With our youngest daughter getting too big for her cot and due to move into a “big bed” we made the decision recently to get the girls bunk beds. We got ours from John Lewis as they looked lovely and were on offer in the sale. My husband spent a “tricky” Saturday morning putting them together.
There was great excitement as both girls finally got to try out their new beds. The eldest obviously gets the top bunk but there were squeals of delight as they both tried clambering up and down the ladder as well as hiding under their new bedding. Since that time we have seen definite advantages as well as some disadvantages with the bunks:
- I love the fact that our daughters are now company for each other at night time. It’s so endearing to hear them chatting in bed before they go to sleep. I’ve fond memories of sharing a bedroom with my sister, I think it does give siblings a close bond when they share a room.
- There’s no denying the saving on space that bunk beds have given us rather than having two single beds in the one room.
- With the girls now sharing, it means that our third bedroom is promoted to The Spare Room. OK so right now it’s a bit of a dumping ground but if anyone comes to stay I’m sure we can make better use of it
- The novelty of playing on the beds (as pirate ships and countless other things) hasn’t as yet worn off.
- The biggest downside to bunk beds or sharing a bedroom is THE FEAR of one child waking the other up. Our eldest daughter has recently started primary school and has had some trouble settling in, to the point that she has been waking up in the night upset about going to school. Thankfully the youngest seems to sleep through the commotion, except for one evening where we were all up and awake at 3am. The youngest has also developed an annoying new habit of waking up between 5.30 and 6am. She yells for attention and I have to get up or risk her waking the eldest who desperately needs more sleep.
- The youngest is still too little to climb down the ladder herself. (Going up doesn’t seem to be a problem!) This means she has to be watched carefully or given strict instructions to call out if she wants to get down. Hopefully this downside shouldn’t last too long.
- Climbing up the ladder and gregariously lifting up the corners of the surprisingly heavy mattresses whilst trying to change the sheets on the top bunk is like performing some kind of weird comedy dance routine. It is not easy and has put me off changing the bedding frequently.
On balance I think the highs outweigh the lows. I know sharing a bedroom can’t last forever. At some point our daughters will become older, moodier and want their own room; they won’t want a sister in their space. Until then, I’m happy with the space saving bunk beds and to continue listening to those lovely little night time sister chats.