Sharing the room

Amy - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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We have a new baby due June 22nd and we just don't have enough rooms to go around so 2 year old and 4 year old will be sharing a room. I know ahead of time this will probably be challenging. Any tips or funny stories on what to expect? They'll be moving together in a couple weeks. Kids are excited about it - number one reason I'm sure is they think they will stay awake all night. They each have their own bed - no bunk beds - and will be on opposite sides of the room. Any advice greatly appreciated! :)

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Medic - posted on 02/16/2011

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My four year old boy and one year old girl share a room by his choice. It has actually worked out WAYYY better than I thought. She is still in a crib and he has his own bed but they do really well. She goes to bed 30 min before he does and they tend to wake up together...meaning which ever is up first makes sure the other is up. I love listening to them threw the monitor. I am hoping this will bring them closer and once it becomes an issue for one or the other we will seperate them.

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Good luck!
LOL I currently have 3 in one room. They are always trying to stay awake and play in the dark. Every night unless exhausted. In another couple of months 1 will move to her own room and the other two will go to their own twin beds. However, we still foresee the problem occurring even after one moves out. Still....
good luck.

Laura - posted on 02/16/2011

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My 2 and 4 year olds share a room. Sometimes they do have trouble going to sleep but they do eventually. We have bunk beds and they have never slept in separate ones. They both sleep in the same bed all the time. So I wouldn't be surprised if they do that for a while.

Alison - posted on 02/16/2011

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My girls started sharing a room at the ages of 2 and 4 (less than a year ago). They actually prefer sharing a bed, which works well most of the time (last night being the exception). Then if they are misbehaving at bedtime, we threaten to separate them. Sometimes the oldest will choose to sleep on her own.

Victoria - posted on 02/16/2011

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I think society places WAY to much importance on having separate rooms for everyone. I have shared a room with each of my siblings at one time or another (I have 5 brothers). Now, I was the only girl for 10 years, so I always shared with the baby. Then the last baby was a sister. We shared a room until I was 19.

I have a 16 month old and am expecting another little girl in June. My girls will share a room as soon as the new baby starts sleeping 4-5 hours a night.

It will be a challenge, but your girls are still young enough that they won't be horribly put out. They will most likely stay up late playing for the first 2 weeks. But after 2 weeks, then start laying down the law with bedtime.

Amy - posted on 02/16/2011

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I was hoping for that one!! My son already yells for his sister when he wakes up and she stomps down the hall to use the potty right away and wakes him up. So, they're awake at the same time anyway. I figure it's one less room to pick up also. Just the one shared bedroom and the toy room. I'm a bit worried about excessive giggling and sneaking out to play, but hopefully with summer time coming, they'll be too tired to do anything but sleep.

Minnie - posted on 02/16/2011

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We all share a room- I have a 2 1/2 year old and a nearly 5 year old. No issues. They're put to be together and they fall asleep pretty quickly so they don't keep each other up. What's nice is they get up together in the morning and keep each other occupied while I'm trying to drag myself out of bed.

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