Monday, July 9, 2012

Short Sheeting – Practical, not a Practical Joke

Transitioning from a crib to a big kid bed is a BIG step for some kids, for others it doesn’t phase them. Luckily for my husband and I both our kids fell into the second camp. What surprised me however was the awkward transition from bed-rails to no bed-rails.

My daughter didn’t seem to have a problem, probably because since birth she has been a good sound sleeper who doesn’t move much at all. My son on the other hand kept landing on the floor. Perhaps this was in part because we happened to buy him a new mattress at around the same time we took away the bed-rails or perhaps it is just because he is a mover.

You can see the excess fabric on the sides when you short sheet the bed. It provides lots of extra sheet to tuck under the mattress and keep it in place.
Whatever the reason, I needed to come up with a solution and fast. I wasn’t used to this waking multiple times in the night to pick a kid up off the floor, dust them off and tuck them back in.

You lose the tuck down of the sheet by short sheeting but this hasn’t caused any issues in our house.

As I was making his bed one morning it came to me, short sheet the bed. The kids aren’t long enough to reach the end of the bed anyway so not having it tucked in at the bottom isn’t really an issue. Instead I could use that length to tuck under the sides of the bed and keep the sheet pulled taught and snug around them.

As you can see, you can’t tell the difference when the bed is made and for us it has really made the difference. 

I tried it that day and SUCCESS, we haven’t had a mid-night fall since.

1 comment :

  1. HOW do you come up with these ideas? I love it!


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