This post is written in collaboration with Sleepmaker mattress selector. I’m not sure what I love more, my bed or sleep??
I’m going to go with sleep (I think), especially since I haven’t had as much as I’d like since………maybe my teens? Ok that’s a slight exaggeration, but any parents out there will KNOW how precious a little shut eye is since those sleep stealing kids come along.
It’s ironic how much kids fight sleep. I mean who in their right mind would throw the biggest tantrum about being offered an afternoon nap?? And really, if someone said to me, “Right, you’re having an early night tonight because you’ve obviously exhausted” I think I would throw my arms around them, then run to my bedroom as fast as possible before they changed their minds! I certainly wouldn’t be arguing over it.
I shouldn’t really complain too much though, as my three kids are finally getting to the age where the nightly shenanigans are kept to a minimum. At least Master J (at 8) can get his own breakfast in the mornings now and make sure the cartoons are on for his sisters, which sometimes buys us a little more time in bed on the weekends. I say sometimes because the toddler can still be very temperamental.
I know this may sound a little strange but I am so grateful that we bought the bed and mattress we did before we had our kids. It might have cost a small fortune and almost ended our marriage in the decision making process but it’s saved us since having the kids.
Things you NEED to know about buying a bed and mattress before you have kids.
- Breast feeding in bed is the best place to be when you’re an overtired mamma. Make sure your mattress is comfy enough for you to spend ALOT of time on it.
- Make sure there is lots of room in-between you and your partner. It could save him being kicked in the middle of night just so you don’t have to watch him snoozing while you’re up at all hours with the baby.
- Toddlers DO want to come in and sleep with you in the middle of the night and they certainly do not understand the concept of lying still or laying vertical. So make sure your mattress can take a small person flinging themselves around the bed like a round of competition gymnastics.
- You’ll fall asleep in any position when there are kids in bed just to get some sleep. Make sure you have decent pillows to support you.
- If you have more than one child then take it from me, there will be more than one child in the bed. So get a big bed!
I’m sure there is much more sensible bed and mattress choosing advice out there than mine. However, I can honestly say that I am SO happy we bought the biggest bed we could with a pricey, but fabulous mattress to go with it. It’s been a sleep saver over the years and I love it.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress then do try this cool online sleepmaker mattress selector. It’s a great tool that asks you a few simple questions about what’s important to you and then gives you some tailor made suggestions of what to buy and where to buy from. It could save you hours of shopping time and even prevent a few arguments – and maybe even save your sleep.
Do you love your bed?
Have much sleep do you get (if it’s lots then please don’t tell me).
We bought a new bed last year. It took us a while to love it, but now I can’t wait to get in!
Your description of what it’s like having a toddler in your bed is spot on! Our big boy likes to join us around 3 am each night… Great tips, especially when it comes to choosing a breast feeding friendly bed. Our littlest man was a winter baby and I often couldn’t bring myself to sit in the cold and feed him!
Oh I hate my bed! Like really hate it. I’ve had my mattress for like 15 years but we seem to always have other priorities. (I say with my constant back pain). Thanks for the reminder to get myself a new bed. I wonder whether it would give me mojo back after 3 kids lol 🙂
I think I love sleep more than anything in the world. It’s so true what you say about kids fighting the perils of sleep – oh the irony!
We’re getting close to needing a new one – we’ve had ours nearly 10 years, but it’s a latex one and they aren’t cheap… but it’s so important to get a good one, especially as hubby has a back injury! x
I love my head. Some days it’s not quite big enough but it mostly suits the purpose. One of my tips would be to get extra blankets! Nothing worse that waking up freezing in the middle of the night because there is a child wrapped in the entire king sized doona!
I completely agree that getting a pricey but comfortable mattress is an investment!
Ours is a total lifesaver.
I think having a decent mattress protector is another important investment.
As for sleep? What’s THAT???
We have a new mattress in our Motorhome and I have to say its really comfy…its where I spend most of my time either sleeping or working on the computer.
A good mattress makes all of the difference, and yes I breastfeed all of our babies in bed at night, it let me sleep a little bit more!