Tigerlilly Quinn: Wilf's new bed (and a little room tour)

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Wilf's new bed (and a little room tour)

Following on from this post on Wilf's sleep, Tom and I decided that we needed a change. Wilf has always resisted sleeping in the cot and for the past twenty months has really spent most nights either in our bed or the spare bed in his room (with one of us in it too).

It was clear he was used to sleeping on a mattress so it stood to reason that maybe we should ditch any attempts at a cot altogether and take the plunge and move him into his own 'big boy' bed. 


We were very kindly offered this bed from Kiddicare. We knew the height wouldn't be an issue as he is used to sleeping in our high bed and he can scale the upright ladders at the playground pretty well too. The only think we were worried about was climbing down in the night so we got a little two step ladder from IKEA and he is able to wizz up and down brilliantly! 


The 'Wilfryd bunting' was made by my friend Kimberly for my babyshower all that time ago, isn't it pretty! The canvas is something I painted back when I had just left uni, funny to think I am now using it for my son's bedroom! 



The bed comes with the amazing den which now houses Wilf's treasure chest of toys, a couple of books and a few teddies. We have been playing 'knock knock, come in!!' and pretend tea parties too! It's really funny, pre-motherhood whenever I romanticised parenting it was always things like this, tucking him in his big bed, playing games in dens. I never really envisioned the 'baby' bit and am very much enjoying toddlerhood!

I feel like Wilf's room is finished now he has his own bed, it feels like such a light and colourful space! We still need to get him some sort of night light I think. I've been toying with the idea of a grow clock, anyone had any luck with that? I mean he still wakes up at 5am so anything that could push it forward a little would be ace!


 The tree I painted Wilf in pregnancy, some of the leaves are letters I wrote him each week!


The play kitchen Tom made Wilf for his first birthday!


(yep the Y has mysteriously gone missing from that train set..)

It has been around five days since we moved him to the bed and although I don't want to jinx anything (touch wood!) it's been a great improvement! After his routine we now tuck him up with Panda and little ted and leave the room and..he just goes to sleep! It's a bit bonkers really the difference it's made but he LOVES the process of climbing up snuggling in his duvet and gathering up his softies. He still wakes through the night (of course!) but generally not until around 10.30 where Tom will go in stroke his head and tuck him in again. After this he will wake again a couple of times and we will take it in turns to cuddle up with him (why we needed a single bed not a toddler bed!) and he will be fine until around 5.30-6am when he gets up for the day.

I think from next week we are going to try and turn those 12-2am wake ups to just comforting him to settle without us getting in but for the first week I think we have had major improvements.

Wish us luck!

this is a sponsored post but all words and thoughts are my own

38 comments:

Anna said...

Love his new room - how gorgeous!

Dilan Dilir said...

really pretty room! :D

Fiona Peacock said...

Ah I love the tree with pregnancy letters! That is so amazing, lucky Wylf! X

Hurrah for gin said...

That bed looks so much fun!

abby staffieri said...

such a fun little boys room!

Globalmouse said...

Oh my goodness that room is GORGEOUS. Loving the bed too. Hmmm, need to get thinking for my little one's room now!! :) x

Thomasina Watts-robinson said...

What a super room, toddler heaven ;) Amazing progress and I hope things continue to get better and better with his sleep pattern x

NewMumOnline said...

You've really inspired me. My Aaron is still co-sleeping with us even though he is 38 months. We live in a 2 bed flat and the second bedroom is still a study. We'd have a lot of work to turn it into a bedroom for him. If I could write a post like this it would be a dream come true.
Liska xx

Allison Clementine said...

His room is amazing! The things I would have done for that bed as a kid...

Rachel Adnyana said...

I love his room and the bed is amazing! Maya and Kiran would love a little cubby house like that. Maya's been sleeping on a mattress on the floor and I was planning on doing the same with Kiran but now I'm wondering if I should get a bed like this made... although Maya ends up on the floor about 50% of the time so maybe not such a good idea. btw, I ADORE the curtains! Where are they from?

Christine said...

It's beautiful! Emily went through a cot-hating stage a month or so ago and we were contemplating a move to the toddler bed. It felt too soon for us and she's okay in the cot again. But now I want to get her a bed like Wilf's! So adorable. I'd be scared about the height though as she has no fear with these things yet and would just plummet off it but when she's older it would be ace!

Hannah said...

What a gorgeous bedroom! I love the bunting xx

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fritha strickland said...

Thanks Nichola! It was kind of the junk room for ages but feels really good to have finally sorted it! x

fritha strickland said...

ahh thank you! x

fritha strickland said...

I know right! I want one! x

fritha strickland said...

thanks Fiona! xx

fritha strickland said...

ahh thank you :) xx

fritha strickland said...

thanks Dilan! x

fritha strickland said...

thank you! Fingers crossed! x

fritha strickland said...

aww thanks Liska, we only have two bedrooms too (my study is a corner of the living room). I really love/d co-sleeping until this point but now I am feeling the need for a little space to myself! good luck and do let me know if you ever blog about it! xx

fritha strickland said...

haha me too! I often think that about Wilf's stuff! x

fritha strickland said...

ahh thank you! Curtains are from IKEA they are lush aren't they! Maybe one could be on the mattress in the den! Thanks for your lovely comment xx

fritha strickland said...

I think they kind of have a sense of not jumping off (or rather I'm trusting he does!) but like you say it is recommended for older kids but suits Wilf perfectly, totally depends on the child I guess! Thanks for your lovely comment! x

fritha strickland said...

thank you! it's beautiful isnt it! x

WifeMumStudentBum said...

Looks fabulous and your photographs are great x

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh wow this bed is amazing, I feel really embarressed that my nearly 3yr old is still in his cot, he is such a wriggler that he falls out of most things in his sleep, although we are getting a toddler bed very soon. His room is too cute - love it :)

Laura x

Clare Nicholas said...

What a lovely room. Emmy would LOVE that bed!!

fritha strickland said...

not at all Laura! My nephew is the same as are lots of peeps I know, I think for us Wilf never took to the cot so it seemed like a natural transition out of ours! xx

fritha strickland said...

aww thanks! x

fritha strickland said...

it is super cool isn't it! We are very luck (I wish it was my bed!) x

Julie said...

Wow! What an amazing room! Love it. Love the kitchen and the tool bench. Plus the bunting is super cute. We are about to go from a three bedroom with study to something heaps smaller. So think Jarvis will be co-sleeping for a bit longer. But I am hoping to make him his own corner in our room.

Janie said...

That room is amazing! Will he ever come out though!?? I particularly love the curtains, lots of great inspiration thanks.

M of Averyandaugustine.com said...

Love love love how you put together your son's room! Saw it on AT Family today. :)

fritha strickland said...

thanks so much! and thanks for pointing out I was on there, I had't realised! x

Claire said...

This room is so lovely! I'm interested that you have a high bed too! So cool! x

Kelly Rae said...

Hi there,
I love this post but I wanted to ask a question. We are moving to the Glasgow/UK from Texas in mid April. I'm not sure where to buy a crib for our little one. Do you have any recommendations? If not I understand. I just have no idea where to start with all the different shops and manufacturers. xo

Kerry Louise said...

What a lovely little room he has. I Iove the colour scheme you have going on. x

Emma107 said...

What a lovely room, I love the tree with the bird houses :) x

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