Friday, August 13, 2010
Two in the Bed
I have two kids. My son is about to turn 2 and my little girl is almost 4. With my son's 2nd birthday approaching I'm starting to think about moving him out of his crib. I think he can stay in for a few more months, because he hasn't climbed out yet and he is fitting just fine. However, I know that within the next 6 months (probably) he'll need a bed. We live in a small apartment with only two rooms and the kids' room is small. We most likely will not be moving for almost another year, so I know that at some point I will need to have both my kids in the same room without a crib being in the picture.
So, I have a few concerns. First of all - space. The room is small as I mentioned, and I'm not sure how to fit two beds in the room. One would have to be a toddler bed and the other a twin (my 4 year old is outgrowing her toddler bed). Or we'd have to use a set of bunk beds. I'm not worried about my 4 year old being on a bunk bed, she can navigate stairs/ladders very well. It's my 2 year old I worry about. I worry he'll climb to the top of my daughter's bunk bed and then won't be able to climb down. Or that he will fall and break something.
Secondly, I'm also nervous about them sleeping in the same room when one of them isn't contained. As it is, they usually stay up for 30-60 minutes chatting/crying/reading/playing each night after we put them to bed. I can only imagine how the problem will be compounded when my son is in a bed of his own instead of a crib.
So, here are my questions.....
What is the longest you've left your toddler in a crib for?
Have you used bunk beds with toddlers?
At what age did you feel safe having a bunk bed?
If you've used bunk beds with toddlers what safety measures have you taken?
How do you get your children who share a room to stay in bed when neither one is in a crib?
Thanks so much!