Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pillow Talk

No, not that kind! ;)  I'm talking about the babies' beds. Right now our big guy is still in his crib, which he can climb out of, but luckily hasn't in months. Our tiny one is in the bassinet in our room. Both are from Bellini, which is one of my favorite stores! Not only is their stuff sooooo cute, but their crib is always rated #1 for safety and has  never been recalled. Awesome. Their furniture can get pricey, but they have sales often, and during a great sale that they were having when I was pregnant the first time, we scored a crib, mattress, changing table/dresser and bassinet for the non-sale price of just the crib! The best part about the Bellini cribs (besides the safety rating, duh) is that they convert from crib to toddler bed to full size bed, so we will get lots of use out of it.  That is the only thing that convinced hubby to let me shop there in the first place!

The crib we picked for our big boy is antique white.  We got his bedding from Pottery Barn Kids, so his nursery kind of  looks like this:

Actually, it looks nothing like that.  We don't have those gorgeous windows or doors, they don't make the exact bedding he has anymore (these stripes, but with sailboats too), we had to take the bumpers off the crib because he used them to climb out, aaaaand this baby's room apparently contains no toys, and our son's looks like freaking Toys R Us.  They are usually pretty organized, but now that I have two little ones, it isn't always perfect.  At this point, I am just happy when it is clean at the beginning and end of the day.  Once they are both mobile, forgetaboutit!

Anyway, back to the issue at hand- what to do about the sleeping arrangements around here.  The baby is still in the bassinet, but he is getting taller by the day and probably won't fit in it much longer.  I am hoping to stretch it out a few more weeks, because I love having him right next to me. It is so easy when he needs to nurse to just bring him in bed with me, but I am too afraid of rolling on top of him to sleep that way, so I like to be able to put him back in his own space.  Since the bassinet's days are numbered, we originally decided that we would get Big Brother a bed and let the baby have his crib.  The problem is, Big Brother LOVES his crib.... so I don't really want to take it away from him and give it to the little one.  I feel like he might be jealous that the baby stole his bed!  Also, I am not thrilled about the whole big boy bed thing in general.  He is only 2 and although he is a good boy, I don't know if he would stay in bed just because we tell him to. And I definitely don't want him getting up in the middle of the night and having free rein of the house!

So.... what do we do?  Get a second crib?  Let the big one have a big boy bed (that he doesn't want but might think is cool when it gets here)? Help!!!


  1. Our younger two are 17 1/2 months apart. We got a second crib. We got a really good one though, that will convert to a toddler bed, and also have good resale value. Once the big boy started climbing out regularly, we took the side off and he just uses it as a bed now. It'll probably do him until he's about 5 I think.
    We did put a gate across their bedroom door though! (Sadly, he can now vault over that as well)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today :-)

  2. I think we are going to get a second crib too. The Bellini ones convert to toddler beds and then full size, which I think is the way to go. Thanks for coming by my blog too!! :)

  3. I'm guessing buying another crib that can convert into a full size bed sounds like the best option. This way you can buy it new for the little one and as you see them growing you can switch in between them without the pressure of having to do it right away. Good luck finding the perfect bed! I am now following you thanks to Friendly Friday, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
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  4. I have mixed feelings about the whole bed thing. Mostly because of the extra cash you have to throw out for every bed...AND MATTRESS! My two youngest are 16 months apart and we needed to move my son from the crib to a new bed for his little sister when she arrived. We just moved him straight to a BIG boy bed. I mean a full out twin. We skipped the toddler bed all together. Yes the twin was ginormous(?) but I didn't want to buy another mattress and bed that actually would end up only being used for a short amount of time. They get used to the new bed quickly. To keep all of my kids from free roaming we actually child proofed their room. We put the child proof door handle on the inside of the room so they couldn't get out of their room. When they finally fell asleep we would open their door and they were fine. However, some children do wake up in the middle of the night so we did have to keep the door closed until morning. Yes there are some of you that are going to think I am a bad parent. I lock my kid in their room. What is the difference between that and locking them in a crib? I still had quick access to them to get them out of their room, they just couldn't danger themselves by getting out at night and gettting into something they shouldn't. Eventually they learn to stay in their bed and can fall asleep without the door handle on it. You just have to find out what works for you and your child. That's my long two cents.

  5. Ooo, hard one. If it converts I would just try it out for while and then get the 2nd crib for the next one. :)
    I found you on the Bee Friendly hop.