments in #9, message me and I will let you know!