Toddler Bed Update: It Sucks, I'm Buying A Real Bed.

The toddler bed is complete crap.  I mean crap to a level of having no more use in my toddler's room than a pile of crap. It's been almost two months since FTD drug the pile of crap into our house, and I told him then it was going to suck, and again everyday since. Ollie has not slept in his bed from start to finish more than three nights. At least TWICE a night, I am woken up by either the creepy toddler stare calling my name from the side of the bed, or him doing a really crap job of trying to sneak into the bed.  Everytime, I carry him back to his bed, most times with much protest. SUCKS!  I'm officially doing what I should have done in the first place, buying a twin bed. It turns out, I need a place to sleep now.


That stupid toddler bed has done nothing but wreak havoc on the nightly sleep routine in my house. I knew moving Ollie from his crib to a toddler bed would be a challenge, at first. I just had no idea that after two months of taking Ollie back to his bed every single time he got out of it, would do absolutely nothing to keep him in it...

Every night the madness starts at bedtime with Ollie INSISTING on me cuddling with him in the bed. "Mommy, feets up!" Take another look at that bed, does it look like I fit? Hell no! Does Ollie understand that? Hell no! So what do I do? What every other parent does in that situation, I do what ever it takes to get my kid to go to sleep... I do my best to get at least half of my body on the bed. Then, to make matters worse, Ollie also insists on cuddling with our cheeks touching and his arm around my neck in a 'sleeper' death hold, so the minute I try to sneak away, he can tighten down on me.

I do this with him every night, sometimes for up to 15 minutes. FAIL!

Then, as if cuddling in a screwed up contorted way for 15 minutes every night is not bad enough, within a few hours, Ollie is up and down all night. This means, I am up and down all night. Which leads to FTD getting bitched at every morning. Even the cat is annoyed! But, I had been warned so many times not to let him in the bed, that I was diligent about taking him back to his bed every freaking time! Did it ever work? NO! He still got back up an hour or so later.

So, two weeks ago, in an effort to stop some of the wakings, I let him stay in bed with us when I was either too tired to take him back to his crap bed, or it was after 5am, and I was afraid he would stay awake if I carried him back kicking and screaming. I decided doing that was a survival tactic, so it was OK.

But now this is pretty much what goes on in my bed EVERY NIGHT...
Credit: HowToBeADad.com
Letting him in the bed is nowhere near were the fail ends... after an hour of getting kicked and headbutted repeatedly, or just kicked off the bed, I go get in the toddler bed.

Yes, I get in the damn bed.

My legs hang off, my head is bigger than his toddler pillow, the blanket barely big enough to cover half of my body... Whatever, I go to sleep, and that's what matters. So what if I wake up in pain, and barely rested, it's still a better alternative to the kicks and headbutts. On the nights that I have the energy, I drag the damn toddler mattress on to the floor. It still doesn't change the fact that I am too big, and it sucks!

I know what you are thinking... Get a gate, lock the door, grow some balls, who's in charge...  Fair enough. But, I think I am just going to go with buying a twin bed, so I have somewhere comfortable to go at two in the morning...

I was warned that toddler beds were a waste of money, and I have to agree. Buying a big bed is inevitable, why not just buy one now? I told FTD that in the beginning, but since we were given the toddler bed, he took it.  FTD promised it would be OK.  He was POSITIVE Ollie was ready. My friends, this may be one of the first times ever that I am NOT glad that I was right and FTD was wrong.

I'll let you know how the twin bed goes...







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4 comments:

Nathalie said...

We bypassed the toddler and twin bed completely. The crib we bought converted to a toddler bed, and then a full size headboard/footboard. I kept him in his crib until 2.5, and only moved him bc he is off the growth charts. He was never a climber and never tried to escape. We bought a full size mattress, and he adapted immediately. Now, however, almost a year later, he is a nightmare with wakings, 2-30, yes 30 x a night. He goes to sleep without issue, just wakes up after a few hours and rarely fully settles back to sleep w/o one of us in his bed. Going on 3 months of this now.....you may want a full size bed; just sayin. :)

April said...

You terrify me with these stories! My 20 month old has a habit of getting her legs stuck in the slats of her crib. I considered bumpers but she would just kick her legs over. I considered transitioning her so I wouldn't be up getting her unstuck but I'm up with the newborn anyway......... I'm just going to leave her in the crib until she is 18 years old lol

Des :> said...

The only thing I did differently that might help??? I ended up putting a gate at the door of both of the girls' bedrooms. This way, once I put them to bed, they knew they couldn't get out of their room. I made sure I took them to the bathroom at midnight. If they called to get out, I would put them back into their bed... Blah, blah... now that their gates are gone, the 4 year old somehow manages to end up in bed with us anyway on occasion. I usually get kicked in the ribs, jaw (yes JAW), elbowed in the nose, and fall off my OWN bed! So, cheer up! We're all in this together! :>>> Des :>

Uplifting Families said...

We don't have this issue with my youngest son. We transitioned him to the toddler bed aka his crib without one of the side rails. My husband told him if he gets up that we will put the rail back on if he gets out of bed at night. So far so good and he is a great sleeper. I hope you sort it out.

I put my older kids straight to bed in a regular bed too.

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