We’ve been talking about it for weeks but on Tuesday we finally bit the bullet and ordered a bed for L. Poor L has the box room so we had to do a lot of searching and measuring to find something that would still give her some space to play and be able to keep the already limited storage we had in there.
We finally settled on the Christopher Treehouse bed from Noa & Nani.
They do a version of this bed that’s the height of a normal bed and we did toy with getting that as it would certainly be safer in terms of her falling out, but then her whole room would just be a bed with no room to play which would mean having to replace it again in a few years. Instead, we decided to go with the mid sleeper and place a mattress underneath for her to sleep on for now until she is used to it and can get up and down the ladder safely on her own. Once she can do that the underneath will be a fantastic play space for her.
The bed arrived yesterday and we (mainly hubby) put it up straight away. I can’t say that I’m blown away by the quality as it’s made from a very soft wood that marks and damages easily, in fact one of the front panels arrived with chipped paint, a couple of scratches and a small dent, but I contacted the company and they have already sent out a replacement panel which should be here tomorrow so I certainly can’t fault the customer service. Also, we looked at similar beds and they were double and sometimes triple this price (way out of our price range) and would take 4-6 weeks for delivery (we got this on next day delivery) so I’m happy with it.
As you can see from the pic below not only is L delighted with her new bed but M thinks its pretty cool too and at the end of the day that’s what matters.
We were a bit worried about how the first night would go and there were a few tears when she wanted to get into the top and not underneath. After a bit of settling (and putting her back in about four times) she finally fell asleep about 8:15 (she went up at 7pm). We were sure that she would wake again in the night or get up extremely early but we didn’t hear a peep again till I got her up at 7am! I’m actually in amazement about how well it went.
This morning once M was at school she wanted to play in there and we moved the rest of her toys back in and made the top bunk a bit more fun (finally got to lay out the blanket I made her when I was still pregnant) and she is absolutely loving her new room. We still need to decorate and get her some nice bedding but I wanted to wait till the bed was in so we could work out where to place some wall stickers. I’m thinking of a big tree on the wall behind the bed and possibly some woodland animals around the room, or butterflies, or fairies. To be honest there are so many amazing wall stickers I’m completely spoilt for choice. I’m also toying with the idea of some glow in the dark stars to put on the slats underneath.
As I’m typing this L is back in there having her afternoon nap. She did play for a good 45 minutes and I did have to get her off the top bunk at one point but all has been quiet for a good 30 minutes now. I had a feeling this would spell the end of the afternoon nap altogether (M had stopped his completely by this age so I know we are working on borrowed time really) but maybe not.
Overall it has been a complete success and seeing how much she loves her new bed melts my heart.
How did you find the move from cot to bed, or are you yet to experience it?