There were four in the bed – a tale of bedsharing woe

In the still of the night when Mummy’s curled up fast asleep

Over to her bed, one (or two) children creep

“Please, Mummy,” they ask, “can we sleep in your bed?”

A bleary-eyed Mummy sighs, nodding her head.

But she knows how the rest of the night will now go

This is her tale of bedsharing woe:


A drawing of Mummy sleeping in a double bed by herself

There was one in the bed and the Mummy said “how lovely, how lovely!”

So she rolled over and stretched herself out and drifted off to sleep before being woken moments later by the patter of small feet…


A drawing of a mummy and daughter asleep together in a bed

There were two in the bed and the little one said “want cuddle, want cuddle!”

So Mummy rolled over and they cuddled up to sleep before the thump of giant feet signalled that Daddy was coming to bed…


A drawing of a mummy, daddy and child sleeping in a double bed

There were three in the bed and the little one said “don’t squash me, don’t squash me.”

So she rolled over and made herself some room and a rather squashed Mummy tried to get some sleep,  but soon she heard the patter of another pair of feet…


A drawing of a mummy, daddy and two children in a double bed with Mummy nearly falling out

There were four in the bed and the little one said “roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over and Mummy almost fell out and decided to go and curl up in one of the children’s beds, in the hope that she might be able to finally get some sleep…


A drawing of a daddy and two children in a bed - with the daddy and one daughter asleep and the other awake plus Mummy sleeping in a toddler bed

There were three in the bed and the little one said “where’s Mummy? Where’s Mummy?”

So she rolled over and then got up and decided to join Mummy in the little single bed so Mummy still got the joy of feeling like a sardine in a tin…


A drawing of a daddy and daughter sleeping in a double bed with the little girl stretched out and daddy on the edge of the bed plus Mummy and the other child squashed together in a toddler bed

There were two in each bed and the little ones were quite comfy, quite comfy.

So they both rolled over and stretched themselves out and neither of the big ones got a great night’s sleep.


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40 thoughts on “There were four in the bed – a tale of bedsharing woe

  1. Oh Louise I adore this! Such a story that so many will relate to. I admire those parents strong enough to say no to their children sleeping in their bed – I wasn’t one of them – and I’m still paying for this as my son still would rather sleep in our bed than on his own! However, secretly I don’t mind – those cuddles are just the best – the lack of sleep rubbish but those cuddles!! Fab drawings too you talented girl you xx #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Thank you so much Helen – the cuddles are lovely and do make up a little for the lack of sleep! Glad you liked the drawings too! 🙂

  2. Crying with laughter at this! Brings back so many memories of the Bed Swap Olympics we used to play in our house; it was a miracle if everyone woke up in the bed they went to sleep in!

    1. Thank you Jo – Bed Swap Olympics made me chuckle – that’s a good description for it! 🙂

  3. This made me chuckle – we only have 3 in ours but it’s still a squash!! And always seems to be Mummy that nearly falls out, doesn’t it?! I love your drawings, too! #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Thank you Ellen – yes, always me that nearly falls out. Hubby is much better at claiming his space than I am! 🙂

  4. I can relate to this – we’ve got less than 5 weeks to get Little B out of our bed before the new baby arrives…time is running out! #ablogginggoodtime

  5. Haha brilliant. This is pretty much my life the last two weeks. Both kids decided they need to sleep in mummys and daddys bed. I have never tried to sleep in the four year olds bed though. I go in the spare bedroom instead lol But couldnt the last few days because we had visitors.

    1. Thank you Janine – the spare bedroom sounds like a much better idea! Not so easy when there are visitors there though..!

  6. Haha this is brilliant Louise, really made me chuckle! Luckily neither of mine have much of a desire to sleep in our bed, in some ways it would be nice if they did but having read this you’ve reminded me how lucky we are!

    1. Thanks Nat – there are nice things about it but I do wish sometimes my two would stay in their own beds a little more often!

  7. Hahaha. You’re a better woman than me. I’m not a bed sharer, I can’t stand it!!! I even like good distance from my husband when I’m sleeping! #triballove

    1. Lol, the flip side of the kids being in the bed so often is that hubby now complains he can’t hug me in bed as when they aren’t there, I’m just desperate to have some space!

  8. I love this. We bed-share with one wriggly 17 month old and it’s quite enough. Can’t imgine fitting in another one! #tribalchat

    1. Thank you Catherine – a wriggly 17 month old must be fun to have in the bed – thankfully our two have got a little less wriggly as they’ve got bigger!

  9. That picture of the smiling Daddy – it’s like you were actually in my room! Thank goodness I’ve only got one child who still tries to sleep with me (and two kittens).

  10. Ha ha, so funny, so true! Every night I’m perched on the edge of my bed trying not to squash the little one in the middle, or else being smacked in the face by a flinging arm! At least we’re only a maximum of three! #tribalchat

    1. Lol even when it’s just three the little one in the middle always manages to spread themselves out! 🙂

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