(Editor’s Note: Many people believe this is a good idea. Still, others believe it’s less about how important it is for the kids because it’s really about what the parents need…but no matter your opinion let’s keep it civil. All parents ultimately want what’s best for their kids and people execute that differently in their individual families.)
One of the biggest challenges in the first year of parenting is training a child to sleep. Most American parents put their infants to sleep in a separate bed or a separate room, both because they are worried about the dangers of having an infant sleep next to them AND because they want to establish a sleep routine in their home. And Americans are not alone, putting babies in cribs or cots in separate rooms is also the norm Britain, Germany and other parts of Western Europe.