the big bed

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progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 February 2011 15:33 (eleven years ago) link

When? When you have to (because you can't sleep / can't fuck / can't travel etc.). Mothering is the inventor of necessity.

How? Hype hype hype, same as every other "big" step for kids.

Euler, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 15:43 (eleven years ago) link


kkvgz, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 16:14 (eleven years ago) link

is the question when to transition from a crib to a bed? once they've figured out how to climb out of the crib, more or less

ex-heroin addict tricycle (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 February 2011 16:43 (eleven years ago) link

Howie was about two and a half, we needed the cot for Archie. Like Euler, we made a HUGE deal out of it. Character bedding played a big part.

Meg (Meg Busset), Tuesday, 1 February 2011 23:02 (eleven years ago) link


Alice was briefly in our bed, transferred to cot very swiftly as it was like trying to sleep next to a breakdancing judo expert. Man, the bruises.

Around 6 months, she'd always jump up and cry if we laid her in the cot (no matter how asleep she was), so we put her into the spare bed that was in her room, with the cot pushed up next to the side of the bed for safety.

She's still a 'busy' sleeper.

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 10:05 (eleven years ago) link

did any of you guys have guard rails on the bed or just go cold turkey?

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 11:36 (eleven years ago) link

They both still do, but mainly because they are both "elevated", i.e. imagine bunkbeds without the lower bed.

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 12:43 (eleven years ago) link


kkvgz, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 12:52 (eleven years ago) link


Mark G, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 14:13 (eleven years ago) link

bunkbeds without the lower bed

kkvgz, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 14:30 (eleven years ago) link

If that's what they call them, yep.

Over here, that's the attic when you've had them kitted out as (bed)rooms...

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 14:53 (eleven years ago) link

lol, we're still a ways away from this, but it's funny how much the idea of the kid not being confined in a crib scares me. like she's just going to keep falling out of bed constantly.

tylerw, Thursday, 3 February 2011 22:09 (eleven years ago) link

We took the front off Aidan's cot when he was 22 months, I think. The cot was really close to the floor so when he did fall off it was fine. He moved into a normal single about 3 months later I think. By that point he was used to a 'bed' and he only fell out of it a few times. We didn't bother with a guard.

Some kids stay in bed and don't think about getting out on their own. A was not one of these children....

Vicky, Friday, 4 February 2011 09:01 (eleven years ago) link

well we took one of the sides off the cot, and he's been fine! fell out last night, when I came in he was on the other side of the room (!) but he went right back to sleep. have realised that cots don't give a lot of room for maneuver

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 5 February 2011 11:03 (eleven years ago) link

Like everything else in my recent life, I rely on Flickr to remind me when things happened; this was March 2007, when Ava was 2y 1m (we probably would've transitioned her a little earlier but it took us ages to get the bedroom the way we wanted it):

As with most things, Lulu was a little later; we added the second (identical) bed in May 2009, when Lulu was 2y 6m:

They're extendable but we haven't had to alter them yet for our little shortstacks.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 5 February 2011 23:06 (eleven years ago) link

Ha, our two are both lankylaras.

Mark G, Monday, 7 February 2011 11:34 (eleven years ago) link

i love how that room looks! where'd you get the beds, mike?

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 7 February 2011 11:51 (eleven years ago) link

Ikea. It's the Minnen bed.

Michael Jones, Monday, 7 February 2011 14:55 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

For some reason, I didn't get a real bed until I was 5 or so. I had long ago figured out how to climb over the rails and get out of my crib, so I guess my parents figured they didn't need to upgrade to a real bed or something.

Lee626, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 23:55 (eleven years ago) link

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