We moved our son to his first “big boy” bed a few months ago. It was a challenge, no doubt.

The first couple of weeks was him constantly climbing out of it the moment we left the room during his bedtime. Some nights, we put him back to bed repeatedly for close to an hour or more.

Those days are past, but he still frequently needs company as he falls asleep, and also if we he wakes up in the middle of the night. From the get-go, we knew we needed to have a semi-comfortable way of sleeping with him in the room. We have a small mattress set up, from his old crib, padded with a fur blanket, and a couple of pillows. Many nights, his mom or me might spend anywhere from two to four hours lying on the floor next to him instead of his bed.

I don’t mind. The set up is actually fairly comfortable, and there’s a lot to be said for the bonding time it allows us. I’m especially appreciative since my work schedule often has me away on the weekends, and many of his bedtimes.

Some nights, we have to sleep in the chair next to his bed for a bit. I’ve gotten some good snoozing in sitting in that chair.

Some shots from the monitor from last night, trying to get him down at bedtime. For whatever reason, he was particularly wired last night:

He’s swinging around his big, plush shark “Do Do”, because all sharks he sees are named “Do Do”. Yes, because of the song.
Finally, he pointed to the chair, said “Chair”, and that was our cue to move there so he could wind down. That’s me getting a solid 20 minute nap in as he finally dozed off.

And then in the middle of the night, I spent a couple of hours with him, both of us lying on the mattress next to his bed.

These are the moments that make parenting worth it.