How do I get them to begin sharing a bedroom?

Vaunie - posted on 06/28/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Heya. I am 4 months pregnant with our third child. We live in a three bedroom house so I will need my two girls, four & half and two yrs, to start sharing a bedroom. I have no doubt that in the long run this will be fine. Myself and my own sis shared for years and was fine. My question is how do I go about bringing my two year old into her big sis's room?? See they go to bed at different times, and I can just imagine big sis would wake up little sis, and they'd be awake all night. Any ideas would be great, or am I making a mountain out of a molehill?? Thanks.

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Medic - posted on 06/28/2011

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You are making a mountain out of a molehill. I moved my 17 month old daughter into her 4.5 year old brothers room when she was 12 months. They do great together and now I think it will be a bigger fight to separate them but oh well.

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Vaunie - posted on 06/28/2011

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Karen, thanks a million. Thats just what I needed to hear. I know Ava, (my eldest) will absolutly LOVE helping rearrange, and decorate her bedroom. Thanks again.

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YOU ARE MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLE HILL.

MAKE IT A BIG SISTERS JOB TO HAVE HER HELP YOU OUT! MAKE IT FUN, AND HAVE YOUR 4YR OLD FEEL AS IF IT IS HER JOB TO HELP YOU WITH HER SISTER. MAKE IT FUN FOR HER, GET HER A NEW BEDSPREAD, NEW THINGS TO MAKE HER FEEL AS IF SHE IS GETTING REWARED FOR SHARING. HAVE HER BE ACTIVE IN HELPING YOU RE-DESIGN HER ROOM, TAKING SOME OF HER SUGGESTIONS. EXPLAIN TO HER THAT HER LITTLE SISTER MUST GO TO BED EARLIER THAN HER AND THAT WE HAVE TO BE QUIET GOING TO BED WHEN IT IS HER TIME TO GO TO BED. BUT BECAUSE SHE IS OLDER, SHE GETS AN EXTRA HOUR UP WITH MOM AND DAD.

oh.. there will be some nights she may wake her up, but it will all work out just fine. that is part of having siblings! my kids slept trhough EVERYTHING, but when they were little I got them used to alot of noise while they slept, I never had a 'hush..the baby is sleeping ' house. to me that is the most annoying way to live. babies adjus to the noise and you do NOT have to live that way.

Get inventive. your daughter will have alot of ideas. Just ask her how she thinks you should do it! She will feel so big, and in turn will be very willing to help mom out. It is a good way to learn how to share and how to get along. They will fight, cry, and have arguments as well, but it is all part of the learning curve for them.

Good luck!

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