This post also appeared on www.capecodonline.com/blogs in the opinion section of the Cape Cod Times, a division of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.
For the parents who let them sleep with them, I think it’s a bad idea.
First of all, I think your marital bed is simply made for the two of you. When you start sleeping with others in the bed I believe it just leads to bad things. Yet I understand the desire to sleep with them. They’re cute as hell and you just want to cuddle them all night and listen to their breathing. They’re soft and adorable and so who cares if they sleep between you and your spouse right?
Well, even though it’s tempting I still don’t think it’s a good idea. For one, even though they’re relatively small they seem to take up the ENTIRE bed. I find I never have any room anymore. And let’s not forget about the drool factor. Sometimes I wake up in a puddle. And then sometimes they even throw up in the bed which is just gross.
But the main reason not to let them sleep with you is because they’ll get used to it and expect it all the time. Then even when they get older and bigger, they’ll still try to jump up in your bed and they’ll be dependant on you to go to sleep. But what happens when you have to leave them at someone else’s house in the future? Then they won’t be able to sleep unless they crawl into bed with someone else. It’s just not worth the hassle you’ll face in the future.
And that’s why we discourage our dogs from sleeping in our bed. Why? Who’d you think I was talking about? After all, we were parents to the 4-legged kids first!