I’ve discussed my family’s co-sleeping habits before on Offbeat Mama (and learned what we were doing is actually called bed-sharing, by the way), and we’ve been sleeping this way since Jasper came home from the hospital. It’s something we have loved, and also something we knew would one day end.
Here’s the catch: we’re planning to move next year and will likely end up in a much smaller space — which we look forward to. My husband and I used to live in a 500-sq.-foot apartment, and then moved into a series of two-bedroom places once we found out we were having Jasper. Cut to our present living situation (which will last until the end of March 2012), in which we share a three-bedroom house with two house mates… so there’s not exactly a second bedroom for Jasper to have.
While we always knew bed-sharing would end, we haven’t really discussed the idea of a second bedroom that’s all Jasper’s. I’m sure at some point (maybe? Families seem to make one bedroom work all the time — you guys remember Alissa’s family and their 730 sq. foot apartment, right?) he’ll want his own space, but for the next few years his space is our space, and vice-versa.
Our current bedroom is pretty big — we measured it with our feet and think it’s 15×15′. However, one mega obstacle to rearranging our room is that we had our king-sized bed, a huge plant, a floor fan, rocking chair, book shelf, and two gigantic dressers in it. So, basically, there wasn’t a ton of space. One of them ONLY had Jasper’s stuff in it, so I moved Jasper’s pants and jeans into my closet, his shirts into my husband’s, and his pajamas and various other items into the dresser that held ours. The rocking chair was non-negotiable (I am so attached!), and we figured we could make everything else work.
We recently had a, uh, situation that many co-sleeping parents often wonder about that sped this whole kid-gets-his-own-bed thing up a little bit. So we started discussing beds with Jasper, and to our surprise he was totally stoked about the idea. I cruised Craigslist for something suitable, and found a sweet little toddler-sized metal framed bed for $25. We picked it up (all while Jasper was squealing “JASPER’S BEEEEEEEEEED!”), painted it yellow (per his request), and now it’s happily living in our lovely little co-sleeping room.
In the future we may explore ways to separate the areas of the room (e.g., his area, our area, etc.), but right now we’re happy as is. He has a photo of us next to his bed and George Harrison above it (both are things he asked for, by the way), and at the time of writing successfully completed a nap in it (we’ve had it in our house for less than twenty-four hours). Here’s hoping there are many more.