20/01/2015 11:44 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum-Of-Six Says Co-Sleeping With Her Children Saved Her Marriage


A mum says sharing her bed with her six-year-old and two-year-old children has saved her marriage.

Mum-of-six Amanda Moss, 43, from Liverpool, went on ITV's This Morning to share her story about co-sleeping with her youngest kids, Darling and Ezme.

It means there's no room in the bed for their dad, Simon, so he sleeps in the spare room – a move which Amanda said saved their marriage because it meant both parents got some shut-eye!

Amanda, whose other children are Saxon, 14, Honey, 12, Floyd, 11, and Albany, nine, described how their co-sleeping started.

She said: " I was made redundant and I was setting up a new business. I already had four kids who were in their own beds and, with a baby, I needed to be able to sleep through the night so that I could attend breakfast networking meetings so I needed to have my sleep.

"Just because I breastfed the baby, it was easier to have her in bed next to me, in between me and my husband Simon.

"And then the next one came along and rather than getting up in the night to tend to her, it was much easier to have her in the bed."

When Ezme was born, sister Darling, didn't want to get out of the bed and Amanda thought: "Why should she?"

So how does her husband Simon feel about the situation?

"If I don't get my sleep, I'm not the easiest person to live with," Amanda said.

"It actually kept our marriage together, he went off to the spare room and we both got out sleep."

Amanda, who is director of Liverpool Fashion Week, added: "I spend all day with my husband and we have a very healthy marriage. Our children are the most important things at this moment.

"Now, it's the right thing for our family. It's lovely waking up with your children and feeling them in the night and cuddling up to them.

"My kids are extremely independent. They have boundaries but I am creating a nice safe and secure environment for them."

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