Any new or experienced parent can tell you the fun and frustrations associated with bedtime. Whether you are dealing with nighttime breastfeeding, moving your child into their own bed, or solving a fear of the dark, bedtime is challenging for both parents and young children alike. This can be extra difficult for dwarf parents and parents of dwarf children. We have successfully sleep trained our dwarf child and are currently trying to have our average height daughter sleep in her own bed (though it’s taking a little longer while mom is savoring the “baby time“). For the first couple months, a bassinet was really useful for us as dwarf parents. Most bassinets are low, don’t take up a lot of space in the parents room, and are safe.Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Mini Bassinet downstairs for naptime and it also did double-duty as a changing table which was very convenient. Since our dwarf child was delayed and not really mobile, we kept the co-sleeping side rail down to make it easier to reach him in and out. If your child is an early mover, you’ll want to be safe and not keep it in the co-sleeper configuration.
Cribs and Dwarfs Don’t Work Well Together!
Now that drop-side cribs are no longer available, we believe it will be either challenging or expensive to find a crib that will work well for dwarf parents. LP arms are too short and we’re not tall enough to reach into a crib safely. Our dwarf son did not stand up until he was over 2 years old, so it would have been impossible to pick him up from the crib without a drop-side rail. Even with the drop side, we used a tall height setting for the mattress to make it easier to reach him. For our average height daughter, we had the opposite problem. She was growing so fast that we couldn’t keep her mattress on the tallest height because she could pull herself up and over the rail.
Toddler Beds are great, even for the non-walkers!Kidkraft Boat Toddler Cot was. The highest point of the bed is 20″ and that’s only for the head-board. The part with the mattress that our child climbed over is only about a foot high, which was perfect for our dwarf and average height child who were not yet walking. They easily got in and out, and it’s low enough so when they fell over they didn’t get hurt. We had some trepidation at first, but our LP son gained a tremendous amount of self-confidence and independence right after he was able to get in and out of bed by himself.KidKraft Nantucket Toddler Cot and Kidkraft Tiffany Style Toddler Cot are options to consider, unfortunately they are a little higher. guard rail and a futon on the ground in case she managed to take a spill.
Crib and Toddler Bed Mattresses
You want to ensure that your child has a firm sleeping surface since the recent medical advice indicates this may help prevent SIDS. And with a dwarf child you want to make sure that the back is always supported. We purchased high quality LA Baby Organic Cotton Orthopedic Crib Mattresses for both our children, but frankly, they are just not very comfortable (from an adult point of view). We recently upgraded to a latex mattress for our bedroom and our son says that his crib mattress is not soft like ours. If we had to buy a crib size mattress again, we’d probably splurge and buy a foam-core crib mattress. A mattress without springs is much more comfortable due to the even surface and lack of pressure points. Since a dwarf child will most likely use their crib or twin mattress for many years (in a crib and then a toddler bed), the extra cost is worth it.
Our son refuses to sleep with anything more than a fitted sheet on his bed. We’re not sure if it’s a sensory thing or he’s just too hot with a sheet and/or blanket, but he’s adamant about this. He also will not use a pillow, but he ends up tucking his feet under the pillow while he’s sleeping! We’ve heard from other parents that their achon children also don’t like to use bedding, so don’t be surprised if your child is similar.