Many children love the idea of bunk beds or cabin beds. I remember when Isabelle was tiny, and we were looking for her toddler bed. We saw a really nice bunk bed, and decided to get it for her instead. Some of my friends thought we were crazy as she was just over 2 years old, but we had it all planned. As she was quite young at that time, we had it kind of upside down, so she didn’t sleep on top as she does these days, but on the bottom of the bunk bed. That’s how cleverly the bunk bed was designed. We bought it with a mattress, but soon decided to get her another one as the original one wasn’t of a very good quality, and having a good night’s sleep is very important. If she doesn’t sleep well, then how can mummy and daddy? Anyway, you would think that small children will not recognise the difference in bunk bed mattresses, but she did. After replacing with the new one, she slept much better, and wasn’t complaining about her matters being too soft.
One thing I would suggest when choosing a mattress for your little one, and it doesn’t have to be for a bunk bed, it should be hypo-allergenic. That way your children can sleep and you don’t need to worry about all the nasty things that could be coming out of the mattresses. We also went for a memory foam mattress. By the way, not long ago I was talking to a sleep expert at a blogging event, and I was amazed when she suggested all bed mattresses should be replaced after 5 to 7 years. I am not sure if many people do this as if you invest in a good quality mattress you can sometimes spend hundreds ( at least we did with daddy on our mattress), but maybe there is something about it! How often do you get a new bed mattress? I was also shocked when she suggested changing our bed linen every week. Is it just me, or do people really change their beds every week?
As Isabelle is almost 6 years now, her bunk bed is serving its purpose. She has been sleeping on top for ages now, but I will never forget when she slept on top for the first time. I wasn’t sleeping at all as I was sure she would fall out off bed, which she luckily never did! The space under her bed is used as a play area, and sometimes she puts some blankets over the top of her bunk bed and that is her play den. I can imagine Olivia soon joining in, and one day she will be sleeping under there. That will be her bed… unless we get a much bigger house and the girls will not need to share a bedroom. Let’s see what the future holds for us!