We're having to look for another rented house/flat at the moment. Our DCs (DD is 3.9 DS is 2.3) are currently sharing a room. It's proving v difficult to find another property with twin beds in one of the rooms.
I'm considering sticking them in a double bed together.
Is this "unfair" on them? Will it be a nightmare? Has anyone any experience in doing this (other than v short-term)?
My friend introduced her two to a double bed when they were about the same age - slightly older if anything and it works brilliantly. I was quite sceptical but am now seriously considering doing this with my two when they get out of cots etc. Hers also have the option of two singles but actively choose the double.
Have you asked your DD what she thinks about the idea?
Nearly did this with my twin girls, but settled on a bunk eventually. Having said that they have never had problems when staying over at family's houses in double bed. Do be prepared for some antics though as they get used to it!
Not a double bed, but my dds had thier bunk beds seperated and pushed together iyswim. They shared like that from ages 1 and 2 to about 5 and 6, and it worked ok. The only problem I would have with the double is if one wets the bed, they both have to be disturbed to change the sheets.
Actually, you could have two single sheets on the bottom to counter the bed wetting problem (great point Jas!). I love the idea of a double duvet so I think I would just have a spare one already in it's cover incase of any accidents.
If you wanted to be really smart, you could put single sheets on, then single waterproof protectors and then single sheets again on top. If any accidents, you just strip the sheet and waterproof thingy off and hey presto - ready made bed underneath + your spare covered duvet(s) - job done .
At the risk of sounding like a Monty Python sketch... my mother slept three in a double bed when she was a child. Didn't do them any harm at all. I think she found it very difficult when the older two left home and she had the bed to herself!
Ds & dd1 regularly share a double when we stay with my parents - they regard it as a treat.
It does mean quite a big floor 'footprint' though. As one possible alternative, would it be possible for you to supply your own bunks (cheap from Ikea/Argos or blagged from Freecycle), & ask landlord to remove the double?
my dds are 21mths and 2.10yrs and have a bunk bed that has a double on the bottom. DD1 alternates between sleeping on the top bunk and sleeping with dd2. Just depends on their moods..also sometimes ds will go in there with them