Who should share rooms????

Rebecca - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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OK. My husband and I bought our house when I was prego with our second child. So we got a house with 3 bedrooms. And surprise we got prego again!!! So now Im not sure who should share rooms. My oldest is a girl 4, my son is 2 and my youngest (girl)is 3 months. My oldest has gotten use to the idea of her room being her space where she can go and read a book and play. And my son is only 2 I dont know what he would do sharing a room with a baby girl. Just wondering what your experence has been with sharing rooms!!!!!!

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Kathleen - posted on 04/13/2009

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I have an almost 5-year-old boy, a 2 1/2 year-old girl, and a 6-month old boy. Neither of our secondary bedrooms is large enough to house two beds without bunking them. So the oldest two share a room, and they love it so far.

At their ages, the gender differences don't matter that much. It's a lot easier to have the two who can get up and go potty by themselves, who have a set bedtime and sleep all night, and the ones who have some idea of how to clean up toys share the room.

For decor, they have coordinating colors on their beds, a neutral wall color, and designated bins for their shared bookcase and closet.

We may re-evaluate when the baby gets older, but right now, this works for us. We've kept all the rooms pretty neutral so that we can shift things around as needed as our family grows.

Rebecca - posted on 04/12/2009

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Thank you, that really does help. Im thinkin that putting the youngest together is going to be the best thing for now!!!

Ali - posted on 04/12/2009

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My oldest girl is 5 then I have a 4 year old boy and then a 2 year old girl.  Our circumstances are a little different only because our oldest daughter has down syndrome and autism.  When my youngest was born we did convert our office into a nursery on the main floor so that they baby wouldn't disturb either one of the kids.  When my youngest turned 18 months and we thought was ready for a big girl bed, we put her in the room with her brother.  My oldest daughter has some aggression problems right now so putting the girls together wasn't even a possibility.  My son was put out a little about sharing his room with a girl but it didn't last long.  We started off putting our girl down first and letting my son fall asleep in our room watching tv.  That lasted 3 months and now we put them both down at the same time and it works fine.  At some point we will have to put the 2 girls together but we will figure that out when we get to it.  Not sure if this will help too much since my circumstances are different but maybe putting the youngest together for a little while won't hurt and then maybe your oldest will be old enough to understand she needs to share her room one day??  Good luck!!

Lorilynne - posted on 04/11/2009

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I only have two kids but I tried to have my two year old daughter and and my 7 month old son share a room and it was disastrous.  My daughter kept climbing in the crib and nap time was horrible, she doesn't always take a nap but I always give her quiet time and he wouldn't nap if she was in the room....I eventually had to move the baby back to our room for awhile longer.  So I guess it really depends on how the 2 year old can handle having a baby in the room.  For now, I might give the baby her own room, at least until she gets a little older and has a more regular sleep schedule.  Maybe you could find an area of the house just for your oldest daughter so she still has her own space?

Shannon - posted on 04/11/2009

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We said oldest got the room to herself.  She shared for a long time and she needed the space and privacy as she got older.

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