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Is it normal for a 9yo to sleep in the same bed as a parent?

Is it normal for a 9yo to sleep in the same bed as a parent?

Sure: Personally, I don't like the idea for my kids. But professionally, I think it's a parental decision. This will not make a bad child or screw them in any grand fashion. This is a personal choice for each family. The question simply is - what do the parents want. If you don't mind, fine. If you do mind, then get to work on easing your children back into their beds. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children  to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

The AAP, in your: Hometown, has a healthy child app that addresses sleep issues. In many cultures, the "family bed" is a necessity. Infants who learn to fall asleep in their own beds by 1-4 months consolidate sleep & night-wake less. Co-sleeping can impede a child's development of independent self-calming skills, if it's not a cultural norm. Family therapy would help everyone get to sleep in his/her own bed. ...Read more

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How old is too old to sleep in a bed with parents, if a child can't sleep alone?

How old is too old to sleep in a bed with parents, if a child can't sleep alone?

Never: Having the child sleep with you is automatically bad---period! try a night light and insist that he stays in his own room. Sometimes you "have to be cruel to be kind" and well informed discipline is a necessity. ...Read more

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What is the best way to teach a 3yo child to sleep in his bed and not to move to parents bed every night?

What is the best way to teach a 3yo child to sleep in his bed and not to move to parents bed every night?

Persistence: A 3 year old can wear a parent out on anything - they have nothing better to do with their life, so if they want something (to sleep in your bed) they usually have much more persistance and stamina to hold out than you do. When you decide enough is enough, you have to commit to never letting them come into your bed - even if it means you have to get up 100 times a night to put them back in theirs! ...Read more

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My 9 year old son wraps his bed sheet completely around his head when sleeping. Any idea why he would do this?

My 9 year old son wraps his bed sheet completely around his head when sleeping. Any idea why he would do this?

Comfortable humidity: Your exhaled-air is perfect in moisture balance thus comfortable to the nose during colder/drier months as in many nights of winter. Covering the head traps moisture and thus more comfortable to breath via nose. The sheets are quite thin and air can pass through with ease, thus not concerning for oxygenation problem. Mine kids do same, as i too at times... ...Read more

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Why do parents think we should sleep more? We do on weekends.

Why do parents think we should sleep more? We do on weekends.

Sleep how much: It depends when you go to bed and when you wake up.Human body needs at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep, some need more then the others.If you do not get enough sleep you are not able to concentrate and as a result your performance in school or at job suffers.Thats the reason parents want you to have enough sleep, because you need sleep to perform.So sleep well and sleep good.Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do to get a 9 year old child's cough to calm down enough for him to go to sleep?

What can I do to get a 9 year old child's cough to calm down enough for him to go to sleep?

Find the cause: You need to know first what is causing him to be coughing that much. Asthma, post nasal drip, regurgiation can cause cough, let his doctor evaluate him. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with sleep shift work disorder if you happen to be a stay at home parent?

Probably not: If you have a special need child who spends daytime hours in daycare and you have to do the rest at night, you can make a case for that. You are more likely to have insufficient sleep, or irregular sleep wake pattern. ...Read more

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When will baby sleep through night if parents are away?

Depends: Most babies should be sleeping through the night by four months of age rather parents are home or away. If not you should seek help from your pediatrician ...Read more