Kids love the physical closeness of parents while sleeping and often hold on to a limb to feel the attachment. Believe it or not, this can actually be a problem for kids later in life.
Most of the times parents let kids sleep with them just out of love and attachment.
If you ask a mommy where her kid sleeps, the most obvious answer you’re going to get is- in her own bed. You might also be looked upon as stupid! Yes, most toddlers and kids share the bed with their parents up to the age of 6-8 years. There are many reasons for this. Most of the times parents let kids sleep with them just out of love and attachment. Some parents can’t bear to see their kids sleep alone and welcome them to their own room. There are others who cannot let go of the habit of sleeping with their kids. In such cases, even if the kid is ready to sleep independently, the parents don’t let them do so since they can’t get any sleep without the kid! Sometimes, space constraints also force parents and kids to share their sleeping space.
Well, kids too want to keep on co-sleeping with their parents as long as they can. They don’t have the confidence to sleep independently. Kids love the physical closeness of parents while sleeping and often hold on to a limb to feel the attachment. Believe it or not, this can actually be a problem for kids later in life.
Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t let your kid sleep with you at night:
Insecurity and independence problems
Research has shown that kids who sleep with their parents are more dependent in their lives and have insecurity issues more than their counterparts who do sleep alone.
Parents’ sleep is disturbed
Kids don’t sleep in the same place and in the same position the entire night. They move around and wiggle. Many mothers say that their kid moves 360 degrees and this often disturbs the parents’ sleep. Children may kick and put their feet on your body or face. Many parents have experienced being hit during the night and one mother was kicked off the bed. She got hurt very badly.
Risk of Infants sudden death syndrome
Co-sleeping also has the risk of infant sudden death syndrome. Too many pillows, sheets and quilts along with many people generate a lot of heat and this can lead to sudden death of an infant.
Interference in the private life of parents
Many couples do not get to spend time with each other during the day due to work and at night, they can’t get close enough since the kid is sleeping with them. Most often, the sex lie of parents is completely finished and it is anyways inappropriate to indulge in sexual activity while the kid is asleep on the same bed. Parents may think that the child doesn’t see or hear anything but they do.
Sleep time has to be adjusted
When parents co-sleep with their kids, parents might have to adjust their schedule. They may have to go to sleep even if they are not sleepy. The child will not sleep until mummy and daddy are in bed too. Parents cannot talk, they can’t watch TV and they need to turn off the lights so that the child is able to sleep at the required time.