What happens when you have six children under the age of 12 and all of them want to sleep in your bed? If you’re the Boyces, then you design the ultimate family bed that will put all others to shame.
Meet the Boyce family. They are the wanderers behind Wandering the World Below and the creators of the ultimate bed for co-sleeping success.
Mum Elizabeth, dad Tom and their five children still living at home – Zach, 11, Izzy, nine, Ben, seven, Owen, three and Elijah, one – all share one bed.
That’s right. Seven in a bed. How does that even work?
Luckily enough, Elizabeth and Tom were more than happy to answer some of those questions we’ve all been dying to know via their blog.
The first thought that comes to mind is about sex. Is it even possible?
Elizabeth clears this up for us explaining, “Sex doesn’t have to happen in a bed. In our house, by moving everyone into one room, we suddenly had several other rooms that were completely empty at night and we no longer had small children wandering, crying into our bed in the dark.”
On to the next question. How was this bed even designed?
Made out of two Ikea Kura beds, wooden panelling, curtains, lights and rods, the Boyces built the bed themselves and included bunks for the kids, night lights and even an area to store night time drinks.
Okay. But how in the world does everyone actually sleep?
Elizabeth has a number of responses for this one. First of all, the family travels a lot and thus are used to sleeping together in a small space. Amazingly enough, when everyone shares a bed, everyone actually sleeps better.
“Everyone has easy access in and out of their bed. They get up to pee and get a drink and get back in without an issue. Even the baby waking up crying almost never wakes anyone,” Elizabeth writes.
What if someone is sick?
If a child (or adult) is vomiting, they are dismissed from the bed and moved into the family room with a parent designated to hold the bowl.
What if someone wants to sleep in their own bed?
The kids are free to go, Elizabeth insists and they have tried many times! “But if at some point, someone requests a change, we will happily make it work.”
But what about bedtime routine? Does everyone go to bed at the same time?
No. The little ones (Elijah and Owen) who sleep on the bottom beds, head to bed around 7:30pm, Elizabeth explains. The middle two (Izzy and Ben) go to bed at 8:30pm in their top bunks and the eldest (Zach) goes to bed at 9:30pm. At 10:30, Elizabeth and Tom join their children.
“Usually if someone is going to wake, we simply help them and then settle in. The baby wakes to eat and then everyone falls asleep! It seems to be working wonderfully!”
What do you think, Babyologists? Would a co-sleeping super bed work well in your household?