A room for two sisters

Ophelia is going to be one-year-old in a week and a half. I know. I can scarcely believe it either. Talitha has been desperate for her to move into her room like we said she would. Well, their room. Maybe she just wanted to put up the sweet name plaques my mother got them for their door.

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Ophelia has spent most of her evenings in arms but we recently started putting her in a travel cot in our room for some of that portion of the night before we all get into our bed. She’s easily disturbed now and a bit of a lump so it’s felt like time to get her to bed rather than just asleep at bedtime.

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We converted Talitha’s bed into a half bunk and moved her mattress onto the floor for Ophelia. Talitha has a new mattress Dormeo sent us to review, which she’s been thrilled with. It’s Memory Fresh single – memory foam and unbelievably comfortable.

Our bedtime routine often involves getting into bed with her, which used to be a real pain because the mattress she had before really wasn’t up to supporting an adult’s weight. Now we have even more of a problem than we already did of falling asleep while putting her to bed!

The only downside is that the single runs a bit smaller than expected. It doesn’t fit the bed perfectly, which isn’t a problem for us but it’s worth double-checking the measurements before you order, just in case. We’re happy with it otherwise.

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So far it’s working really well having Ophelia in a floor bed. It means that I can feed her to sleep and slip away without worrying she’ll crawl off the bed. When she wakes up she usually just stays sitting there, crying until I come to get her (Talitha’s a heavy and motivated sleeper now so this isn’t a problem).

If she does have a wander, it’s straight to the stair gate to make her complaint known. But we have an ear out so it’s not a problem anyway.

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At first I thought we’d have to put another set of drawers in this room to store both girls’ clothes but then I realised they just had too many clothes so we had a major cull. The cloth nappies live in the study, though.

This room is far from finished. We still haven’t worked out the perfect book storage solution and two of the walls are waiting for ideas. We’re having fun with it. Talitha loves taking her friends up there even though there aren’t really any toys here other than teddies!


12 Comments

  1. February 13, 2015 / 9:59 am

    This is awesome Adele! V’s on a mattress on the floor in our room at the moment with the intention of moving her in with Cherry. We have just accepted she’s never going to sleep in a cot! Our long-term plan is a double futon in the girls’ bedroom so they can bedshare if they want, and so there’s space for me in there too with V if she needs it. Cherry’s a sound sleeper in her little bed, but she might get a bit envious of V with her big bed so it’d be nice if there was room for her too.

    I really love knowing there’s another family out there considering the alternatives too, not just sticking with ‘kids go in cots’ which I have to admit was always my approach – until I had V and she had other ideas 🙂
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  2. Caroline Bromley
    February 13, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Their room looks lovely. I’m planning for my girls to share once my baby girl gets a bit older and doesn’t wake in the night. I love the paper lightshade with the animals, do you mind me asking where you bought it? I’ve been looking for one just like this!

    • February 13, 2015 / 11:05 pm

      I bought it at Playfull Toyshop on Gloucester Rd. I’m afraid I can’t remember the brand!

  3. February 15, 2015 / 12:50 am

    Oh this is too cute and very exciting and I cannot believe Ophelia is going to be one soon!!! How did that happen? Also was wondering where you got the mid-bunk from as we are looking for something like this for the little man

    Laura x
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  4. February 15, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    What a lovely girlie room, I’m sure they will both love it. My girls share a room and have the same floral duvet covers! x

  5. February 15, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Love their room, we’ve had two girls in a room for years now – first Lola and Kiki from when Kiki was 1, and now Kiki and Baya share. They have bunks but use the bottom one as a sofa and both sleep together in the top bunk!

  6. February 15, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Great idea! And lucky Talitha, we have a Dormeo mattress and it’s so comfortable!! x

  7. February 24, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Their room is so cute, I loved sharing a room with my big brother when I was little! x
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