Texas Couple Explains Why Co-Sleeping With Five of Their Children Works for Their Family

Tom and Elizabeth Boyd co-sleep with their children in one giant sleeping area.

ByABC News
October 14, 2015, 10:59 AM

— -- The Boyce family from Plano, Texas, shares a love of video games, the outdoors and one big bed.

Parents Tom and Elizabeth say they turned to co-sleeping with five of their children, ages 1 to 11, when bedtime became filled with fights and tears.

To make the new situation work, the family took two IKEA beds and turned them into one sleeping area.

"I kind of felt silly because it's so simple," Elizabeth Boyce told “Good Morning America”.

"I wanted to make sure each kid had a little, you know, like some space of their own," Boyce said. "We hung a little curtain and did little mood lighting, you know, just made it fun."

Elizabeth and her husband Tom said they began co-sleeping as a family about six months ago.

Sleep experts say co-sleeping can work, as long as everyone is getting enough sleep.

"I do think it's important for a family who is co-sleeping to have a reassessment every couple of months to make sure that it's still working for you [and] to make sure that everybody is sleeping well that you're getting your couple connect time," said Jennifer Waldburger, co-author of "The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent's Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep From Birth to Age 5.”

Speaking of mom and dad's alone time, the couple said they aren't too worried about “that part.”

"There are other rooms in the house," Tom Boyce said. "They [the kids]can come and go anytime they want, but as long as it's working well and they're getting the sleep they need, then we're not going to change it."

The Boyces said since their new arrangement, the whole family has never slept better.

Follow the Boyces family's adventures on their blog Wandering the World Below.