Child Sleeping in Parents' Bed

by Lynne
(Canada)

Has there been any research done as to whether or not a child with SPD had slept in his/her parents' bed from birth? Also, for what period of time e.g. 6 months, a year, longer than a year, etc.?

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Apr 22, 2016
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sleepy time!
by: Anonymous

my son has slept with us on and off his whole life. at one point we added a twin to our kind so we could all comfortably fit. that was last year and he was eleven. then he suddenly wanted to sleep in his own bed though sometimes he wants us to sleep beside him still. i see nothing wrong with it. obviously it kind of messes up your love life but you just have to find other times to express that.

Jan 26, 2012
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nothin wrong
by: Anonymous

my son is eleven. He slept in his crib as an infant. However when he learned to crawl out of the crib he would crawl in bed with us. I learned that children with sensory processing disorder are prone to night terrors and this is their way to seek comfort. They eventually grow out of it.

Oct 15, 2011
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Who?
by: Anonymous

I just can't help wondering...who really needed the child in the adult bed...the parent or the child? I recall when raising my own children that when all needs have been met and the child cries, it may be necessary to let him/her...(s)he soon settles down and drifts off. This to me is better sleep for the child and way better sleep for the adult.

Mar 07, 2011
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sleeping in parent's bed
by: Anonymous

My son is six and still does it sometimes. I remember when he was a baby, he could not take being alone in his crib. and he did not like the stroller, he always wanted to be held all the time and be close to the parent. He loved nursing and it was hard to get him off that too. I think it was a great comfort to him. He loves to be hugged and held closely.

I think if it helps the kid then by all means do it, plus you get more sleep too. No one does well sleep deprived.

Feb 24, 2011
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Sleeping in parents bed
by: Penny Boyle

My daughter is now 13 yrs old and she slept in our bed until she was 4 years old. After that it was off and on, usually due to illness or having bad nightmares. Looking back and know now that my daughter suffers from SPD she really needed that closeness and physical contact. I was looked at being a "bad" parent for letting her sleep in our bed, but deep inside i knew this was what she needed. She started to sleep by her self gradually. Don't worry and it's nothing wrong with having your kids sleep in your bed. Look at nature, most mammals sleep with their babies.

Jan 03, 2011
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SPD
by: Anonymous

SPD is a neurological disorder, it may be associated with what you describe.

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