We have had our share of sleep problems with Owen over the past few months. When Owen wasn’t feeling well a while back, we let him sleep with us. I know, I know. I can hear you all groaning and judging me! I now realize that I made a total rookie parenting mistake. One that I have been paying for by the way. As you have probably guessed….Owen has been sleeping with us for about 2 months straight now.
There was a lot of laziness on Dan and I’s part. At first we were able to get him to bed in his crib, then he would wake up in the middle of the night crying. It was so much easier to just bring him in to bed with us (clearly what Owen wanted) than to stay up and struggle to get him back to sleep. On top of that, we liked being able to cuddle him at night, something he doesn’t really allow us to do during waking hours (he does have a reputation to uphold).
Over the course of his mommy and daddy bed vacation, he started becoming not so fun to sleep with. He kicks! Dan and I would wake up in our king sized bed each on the far edges with Owen sprawled out in the middle. The last straw was when a rogue toenail left Dan’s back a mess. I haven’t seen Dan’s back that scratched up since…well…um…I suppose that’s not appropriate….Moving on!
Anyways, we figured a big boy bed may help our plight although we had managed to get Owen into his crib for 3 nights previously. We decided on a toddler bed vs. moving right to a twin just for the transition factor. Plus the smaller bed means Owen can get in and out all by himself without a stool. The bed was only $60 at Wal-Mart and uses his crib mattress so we can still keep all his sheets and bedding for now. One drawback – we just realized that it carries a max weight of 50 lbs. Ooops! I laid in it with him last night to help him get to sleep. You’d think they’d account for that huh?
Owen’s first night was last night and HE FELL OUT! I felt so bad! We didn’t even think to put pillows on the ground because we thought the rails would stop him!. It’s worth mentioning that I have hardwood floors. Poor kid! Now come to think of it, I guess he’s used to sleeping on a huge bed with 5 and half foot human guard rails so maybe it’s not that big of a surprise.