Toddler bed for the win! (Or: why I should never doubt myself)

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Remember how I was hesitant to move Heidi from her cot to her toddler bed? Well, what the heck was I so scared of? I started putting her to bed in the toddler bed, in the same room as Claire, over the weekend, and it has been working out GREAT.

Heidi still goes to sleep a bit earlier than Claire, which had me nervous. But after I read her bedtime stories, she goes and lays down in her little bed, and I sit on the sofa with Claire and read her a few chapters of her book. Heidi dozes off within a few minutes, so no tearful bedtimes – YAY!

The first night, Heidi did roll off her bed about an hour after she went to sleep. I had put big floor cushions next to the bed so she wouldn’t hurt herself, but she woke up and wandered into the hall, confused and tearful. I had seen something online about using a pool noodle under the fitted sheet as a makeshift bed rail – I didn’t have a pool noodle, so I used a rolled up blanket instead, and it is working great.

The girls still wake really early (still by 5:30 a.m. most days), but instead of being woken by a screaming toddler, I am now woken by the sound of the two girls giggling and talking in their room. That’s a win in my book!

Seriously, moving Heidi from a cot in her own bedroom to a toddler bed together in her sister’s room has dramatically improved our sleep situation, with the one (pretty major) exception of the early waking. But this isn’t my first rodeo. I know it won’t be like this forever. And if starting our day early is the worst of our sleep problems, I still consider myself pretty lucky.

Hurrah for toddler beds, better sleep, and a happier mommy! 🙂

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