Adventures in Bed Upgrades

by The Daddy on January 18, 2012

So we purchased the “Lifetime Bed” which is to say, a conversion bed that in theory, is supposed to match all the kid’s growing sleep needs. We already converted once, earlier than we expected when the little acrobat figured out how to first hurl himself out of his crib and then later, stealthily parkour out over the edge landing gracefully on the floor. Those experiences were all kinds of new and special fun. That was Conversion One into the toddler bed, which is just basically the crib without one side.

Now we’ve moved into the next phase, to accommodate our rapidly out of control growing weed of a kid. The Momma and The Daddy were both under the assumption that the next step would be into a twin bed. First the crib, then the day bed with the same mattress, and into the next size up- a twin, right? RIGHT? We didn’t even question this progression, it seemed only natural.


Apparently the makers of our “Lifetime Bed” weren’t kidding around. Because, if the bed did convert into a twin mattress, we’d be replacing that soon enough. No, this thing went from baby crib to toddler three-quarter walled crib into MEGABED. This thing is enormous. It ended up converting into a full mattress bed, which we didn’t realize before we had already purchased the NON-REFUNDABLE twin mattress, mind you. Nor was it before the purchase and laundering of a full twin bed set complete with much coveted Disney Cars branded sheets. And then not before it was just barely the Knob’s bedtime. No, The Daddy had assembled the full bed before it really struck that his spatial estimates were either WAY off, or we were going to need a bigger boat, as the parlance goes.

Needless to say, a full mattress was acquired  which was much better quality than the twin, and a sweet deal to boot. The shopkeep promised over the phone to have one I could take home that night, only to have me arrive and discover the one quoted was not in stock. A higher quality (see: double valued!) mattress was supplied for the same price. All in all, a much better deal that will last the kid’s childhood into teen years much longer than the misguided twin bed. And as an added bonus, we now have a guest room option!

The kid loves it, even if he is swallowed by the thing. He’ll grow into it, I’m sure. Only soon enough!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jaime January 19, 2012 at 6:03 am

I love the illustration!

We were offered a virtually brand-new twin bed from my mother-in-law the other day. She’s upgrading to a bigger bed, but her bed is only a few months old and was very expensive. I feel like we shouldn’t pass it up, although we have one of those lifetime bed deals, too (it’s currently still a crib). I’m totally conflicted whether to a) start out with the toddler bed, b) go right from the crib to a twin bed, or c) skip the toddler bed and the twin and go straight for the full bed, using the headboard from the lifetime bed.

What do you think? My kid is 2.5 & likes his crib enough. But he wakes in the middle of the night and I bring him into my bed with me. I think maybe the novelty of a “big boy bed” will help keep him put all night. Am I deluded?

Thanks for blogging your transition! I find it helpful! :)


The Daddy January 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I would hate to ever provide advice for the best way to deal with someone else’s child.


Depending on the kid, I think the transition from the crib to the toddler bed may be a decent idea to experiement with more “openness” than the crib. See: not rolling out. With the toddler bed (or at least ours) it was open on one side, so the kid only had that one side to deal with, rolling out of bed in the middle of the night a few times. As he got used to it, he rolled out less until he stopped, which I think will help us with this new big boy bed. Again, every kid is different, and yours may do great making the leap straight to full bed, but maybe not.

Other things to keep in mind- a full mattress runs from (around here) $200-$500, depending on what you get, unless you go used. We lucked out (eventually) getting a $450 mattress of supreme quality for around $250, which is of CONSIDERABLY better quality than the cheapy twin we go earlier. Our kid will have better back support and more comfort early on which is important to us.

For what it’s worth, for us, the novelty of a “big boy bed” early on, right from the crib would probably have been a nightmare. There’s almost no way our kid ever would have stayed in bed at night.

Hope that helps!


Phil January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Yes, the illustrations are great; love the transition from psyched war-ready dad to baffled-by-instructions dad. I never go into projects like this without the trusty bottle of beer.

Shopping around for mattresses is too much fun. What wierd sales job.


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