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Bed Sharing with Your Toddler


Bed Sharing with Your Toddler

Dr. Megann Sauer
Boys Town Pediatrics

We also recommend not to bed share with your toddler.  It's very important for a toddler to develop good sleep hygiene, which means being in their own room, in their own bed so they can get the healthy sleep that they need.

Most toddlers move around a lot which means also parents may not be getting the best night's sleep if they are bed sharing.  So breaking bed sharing habits can be very tricky especially in the toddler age group.  The best way to break that habit is to get into a good sleep routine.  Try to do the same thing every night at bedtime, to start with a bath and then maybe read a book or sing a song and then just to set firm limits where the child knows that they are supposed to sleep in their own bed.  It's not uncommon for them to come out and what you want to do is without as much attention as possible is redirect them into the room and tell them it's time for bed and they sleep in their own bed. 

​Bed sharing with your toddler is not recommended and a tough habit to break. Dr. Megann Sauer, Pediatrician with Boys Town Pediatrics, offers some tips to help your toddler regain healthy sleep habits.