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Sleeping Solutions for Twin Toddlers

The type of bed we are looking at.

The type of bed we are looking at.

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.

There are so many cute bunk beds for twin girls.

There are so many cute bunk beds for twin girls.

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.


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11 thoughts on “Sleeping Solutions for Twin Toddlers

  1. We just converted our cribs to toddler beds over the New Year holiday. It has gone well, thankfully. Here are just a few of our options for the next step: a full sized bed for them to share; putting twin sized mattresses on the floor so they are low to the ground; putting a baby gate on their door so at least when they get up, they can’t escape/wreak havoc on the house; bunk beds that serve as 2 single beds as well to use now until it’s safe and can bunk when they actually need more space for school desks, bookshelves, etc.

    I personally have opted to not use a trundle bed because I didn’t want one twin to have a complex that her bed (therefore she) was less important or an inconvenience or taking up too much space, etc. I’m sure that’s over thinking it but figured I’d share. We are most leaning towards twin mattresses on the floor until we can afford the bunk bed that can separate although I’m not certain I want to force them to have to pick when gets top and who gets bottom bunk for the same reason as the trundle (implying some imbalance in equality.) I don’t have it all figured it out yet, obviously. 🙂

    Posted by Princess Mommy | February 4, 2015, 7:40 am
    • Thanks for the tips. My son sleeps in a loft bed which is basically a bunk bed without the bottom and he loves it so i think the girls will like bunk beds. I have toyed with the idea of one bed for the both of them. Just the other day both my son and daughter didnt want to sleep alone so they came to my bed. They could sleep together and keep each other company but 2 is too young for my son’s high bed. Really when we moved in we screwed up because we gave my son the bigger room and now I can’t just take it back. As for equality and my twins, they are more like big sis little sis. The older one (by about 45 min) is much bigger and the younger one is small and i find the kids have sort if fallen into line as if they were three and not one and twins and they did that on their own and are happy so i never really thought about it. Yours are identical so i am sure it’s different. Thanks for the tips and good luck to you as well.

      Posted by Shannon | February 4, 2015, 8:30 am
  2. Can you get bunk beds and have them share the bottom until its safe enough to have one move to the top? Not sure how your kiddos would do bed sharing though

    Posted by Theresa | February 4, 2015, 3:02 pm
  3. While it may be difficult, switching the son and Twins’ rooms should be an option. There has to be a good way of going about it- it would probably help the space issue. Maybe send them to gram’s house for a weekend and pull the switch-a-roo but maybe something new added to the son’s now smaller room like a special desk, game, or activity thing?

    Posted by wekeeptrying | February 4, 2015, 9:21 pm
    • You are so right but my son would freak. Plus he has a huge wardrobe and a fish tank that are not easily moved and then there is the whole way the rooms are decorated. Yeah, very stupid oversight on our part. His room is almost twice as big as theirs! On the bright side there is room for him to have a roommate 😉 Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Posted by Shannon | February 4, 2015, 10:16 pm
  4. I have the kids on twin mattresses on the floor. When we moved I couldn’t take their beds and I haven’t worked out how I am going to set up their beds yet since I am in a 2 bedroom with 6 people! So I just haven’t bought any yet. We looked at the trundle beds, but I worry about someone closing it while their sibling is on it

    Posted by MommaNeedsCoffee | February 5, 2015, 1:11 pm
    • That could be a tight squeeze. We have three bedrooms for the five of us but the girls’ is so small and my son’s is so big so really stupid move on our part. The probelm with the floor is all the dog and the cat hair gets swept into the bed which isn’t great. I do think it’s good for kids to share a room and in fact my son has told me he wishes he had someone to share with. Good luck with your interior decorating 🙂

      Posted by Shannon | February 5, 2015, 1:36 pm

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