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The couch is our spare bed too( alot of times it's me that sleeps on it). We have a full sized bed and our dd who is 27 mos sleeps with us. She had pretty much nightweaned in the last few months (about 1-2x's a week now she'll nurse at night), so she pretty much sleeps all night. We have a twin air mattress that slides under the bed that we've been moving her to at some point during the night. Usually she stays there, or she wakes can crawls back into bed. Or she falls asleep on the couch (she's a nightowl, and likes to stay up with her daddy and fall asleep in his arms. then if she wakes during the night she finds me no problem)
If she's having a restless night, i put her on the outside edge of the bed and me in the middle otherwise she's in the middle.
When she was an infant i kept her on the outside, and i moved the bed to a halfwall, shoving throw pillows down in the crack between the bed and wall. I plan to do that again as soon as this baby is born.
We've slept 4 in a full bed before after my 2nd child was born. But, after 6 mos of that, dh kept having to move to get sleep. Finally we had gotten a king and that was wonderful. The winter before my dd turned one, it could sleep all 5 of us comfortably, but we also had the full as a spare bed as anyone who needed to be alone could do so. But, my boys had wanted bunk beds (bugged me for a year about it) and so for my oldest's 5th bday, they moved to bunk beds while we got rid of the king. The full has sentimental value (MIL was born in that bed and so was my dd) so i couldn't part with that. I do love the extra space, but miss the extra bed space.
Only my oldest child is my restless sleeper. He goes through phases were he wakes and wants to sleep near me. He'll pull the air mattress out and sleep on it, but i've found him sleeping at the bottom of the bed at my feet. We've had all 5 of us in that full, but that's too crowded. Every once in awhile i'll go to bed when the boys do so they willl sleep in my bed, dd too. Dh will then sleep in the bottom bunk.
Hoping dh will get to work on the addition this fall, so that we can get another room to put in a king bed.
Whew, sorry so winded, but with the 4 kids i think we've tackled alot of different scenerios.