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post #21 of 38
we have a full. 3 fit fine for us, we can (and regularly do) do 4, its definitely "snug".

id love something bigger, or at least a twin on the side or something, but mattress chemicals scare the poop out of me. (hence why we only have a full, it was get a full size that wasnt scary, or larger that was.) and i havnt been able to justify the cost of adding more mattress to our room with my standards.

that said, i also have a pp's issue, of stuff not fitting up the stairs. weve had to do the mattress on the floor because the foundation (boxspring) wont go up the stairs.
post #22 of 38
We have a queen for my husband, my son and me. I'd love one of those huge California kings, but I also have this sneaking suspicion that no matter how large the bed is, little dude will still find ways to smush us by spreading out more.
post #23 of 38
Hmm- I was just coming on here to ask this question! Pregnant with # 1 and up until now dh and I slept on a full. We just bought a new expensive and awesome mattress- but a Queen! We just this morning moved it into our room and the guy helping us move mentioned how he and his wife sleep in a Cal king with their 2 LO's and hoe a queen might be too small! I am worried about this now as we just paid a lot of money for an excellent mattress and box spring. We are getting a co sleeper but I keep hearing that I will end up wanting the baby in the bed more than the co sleeper.
We cannot afford to get a new king mattress after paying all this money for our Queen and our Queen is non returnable (we got the floor model at 40% off). So this is what we will have. I hope we don't regret it- we just had no idea- some told us- get a king, yet others said- queen is fine- and the king just seemed so huge, especially since for the last 5 yrs dh and I have managed fine with a full. So that's what we did.
post #24 of 38
When we moved this summer we wanted teh biggest bed we could find because we knew the queen we had before was not big enough for us with one child, much less the occasional second. SO we went to Ikea and bought what I guess is a king. it is 2 meters (200cm)by 180 cm. Lots of room.
post #25 of 38
We have a Cali King. And we sleep sideways on it for more room. LOL
And now my DS is sleeping on a toddler bed next to us.

With one baby and the two of us, the Cal King was fine. At least for me. My husband would squish to the edge of the bed (even though he didn't need to) and then complain he didn't have room.

With two kids, it is tougher. Now that DD is older it can work out (at least when we sleep sideways). But no way can the two kids sleep next to each other...they wake each other up.
post #26 of 38
We're thinking of getting a twin and snugging it up next to our queen. We had a futon mattress next to our queen bed (off the frame) with ds 1. That worked okay but I'd like to keep our bed as one bed. We did eventually get ds 1 a twin and we had them together for a few months before we started the process of no longer cosleeping. So I figured we'll need a twin for ds 2 as he outgrows the family bed anyway.
post #27 of 38
We have a king with one 2yo and another soon on the way. It's working great so far, but we'll have to see what happens when we add the new guy to it.
post #28 of 38
We have a king size that sleeps me,hubby and the 1 and 2 yr old. Sometimes our 8 and 5 year old creep in the bed at night,which is no fun for my poor back. I just found out that I am pregnant so I might be moving to the sofa
post #29 of 38
we have a king with a twin next to it. Both are mattresses on the floor. We're all very tall people and like our space . I'm thinking of getting a crib mattress to put up next to the other side of the king once the new baby comes. I guess my goal is to have the entire floor be covered with beds

To the OP, I would highly suggest getting a twin to sidecar next to your bed. That way once your lo is ready to move to her own room, you won't have to buy her a new bed. I got ds' twin for free from a co-worker, and I see them for sale all the time for under 40 bucks on craigslist.
post #30 of 38
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To the OP, I would highly suggest getting a twin to sidecar next to your bed. That way once your lo is ready to move to her own room, you won't have to buy her a new bed. I got ds' twin for free from a co-worker, and I see them for sale all the time for under 40 bucks on craigslist.
that's what we ended up doing and it is AWESOME. I LOVE our family bed
post #31 of 38
We have a queen mattress next to a full mattress. It is BIG

With babies, it is dh, baby, and me on the queen. Now that they are 3 and 9, they both sleep next to us on the full.

My parents have a king size mattress in "our" guest room, so we can all sleep together at their house (they specifically bought a king for our family...nice, huh? ). We fit, but I'm glad we have the extra space of a queen+full at home. I'm also very, very glad our apt has large enough bedrooms for the mattresses to fit comfortably!

eta...a while back, there was something in the media about Brad Pitt having a special bed made for their large family. He mentioned the dimensions in the interview. I don't remember what they were, but it inspired me to measure ours--and ours was a couple inches bigger
post #32 of 38
We have a queen sized Japanese futon on the floor. My husband, our almost 3 year old, and I sleep there (and the cats try but generally get booted out for being pesky). We also have a small mattress against that where my son used to start out the night. Now he wants to go to sleep in the middle, so I just end up partly on the small mattress when he gets possessive of the space in the bed.
We are trying to add to the family, and I was thinking to try to get a full or queen instead of the small mattress. I co-slept for a LONG time growing up. I seriously didn't sleep alone until I was probably 12 or 13. I slept with my little brother or my mom. When I moved into my own bed, it was a full. I had a twin in my college dorm, and that always seemed really small so I always figured we would transition our kids to fulls rather than twins.
With a full and a queen, there would be room for at least one adult and one child on each, and then we'd have a regular sized bed for whomever wanted to transition out later.
Has anyone tried this?
post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by possum View Post
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With a full and a queen, there would be room for at least one adult and one child on each, and then we'd have a regular sized bed for whomever wanted to transition out later.
Has anyone tried this?
The post right above yours! That is what we have with our growing kids.

We also have a full sized bed in "dd's" room (the room she doesn't sleep in). So, our guests have a full sized bed. I've never really seen the point of twin sized mattresses, unless space is very tight. Full is more practical, imo.
post #34 of 38
We just bought a brand new king sized mattress that I'm in love with! Our plan is to sidecar the crib to it once baby is here. So, it'll be just DH, me, and new baby in a king plus side car. We like our space

(FWIW, I always hear people refer to california kings being bigger... but as far as I know they're just longer. I think they're actually narrower than a regular king. The dimensions I found online say that a standard king is 76" wide x 80" long, and a cali king is 72" wide x 84" long)
post #35 of 38
We had a queen when dd was born. The at about a year, we had to dispose of it and moved onto a futon mattress until we decided to buy a king size. Now we're expecting a baby again and we're so happy to have made that purchase. I think if you cosleep, why on earth would you spend money decorating a nursery that is only meant to last a couple of years, only to end up not being used at all, when you could redirect that money to a use for the whole family that will last a decade or more?

Our king size mattress fit up our narrow u shaped stairs. The mattress itseld usually bends quite a lot so that it can be moved, and if you get a box spring for it, it comes in two parts. So a king size should fit up most stairs, considering it fit up ours.

Best material item family investment yet, imo.
post #36 of 38
King +Queen (soon to be a King too)... The Queen was our first bed, the we upgrade to a King (was before we had kids),but we storage the Queen. Later somebody give us a King (almost new) that is in the storage. Our room is just one bed from wall to wall. THe box spring are in the floor.
post #37 of 38
We have a Queen for Dh, DS(2) and myself. Sometime DD(4) joins us as well. I am expecting baby #3 in June, adn we might try to put DS into his own twin at that time.... we will see. DS has always co-slept as he HATED the crib.
post #38 of 38
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The post right above yours! That is what we have with our growing kids.

We also have a full sized bed in "dd's" room (the room she doesn't sleep in). So, our guests have a full sized bed. I've never really seen the point of twin sized mattresses, unless space is very tight. Full is more practical, imo.
Oops! Thanks. I suppose I was probably writing while you were, but it took me longer than you because I can never do things in one sitting with a 2 year old nearby.
I agree, I think twins are just too cramped unless you really don't have much space (like in my college dorm room).
Thanks for pointing out the obvious because I rarely go back and reread the posts after mine after I have read the thread initially. I would have missed yours in the timing!
Melinda
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