My son is four months old we've been bed-sharing since day one. Funnily enough I had never considered it before his arrival, but DS made his preference very clear from the first night! I was wary of the arrangement initially, but after doing some research I realised that my misgivings were based on what is the 'social norm' in Western culture, rather than bed-sharing being unsafe (if undertaken with proper precautions). So, after a few unsuccessful nights of trying to encourage my son into his own bed, I eventually came to the conclusion that he knew best! It certainly makes night nursing much easier and generally, I feel more rested when I get up in the morning.
That said, one thing I'd like to be able to do (but rarely manage) is to be able to "roll away" once he is asleep without waking him. DS is very sensitive to my movement - even a stretch of my leg can rouse him - and I think we would both get a better night's sleep if we disturbed each other less.
I suspect that if DS was on his own mattress it would be easier for me to move away after nursing him to sleep. We don't really have the floor space to push two mattresses together, so the other option seems to be a bedside cot. I was wondering if anyone reading this post had any experience with one and could recommend something and advise on whether one actually would make inching away easier or not. Ideally I'd be looking for a cot large enough that could potentially last until he is 2 or 3, or perhaps even older.
Thanks for reading! I rambled a bit as it's my first post, but I promise any future ones I make will get to the point a lot quicker!