Traci, here's my experience when I added Catcher to our family. Kallie was sleeping in bed with me and I continued that. Catcher slept in a small crate. I would wake up in the middle of the night and would take him to his potty pad and then again first thing in the morning. That was our routine for quite a while. From the very beginning, he could hold it for a loooong time. He didn't seem to mind sleeping in the crate while Kallie was in the bed with me. I had his crate positioned where he could see me. He slept in his crate for quite a few months and it was his routine. At some point, I decided it was time for him to get in bed with us but he would naturally head for his crate. It actually took a little while for him to get used to getting in my bed.