Our 3-year-old son sometimes has
trouble sleeping and gets frightened at being alone. Should
we allow him to sleep with us for a while?
There are differing opinions on the issue of children
sleeping with their parents. Some experts believe that
children feel more loved and secure if they sleep in their
parents' bed, especially if they are feeling sick or having
trouble sleeping. Others feel that children should learn to
sleep by themselves. It is best to consider both sides of
the issue and decide what works best for your family.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that placing babies under the age of 2 in adult beds puts them at risk of suffocation or strangulation. Babies should be placed in to sleep on their backs in a crib that meets current safety standards and has a firm, tight-fitting mattress. All soft bedding and pillow-like items should be removed from the crib.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009