Before you read please note this is less of a “here is the answer “type article and more of a “I need an answer” type article LOL!
I knew it was inevitable so I shouldn’t have been surprised this weekend when one of my twin girls came toddling out of her crib after I had put her to bed. She had done it once by fluke but this time it was for real. That night she got out of her crib several times and that coupled with my son having a 3:00am screaming fit meant I did not get much sleep.
When this happened with my son we quickly converted his crib into a bed so he wouldn’t get injured and braced for the worst (at the time I was also about halfway along with the twins). Luckily, there was actually no problem. He was already falling asleep on the couch everyday (I know this is “bad” but it was just a phase and he outgrew it so I am glad we didn’t fight it) so I would just take him and put him in the bed and he would stay there.
This time, the crib she is in is not convertible and when I put the twins to bed at 9:00pm (and they get up at 8:00am) they are not tired and if it weren’t for the cribs containing them they would be out and running around (apparently my kids don’t need sleep).
So now what do I do? I am not eager to switch them to beds, not to mention I was still unsure about that situation. The girls share a very small room and the ideal solution would be bunk beds. However, you cannot put a two-year old in a bunk bed (safely anyways). I don’t want to invest in regular beds or toddler beds for just the short time. I have been considering a trundle-bed where the two beds are attached and the one can be pushed under the other during the day to create floor space and pulled out at night. Plus if either of them rolls it’s very close to the floor or they are just falling on the lower bed. I saw some at IKEA that were quite reasonably priced but I am grimacing at the thought of it right now as I am typing. If I switch one I switch them both and chaos will ensue.
As it is, we don’t get much sleep these days. My husband works late to cover the kids so he doesn’t go to bed until around 1:30-2:00am and he has to get up to take my son to school at 8:00am. I end up staying up until almost midnight because I need to wait until I get the kids to bed at 9:00pm and 10:00pm before I can get all my stuff done for the next day and I get up at 6:00am for work.
I realize that like all phases things are temporary but I really wish this moment didn’t come for a while longer. As a short term solution we trapped her crib with the other crib and the wall so the only side that is exposed is the end of the crib which is higher than the sides and so she hasn’t gotten out. Yet.
If anyone has any tips let me know, but I realize that every situation is different as all kids are different. I wish that I was a SAHM and that it wouldn’t matter if I was up throughout the night like when I was on mat leave, but that’s another post. In the meantime we are going to IKEA next week to look at beds so wish me luck.