To be a good mommy, I need my sleep.
When we first brought our son home from the hospital, my husband and I created a rule: He wouldn't sleep in our bed. We let him sleep in his own space (a crib), in his own room. We all slept well (or as well as any parent can with a baby in the house.)
I did share a bed with my son once when we were on vacation. He was
frightened about sleeping somewhere new, and he cried relentlessly unless
I was laying next to him. I woke up sore from his kicking me all night,
and I barely slept with all his rolling around.
So it surprises me to see 14% of parents sharing a bed with their infant. I have to wonder about the overall quality of sleep in those families.
Now that my son is older, I am glad that we put that rule in place. He knows that he is not allowed to sleep in bed with us, and I believe that we all sleep better for it. And don't we all need more sleep these days?