We co-slept until my daughter was eight months old. It was an amazing experience for me, but she started teething at eight months. As I am the primary breadwinner of the family, and also the lightest sleeper, my husband felt it would be best to transition her to her own room, so that I could get at least a little sleep before embarking on what is typically a 13 hour day. But I hated putting her in a tiny crib (to be fair, she is big for her age)… so we decided to turn her room into a crib.
We had already painted — she has green mountains that mimic the mountains on all sides of our home, three purple walls above the mountains and one dark blue. We have asked those who love us and her to come and add a bit to the walls — a bush, a UFO, a bird, anything as long as it’s done with love. This is a slow process, but one I feel is worthwhile.
We put a futon mattress on the floor — it’s softer than crib mattresses, but at eight months, she was easily able to free herself from blankets and whatnot, so we decided it was okay. We placed the many homemade blankets made for her as well as the stuffed animals gifted to her against the wall, so that she had a very soft bed area.
The plugs and lamp we hid behind a large dresser, which was painted green to blend in with the “scenery.” The lamp has very soft lights, which makes it easy for her to sleep (and easy for us to see her on the baby monitor). The baby monitor was mounted in a high corner and the exposed cord was painted in accordance with the wall to prevent her from becoming interested in it.
On the outside of her bed, there are a ton of toys. She will often play with these until she sleeps, then wake up to play again. She has become very adept at playing by herself, knowing that if she cries, one of us will be there. This room is always going to be a work in progress — we plan to add stars, finish the murals, and buy a rug.
When she gets older, we will buy her a big girl bed and paint the walls what she desires, if she desires. But now she’s surrounded by love in a space that she can not hurt herself, which is perfect.