Mother, 27, admits she’s been co-sleeping with her FIVE children aged from three months to eight from birth while her husband is relegated to the sofa – but insists it’s ‘very natural’
- Ashley Farr, from Wisconsin, has kids between eight years and four months old
- Mother, 27, says it ‘isn’t for everyone’ but she ‘wouldn’t have it any other way’
- Other parents admitted they did the same, and adored being close to children
A mother-of-five has revealed she co-slept with all of her children from birth – but admits her late-working husband often ends up sleeping on the couch.
Ashley Farr, from Wisconsin, shared the bed with each of her kids – Chloe, eight, Ava, six, Paisley, four, Emmett, one, and four-month-old baby Rhett – when they were infants.
While Ashley admits co-sleeping is definitely not for everyone, it works for her family perfectly as her room acts like a ‘safe haven’ for her kids at night.
She posted about her sleeping arrangements on the Facebook page Breastfeeding Mama Talk earlier this week, where hundreds of other mothers admit that they also share a bed with their children.
Sharing her own co-sleeping picture, Alyssa Nichols wrote: ‘We don’t bed share often, because we both work crazy hours and have on call schedules, but when we get to it’s the sweetest.
Ashley Farr (pictured with her husband Taylor), from Wisconsin, has revealed she co-slept with all of her children from birth
Ashley (pictured bottom left) shared this snap from her bed with her children Chloe, eight, Ava, six, Paisley, four, Emmett, one, and four-month-old Rhett
She shared her sleeping arrangements in a post on the Facebook page Breastfeeding Mama Talk
‘This is the best view I could ever have. That is until baby #2 pops out!’
Aimee Collins commented: ‘I love having my babies next to me!! I sleep so much better knowing if they need something I am right there and not in another room!’
Kelsey Lizarraga added: ‘Confession: I co sleep bc I’m lazy and it’s easier to just pull out my boob and go back to sleep. My son is comforted, no extra dirty dishes, I get more sleep. We win all the way around, plus I get tons of baby snuggles.’
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The stay-at-home mom, 27, said that sleeping next to her four-month-old son makes breastfeeding easier, and that she feels like she’s bonding with the tot during the night.
She told FEMAIL: ‘I think it’s very natural for babies and children to want to sleep next to their parents. I mean, think if you were a baby, where would you want to sleep? In a dark room, alone, behind bars?
Her admission sparked hundreds of comments from other mothers who said they did the same with their own children
‘I’d think you’d want to be snuggled up with your most favorite person in the world. My kids are only little once and I’ll never get that back, so we make the most of this time.’
Her husband, Taylor, works late, so if there are too many children in the bed he’ll sleep on the couch – but she says the arrangement ‘doesn’t bother him at all’.
Ashley added: ‘Co-sleeping is definitely not for anyone but it works well for us and I believe every family should find what works for them.
‘All five of our kiddos have their own rooms, but they’ve all started out in our bed as infants. It’s like their little safe haven at night and for the most part, everyone sleeps a lot better.
‘I’m currently breastfeeding our four month old and him being in the bed definitely makes night time feedings easier.
‘I also feel like I’m bonding the most with him during night nursing sessions and I sleep better knowing he’s right next to me.’
She told FEMAIL: ‘I think it’s very natural for babies and children to want to sleep next to their parents. I mean, think if you were a baby, where would you any to sleep?’
The comments were overwhelmingly positive, but some mentioned the dangers of co-sleeping. Ashley added: ‘I feel they are very safe, as I’m an extremely light sleeper. I would never put my child in a situation where I thought they might be harmed’
Although the comments were overwhelmingly positive, some Facebook users pointed to the dangers associated with sleeping next to babies.
Lori Handyside said: ‘So…cosleep? Isn’t that dangerous?’
Carmen Bocheck added: ‘It’s not for me, too many things can go wrong. Plus my bed is for my husband and I!
‘That’s the only place we have in the whole house to be alone! How did you even have five kids with them all in your bed?!? [laughing emoji].’
But Ashley says co-sleeping is perfectly natural – and that she’d never put her children in danger.
She added: ‘I feel they are very safe, as I’m an extremely light sleeper. I would never put my child in a situation where I thought they might be harmed.
‘If my older kids are in bed with the baby, I just simply put him on the opposite side of me, from his older siblings.’
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