R.C. asks from Chapel Hill, NC on October 09, 2008
Suggestions for Practical Bed/room Solutions for Baby #2
Hello. I am due with my second child- another Boy and I am looking for ideas on bedroom arangements. My firstborn- Jake will be 18 months old when our next son is born in Feb. Ideally, I would like to transition my son into a "real bed" in December and move the crib into the other room for my new baby... just thinking about options for bed situations that might be economical but still make sense in the long run. I have a Full-sized bed from before I was married that is in great shape. Has anyone put a little one that young into a full-sized bed? It will be fine if I get bed rails right? At this point I cannot see spending money on a toddler bed for him when I already have a full sized bed not really being used. On the other hand, I think it would be nice to eventually have them share a room (two twin beds?) and convert the baby's room to a playroom. If that is my plan do I need to get the twin bed for him now- so he is not "downgraded" in a few years? Does anyone care to share stories of how you managed room situations for two boys close in age.
R.M. answers from Chattanooga on October 09, 2008
honestly, I don't see too many problems with a full-sized bed, but if you are going to be (eventually) putting them into the same bedroom it probably wouldn't work. I would sell the full sized bed and buy at least one twin bed, or get a a USED bunk bed that can be separated and used as normal beds, then when they get older, stack them back up, and that way you have more room for desks and such when they go into school. I am doing that myself (my boys are in school, but we decided to leave the beds at normal height so we could have a ceiling fan).
M.R. answers from Wheeling on October 09, 2008
After three kids (with a fourth on the way) I finally got sick of the dangers of a "Real" bed and just put the mattress on the floor. That way, if they did bounce or roll off the bed, they only went a few inches. They get real beds once they can prove they won't jump out a window with their bouncing.
(My current youngest is four... he still hasn't gotten the mattress off the floor- he's just too rambunctious... but maybe for Yule he'll get a real bedframe. The girls got theirs around four or five... but they seemed to realize that no jumping on the bouncy mattress meant that.)
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L.W. answers from Greensboro on October 09, 2008
I put both of my children in full size beds when they transitioned out of the crib. I, too, was trying to be economical -- I couldn't see the sense in purchasing a toddler bed, only to have to turn around a year later and put them in yet ANOTHER, bigger bed.
Both of mine did just fine. I won't lie -- they both fell out 2 times each. But that was it. For the first couple of months I just lined the floor surrounding the bed with pillows to ease the inevitable falls. Like I said though, they both learned their 'boundaries' after falling twice. Just make sure there's nothing they could 'hit' on the way down (dressers, nightstands, etc.).
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E.T. answers from Memphis on October 10, 2008
I have 2 sons, ages 5 and almost 3. My oldest son never really cared for his crib so we actually moved him to a double bed with bed rails shortly after he turned one. He slept great in it and we never had a problem with it, but we bought him bunk beds (his choice) when he turned three. We had a trundle bed in my younger son's nursery and we switched him to that with a bed rail right before he turned 2. My dad came to visit last spring and stayed with us so we moved our 2 year old son into the bottom bunk and let our 5 year old sleep up top (he never wanted to sleep up top before this.) After 2 nights like that, they both decided they wanted to stay sleeping in the bunk beds together. We only have a 3 bedroom house too so their rooms were always crammed with their toys. They went to visit my parents this summer so while whey were gone, we switched up the rooms and moved my 2 year old's dresser into the other bedroom and all of the toys went into his old room. They were so excited when they got back to see their new playroom and we still kept the trundle bed in there in case we need another bed. It's been much easier to keep our house clean too because they play in the playroom now instead of bringing all the toys out the living room. They are very close brothers and I think it helps them sleep knowing that they have each other in their room at night. Congrats on the 2 boys too...they are crazy together, but so much fun!!!
J.A. answers from Nashville on October 10, 2008
We always had a KING size bed in my daughter's room (from my pre-marriage days) and her crib. After we found out about #2 when she was 19-month old we slowly transition her into the king size bed. I put body pillows all around her bed (one side is against the wall) and the extra tall and long bed rail from "Babies R Us" on the side. Although it's a big bed, it's cozy and provides her lots of room to toss and turn. I also bought memory form pillows from Brook Stone as her pillow. She love her bed as she has whole bunch of teddy bears, lamb, etc. stuff animals to go to bed with her. Plus, when she is not feeling well, her father or I is able to sleep with her without feeling cramp.
Hope that helps.
W.M. answers from Nashville on October 12, 2008
I think it will be fine, we put our son in a big boy bed, a double, when he turned 2. Our daughter was due when he would be 2 1/2. He did great. Get the rails and start a whole new routine so he learns how to stay in bed, etc Or, can you borrow another crib for 6 mos or so? Lastly, I have had several friends who put a mattress on the floor and then moved to the big kid bed later on. Either is fine but I say instead of moving them several times and going through a new routine, just move him to the big boy bed now. Also, keep in mind your new baby will be in your room in a bassinette for about 2 months. That gives you a bit more time. I would NOT recommend switching him once the new baby is here though, he may get jealous of the new baby taking his bed. I would start about a month before the new baby is due. It should go smoothe. Good luck W.
P.R. answers from Jacksonville on October 10, 2008
Hi My daughter is two and she has been in a big girl bed since she was 18months. She loves it. She had no problem. She actually slept better in a bed then in a crib. We put bed rails on and she was fine never fell out.Don't waste the money. We did with our first and he didn't stay in the toddler bed long before we had to put him in a twin. It was a waste.
D.M. answers from Fayetteville on October 11, 2008
I think your toddler will not see moving from a full size bed to a new twin. For this instance; I don't think projecting this construct on such a young kid.
I slept in a queen bed when I was three.
L.C. answers from Raleigh on October 10, 2008
Wow everyone must have some huge rooms to fit a full/queen size beds in and still have place for kids to play:)
Our boys are 23 months apart.We had a twin bed and a crib in the same room, but baby slept with us till he was 6 months old.Now for our oldest (almost 4 )we got a low loft bed(only 30 inches off the ground) with slide and playhouse under and our youngest is still in the crib.Even though we have a playroom, it's not big so we wanted some extra place for the boys to play.
PS Just wanted to say that having 2 boys close in age is the best thing!!!!!!!