Should Kids Have Their Own Bedroom?
After the baby’s first birthday, it’s up to the parents to decide whether to give their kids a room of their own.
If room-sharing with parents or siblings leads to unsafe sleeping practices such as the tendency to bed-share, or it increases the risk of suffocation or strangulation, babies might indeed need their own room.
Similarly, if room-sharing significantly results in sleep deprivation for many household members, it might be best to rethink your family’s sleeping arrangements.
Having Separate Bedrooms is Not Always an Option
When it comes to the discussion of “Should kids have their own room?”, sometimes, a bedroom for each child is not an option for parents. In the Philippines, it’s still quite common for an extended family to reside in one house. This setup often leaves less room for growing kids as other rooms are occupied by grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins.
Of course, there are also cases where little families purchase a house with 2 bedrooms or so and then later have more than 2 or 3 children.
Due to busy schedules, financial priorities, or other reasons, many nuclear and extended families find it hard to move into a bigger home or arrange renovations and extensions. The bottom line is: having separate bedrooms for each child is not always an option.
The good news is, there are numerous ways to make the most of the room-sharing-with-baby situation: