MrsDWB and I have been going back and forth over a particular decision now for a few months.
We made the same decision ages ago and lived to regret it for a while but it all turned out for the best and in fact, I think it is going to help now we have made this decision.
What life changing decision have we made?
We must be crazy.
For background sakes. We put BB in a cotbed when he turned 2. The main reason for this was that he was so tall he was able to climb out of his cot and we didn’t want to be woken up in the night by the sound of our son hitting the ground.
At first it was seen as a mutual decision (at the time) but when it began to become a nightmare it was all down to me. This meant me being the one getting up every night and placing him back into his bed. Sometimes 8 times before he even went to sleep!
So when it came to the decision of putting LB into his own bed. I made sure the decision this time was as mutual as possible! 🙂
We’ve gone over different scenarios on how we were going to transition from cot to cotbed. After all we were not in as much of a rush. he slept OK, he couldn’t climb out like BB did, but we also knew we would have to make the change at some point so when is the best time? LB is now at an age where if we go away a travel cot is too small so he will have to be in a bed. if he was in a cot at home that could make any holiday disastrous.
But WHEN is it the right time?
Well it seems the time is now.
We decided not only were we going to try LB in a bed….we put LB into BBs bedroom.
We must be crazy!
So this week we built up what used to be BBs cotbed in BBs room and left LBs cot still in his room. This way we figured that we could give LB a choice. Did he want to sleep in a big boy bed in BBs room or in his own cot.
We must be crazy!
Night 1 was a unanimous decision….Cot
Night 2, he gladly laid in his big boy bed and listened to his bedtime story.
At some point we expected him to jump up and make his way back to his cot but he remained, relaxed and sleepy.
The wife and I looked at each other and knew it was time. We stood up, said our good nights and left our two little boys to share a room for the first time.
We sat in the room next door, waiting for their door to open. Waiting for tears, the sound of playing but instead for a while at least we got nothing but silence.
About 15 minutes later LB came to the door and when I went in he got back in bed and laid back down.
The next thing we heard made me very proud. It was the sound of BB telling his little brother to “Shush” and “Go to sleep”.
Maybe all that hard work teaching BB to stay in his bed was paying off!
I only needed to go in once and that was about 30 minutes after lights out. I could hear LB messing with the books on the book-case. I simply went back in, calmly laid him back down, kissed his head, told him it was still sleepy time and left. I also noticed that BB was snoring is beautiful little head off completely oblivious! Bless, its hard work being an awesome big brother!
So there we have it. Our two boys now share a room. We are NOT counting our chickens. I expect over the next few weeks we will have some rough nights ahead. What I do know that the hard work and perseverance that we had to have when we put BB in a bed paid off. He now sleeps well and doesn’t get up unless he needs the loo, so I know it will be hard work but it will be better for all in the long run….I hope!
We must be crazy!
When did you make the move?
Any recommendations on how to deal with 2 kids in one room? Any rules you go by?
As always, thanks for reading.