Should You Allow Your Baby or Young Child to Sleep with You?
Ultimately, only you can decide whether or not to have your youngster co-sleep with you.
When it comes to parenting, it can be difficult to determine what’s best for your child – especially with regards to those areas on which even the experts can’t agree. Co-sleeping (as it’s often called) with your baby, toddler, or preschooler is definitely one of those controversial topics.
Co-sleeping can refer to either sharing your bed with your child or sharing your bedroom with him or her. There are primarily two things you must consider, as a parent, when determining the route you want to go: 1) the psychological impact on your child, and 2) the impact on your relationship with your partner (if you have one).
Remember, if you’re going to allow your child to sleep in your bed, or even just share your bedroom, it’s going to impact your private time and your sex life if you’re married or living with your partner. That’s something that should not be minimized or discounted, because a healthy sex life is vital to a healthy relationship – not to mention your own happiness and well-being. So, be sure to keep that in mind if you’re planning to regularly allow little Joey or Katie to share your bed or bedroom.