Redo toddler's room to get him out of your bed
A: Wow, Justin, you are dealing with two issues here. One is redecorating the nursery, and the other is the more serious issue of getting your little boy to sleep in his own room - or getting your wife to back you up!
Sleeping with small children, particularly babies, can be dangerous because your child could suffocate in your blankets or you could roll onto him. Kids in their own room allow better sleep for everyone.
First of all, talk with your wife. You both will have to be loving, but firm and consistent. Kids need boundaries, and so do parents. This separation will free up your bed for just you and your wife.
After all that, redecorating the nursery is easy. Is Jaiden still in a crib and trying to climb out? He may be ready for a "big boy" bed, but some kids aren't until they're 3. Get a bed that's low to the ground with side rails. It's also OK to just redecorate and keep the crib until he's older. Don't rush this step or your whole plan may backfire.
Pick out two or three wall colors you like, and let Jaiden choose his favorite. Accessorize with things he likes - dinosaurs, cars or whatever. Bedspreads, drapes, and easily changed accessories will let his room grow with him as interests change.
Allow for storage with easy-to-use baskets for toys, a comfortable reading chair, and plenty of open floor space.
I know you can do it. Good luck and let me know how it goes.
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