September 13, 2010

things that go bump in the night

I suppose its natural that kids are going to fall out of bed, right? But aren't most kids under two in one of those little toddler beds with very little wiggle room? My little munchkin is in a beautiful, big queen sized bed, yet she still finds a way to wiggle her way right off the bed!

She's been in that bed for probably two months, and we've rushed in to pick her up off the floor three times now. After the first tumble, we moved the room around a little bit making the potential falling space a little safer. (Namely, we moved the night table to a different space in her room). We also packed her in with more pillows on the two open sides of the bed (bed rails don't seem to fit her plush, pillow top mattress very well) and we thought we were doing just fine.

But then, early on Sunday morning I heard the 'thump' and then the instant tears. I ran into her room, and there she was - at the end of the bed! She had wiggled her way all the way to the foot of the bed, and then taken the plunge from there. Perhaps, subconsciously, she was trying to get to her toys which are at that end of the room, but something tells me she's just a wiggler. That is the reason we moved her to a 'big-girl' bed at 18 months, after all. However, the mattress was on the floor back then, and she never fell out.

I realize all kids fall out of bed at some point; surely I did too. However, its an awful sound to hear the thump and tears in the middle of the night. So, maybe now that she's fallen off every possible side of the bed, she has learned her lesson and we're in the clear? I guess we'll just wait and see...

3 comments:

Steph, from Be Positive Mom said...

Poor girl! We moved our little guy's bed from one side of the room to the other. He kept falling off so we moved it back... it took him a while but he finally got it! Maybe put pillow around the be so it's a softer landing :-)

Krin said...

Definitely a good plan Steph!! A friend of ours is now building her a custom bedrail too - so maybe that will help! :)

cautiousmum said...

Definitely a sickening sound to hear thumps when there should be none. We folded comforters around the perimeter of Miss Q's bed for softer landings in the early days. Yay for custom bed rails :) Though as you wait, if you're tucking her into bed at night, we were given the great advice to make the bed reversed so the side that is against the wall is the one she crawls into and the one that's not on the wall is the one that's tucked in, this way it's a gentle decent to the ground if they fall out when the sheet's still around them.