I was laying next to my daughter last night as she was falling asleep in her bed, and I got to thinking – wondering how many other parents out there were doing exactly what I was doing at that very moment.

In our house, bedtime has evolved. For the first several months, we held Lily until she fell asleep, then we carried her to her crib. Once she no longer wanted to be held (Little Miss Independent is what we’re working with now!), one of us would take her to bed and lay next to her crib until she fell asleep. She lucked out here – she’d often stick her feet out of her crib looking for a foot rub, and of course she always got it! Now that she’s in a big girl bed, one of us takes her up and lays in bed with her until she falls asleep. (Okay, and sometimes we end up there all night because we fall asleep, too!)

I know there’s a great debate about your children falling asleep alone vs. with a parent. Perhaps things will be different later on down the road when Lily has a sibling, but this works just perfectly for us right now. We’re a dual-working family, so every minute with our daughter is precious. I enjoy the quiet time we have together, and wouldn’t want it any other way.

What does bedtime look like in your house?

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