Co-Sleeping with Two

Co-Sleeping with Two

This isn’t something we do every night,  Mr 4-year-old usually sleeps through the night in his own bed, even if he needs help getting to sleep and then wakes up in the morning and crawls into our bed for cuddles. Miss 1-Year-Old though is a regular guest in our bed. 

10:00 pm 

sleep 1

I climb into bed alone and untouched for the first time all day. I get myself comfy and start to drift off to sleep.

10:30 pm

sleep 2

I wake to a little person crying out. I get up and get Miss 1-year-old, snuggle her in for a feed. She’s asleep the moment she latches and I’m asleep moments later.

12:00 am 

sleep 3

I wake up a little bit confused. Mr 4-Year-Old standing at the edge of the bed, half-asleep, trying to climb into bed. I move his sister out of the way – which wakes her enough that she thinks it’s time for a feed on the other side. Mr 4-Year-Old wants a cuddle. I manage to twist my body enough that I can have an arm around him and still be turned to face Miss 1-Year-Old, so she can nurse back to sleep. But I can’t fall asleep like this. I lay perfectly still until they’re both fully asleep. This is when I notice daddy isn’t in bed.

12:20 am

sleep 8

With the stealth of a diamond thief I slide my pillow out from under Mr 4-Year-Old’s head, climb over Miss 1-Year-Old to the other side of the bed. I get comfortable, she disturbs a bit and rolls over, but thankfully she snuggles up to my pillow so I’m still pre not being touched by anyone. Asleep.

2:00 am

sleep 5

Mr 4-Year-Old spreads out, bumps Miss 1-Year-Old so then she needs another feed to go back to sleep.


sleep 6

The kids have managed to swap sides. Miss 1-Year-Old is having yet another feed. Then I realise I need to pee.

Gotta pee.
Gotta pee.
Gotta pee.
Gotta pee.


sleep 7

Slip out from between the kids. Get up and pee.


sleep 8

Sneak my pillow back and return to MY side of the bed. Everyone gets comfy and goes back to sleep.


sleep 9

Mr 4-Year-Old appears in my face, standing beside the bed. He tells me he’s hungry. I tell him daddy is sleeping in his bed, go tell him to get you breakfast. I listen out. When I’m sure that daddy is up and out of bed I fall back to sleep.


sleep 10

Miss 1-Year-Old wakes up and climbs over me looking for a morning feed. I look at the time.  It’s after 7:00am! I got to have a sleep in! YAY!

Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner. Rachel is obsessed prams, car seats, carriers and all things baby. She has worked in the baby industry for several years, for both suppliers and also in a retail setting and has developed a passion for connecting parents with the right products to make their lives easier. When Rachel isn't playing with prams she's enjoys crocheting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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