Break the Co-Sleeping Habit: How to Set Bedtime Boundaries - and Raise a Secure, Happy, Well-Adjusted Child by Valerie LevineHow old is too old for children to sleep with their parents? If this question even needs to be asked, odds are its too old. Yet millions of parents struggle with this issue every single night, literally losing sleep over it. Half of all preschoolers sleep with their parents, and nearly a quarter of all school-aged children do so as well. Its no wonder were a nation of sleep-deprived kids and adults.
In this book, acclaimed psychologist Valerie Levine, Ph.D., helps parents set bedtime boundaries and stick to them. With quizzes designed to identify each familys specific challenges, Dr. Levines practical, hands-on guide reveals how to break the co-sleeping habit no matter what the age or the circumstances of the child. In doing so, parents learn not only how to handle this tough issue, but also receive the tools they need to face similar parenting issues down the road.
How to stop co-sleeping: An age-by-age guide
Letting kids sleep in your bed might affect your relationship with your partner too. Convincing your child to sleep in his own bed can be a challenge once he's gotten into the habit of sleeping in your bed. Whether your child refuses to fall asleep in his own bed or he ends up crawling into your bed halfway through the night, kids who don't want to sleep alone can be persistent. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to take back your bed if you're tired of sharing. Here are seven ways to stop kids from sleeping in your bed.
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By Claire Gagne Nov 2, Photo: iStockphoto. So, for much of the first 16 months, Bennett slept in bed with her. After that, the couple moved his crib into their room, removed the rail on one side and pushed it up against the bed. That worked well for a few months, but Warren-Lee knew she had to move Bennett into his own room for good, and getting pregnant with her second child was the motivation she needed. So they got Bennett a new big boy bed and Warren Lee slept in it with him, then moved to a separate mat on the floor. By about age two, Bennett was successfully sleeping on his own in his room.