One kid per bed is an unshakably firm rule in my house. I know what happens when two kids try to fall asleep in the same bed: they squirm, they wiggle, they giggle. Eventually someone pulls someone’s hair and they scream. There is no sleep.
But maybe I’ve been doing it wrong. Like co-sleeping in a family bed with adults, sharing a bed with a sibling might offer special benefits to children. There’s just an art to making it a peaceful experience.
That’s the gist of this article in Mothering, anyway, advocating the blessings of the sibling bed.
We had a floor-bed like the one this article talks about when my oldest girl was small and transitioning out of our bed. I never thought of putting the two girls down together though.
There’s a kind of graceful genius to it. The children can comfort each other in their sleep, and leave the parents be. On the other hand, I suspect that this is an idea, like co-sleeping with mom and dad, that works well for some kids and not others.
Have you ever tried a sibling bed? What would it take to make it work in your house?
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