Have you had a blow out, a bed wetter or throw up in the middle of the night and you have to change the sheets on the bed? It is really hard to do all of this in the middle of the night when you are tired. It is also hard to do it in the dark when you don’t want to wake the other person sleeping in the room. I have always layered the crib sheets but never really thought about doing my three year olds bed until lately. He does great staying dry but in the last two weeks we have had two accidents and then last night he got sick in the middle of the night, no fun!
Here is how I do it and then I would LOVE for you to share how you layer your kids beds too. Maybe your way is better I would love to see.
WIth the baby crib I put a mattress pad on first, then I put a sheet. I lay two small flannel receiving blankets over the top of the bed, two of them fit perfect. I then put another sheet over the top of that. Then when they were a baby I would put receiving blankets under them while they napped if they liked to drool then I could just change the blanket easy and not have to change the sheets all day.
I love layering then if they make a mess I just pull the top sheet off and the layer of blankets and there is a fresh sheet under it. There have been a few times where they have really made a mess and it has leaked through everything so I had to change it all. Most of the time the leak or spit up was just enough to pull the top layer off the crib!
Now with my older son I need to go purchase another water proof protector. He has a regular mattress and we don’t want to stain it up with pee or puke. My plan is to layer his almost the same way. Put the water proof protector, sheet, water proof protector, then another sheet. I am hoping this saves me some headache later in the middle of the night. It will be much easier to pull a layer off then to have to make a bottom of a bunk bed in the dark!
2/4/12 UPDATE – I am SO glad that I double layer my four year olds bed with two sets of sheets. I use it when I least expect it and it saves so much time in the middle of the night without turning lights on. I put a mattress protector over the mattress, fitted sheet, flat sheet, mattress protector (cheap water proof cover) and then fitted sheet, flat sheet, blankets etc on top. If he gets sick or has an accident I can just pull the top layer of sheets and first sheet protector off. This leaves a set of sheets and sheet protector. I grab and extra blanket to throw on top and my boy can go back to sleep! I love that I don’t have to “make” a bed in the middle of the night.
I did this the other night at 3:00 in the morning. He kept coughing and finally puked up all the junk in his little tummy (nose drainage). He missed the bowl so I quickly cleaned up and we were good to go again. I never had to turn on the light and wake up little brother.
How about you, have you layered and how do you do it? Or do you just pull all the sheets off and make them sleep on a bare bed? I would try that but my 3 year old would freak out not having a sheet on his bed, lol.
P.S. You can find the sheet protectors cheap at walmart for under $10.00 by the pillows!