245. “Mommy, I Want to Sleep in YOUR Bed!” by Harriet Ziefert

Referring to the yesterday’s story, some children are attached to their sock monkeys, dolls or dump trucks, some other prefer a live Teddy Bear, a.k.a. Mommy. Mommy is the ultimate natural sedative and the most effective lullaby. There is no other way to fall asleep, but with mommy. Well, in many parts of the world, co-sleeping is found natural and convenient and people don’t make a big deal out of it. In the US, however, parents are advised to keep children in their own bedrooms. After all, why do we have such big houses, right? I am saying there is no right or wrong here, as long as it is safe for the child and keeps mom sane and rested. But if you’d like your child to fall asleep by themselves in their room, and you wonder how to get there, today’s book might come in handy.

It was about bedtime in Charlie’s house. A parakeet and a bunny went to sleep in their cages. A baby girl was closing her eyes in her crib, mommy and daddy  were getting ready to sleep in their bed and Charlie was supposed to have sweet dreams in his. It didn’t happen though.  Before long, Charlie was crying outside his parents’ room. “I want to sleep in your bed!” You want to know what the smart parents did? They tried to explain to Charlie, that since everyone sleeps in their own beds, so should he. It didn’t work immediately, of course, because it is hard to reason with a sleepy toddler, but after a little bedtime story by mom and yet another little trick, Charlie was happily dreaming in his own room. 

Hope this helps. Otherwise you might consider what Brad and Angelina did and order an extra large bed to fit the whole family.

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