What are some alternatives to allowing my child to sleep in
bed with me?
Some parents do not allow children to sleep with them during the night but welcome them in the morning to snuggle for a while. Other parents lie down on their children's beds as they are going to sleep and then leave, or allow their children to fall asleep in the parents' bed but then take them to their own beds, with children being aware of this plan ahead of time. Another idea is for children to make a pallet and sleep beside their parents' bed. Some families have special weekend "campouts" in the living room where everyone sleeps together on the floor in sleeping bags. There are no right or wrong answers about sleeping with children; do what works best for your family and feels comfortable for you.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009