Girls to share room - ideas, tips, suggestions?

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Hello, I have an almost three and half year-old little girl and am expecting my second little girl in June. We are planning on having the girls share a bedroom once the baby is about 5 or 6 months old (baby will stay with us until then). Just wondering if anyone else has this arrangement and how they got on, ideas for arranging furniture to accomodate and bed and cot/crib, how night wakings effected either the baby or the toddler, etc. I'm American, but live in England and the houses are quite small, so space saving ideas too! Thank you!

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Brandi - posted on 03/17/2009

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Hello I have 3 girls. The 5 & 6 yr old share a room. They have been sharing one since they were old enough to. Keep in mind they are 10 months apart. I started out with them sleeping in the same bed at like 1 and 2.  They have been sleeping in the same twin bed together just til 2 yrs ago. I finaly broke down and bought bunk beds. Of coarse the oldest got top bunk and was happy. Now they are in a bigger bedroom and I have them as seperate twin beds. They are wanting bunks back together but now they are 5 & 6 they are arguing who gets top. So right now I am keeping the bedsseperate.



I kinda think 6months is too early to put with your 3 yr old. I say that because when the baby cries during the night how will that affect the 3 yr old? will she try to be mommy and somthing happens or will she wake u or will she actually sleep through it all?  I would definatly keep the baby in a crib till she out grows it before putting her in a todler bed.



 



Your girls will have more of age gap so I dont think the toys issue will be too much of an issue. With mine its like having twins so I always buy 2 of the same just different colors. But now that they are getting older they are starting to have more differences. The oldest of the 2 is my girly girl wear dresses drama queen. the 5 yr old is my tomb boy who loves to be outside and dirty.

Laurie - posted on 03/15/2009

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We had been planning for a second child, but he didn't make it. Our home is very small, and the bedroom that the babies would have been sharing is only a 10x10 room. I got a set of stackable drawers that fit in the closet for a dresser/storage. It sat low enough that baby clothes were still able to hang in the closet, and there's a shelf in the top of the closet for more storage. My daughter would have been 14 months when the new baby came, so she wasn't quite ready for a toddler bed. So we had a crib on one wall, a crib on another wall, and the changing table on another wall. The changing table has a cabinet on it that can be used for storing diaper stuff, or as a toy cabinet. I know what it is to have to work with tight quarters, but you just need to get creative. And remember that your child doesn't need everything that's available on the market. The simplest things can satisfy your child....oh, and I have a glider rocker that sits in the corner in front of the closet, I just have to scoot it up a little to open the closet.

Tami - posted on 03/12/2009

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I have a 15 yr old and 13 yr old girls, they are finally getting split up after so many yrs of sharing a room. My 13 yr old Rissa will be sharing her room with this one.



I'm glad she's older, she will know when to be quiet.

Lisa - posted on 03/05/2009

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My girls just started sharing a room this year...they are 4 and 8 and got a set of bunk beds from Gramma so they wanted to share a room, and my 4 year old wanted to give her bed to a little girl who didn't have one....it was tough at first cause there wasn't alot of room to put their dressers so I put one in the toy room and another in my and hubby's room....it is very cute to listen to them chat to each other though!

Christi - posted on 03/02/2009

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I think sharing a room does help ease their fears. It's kind of cute to listen to them talk to each other at night in the monitor.

Viki - posted on 03/02/2009

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Make sure you get a crib that converts to a toddler bed. It will save you money and space. I just put my 2 year old in with my 4 year old and they adjusted right away. I think it actually helps knowing they are not alone.

Christi - posted on 02/17/2009

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I have 2 girls and 1 on the way. They are all going to share a room. The space they have is pretty big. But to fit all their stuff in there was/is challenging. As for the baby waking the "Big Sister", it wasn't really a problem for me. Its one of those things I think they truly get used to. Even today the girls (6 1/2 and 2 1/2) don't wake each other. Just make sure not to make things quiet all the time. If they are used to noise and crying, it makes it alot easier. Good luck!!!!

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