One of Kourtney Kardashian‘s secrets to getting her shut-eye? Co-sleeping.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and mother of three (she and ex Scott Disick share sons Reign Aston, 3, and Mason Dash, 8, plus daughter Penelope Scotland, 5½) got candid on her website this week, explaining why the practice has become second nature in her household.
“Getting the kids to sleep through the night in my home was different for each individual child,” she began. “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,” added Kardashian, 38. “I also used certain things like the DockATot, which gave me more peace of mind.”
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But once her daughter came along, the star had to make a few adjustments. She explains, “When I had Penelope, I read The Attachment Parenting Book by Dr. Sears — and this style of co-sleeping really worked for us.”
“During this time, Mason was also sleeping most nights in my bed,” Kardashian writes. “We made it work and I really just followed his lead for when we both felt he was ready to sleep in his room.”
Her youngest child was a completely different story, though.
“Reign was the only one who has always slept in his own bed,” she reveals. “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.”
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“With co-sleeping, I didn’t have to get up out of bed to get the kids back to sleep whenever they woke during the night,” Kardashian continues. “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,” she explains. “Every kid is different, so if it works for you and your family, that’s the most important thing!”