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Should I have the same bedtime as my sister?

I'm going to interpret the question as asking how a parent can manage the bedtimes of siblings of different ages, as I think that's a great question, and answerable (as opposed to asking for an ...
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Kid's bedroom adjacent to living room - noise

Contrary to what you might think, children sleep well with a certain level of noise, especially if it's the familiar sounds of the family doing whatever they usually do or the voices of people they ...
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When can/should children start sleeping on pillows?

I haven't been able to find anything remotely official (e.g. NIH study), but found this so far: John Pearce and Jane Bidder, authors of "Baby and Toddler Sleep Program: How to Get Your Child to ...
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Should I have the same bedtime as my sister?

Teens should get between 8-10 hours of sleep a night. Since you are at the young end of that range, you should err on the side of needing closer to 10 hours https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/...
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How to safely heat toddlers room?

The core things to ensure are: Ensure the device is listed with the appropriate regulatory body (in the US, this would be "UL Listed", but this will vary in other countries). Typically ...
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At what age should my child sleep in his or her own room to greatest decrease the risk of SIDS?

This answer might be a bit might "longish" because this question can't be answered with a simple date... On SIDS in general: First things first: SIDS has been a subject of extensive research, but ...
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Is it okay for two 6- and 9-year-olds to share a bedroom with their 18-year-old step-brother?

I don't really think this is a good idea. Not with that kind of age gap, and particularly not with step-siblings. There are no laws preventing this. The laws only apply to siblings of different sex. ...
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How to prevent infants from rolling out of bed?

One common suggestion is a pool noodle under the edge of the mattress sheet. It will not prevent a very aggressive or active roller from escaping and can still be climbed over at will, but if she's ...
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Shall I be worried about my 6-year-old girl still sleeping with us from time to time?

I don’t know of any studies on this, but it’s fairly common. My six year old does exactly what you describe. He explains that he has bad dreams sometimes and comes in to get reassurance from us that ...
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Is it a bad idea to have a kid sleep in his/her own room since birth?

Actually, to answer your first question, yes, it's bad. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommend that infants stay in the same bedroom with their parents until at least six months of age and it ...
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How to prevent infants from rolling out of bed?

We had the same issue with our daughter and we had to improvise. The Bedrail is designed to use with a bed however it works perfectly with a mattress only. It's a stretchy net so even if the baby ...
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How to safely heat toddlers room?

I went through (am going through) the same issues with my kids since natural gas is really expensive where I live. I think Joe's answer is solid from the perspective of, "Minimize the risk of a ...
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Move into own room at the same time as sleep training?

In our experience, it's very hard to get an infant to sleep without nursing if he/she is in the same room as Mommy, as the infant knows where the milk comes from. We didn't sleep train, but certainly ...
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Shall I be worried about my 6-year-old girl still sleeping with us from time to time?

I'll side with your wife. This will stop soon enough, and you'll miss it. Don't worry about it! We used to worry about sleeping habits too. Now that we have 4 kids we don't sweat the small stuff any ...
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Disadvantages of a single bedroom?

We put our kids in their own bedromms, because We want to have sleep. And they also want to sleep. We have 3 kids. The first 2 always woke up if I turned in my bed. Or when I went to bed. Or when I ...
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How to prevent infants from rolling out of bed?

Since you have described the rolling out of bed as harmless, your real question seems to be about how to prevent your child from getting cold (and waking up) due to having lost their blanket. Until ...
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What could cause my baby's bedroom to smell like bread after sleep?

My 11yo son's hair has a very strong "scent," not anything specific, like bread, but distinctly "him." His hair tends to be almost waxy, even when clean, and every morning his room smells like...him. ...
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How young is too young to switch to a toddler bed?

It might no be the most "accepted" thing to do, but my kids slept with the wife and me from day one. In many ways, this is equivalent to a toddler bed since as soon as they were mobile they could get ...
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At what age should opposite-sex siblings stop sharing their bedroom?

I don't understand what this has to do with being opposite sex. At which age should an older sister stop sharing her bedroom with a younger sister? Why would the answer differ if it was a younger ...
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At what age should my child sleep in his or her own room to greatest decrease the risk of SIDS?

I did some pretty extensive research on SIDS when a colleague told us that used mattresses were shown to cause SIDS -- even going so far as to download read original research on the subject (by the ...
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Toddler playing in room instead of sleeping

Welcome to having a toddler. It's a lot of fun, but it does come with certain ... complications. This is one of them, and it happens for pretty much everyone. First: this is, to some extent, a ...
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Memory foam top covers and mattresses

Not medical advice, but from what I've seen, there's nothing explicitly wrong with a toddler sleeping on memory foam or similar. They're past the risk of SIDS, and while some people may be better off ...
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Is it okay for two 6- and 9-year-olds to share a bedroom with their 18-year-old step-brother?

This is purely a cultural issue. It is not illegal in the UK (although in England and Wales there is specific prohibition for opposite sexes sharing a room) Historically, everyone in a family slept ...
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How young is too young to switch to a toddler bed?

We switched both of ours to toddler beds between 18 and 20 months, so that's certainly not "too young" in my opinion and experience. Switching to a toddler bed in our case was driven by necessity: ...
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What techniques can I use to get my six-year-old out of bed and dressed for school?

The first thing I'd do is figure out whether she's having trouble getting out of bed because she's too tired. Most kids I've known fall into one of two camps: the ones that wake up on their own and ...
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Do we need to be worried about a baby climbing out of her bed at night?

Babies are gonna figure out how to climb, and they're gonna fall down. Best thing you can do is provide a soft spot to land because no matter how tall you make the crib they're gonna find a way to ...
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Is it a bad idea to have a kid sleep in his/her own room since birth?

I think it is simply a matter of choice. Babies here do tend to have rooms that they may or may not share with siblings, but I think many if not most infants sleep with mum and dad for the first 10 ...
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Disadvantages of a single bedroom?

I saw people doing this simply because they could not afford a bigger house. However, this question seems to be out of choice. The cons: What about the couple's private time and sex life - the ...
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Disadvantages of a single bedroom?

In many cultures this is the norm. In western cultures we have typically moved away from this as we have moved to larger properties and a generally capitalist philosophy quite far removed from the ...
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