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Can Co-sleeping Work For Your Family?

Together, Again and Again continued...

Dr. Howard suggests that parents decide how long they feel comfortable with the arrangement. If they want to limit the family bed to infants only, then 6 months is a good age to make the switch. By 9 months, she says, a child may protest exile from mom and dad's bed.

For those who are committed to shared sleeping for the longer haul, Dr. Sears writes that a good time to gradually encourage children to sleep on their own is at age 2 or 3 years. Start the transition by having them sleep on a mattress or futon at the foot of your bed.

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