Magazine article Working Mother

Two Kids in One Bed?

Magazine article Working Mother

Two Kids in One Bed?

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You tuck your sleepy ones into their own beds, kiss them good night and close the door. but when you go back later on for one last check, they're snoozing-a snarl of entangled legs and strewn blankets-in the same bed. Should you tote them back to their own sleeping spots? most of the time, yes, says Lynelle Schneeberg, mD, a diplomate of the American board of Sleep medicine. "Siblings may seek each other out in the middle of the night for a variety of reasons," she explains, like when they can't fall asleep quickly or simply want to talk. Pros: kids who sleep together bond both day and night. the mutual comfort they seek can translate into a stronger relationship in the future. And frankly, their co-sleeping might score you a few extra winks since they're less likely to toddle down the hallway to your bed. Cons: one child's sleep habits-restlessness, sleep talking- may be disruptive to the other. more importantly, one might never get over difficulty sleeping without the other right there. Solution: "it's best for kids to learn to fall asleep on their own and stay in their separate beds," advises Dr. Schneeberg. Start by creating a structured, gradual plan to help them fall asleep independently, like putting them to bed at different times or reading to them separately in their separate beds. …

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