Never this soon did I think about having the Boys Bedroom Sharing. I pictured it when the youngest is about 4 years old when they are old enough to sleep on bunk beds together and giggles and chitter chatter fill the room. Lots of questions popped into my head with sticking a baby in the room with a preschool- Will he cry all night and keep the older one up? What is the secret to getting them to stay in bed… and sleep? I see it work with friends kids, will it work for us?
Well here is the secret: there is no secret! But I do have a few tips to share that have worked for us. We definitely have less nightly ‘excuses' of I need water, I am hungry, and little feet coming out of the bedroom after we say goodnight. Having them share a room doesn't mean I am not still up 10 times a night checking on them and making sure they are alive and well. But it is nice to only have to walk into one room to check on them when half asleep. I think they sleep better because they are comfortable and feel safe being together.
It all started when we were on vacation and the boys had to share a room. We set up the pack-n-play for Curren to sleep in and Chase in the bed. We were afraid to lay Chase down after Curren fell asleep in fear that he would wake him up and refuse to sleep. But to our surprise when it was time for bed we said good night and he went right to sleep! There was no fighting it, getting up and having excuses. So we asked if they want to share a room and the answer was yes! Here are a few tips that work for us for siblings sharing a room.
TIPS For Siblings Sharing a Room (for us ages 7 months and 3.5 years old):
- Ask how the children feel about it.
- Freshen up the room to create a “new space” with either paint, pillows, bedding, etc.
- Get blackout curtains.
- Have white noise.
- Limit toys in the room.
- We asked Chase if he wanted to go into Curren's room, or Curren come into his room. He chose his room and so we made it special by picking out paint to create their new space.
- Adding new paint, pillows or bedding can get the child excited about their “new space” by putting their personal touch into it.
- Blackout curtains are key for good sleep.
- White noise helps drown out sounds the other child might make (baby crying for example).
- We do not have toys in the boys rooms, only books. At bedtime they are able to take a toy or two with them to sleep with. We try to keep toys in the playroom.
When we got home from vacation we headed to Home Depot to pick out paint for the boys walls to create the space into “their” room. Chase chose blue, so I gave him a few options and I love his color choice! I spent so much work preparing the nursery for Curren's arrival and it got its fair share of use. I did not expect to get rid of the nursery so soon, but I am ok with that. We decided to turn that room into a workout room, which as you can see is getting good use!