The family bed

These are not safety issues, but comfort issues, and they're sometimes not obvious until you've been there at 3am!

  • Thrashing and kicking often comes from overheated children. Many kids need far less clothing than adults do, especially when they're snuggled next to warm bodies. 
  • Keep everybody's toenails short.
  • There's nothing wrong with going to bed at the same time your kid(s) do(es). Everybody needs enough sleep. Tell dinner guests to come early because you go to bed early...
  • Keep a supply of beach towels next to the bed and a waterproof mattress pad when toilet training has started. (The beach towels are for soaking up the pee, and then covering any remaining dampness so you can go back to bed without sleeping on a wet spot or changing sheets before morning.) This tip is also useful in the early months of breast feeding when you may leak through breast pad, bra, and nightgown between one feeding and the next.
  • Get the biggest bed(s) you can fit in your room.
  • Have fun, and enjoy those warm and snuggly moments!

Copyright 1996 by Sora Feldman. This article is protected in full by international copyright conventions and may not be reproduced in any manner, including electronic, without prior written permission from the author.

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