Toddler and baby in same room

Leigh-ann - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter is just over two and in a toddler bed, and our son, who is 3 months, has been sleeping in a travel crib in our bedroom since birth. I want to wait until he is a little older and sleeping through the night more (don't hate me, but he sleeps about 6 hours straight already) before moving him into her room. My hope is that we can move him to the crib in her room around 4 months. Does anyone have any advise, words of wisdom or ideas on what I can expect?

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Lorilynne - posted on 01/24/2009

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Ok, I tried putting my five month olds crib in my 22 month olds room and she did climb in the crib.  I can't get her to stop doing it so I've decided to hold off until my son is a little older.  It really isn't a problem having him in my room because he's a very heavy sleeper so I'll probably wait until he's at least a year.

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Tricia - posted on 05/05/2014

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I just tried putting my 2 1/2 yr. old down with my 6 1/2 year old and it was a disaster which left me in tears. Once the baby started to cry, my toddler did too and over and over again this tearful pattern continued. I read somewhere that some people put the "heavy sleeper" down first, then the lighter sleeper, but in my case they both have always been light sleepers who cry it out in order to fall asleep---even after rocking, no rocking; singing, no singing; patting the back, no patting the back. Both my girls cry themselves to sleep often.

Has anyone experience this? I gave up tonight, and returned my baby to her pac n' play crib, and left my toddler in her big bed--separate rooms. I feel disappointed and very discouraged.

Cleaver - posted on 07/08/2012

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what i did first was take all the toys out of the room i am pregnant and i did that already the only things in that room are a few winnie the pooh decorations, furniture, and books... my son plays in the living room... i own a condo and i can see the living room from any room in the house except the nursery

Jamie - posted on 01/23/2009

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My boys started sharing a room when they were 2 and 1. The most difficult part was naps, because they were on different nap schedules. My older son was also in a toddler bed, and thankfully we didn't have any problems with him trying to climb into the crib. We were most concerned that the little one was still not sleeping through the night at 1, that it would disturb the other. But it actually seemed to help having them together. He seemed to settle down knowing that his brother was there with him, and I think only a handful of times did it wake the other.

Veronica - posted on 01/14/2009

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I have three boys ages 4, 2 1/2 and 9 1/2 months and they all share one room, the middle and youngest children have slept in their own cribs since birth. This arrangement has worked well for us.

Kris - posted on 01/14/2009

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We tried this for a while with our boys...which are 23 months apart.  The problem was our oldest started this thing about crying in the middle of the night for a while when the baby was about 7 months old.  I was so scared that he would wake the baby that I put them each in seperate rooms.  They still have their seperate rooms because the oldest likes to sleep with a lamp on and the youngest which is almost 2 sleeps with the lights off.  I haven't taken him out of his crib yet either. (I am thinking of switching to a toddler bed soon.) So it still doesn't work for us.  I think it just depends on the kids.  I wish you luck.



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Ikma - posted on 01/14/2009

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Quoting Leigh-ann:

Toddler and baby in same room

My daughter is just over two and in a toddler bed, and our son, who is 3 months, has been sleeping in a travel crib in our bedroom since birth. I want to wait until he is a little older and sleeping through the night more (don't hate me, but he sleeps about 6 hours straight already) before moving him into her room. My hope is that we can move him to the crib in her room around 4 months. Does anyone have any advise, words of wisdom or ideas on what I can expect?


Hi Leigh-ann,



I have two beautiful baby girls, one is 3 years old and  the other one is 1 and half , my advice to u is that the earlier the better. When my little one and half turned 4 months I moved her with her sister. At first she would wake up all the time so I started to stay in the room with them until the almost slept, in time ( 6 months later) she was fine. My older daughter the 3 year old, I told her that she now had a buddy to wake up with !She loved it, so what I am trying to say is that if u don't do it now it will be hard later!!!!!!!!!!! Hope that helped!



Good Luck, but remember once they get it, you get your sleep back :)

Viviene - posted on 01/14/2009

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My sons are 3 and 10 months and have been sharing since the youngest was five months. We prepared the eldest by saying 'won't it be exciting when your little brother comes to sleep in with you' and he has been great. The only problem now is getting them to be quiet in the mornings! The baby will wake up and start gurgling and Ryan (3) will start making funny noises back which will have the pair of them in giggles! Now, Ryan will come into our bedroom in the mornings to tell us that the baby needs something, he really looks out for him. Good luck, it's hard to begin with but should make them closer.

Sarah - posted on 01/13/2009

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We just went through the same thing. My daughter is 2 1/2, and my son 6 months. They have been in the same room for about 2 months, and most nights things go okay. I almost think it helps in the long run, because now they are both used to a little noise and it doesn't seem to bother them. My husband and I don't have to worry about tip-toeing around the house. We didn't have any problems with the older one playing with the younger one, or climbing into bed with him.

Lorilynne - posted on 01/13/2009

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I'm curious about this myself.  My daughter is about 22 months and my son is almost 5 months and I would like them to start sharing when he is 6 months.  I'm just worried that they'll keep each other awake or she'll climb in to his crib. 



 

Andrea - posted on 01/11/2009

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This can be tricky, we did not do this until our kids were 3 and 20 mos.  Try putting who ever is the heavier sleeper in first so one is already asleep before you put the other one in.  I would just be sure she understands that she must not crawl into his bed.  My daughter climbs into my sons crib every once and awhile and that could be dangerous for your little man until he gets bigger, my son is almost as big as my daughter so he just wrestles her off of him if her loving embraces become a little to tight.

Shannon - posted on 01/11/2009

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I would go ahead and try putting him down in his own crib during the day, and put him in the crib to start off the night in the room with her and when he wakes during the night you can always get up and feed him and lay him down in your room for now until he starts sleeping longer. It can makes the transition smoother down the road. I had 3 in one room when my son was born,and the girls slept right thru him waking up at night when he was a baby.

Alisha - posted on 01/10/2009

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i have a 2 yr old and a 1 yr od that share the same room and has since my oldest was 1.  First of all do you already have a crib where your daughter sleeps?  If so that might make is easier.  We set up my seconds crib a few weeks before she came and around 5month moved her in.  I was also nerves about it.  It went goo tho, i fnd the hard part now cuz they are older and keep eachother, well i should say my oldest climps into the criba nd keeps her awake or wakes her up if she out before.  Over all i find it great.  I put them down at the same time now but for a while there it was my oldest then youngest.  i would ahve to wait and sometimes it took a bit cuz she wanted to be with mama and daddy but now they go to bed together. . .however sometimes it does work but your onldest might take some time to get use to the sounds of your youngest but it will be fine im sure.  They do like to play. . .for a while there i was looking to move to a 3 bdrm. . . lol.  Im sure it will work out.  One day you might find them sleeping together like i did and its just the cutest thing ever them all curled put together.  



 



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