Creative Uses of Small Spaces

May 1st, 2013

Although for most of the night, Little Bird snoozes in bed with me, each evening she starts out swaddled like a burrito in her crib.   While eventually said crib will live in the beautifully-decorated alcove of the master bedroom, at the moment it lives here:

Willow's bathroom bed

If you’re thinking to yourself — “Um, that looks like a bathroom” — you are correct.  Little Bird’s bedroom for the time being is the downstairs bathroom.  We put a piece of plywood across the top of the tub and her crib perches up there.

I’m sure there’s a “You Might Be a Redneck” joke in there somewhere, but honestly it’s working really well.  I adore our house but it does require some creative space-saving plans.  During these early days with a new infant, our family requires more sleeping space than the house has (at first glance).  The kids share a bedroom upstairs.  Josh is sleeping in the master bedroom (also upstairs).  Little Bird and I camp out in the downstairs bedroom, which we have outfitted as a den.

So far so good.

But, since that room is the den, it’s also home to our only TV.  Now that Birdie is spending some time solo in her crib at night, Josh and I have been trying to sneak in the occasional movie or TV show after she’s down…which doesn’t work if she’s trying to sleep in the same room.

Hence the bathroom boudoir.

We weren’t using the tub anyways (it was already storage) and it keeps her close to me so I can scoop her up when she starts to fuss.  We put a baby gate at the top of the stairs so the kids don’t come wandering down in search of Mommy at night, and everyone gets a (relatively) good night’s sleep.

What’s the craziest place your child has ever slept?

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