I shared my bed with my baby 100% of the time (except naps) until she was 6 months. At that point i'd put her to bed in her own crib, and when she woke up at night, i'd just bring her into bed with me. It was also out of convenience since we nurse, and I could just lift my shirt, and drift back off to sleep. Now she's a year, and prefers to be in her bed. She also weaned herself off her binky at 6 months...so maybe I just got lucky??? lol. Irrelevant...I know.
I also co-slept with my middle daughter, and 4 years later she's happily sleeping in her own bed (and has been since she was 1).
I personally think the trick is to at least introduce the baby to the crib and gradually start making the transition. I think most parents face the strongest opposition when they try to force it all at once. Also, as long as you're not intoxicated, safety isn't a problem for *most*.
at 4:38 AM on Jul. 26, 2009