A few weeks ago, Aidan expressed an interest in starting to sleep in his own bed. What prompted this, we have no idea, but we were happy to jump on the concept! His terms: as long as Sean sleeps in there with me. This meant that first we needed to get a bed for Sean to sleep in. Plus, Aidan wanted daddy to sleep in there too until they got used to it.
Saturday, we took the kids to a furniture store and bought a mattress set for Sean. I found cute bedding to go with their space themed room and got it all washed up and put together for him. We went to a church dinner party that night and Sean was exhausted by the time we got home. I carried him upstairs to put him to bed and asked him if he was ready to sleep in his big boy bed. He said yes, so we went in there and laid down together until he fell asleep. Doug and Aidan went to sleep in there later on, but by 2 a.m. both boys had climbed down off their beds to sleep with daddy on the floor. He decide that wasn't too comfortable, so he carried them back into the master bedroom to sleep on the king size bed.
Sunday night, they tried again, only this time they all went to bed at the same time and Doug tried to get the boys to fall asleep in their own beds without laying with them first. From what I could hear over the baby monitor, it didn't go so well. I took a few photos of them tucked in and pretending to fall asleep. They all moved to the king bed again before midnight.
Through the past five or so years, we've tried at different times to have the boys sleep in their own beds. We've never had much success with it and we usually put the attempts to rest after a few nights of bed shuffling. I enjoy co-sleeping with my kids, it keeps us close as a family and gives us loving time together without the kids picking fights or wrestling. Most of the time, Doug enjoys it as well. It's been harder on him since I moved out of the family bed to sleep separately with Ella because now he has both boys snug on him all night. He is feeling like he'd like more space.
I always try to keep Dr. Sears' mantra in mind, "When a need is met, it is no longer requested." We shall see how this round of sleep arrangements works out. Whether or not their need for co-sleeping has been met and they are ready to be independent. Eventually they will want their own space, so at least now we have beds for them when that time comes.