How do toddlers respond to having a newborn sharing the same room with them?

Miranda - posted on 07/08/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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We only have two bedrooms in our house and our room is connected to our son's. If we have another child, they would have to share room and I was wondering how other toddlers do when they share a room with a newborn. Waking up and staying up? Sleeping through it? Bugging the newborn? ect...

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Julie - posted on 07/08/2009

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I wouldn't put a newborn in another room for a coupple of months until the sibling has adjusted to the baby. Toddlers are so curious and may accidentally hurt the baby trying to help it. I don't put my new babies in their own room until they are sleeping through the night so I don't have to get up as often. I had my oldest 2 in bed with us until they were about 6 months and then put them in a playpen in our room. When we got a bigger house with our last 2 I put them in a basinet next to our bed and then into a crib.

Correy - posted on 07/08/2009

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I haven't had such great luck... the baby ended up in my room for quiet sometime... she was nearly 10 months before she was switched.... the baby would always wake the toddler or if the toddler woke she would wake the baby..



although there was some medical factors and well neither child still does not sleep through the night..



Every baby is different and you may find it works ok..

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My daughter was a year old when my twin girls were born and we have always kept them in the same room. Of course there were nights were my 1 yr old tried to bother them and take their bottles but just keep the door cracked and/or a baby moniter on and they will learn to sleep through the other crying before they settle down for the night. The other hard part we had was we were teaching our toddler to sleep on her own without us laying down with her but i think she felt less alone with the babies in the same room as her.

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My daughter was a year old when my twin girls were born and we have always kept them in the same room. Of course there were nights were my 1 yr old tried to bother them and take their bottles but just keep the door cracked and/or a baby moniter on and they will learn to sleep through the other crying before they settle down for the night. The other hard part we had was we were teaching our toddler to sleep on her own without us laying down with her but i think she felt less alone with the babies in the same room as her.

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My daughter was a year old when my twin girls were born and we have always kept them in the same room. Of course there were nights were my 1 yr old tried to bother them and take their bottles but just keep the door cracked and/or a baby moniter on and they will learn to sleep through the other crying before they settle down for the night. The other hard part we had was we were teaching our toddler to sleep on her own without us laying down with her but i think she felt less alone with the babies in the same room as her.

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