Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Big Girl Bed & CSN Giveaway!

So it's been a week of co-sleeping...and no one is well rested.

We were in NYC for the weekend and the crib that the hotel provided to us was teeny tiny so Hannah ended up sleeping in our bed. Her first night back at home was a great one but that was probably due to 3 days of late bedtimes and an 11:30pm arrival.

After some negotiating the past two nights, I managed to get her to sleep in her own bed - more specifically, her mattress on the floor. It lasted a good 4 hours before she came walking into our room and hopping into bed.

So while I've been re-arranging our home office furniture, looks like my new home decor project is Hannah's room. I'm going to keep the crib in there for a while but think she might need proper sheets to be tucked into every night.

And since I'll be shopping, I figure you might as well too!

Leave me a comment with your suggestions on how to keep Hannah safe and sleeping in her room all night long and you could win a $35 gift code to use at any of the CSN stores. (Sorry, this giveaway is only open to residents of Canada and the USA).

I'll pick a winner next Wednesday February 23rd at 9pm (EST) so leave your comment before then.

Good luck!


  1. I wish I had the answer. How about getting her a clock and telling her when it's a certain time (or a certain color -- I've seen colored clocks for little kids) then she can get up? Or maybe she can sleep in your room on the floor with a blanket (so it's not nearly as comfortable as your bed -- it might lessen the appeal), but she can still be close if she feels scared?

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. You could get a special stuffed animal that would be her sleeping buddy.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  3. we are facing the same problem, after trying to introduce a toddler bed... after 3 wks of her refusing to sleep in it and us being forced to stay in her room for hrs at a time until she would fall asleep, she chose her crib but always wakes up in the early hrs to hop in bed with us, and we sleep awful after and can't get her to stay until the morning in her crib. some people tell me, toddler bed is the reason, a double or twin bed would have been a better option. some also recommend putting a gate at their room door so they can't get out. I think the clock idea is great too :)

  4. Thanks for your comments so far!
    Domestic Diva- love the clock idea but think it might be too advanced for an almost two year old who hasn't yet nailed her colours. But you never know...
    Ashley - she has a minnie mouse doll that she always sleeps with but I don't think it has replaced mommy yet :)
    Gen - Glad to hear we're not the only ones going through this. Why do you think a larger bed makes a difference? I had another suggestion for a gate too. Will let you know what works (hopefully something will). I took out my copy of Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child and will try that out tonight.

  5. Maybe you could make a simple reward system for her if she stays in her bed... or you could let her help pick out some special bedding just for her and her "big girl bed".

  6. Good luck Lauren! I am not near that point yet, but will most likely face the same problem as you one day. In any case, thanks for the site suggestion, found so many interesting things on the website. Thanks for the tip and keep them coming!!

  7. I have the worse sleep issues with my 2 year so I am literally no help. Although I got my daughter a kinderglo nightlight she takes to bed with her and it seems to help her stay in bed.
    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  8. Someone I knew solved the problem by giving her daughter one of those Gloworm dolls that glows in the dark when you squeeze it--it didn't keep her awake like nightlights can but she knew it was there if she woke up alone in the dark!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com