When we first brought Katya out of the orphanage, she could sleep in a very tiny amount of space. She would climb into bed, curl her lanky legs into a tight ball, and go to sleep. Even while sleeping, she would stay in a tight ball, and would waken in the morning, still in a tight ball, and hop out of bed.
Having seen the tiny, sagging toddler beds in the gruppa, it was no surprise to us that she slept that way. She had no other way to fit into those beds.
But it has been our delight to watch her gradually learning to sleep spread out!
She nicely takes up a good portion of her bed now, as you can see!
We get such pleasure out of seeing how she stretches her body out, flopping freely around in the bed, where ever she feels like going in her sleep!
I'm glad her sleep can be sweeter due to a bed that is comfortable, and fits her properly. And I think SHE likes it too, because every single night that she has been home and we have tucked her into bed, she always acts sooo satisfied and pleased when she climbs into her bed. Her bed is clearly a place she feels happy about.
There is an organization I have followed and observed for the last 4 years or so, called Sweet Sleep. They provide beds--good, sturdy, clean beds for orphans and other underprivileged children around the world. As part of my on-going desire to promote organizations that are ethical as far as I know and who really care about what is best for the children, I would love to encourage you to check them out and support them as you are able! For some reason, I can not get my internet to work well enough to link you to their site right now, but it is www.sweetsleep.org . What better way to let an orphan child know they are NOT FORGOTTEN than to give them a sturdy, clean and comfortable bed that FITS them, with clean, comfortable bedding?!
For the sake of little Katya's all over the world, sleeping crunched up into an inadequate bed, or no bed at all, think about it. Then DO whatever you can to help!