Kourtney took to her website recently to talk about the practice and how it has worked with each of her three children with ex Scott Disick -- Reign Aston, 3, Penelope Scotland, 5½, and Mason Dash, 8. “Getting the kids to sleep through the night in my home was different for each individual child,” she noted. “When I had Mason, co-sleeping just kind of happened naturally. It’s what worked for all of us to get the most sleep, so I quickly embraced it. But it was also really important to me to research the benefits and some of the criticisms when it came to this method."
As Romper points out, what Kourtney is calling "co-sleeping" (the practice of parents sleeping in the same room with their children) is actually "bed-sharing" (having a child sleep alongside a parent or parents). It also bears noting that although Kourtney says she used the DockATot, experts advise against allowing a child to sleep unsupervised in one, as it is linked to potential suffocation risk. But if Kourtney is considering investing in additional, safe, bed-sharing friendly gear, she might want to check out this ginormous mattress made for families like hers!
After all, about three years after they had their son Mason, Kourtney and Scott welcomed their daughter Penelope. That's when Kourtney says she read The Attachment Parenting Book by Dr. Sears, and it turned out that "this style of co-sleeping really worked for us. During this time, Mason was also sleeping most nights in my bed. We made it work and I really just followed his lead for when we both felt he was ready to sleep in his room.”
Enter son Reign, who turned out to be a bit of a game-changer. “Reign was the only one who has always slept in his own bed,” Kourtney wrote. “We didn’t use any sleep-training methods for him. By 2½, he started sleeping through the whole night without waking up. Before, he would wake up a few times during the night and need a little back rub to get back to sleep. Sometimes he would fall back to sleep on his own too, so I really just felt things out as a mom.”
She went on to share that the practice of sleeping with her L.O.s made it so she "didn’t have to get up out of bed to get the kids back to sleep whenever they woke during the night. It was easier when one of the kids woke up, since I was right there. Co-sleeping just ended up feeling like we all got more sleep. Also, as a working mom, if I didn’t have much time with the kids during the day, at least I knew we’d have the evening together as a family."
Still, Kourtney doesn't necessarily believe that bed-sharing is right for every family. She concluded, "Every kid is different, so if it works for you and your family, that’s the most important thing!” No doubt about that!