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‘Don’t sleep with your child. You’ll give them attachment issues.’ I’ll lay with you as long as you need.’: Toddler mom encourages co-sleeping despite criticism, ‘it is what feels right’

“When you were first born, I was told by many people to just let you ‘learn to self-settle.’ I was told not to rock you to sleep in my arms. They were sharing what they read in a parenting books. But for us, that is not our truth. You are a toddler now. And each night, I will gladly lay with you, enjoying our cuddles until you quietly drift off to sleep, until you need me no more.”

‘Our child dumped his piggy bank onto his bed. He’s having a Mardi Gras moment, hurling coins like beaded necklaces. ‘You can’t jump off the top bunk!,’ he tells our daughter.’

“I crack open a tired eyelid to see it’s not even 6 a.m. The rain beating down on our roof is drowned out by the billowing coming from our kids’ room. I lose my cool. It’s been under an hour of complete chaos. This is when my husband and I shift from relying on each other, to turning on each other.”

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