- Kourtney Kardashian said she almost always shares a bed with her 10-year-old daughter Penelope.
- Kardashian talked about her blended family arrangements on the “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast.
- A doctor previously told Insider that the arrangement is a personal decision, but should be stopped before puberty.
Kourtney Kardashian has slept with her now 10-year-old daughter, Penelope Disick, “every day since she was born,” the 43-year-old reality star told the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast.
Kardashian said their sleeping arrangement “pretty much” only changes when Disick has a friend over for a sleepover or goes to her dad’s house or one of her aunt’s houses.
She said the twins’ close bond and similarities put Kardashian at ease. “We’ve spent so much time together and we spend so much time together and I’m just, I’m not worried about her,” Kardashian continued.
Kardashian has two other children, Reign, 7, and Mason, 12, with ex Scott Disick. Earlier this year, she married Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who has two teenagers with his ex Shanna Moakler. The newlyweds aren’t living together yet, but they share rituals like Sunday dinners at Barker’s house, Kardashian said on the podcast.
A pediatrician said that co-sleeping should stop in pre-adolescence
Other celebrities have been criticized for sleeping next to their teenage children. But Dr. Rebecca Fisk, a pediatrician at Lenox Hill Hospital at Northwell Health in New York, told Insider that “sharing a bed with your child is a personal decision, not a medical decision.”
There are two exceptions, he said. Babies under 12 months should never share a bed with their parents because of the increased risk of death from SIDS and suffocation. And once kids start developing sexual characteristics like breast buds, it’s time to separate at bedtime.
“I wouldn’t want a 14-year-old sleeping in the bed with their mother or father,” Fisk said. “If you asked me to draw a line, I think it’s at pre-teens.”
Otherwise, there are pros and cons to cosleeping. One mom wrote how sleeping in the same room as her son comforted them both after a divorce and death in the family. But if the setup seems to make either parents or kids sleepy or irritable during the day, it might not be the best setup for you, experts previously told Insider.