There's a lot of discussion out there about the pros and cons of co-sleeping. (Here is one article and another and another, if you're interested.) To be sure, there's a lot of discussion out there about almost every single parenting decision one could make.
When I was pregnant, I read books and blogs and articles and medical websites, trying to understand what decisions I should make related to caring for Ryan.
And before he was born I made a lot of decisions; decisions about how he would sleep (on his back and in his own bed) and what he would eat (homemade baby food only), and even silly decisions about what toys he would play with (no plastic), what he would wear (organic only), and even how he would travel (no strollers).
You could say I was a little naive.
I thought I had it all figured out. But then Ry was born, and we got to know him and he got to know us, and we slowly learned what works for our family. In fact, we are still learning, and I expect this to always be the case.
I think the decisions that we make as parents are so personal that we have to make them as families—and what works for me may or may not work for you. So we have to trust ourselves to figure out what is right. (And then we have to remember to respect others when their right looks different from ours.)
We don't often co-sleep. Most night's Ry goes to bed on his own. But if we are traveling, or it’s been a long day apart, or Michael is out of town—it just feels like the right thing do.