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Parents, Get Your Bed Back

Got a child who wanders to your bedroom at night? Here's how to reclaim your bed.

By Lisa Fields
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

If you've got a young child who wanders into your bedroom at night -- and are wondering what to do about it -- you're not alone. Plenty of toddlers, preschoolers, even school-aged children nationwide are sleeping with their parents at least some of the time. As many as 24% of parents have their children sleep in their beds for at least part of the night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

Just ask Karen Higdon of Prarie Grove, Ark. When she converted her 4-year-old twins' nursery into a "big girl room" this summer, complete with toddler beds and colorful new bedding, Kaylee and Gracie Higdon were excited...up to a point. They were eager to explore their room during the daytime, but after the sun set, the pair would nervously chatter about monsters, as they'd done for the past year.